Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Book: The Evil Dead by Kate Egan

Over the last twenty years, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) has been celebrated as a rollercoaster ride of terror; a classic horror video hit; an exemplar of the 1980s cycle of tongue-in-cheek and excessively gory horror films; and as the film that introduced the now-iconic character of Ash (played by Bruce Campbell). This study considers the range of factors that have contributed to the film’s continuingly evolving cult reputation – the story of the film’s gruelling production, its journey from Cannes to video and DVD, the film’s play with the conventions of the horror genre, and its status, for fans and critics alike, as one of the grungiest, gutsiest and most inventive films in horror movie history.

November 2009
128 pages
List Price: $15.00, £10.00


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