Devoted horror fans and Deadites all know that before Sam Raimi made THE EVIL DEAD in 1981, three years before he made the film that would inspire a franchise and give the horror genre the jolt of a lifetime. The film is called WITHIN THE WOODS, and for the longest time even Raimi himself thought the film was lost.
WITHIN THE WOODS stars EVIL DEAD staples Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss along with EVIL DEAD producer Scott Spiegel. The film was originally made to sell investors on funding a feature-length version. I’m not gonna lie to ya, the quality is pretty shitty but this is a piece of horror cinematic history. And of course with the upcoming EVIL DEAD remake, WITHIN THE WOODS has even more relevance today than ever before.
Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures is producing the much anticipated remake of THE EVIL DEAD, the film that launched the careers of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, who of course played the Ash character and was co-producer of the original. They are all producing the remake for today’s audience that’s high on the horror, gore, and plot twists. The screenplay was written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, with additional dialogue by Diablo Cody (yikes!!).
The EVIL DEAD remake is hitting theaters on April 12, 2013, but for now take a trip back in time and relive the birth of a franchise that blew away the genre. Here’s WITHIN THE WOODS: