Maximum Overdrive is widely considered the worst film adaptation of a story written by Stephen King; it’s ironic considering the bestselling author wrote the screenplay and directed the film himself! Still, if one good thing came from the disastrous production, it’s Evil Dead 2.
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Franchise star Bruce Campbell recently explained how a crewmember being fired and a chance encounter with King saved the second Evil Dead film from folding before it even began. The revelation came during an extensive interview the actor gave with Consequence of Sound.
Campbell: “[Stephen King is] responsible for two of The Evil Dead movies, not just one. The second one is much more obscure. He’s obviously quoted for the first Evil Dead, he saw it at Cannes and allowed us to use that quote, which was really cool of him and we’ve been using it ever since. On the second movie, Evil Dead 2, we were having trouble getting financing. We were prepping it and trying to get it going. We had a woman who was kind of like doing scheduling stuff, and we had to let her go. So she was a crew member, and she took off down to North Carolina and started making all these movies.
“Dino De Laurentiis is making movies down there. Who does she run into? She gets on the crew of Maximum Overdrive, directed by Stephen King. Stephen was like, “What are you up to?” And she was like, “I just came from working with these guys trying to get money for Evil Dead 2.” He goes, “Evil Dead 2? They can’t get the money for that?” She goes “No.” He calls Dino De Laurentiis and goes, “You should make this movie.” I think we had a deal … we met with Dino and I think we had a deal in about half an hour, and a basic understanding.”
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Campbell will continue his deadite-slaying adventures when Ash vs Evil Dead returns to Starz for Season 3 this Sunday, February 25th. Check out the latest trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: “Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The third season finds Ash, having gone from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero, discovering that he has a long-lost daughter who’s been entrusted in his care. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. But evil will learn to never get in between a papa bear and his cub.
Ash vs Evil Dead stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, and Dana DeLorenzo.
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