Friday, July 19, 2019

What 'Evil Dead 4' Could Have Been

Ash almost fought an army of machines.

If the Evil Dead franchise has taught us one thing, it’s that evil never really dies. All it takes is one person to read aloud a passage from the pages of the Necronomicon and demonic forces make their presence felt, hell-bent on tormenting the living.

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"Bunch of mumbo jumbo bullshit. These pages don't mean squat."

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bruce Campbell Gives Us a Tour of the New Ripley's Believe It or Not!


The king is back in the building, baby, and you won’t believe what Bruce Campbell is bringing to San Diego Comic-Con this year. Or will you?

The host and executive producer of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! on Travel Channel said he first began making the rounds at cons around 1988 but didn’t land at SDCC until 15 or 20 years ago. Ever since, the man behind The Evil Dead’s Ash has reigned as con royalty, existing in a pantheon that includes the likes of Stan Lee and Kevin Smith (his 2005 panel/one-man show for Sky High is of special note in SDCC history).

Now, Bruce returns to support Ripley’s with a Saturday panel in the Indigo Ballroom (4 pm PT), with “Cyborg” Angel Giuffria, who possesses an advanced prosthesis; John “Hammerhead” Ferraro, who has a skull more than two times thicker than average; “Half-man” Short E. Dangerously; and editor Sabrina Sieck. The Ripley’s event presence also includes autograph signing, a “Ripley’s Garaga” activation on the con floor (Booth 4015, complete with shrunken heads and the original Star Wars lightsaber), and the outdoor “Ripley’s Car Lot” in Petco Park (featuring Inflatable tube men, human car washes, and a pinball arcade).

While the first season of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! airs on Travel, Bruce joined us to discuss why the show is perfect for SDCC -- compared to “panels that suck” -- and how the sideshow element of the series is inspirational and cooler than the Smithsonian.

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Deadites vs. Adaptation: Media and The Evil Dead

Evil Dead II: “It’s a requel…whatever you want to call it!” -Bruce Campbell

By Valerie Guyant.

The following is an excerpt from The Many Lives of The Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise, © 2019, Edited by Ron Riekki and Jeffrey A. Sartain by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640.
Evil Dead has been adapted for different media, including video games, comic books, a theatrical musical production, a board game, and a television series. It has also been adapted for different audiences: two Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes (1992 and 2016), the Evil Dead (2013) reboot, Bhayaanak Mahal (1988) and Bach ke Zara (2008) which are both Bollywood films, one a loose adaptation and the other following most of the plot from the original, Bhayam (2007), a nearly shot for shot replica of The Evil Dead filmed in India, “Done in 60 Seconds” (2010), a Claymation version, Evil Head (2012) which is a porn horror parody, and Evil Dead Inbred Rednecks (2012).  [I]t is the break from horror tropes, the upending of them, and the infusion of humor that creates a compelling story in The Evil Dead and leaves the creators with so many opportunities to tell additional stories without wearying the audience.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Danny Hicks on auditioning for Evil Dead 2 with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell

Danny Hicks​ on auditioning for the role of Jake in Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn​. For full 48 minute Without Your Head Horror and Beyond​ interview please visit

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sam Raimi Teases Return of ‘Evil Dead’ Film Franchise; “We’re Working on Ideas Right Now”


Fans of the Evil Dead franchise may soon have reason to rejoice! Fourteen months after the cancellation of the TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead, Sam Raimi – who directed the original trilogy and produced the show – says early work has begun on a brand new movie.

In a new interview with Bloody-Disgusting, about the killer alligator movie Crawl (which Raimi produced), we asked the filmmaker what the future of the Evil Dead franchise was.

“I’d love to make another one. I don’t think TV is in its future but we’re talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie,” Sam Raimi confirmed. He added:

We’d like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we’re working on some ideas right now.”

The big question is whether the movie would follow the events of the Ash storyline, and once again star Bruce Campbell, or continue the storyline of the remake? Or would it be something entirely new? It turns out Raimi and company have one idea if Bruce Campbell comes back, one idea if Campbell opts out but Fede Álvarez – who directed the remake – is able to return, and another idea if both of those possibilities fall through!

I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original Evil Dead line,” Raimi said. “But if not, I’m very happy to work with, if Fede [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel… but he’s such a big shot now. He’s so successful, an artist in demand, that I don’t think he’d want to do that.”

Speaking of Álvarez’s remake, we asked Raimi – once and for all – whether the events of that gory horror hit were canonical with the rest of the franchise.
“I think that’s a part of the Evil Dead universe but not part of the Bruce Campbell storyline,” Raimi explained.

When Bloody-Disgusting asked for clarification that the events of the “remake” were happening off in a corner of the original universe, Raimi replied: “Exactly.”

“But there’s also a third possibility we’re talking about,” Raimi added. The filmmaker did not elaborate further on what the third direction for the Evil Dead movie franchise could be, but he did leave us with a timeline.

“So I think you may see some action on the Evil Dead movie in the next six months,” Raimi concluded.

Good news for Deadites, and until the next update comes at least we have Crawl to tide us over! It swims into theaters this Friday!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Where The Scary Things Are Episode 2: "JOIN US!!" The Evil Dead Show with Betsy Baker

Episode Info:

Episode 2, The EVIL DEAD SHOW. Join us as we interview scream queen Betsy Baker who plays Linda from 1981's The Evil Dead. We give our thoughts on the franchise and get great stories from Betsy Baker  during the shooting of Evil Dead. Betsy takes on the Deathly 13 Questions. Join the show and call us at (732) 786-3354. Follow us on Twitter @scaryhorrorcast.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Bruce Campbell Clarifies That Upcoming 'Evil Dead' Game Is For Consoles And PC, Not VR


In recent months, various rumors have been swirling around the web regarding the future of the Evil Dead franchise, but one thing we can officially confirm is that an Evil Dead video game 100% confirmed to be coming soon!

Last August, Bloody Disgusting broke the news during an interview with Campbell.

"They are doing a video game. A whole immersive kind of dealio," Campbell told the site. "I’ll be Ash for that, because I wouldn’t want someone else’s voice hamming it up."

Taking to Twitter today to clarify what has been said about the game, Campbell has now made it clear that this will not be a VR experience, but rather a game for consoles and PC!

Campbell tweeted, "Hey, groovy gamers, this is a swell time to clarify some incorrect info that might be out there (including from me!): the upcoming Evil Dead video game is being developed for consoles and PC, not VR. Sorry for any confusion. Game on!"

Bruce Campbell has lent his voice to a handful of video games over the years, including Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick and Evil Dead: Regeneration.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Bob Dorian, actor and magician who introduced classic films on AMC, dies at 85

Bob Dorian, an actor, magician and avuncular movie buff who presented more than 10,000 classic films, B-movie serials and pre-Code Hollywood gems as the first prime-time host of American Movie Classics, died June 15. He was 85, although he often said he preferred to give his age by way of film history, declaring that he was "born between 'Flying Down to Rio' and 'Top Hat.' "

His daughter Melissa Dorian confirmed the death but did not say precisely where or how he died, noting that the family prepared only a two-line obituary in keeping with his desire for privacy.

Dorian performed on the stage, radio, television and occasionally on film, appearing in two movies by one of his favorite contemporary directors, Woody Allen, and lending his voice to Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic "The Evil Dead," as an archaeologist whose tape-recorded readings from an ancient text summon demonic spirits to a cabin in the woods.

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