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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?

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