It’s been a while since Looper produced one of their The Untold Truth episodes (at least one that featured a horror movie) so we were stoked to see their latest offering examines one of our all-time favorites: 1981’s Evil Dead. The film established the cabin-in-the-woods subgenre of horror and became the benchmark upon which all others are measured. It was also the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between filmmaker Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell (who is now forever inseparable from the character Ash Williams).
Since Season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead won’t be returning to Starz until February 25th, this video will help pass the time and amp up your excitement for the return of everyone’s favorite Deadite slayer! Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
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If you can’t stream, the key points are listed and briefly summarized after the video. We’re also bringing you the trailer and synopsis for 1981’s Evil Dead, as well those for Season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: More than 35 years after the release of its low-budget, outrageous first installment in 1981, Evil Dead is still alive. With four movies and a TV series under its banner, the franchise just can’t beaten. Here’s how this crazy, campy, chainsaw-happy movie about one guy taking on demons in a remote forest cabin went from the backwoods of Michigan to the delirious nightmares of horror fans worldwide…
Three Schmoes: Evil Dead was “willed into existence” by director Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campbell, and producer Robert Tappert. The 3 met in college and produced a catalog of short films before collaborating on a feature film.
Within the Woods: Evil Dead began as a short “proof of concept” film called Within the Woods. It was 30-minutes long and was produced in a single 3-day weekend.
Pain and Celluloid: The budget was so tight, many “painful” cost-cutting measures had to be employed. The cast & crew also mercilessly scraped, bruised, and attacked by mosquitos.
Wild Success: The film became an instant success, in no small part thanks to copious praise from a relatively young Stephen King. He named it “the most ferociously original film of the year” in Twilight Zone Magazine.
Dead by Dawn: Though the success of Evil Dead meant a bigger budget for the sequel, Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, the cast and crew took the same DIY approach to its production.
Army of Darkness: Sam Raimi’s success with Darkman meant an even bigger budget for the 3rd Chapter in the Evil Dead franchise, Army of Darkness. Thus, they were able to achieve an epic scope not seen in the first two installments.
Modern-Day Ash: The “Three Schmoes” (Raimi, Campbell, and Tappert) reunited as producers on 2013’s Evil Dead remake, directed by Fede Alvarez.
The Future: Since its premiere in 2015, Ash vs Evil Dead has been a hit with fans and critics. Unfortunately, extensive pirating of Seasons 1 and 2 means the series will most likely be canceled unless Season 3 is a ratings bonanza. There is, however, talk of a cross-over movie that would unite the worlds of Raimi and Alvarez into a single mythology.
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Official Synopsis: Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
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.
Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) leads the cast, reprising the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, devises her most diabolical plan to defeat Ash and raise hell on earth; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, forever loyal to Jefe (Ash) will realize his true destiny in the battle against evil; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, whose single goal is to kill Ruby and end the Evil Dead torment once and for all.
New to the cast for Season 3 are Arielle Carver-O’Neill (“House Husbands”) as Brandy Barr, Ash’s long-lost daughter left in his care when her mother meets an untimely demise, and Lindsay Farris (“Home and Away,” Primal) as Dalton, leader of an ancient order called the Knights of Sumeria, who seek Ash to lead their fight against The Dark Ones. Lee Majors (“The Six Million Dollar Man”) returns as Brock Williams to warn Ash from beyond the grave.
Sam Raimi serves as Executive Producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), Ivan Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3), and Rick Jacobson (“Spartacus”). Mark Verheiden (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Daredevil”) serves as Executive Producer / Showrunner. Ian Williams (“Power”) serves as Co-Producer and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serves as Producer.
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