April 16, 2021

#28 - "The Evil Dead" (1981) with Laramy Wells

#28 -

From Peter Jackson to Edgar Wright, this 80’s flick has influenced many of today’s biggest Hollywood directors. As it should. Famous for its practical effects and then-unprecedented amount of gore, this low-budget 1981 horror flick—about a group of friends who travel to a cabin in the woods and unleash killer demons—showed the world the power of guerilla-style indie filmmaking before it was cool. Often imitated, but never duplicated it still stands as a must see film for any horror movie fan. So grab your keys to the cabin, keep the cellar door locked and, whatever you do, don’t listen to whatever is recorded on that old reel to reel audio player, as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Laramy Wells, discuss “The Evil Dead” from 1981 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • The film's first cut ran at around 117 minutes, which Bruce Campbell called an impressive achievement in light of the 65-minute length of the screenplay. It was then edited down to a more marketable 85 minutes. The original version would focus on the terror that is present, but also the tragedy of Ash slowly losing his friends, and his guilt for not being able to save them.
  • The rednecks that wave at the passing car are played by Raimi and Tapert. That day, they had cut each others’ hair in order to look more like idiots. Later, Tapert accidentally appears on the right side of the frame just as the car starts to drive over the bridge.




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Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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