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10 Trivial Facts About 'The Evil Dead'

A group of people went into the woods in Tennessee not knowing that in 1981 they would release one of the horror genre’s biggest films, The Evil Dead. Not only is the film a classic, but the events of production of the film itself has brought some of the most bizarre and interesting stories of any other film. Here are 10 trivial facts about The Evil Dead.

10. Tape Scene Re-shoot

The script called for the characters to be smoking marijuana during the scene where they are listening to the tape; the cast decided to take it a step further and decided to actually smoke. This lead to the scene having to be later re-shot due to uncontrollable behavior.

9. Bruce Campbell and the Broken Shirt

The blood used in the film was made up of a concoction of Karo syrup, non-dairy creamer and red food coloring. During the course of filming, Bruce Campbell was completely drenched in the mixture, and after attempting to dry his shirt, the mixture solidified and when Campbell tried to put the shirt back on, it broke.

8. Missing Teeth

Since filming took place in a wooded area and inside of a small cabin, moving around proved to be complicated at times. While filming, a cameraman tripped and his camera smashed into Bruce Campbell’s face resulting in him losing several teeth.

7. King was a Fan

The film was shown to Stephen King and it was his praise that really sold the public and would later grace the poster. His praise even aided in the funding for Evil Dead II by the same company that worked with him on Maximum Overdrive.

6. Blood Donations

At the premier, blood donor stations were giving out free tickets in exchange for a blood donation. Participants also received pins that read “I bled for The Evil Dead”.

5. Workplace Hazards

Several actors were inadvertently stabbed or thrown into objects during production.

4. Video Nasty

The Evil Dead was one of the first films to be labeled a “video nasty” (a term used in the UK to describe a film that has been released to VHS that was criticized for its violent content by the press, social commentators and religious organisations) and was banned in the UK because of it.

3. Real Boomstick

When Ash shoots a Deadite through the window of he cabin resulting in an explosion of blood, Bruce Campbell was firing a real gun at a dummy for a more realistic shot.

2. Real-Life Cabin Horror Story

Raimi stated that the cabin’s eerie vibe was completely justified. During an interview, he recounted a real-life horror story that unfolded in the cabin years before:

“One night, during a thunderstorm, this little girl woke up and was scared by the lightning happening around the cabin. She ran into her mother’s room and pulling back the covers climbing into bed with her, she found that her mother was dead. She was so frightened she ran into her grandmother’s room and somehow that same evening, she had died also,” Raimi recalled. “The little girl ran into the storm … to this little farmhouse and [the family living there] found her screaming and banging on the doors. They took care of her after that and no one lived in the cabin since. The [little girl], who’s now an old woman, during thunderstorms after that … would often be found wandering around the woods.”

The kicker, however, was that story came to life during the film’s shoot. Raimi continued, “As we were shooting, this fella [from the farmhouse that took in the little girl] was looking for the [now old] woman, saying that because there was a thunderstorm the night before, he was looking for this woman, because it was possible that she had returned to the cabin … As far as we know, they never found [her.]”

1. Homage Tag

The Hills Have Eyes poster seen in The Evil Dead was Raimi’s way of paying tribute to the ripped Jaws poster that can be seen in Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. Craven responded by having Nancy watch The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street to which Raimi responded by hanging a Freddy glove about the tool shed door in Evil Dead II.

‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Season 3 Trailer & Parenting Advice From Ash Williams

Fans of Ash Williams and the Evil Dead franchise have patiently waited for season 3 of the Starz hit Ash vs Evil Dead, it is coming. Ash has fought deadites, he had to kill his sister and a few friends, teamed up with a half demon named Ruby, but this time he’s a small business owner and the most surprising of all, a father.

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Season 3 will continue in Ash’s hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan; two new settings will come into play, as previously mentioned, Ash is now a business owner selling discounted items to his fellow citizens, and of course, the introduction of Elk Grove High School where Ash will encounter a new kind of deadite…a cougar mascot.  The cougar mascot is not the only new addition to the deadite family; images surfaced a few days ago showing Ash taking on the largest deadite yet.

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One big question fans have had, what exactly is season 3 going to be about?

Synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. 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. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

Being a parent is hard, so in addition to the new imagery and trailer released for season 3, Ash himself has offered up a little bit of parenting advice via @AshvsEvilDead on twitter.

Trailer:

 

Season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead premiers Sunday, February 25th at 9 pm on Starz.

Book Review: Bruce Campbell’s ‘Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor’

The “B Movie” is best known for it’s over the top gore and low budgets, and no actor is more synonymous with this type of film than Bruce Campbell. Campbell got his start as a young teen growing up in Michigan working in local theater and doing “super-8 films” with friend and legendary director, Sam Raimi, but would be crowned the king of B movies with the 1981 release of the cult classic The Evil Dead.

Campbell released his first biography/autobiography, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor in 2001; its followup would come in the form of Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor in August of 2017.

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Hail to the Chin chronicles his career post The Evil Dead; focusing on his move out of LA, his 7 season run on Burn Notice and finding jobs after the cancellation of the USA network’s hit series as well as the birth of the Starz hit, Ash vs Evil Dead. One would assume that a cult legend like Bruce Campbell wouldn’t have a problem at all finding a solid gig, but not even the king has it easy.

Hail to the Chin, much like predecessor If Chins Could Kill, gives an eyeopening look into how the film industry really is. If you are thinking about going into film, whether behind or in front of the camera, this is a must read. It’s far from a touchy feely how-to guide but more of a “you’re going to get the crap kicked out of you, but you gotta keep going” pep talk. So many celebrities have released books full of puppies and rainbows and how wonderful Hollywood is, but this is not one of those books. Campbell is as honest as they come with his experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. If you didn’t appreciate Bruce before, you will after reading this book. Hail to the Chin is the most honest (borderline over sharing) biography you will ever read.

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Hail to the Chin gives a better look at Campbell’s fun-loving personality and sometimes questionable ideas (he built a movie set in his backyard in Oregon…read the book). It only further solidifies him as a fan’s actor and the king of the B Movie. Hail to the king (and the chin) and give Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor a read, you won’t be disappointed.