In TBS Superstation's newest original movie, EVIL NEVER DIES, Thomas Gibson (Dharma & Greg) stars as Mark Ryan, a police officer who loses his wife at the hands of a brutal serial killer who is executed for the crime and later becomes part of a chilling experiment that brings him back to life – without killing his homicidal drive.
EVIL NEVER DIES represents the fruition of an idea that has only has been fantasy—until now. When Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was written, the concept of reviving the dead was horrifying, yet inconceivable. Today, this possibility is even more terrifying because of its sheer likelihood, given the pace of modern science.
EVIL NEVER DIES confronts the prospect head-on, lending new and disturbing meaning to the tale. Says director Uli Edel (The Mists of Avalon), "It is a modern version of the Frankenstein legend. But with today's technology, it's more believable that you could bring a corpse back to life."
Executive producer Mark Wolper (The Mists of Avalon) explains that advances in medical science make this story more believable than ever: "Today, we're talking in America and around the world about stem-cell research, DNA, regenerating cells, cloning, etc. There is a reason why we're making this movie now and not 10 to 15 years ago. Ten years ago, I'm not sure you could convince an audience that you could bring a man back to life. Only now could we convince an audience that bringing someone back to life is plausible."
The movie's stars agree that the technological possibilities in EVIL NEVER DIES could become scientific reality someday soon. Katherine Heigl (Roswell), who portrays Eve, an assistant in the experiment that resurrects the serial killer, says, "I suspect we're probably much closer to the things this movie deals with than we realize. I don't think you have to suspend your disbelief when you watch this."
Gibson concurs, "There were people 10 years ago saying that medicine wouldn't be where it is today."
Wolper adds, "We're going to make you believe that we can bring a man back to life. And when we do it, we're going to make you believe that the ramifications of that are not always what you think they are."
Australian actor Simon Bossell (The Quiet American) expressed his thoughts on the ramifications of such a scientific experiment. "I kind of have this secret take that [my character] William Charles Lee wouldn't have been completely brought back to life," he reveals. "There's a kind of hollowness there that makes him worse than before."
A monster made worse by science: It's the stuff of which nightmares are made.
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