The Evil Dead truly was a labor of love. The budget was minuscule and the work put into it was intense. The actors worked through freezing nights in the woods and slept on rock-hard floors during production, which in a way added to the grimy, dark and horrific feel of the now classic film. For thirty-plus years the movie has been a household name, garnering a cult classic status among horror fans and catapulting the careers of writer/director Sam Raimi and beloved actor/producer Bruce Campbell. It’s a Cinderella story; no one thought it would be such a hit, they just wanted to make a horror movie that tested the boundaries of film and the human psyche.
By this point, everyone knows the drill. The Evil Dead focuses on five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a remote wooded area. After they find an audiotape that releases a legion of demons and spirits, members of the group suffer from demonic possession, leading to increasingly gory mayhem.
At the time, Irvin Shapiro, distributor of George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead, saw promise in this little film that could and allowed Raimi to screen it at the Cannes Film Festival. None other than Stephen King was present for one of the showings and described it as “the most ferociously original film of the year.” His praise led to The Evil Dead gaining prominence in the public eye. And attention from Fangoria and other major publications eventually led to New Line Cinema agreeing on a deal to distribute the film domestically in 1982. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, one of our favorite YouTube madmen, Dr. Wolfula, has decided to take a look back at this infamously banned video nasty. And with the upcoming release of the television series Ash vs. Evil Dead, why not?
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