(Photo: Grindhouse Releasing)
"The Evil Dead" is returning to the place where its key creative trio — director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and actor Bruce Campbell — grew up.
But this isn't just a geographical homecoming for the 1981 cult classic, which was called "the most ferociously original horror film of the year" by author Stephen King nearly 40 years ago.
When it opens Friday at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In in Dearborn, it's also coming home to the outdoor venues that gave it a chance when it was originally released.
Poster for the 2020 release of "The Evil Dead." It's playing drive-ins along with 1970 horror movie "I Drink Your Blood."
Poster for the 2020 release of "The Evil Dead." It's playing drive-ins along with 1970 horror movie "I Drink Your Blood." (Photo: Grindhouse Releasing)
”It played at drive-ins across America and these sort of downtown, rundown grindhouse theaters, as they called them back then," says Bob Murawski, who has edited a number of films for Raimi, including 2002's "Spider-Man" and its two sequels.
"In the old days, (drive-ins) were sort of like the Wild West with offbeat movies that nobody else would show.”
Nowadays, drive-in theaters are experiencing a resurgence as one of the few places to see movies in a group setting. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Hollywood halted its summer release schedule and multiplexes across the country shut down temporarily.
In Michigan, indoor theaters are still closed by state order, but outdoor theaters have gotten the OK to reopen.
Murawski, a Detroit native, is the president of Grindhouse Releasing, an independent distribution company that's doing the national "Evil Dead" drive-in tour. Last week's kickoff in Maine sold out. This weekend, it also has dates at the Capri Drive-In in Coldwater, Michigan, as well as South Carolina and New York.
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