Within the WoodsBefore making the cult classic, The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi needed funding for the movie.  So what he did was he made this film as the prequel to his film The Evil Dead.  He made a short, 30 minutes in length, film and with the help of some of his friends, Bruce Campbell being one of them he made this film to make his other film The Evil Dead.  Bruce Campbell stars playing the character named Bruce.  Ellen Sandweiss is also in this film, you’ll remember her as playing Ash’s sister in Evil Dead.  This time she’s playing Ash’s girlfriend.   Scotty and Shelly are also in this film, though Linda is not.  The film is about a group of friends who go into a cabin to spend the weekend.  Well, Bruce and Ellen go out for a picnic.  While on their picnic Bruce digs up an Indian grave and finds a dagger.  Soon he is turned into one of the evil dead, so Ellen goes back to the cabin to warn the others, but it’s too late.  Bruce makes it there and kills them all.  Now Ellen is the only survivor and she must survive the night and survive Bruce, much how in the film, The Evil Dead, how Ash (Bruce Campbell) is the only survivor who must fight the evil dead.

I viewed this film with horrible picture quality.   I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to see much of it because of how bad it was.   Soon near the end of the opening credits the picture quality got somewhat better, it was still far from perfect, but it was somewhat better.  What do I think about this prequel to Evil Dead?  Well, I loved it!  It was much like The Evil Dead, except Bruce Campbell plays the main zombie.  It is only around 30 minutes long and it has some really nice gore.  There were some scenes that we would all see in his later films in the series.  We get the knife in the back scene and he wonderful hand-eating scene.  With Anchor Bay releasing their new Evil Dead DVD, there was hopes of getting this on there, and I sure would have loved to have had it with that new DVD.  Seeing a better quality version of this film would have been really nice.   Oh well, seeing it is the main thing I guess.  Finding this film is rather difficult.  You could probably try places like ebay, or you could try and download it off of the Internet.  But the picture quality isn’t near as good as it would have been if we were able to get it on DVD.  Hopefully Anchor Bay will be able to get the rights to this film and maybe give us a little DVD with this film.  It’s a really good movie, and all the Evil Dead fans will love it.  Try to find you a copy of this film, you won’t regret it.  I give it an 8 out of 10.

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Posted on October 23, 2008

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  1. brodi gatley

    7 years ago

    SOUNDS SCARY I LOVE THE MOVIE EVIL DEAD MY FAV IS EVIL DEAD AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS!!!BUT I AM REALLY SCARED OF CLOWNS BUTT I LUV 2 BE SCARED SO I REALLY WANNA WATCH IT!


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