EVIL DEAD (1983)

EVIL DEAD (1983)

Film Air Date: April 24, 1983

Podcast Date: 2016.08.14

 

 

EPISODE SUMMARY

Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning.

CLIPS

Clip 1:

Car ride | crossing the bridge | discussing the cabin

Clip 2:

Playing the incantation | tree crashes through the window

Clip 3:

Ash plays the tape recorder that talks about dismembering the bodies and Cheryl turns!

 

THESIS

  • I believe EVIL DEAD to be one of the most fun, cult-classic-y horror films.

  • Starz has done a great job with the Ash vs Evil Dead TV show and it’s fun to take a look at its origins

  • Bruce Campbell is committed to playing Ash for as long as the fans want Ash… we want more Ash!!!!

TRIVIA

  • At the end of principal shooting in Tennessee, the crew put together a little time capsule package and buried it inside the fire place of the cabin as a memento of the production to whoever found it. The cabin has since been destroyed, but the time capsule was found by a couple of ardent Evil Dead fans who discovered that the fireplace of the cabin was still intact.

  • The film was shown to Stephen King, and it was his glowing endorsement (which was later used on the film's ads and posters) of the film which really sold it to the public. The film was bought by New Line Cinema soon after.

  • There's a ripped poster of The Hills Have Eyes (1977) visible. Ostensibly, this was in reference to a ripped poster for Jaws (1975) that appeared in that film; Sam Raimi and the others interpreted that as Wes Craven suggesting that "Hills" was much more frightening than "Jaws," thus they showed a ripped "Hills" poster because their film was to be even scarier yet. See also: The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).


 

CAST

Cast overview, first billed only:

 

Bruce Campbell

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Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams

 

Ellen Sandweiss

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Cheryl

 

Richard DeManincor

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Scott (as Hal Delrich)

 

Betsy Baker

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Linda

 

Theresa Tilly

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Shelly (as Sarah York)

 

Philip A. Gillis

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Fake Shemp (as Phil Gillis)

 

Dorothy Tapert

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Fake Shemp

 

Cheryl Guttridge

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Fake Shemp

 

Barbara Carey

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Fake Shemp

 

David Horton

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Fake Shemp

 

Wendall Thomas

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Fake Shemp

 

Don Long

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Fake Shemp

 

Stu Smith

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Fake Shemp

 

Kurt Rauf

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Fake Shemp

 

Ted Raimi

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Fake Shemp

 

OUTRO

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