Thursday, May 16, 2019

MOVIE MANIA - Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and THE EVIL DEAD! (1981)

Legendary Manhattan Cable Public Access show from 1981 hosted by film historian Ed Hulse ( features interviews with golden age and then current stars, directors, writers and producers who made the movies. Special episode highlighted the relatively then unknown Sam Raimi eager to get publicity for his first feature film, THE EVID DEAD. Sam brings along star BRUCE CAMPBELL for one of the first truly in depth interviews centering on Raimi's love of movies and his eagerness for the public to see the now cult classic zombie film, THE EVIL DEAD!.

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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn™ is an Escape Room for Fans, by fans

Seth Wolfson writes:

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn™ has been one of my favorite movies since a much younger and well coifed me walked through the doors of my local movie house to see it for the first time in 1987. In it, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and everyone involved managed to elevate schlock to high art, over acting to over achieving, and it reinforced for that younger me (leather Jacket, Travolta Hair, Wallet on a chain – you get the idea) that a good scare and a good laugh need not be two different things. In my career in animatronics and sculpting, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn™ has served as a constant source of inspiration, and ever since I opened Hourglass Escapes, it has been a goal of mine to create an escape room based around the movie. The day we got the license was a big one for our small company, but it was also a big one for me, personally.

Then came the dread, and not the kind that comes from when you realize you’ve accidentally booked into a haunted AirBnB – I mean, you really should have known from the description: A cabin in the woods? One bridge in and out? And why would the owner, someone named Professor Knowby, list “creepy cellar” as the cabin’s main feature? Anyway, the kind of dread I was experiencing was the pressure in knowing that I suddenly had the responsibility, not only to other fans of the movie, but also to myself, to make an escape room worthy of Raimi’s and Campbell’s genius.

The hard work was just beginning.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bruce Campbell on the Extraordinary Tales Coming to 'Ripley's Believe It or Not!' Reboot

Interview Excerpt:

It’s been a year since Ash vs. Evil Dead has left our screens. Do you think we will see another incarnation or installment within the Evil Dead universe, with or without Ash?

We’ll see more Evil Dead, that’s for sure. There is an Evil Dead video game out. A fully immersive video game probably within a year. I’m not sure about the day. There will be variations of that. There won’t be the original Ash anymore. That guy is done.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Jane Levy Was Buried Alive For Days On End While Making "Evil Dead"

Jane Levy went all out for the horror movie, "Evil Dead." She reflects on her experience shooting the film.

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Rob Tapert on the set of Ash vs Evil Dead. (2017)

Behind the scenes on Ash vs Evil Dead. Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (2016)

From left to right: Executive producer Robert Tapert, star of the series and executive producer Bruce Campbell along with executive producer Sam Raimi, original filmmakers of the EVIL DEAD franchise. (2015)

Producers Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert standing in front of a large Evil Dead (2013) one-sheet banner.

From left: Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and producer Rob Tapert on the exterior set of Evil Dead II, a location previously used for Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple.

Evil Dead promotional photo with (l-r) producer Robert Tapert, director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell circa 1981. Scanned from Cinefex Magazine | Don Shay Publications | 1983

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The Evil Dead, Goof - Crew or equipment visible: Producer Rob Tapert can be seen hiding in the bushes when the car starts to cross the bridge.


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Bruce Campbell Calls Hosting ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ A ‘No-Brainer,’ Pans Hollywood’s Lack Of Originality

Interview excerpt:

KT: I’m excited to see you’ve got the paperback for ‘Hail to the Chin’ coming out; I was a big fan of ‘If Chins Could Kill.’ Although when you were teasing that on social media, I think a couple of fans interpreted that as a little bit of foreshadowing of a new gig for Ash.

BC: That’s fine. Fans are always going to do that. Everyone’s a genius, everyone’s got opinions and the internet fans the flames. No, it’s all good. They’re going to see different versions, they’re going to be seeing more ‘Evil Dead,’ too. We’re not done with the ‘Evil Dead’ saga, more stories to tell.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

“Requiem for Ash Edition” of Bruce Campbell’s Book ‘Hail to the Chin’ Coming in September!

Bruce Campbell has been teasing that something Evil Dead-related is headed our way in September, and one of our guesses was that he was referring to a new book he’s been working on, which looks to have been confirmed by an Amazon listing. Brought to our attention by reader Kevin Schreckengost, Amazon is listing a new Campbell-penned book for… September!

It’s actually a new edition of Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor, dubbed the “Requiem for Ash Edition” in reference to Campbell’s Evil Dead retirement.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi Spoke About That “September” Tease at Texas Frightmare…


We launched into this past weekend with a mysterious tweet from Bruce Campbell, which teased that *something* Evil Dead-related is coming this September. Our speculation is that Campbell was either talking about A) a new Evil Dead video game, B) the addition of Ash to Mortal Kombat 11, or C) the new book that he’s currently working on writing.

Then again, he very well could have been teasing something else entirely. All we know for sure is that Campbell is not playing Ash anymore in the world of live action… right?

Over the weekend, Campbell and Sam Raimi took part in a Q&A at Texas Frightmare Weekend, and Reddit’s Girafarigno brings us some interesting notes from the panel.

Bruce confirmed that this and himself have nothing to do with Mortal Kombat 11,” the Reddit user reported, seeming to confirm that Campbell’s Twitter tease has nothing to do with Mortal Kombat 11 DLC content. Again, Ash Williams has been rumored as an upcoming DLC fighter but not yet confirmed, so it’s possible that rumor wasn’t even true anyway.

UPDATE: Campbell shot down the MK 11 rumor entirely over on Twitter today.

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