Monday, August 10, 2020

Video! We induct Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi in our Horror Hall of Fame!

It's time for a new entry in HORROR HALL OF FAME video series, and the legend we're honoring in the episode embedded above is SAM RAIMI!

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Bruce Campbell to Voice Richard Nixon in Watergate Tapes Indie ’18 1/2’ (Exclusive)

Bruce Campbell will be the voice of President Richard M. Nixon in an indie thriller and dark comedy set in the Watergate era called “18 1/2” as directed by Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish, Bugeater Films announced Friday.

The film’s live-action cast was also unveiled and stars Willa Fitzgerald, John Magaro, Vondie Curtis Hall, Catherine Curtin and Sullivan Jones. And alongside Campbell in the voice cast are Ted Raimi as Gen. Al Haig and Jon Cryer as H. R. Haldeman.

“18 1/2” is a historical fiction film about the 18 1/2 minutes of audio erased from President Nixon’s Oval Office voice recording system that led to the unraveling of the Watergate scandal. It made the audio’s erasure one of the worst incidents of evidence destruction by a presidential administration and something that’s been ripe for conspiracy theories. Campbell has previously played another President, playing Ronald Reagan on “Fargo,” and his voice will appear throughout the film on Nixon’s various audiotapes.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Evil Dead fan documentary Hail to the Deadites will premiere at Fantasia

Seven years in the making, director Steve Villeneuve's documentary HAIL TO THE DEADITES is set to have its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival next month. Due to the pandemic, this year's edition of the Fantasia festival will be a "cutting-edge virtual festival", and it looks like HAIL TO THE DEADITES will be available to watch on the Fantasia online platform from August 20th through September 2nd. "All film screenings will be geo-blocked to Canadian audiences and only accessible from within the country."

As the title indicates, HAIL TO THE DEADITES is connected to the EVIL DEAD franchise. This 80 minute documentary focuses on the fans of EVIL DEAD.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Bruce Campbell is Coming to a Drive-in Near You and He’s Got a New Book of Essays!

Film and TV Star Bruce Campbell (“Ash” from the original “EVIL DEAD” trilogy, TV’s “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD”) will be bringing safe fun to his fans at Flashback Weekend’s Midway Drive-In Theater in Dixon, IL as part of his Drive-In Social Distancing Tour.

Bruce will take the Midway Drive-In stage each night and perform extended Q & A’s, in addition to introducing all three feature films of his original “EVIL DEAD” trilogy during this epic two night event.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

[R.I.P.] ‘Evil Dead II’ and ‘Intruder’ Star Danny Hicks Has Passed Away

Earlier this month we reported that Danny Hicks had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and today we’ve learned the sad news that Hicks lost his battle this week at age 68.

Full Empire Productions, Danny’s convention management team, posted on Facebook today: “Danny passed away at his home in CA. We love you Danny, rest easy my friend.”

Horror fans were first introduced to actor Danny Hicks in the late 1980s, making his debut appearance on screen as Jake in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II. Hicks finished out the ’80s with a memorable starring role in the supermarket-set slasher Intruder, also appearing in Maniac Cop just one year prior. Hicks later appeared in DarkmanWishmaster and My Name is Bruce.

Hicks had posted on Facebook in his final public statement on June 5th, “To all of the people that I never got to meet, and the 6,018 die hard fans that enjoyed my work. I have some bad news. I have been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I have approximately 1 to 3 years to live. But I gotta tell ya, I sure as hell packed a whole bunch of living into my 68 years. I got no change coming back that’s for sure. And not too many regrets. Ok, gotta go. I’m gunna find out just what in the hell is going on down in that fruit cellar.”

All of us here on BD offer our deepest condolences to Danny’s family and friends.


Friday, June 26, 2020

Bruce Campbell: More details on Midway Drive-In appearance

Since the initial announcement, more details regarding the Bruce Campbell event at The Midway Drive-In (as part of Chicago’s Flashback Weekend) have surfaced.

In addition to a lineup consisting of photo ops (there are a limited number of photo-ops available for purchase for Saturday, July 11 only), a Q&A session, and a Campbell-hosted double-feature screening of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, he will also introduce Grindhouse Releasing‘s new 4K restoration of the original Evil Dead (with a modified score by Joseph LoDuca) on Saturday, July 11.

While COVID-19 has shuttered brick-and-mortar theaters across the country, drive-ins are experiencing a renaissance, with people anxious to get their big-screen fix (at a safe distance, of course.)

In an effort to encourage the protocols that help curb the spread of COVID-19, the already-stacked lineup at The Midway (the weekend also includes screenings of The Beyond and I Drink Your Blood) has an additional item that will be distributed to those who snatched up VIP passes:

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