Fede Alvarez to Follow Up the Gory ‘Evil Dead’ With the Mysterious ‘Machina’


South American director Fede Alvarez isn’t exactly a household name, but if his career keeps moving in the same direction that it has been lately, it might only be a matter of time before that becomes the case. The first step on his journey was the production of a short film about giant robots called Panic Attack, which was so impressively staged despite the fact that it didn’t have big financial backing, it got spread all over the Internet and became a viral sensation.

The success was enough for Alvarez to have Hollywood come calling, but what they presented him with could have been seen as more of a challenge than it was an opportunity. Sam Raimi tasked him with the lofty job of stepping into his own giant shoes and directing the Evil Dead remake, which was a project that—given its status as the king of the cult classics—was essentially predestined to get crapped on by horror fans all over the world. Alvarez’s take on the material was so fun that it was actually able to earn a surprising amount of praise though, even from a curmudgeonly audience. Given the success he’s seen so far, the next step on his path could be the crucial one that cements him as having a continued career as a director of studio films, so what’s it going to be?

According to a report from Heat Vision, it’s going to be a sci-fi action project called Machina. The details of what the film is going to be about are being closely guarded, but what is known is that Alvarez has sold the project to MRC, he and his writing partner Rodo Sayagues are attached to pen the screenplay, and he’s attached to direct. Given the fact that he was already able to impress the world making a low-budget short film about robots, probably the news that he’s going to be directing a larger scale project called Machina should be seen as positive, even if they’re not yet ready to let any of the particulars slip.

Now, if we get a sense that he’s planning on combining the penchant for making giant robots scary that he showed in Panic Attack with the willingness to drench absolutely everything in blood and gore that he showed in Evil Dead, we could really have something to start getting excited about.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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