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Sam Raimi (writer)
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12 October 2003 (Argentina) See more »
A group of friends spend a weekend at a remote cabin, and one of them accidentally desecrates an Indian burial ground... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Sam Raimi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sam Raimi  writer

Produced by
Bruce Campbell .... executive producer
Sam Raimi .... executive producer
Robert G. Tapert .... executive producer (as Rip Tapert)
Robert G. Tapert .... producer (as Rip Tapert)
Cinematography by
Tim Philo 
Film Editing by
Sam Raimi 
Special Effects by
Tom Sullivan .... special effects
Other crew
Tim Hunter .... crew
Ted Raimi .... crew
Doug Sills .... crew

Additional Details

32 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Many of the suspense setups used in the short were later recycled by Sam Raimi and used again in The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987).See more »
Bruce:You're only cursed by the evil spirits if you violate the graves of the dead. We're just gonna be eating hotdogs.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
S10 Reviews: Within the Woods (1978), 10 July 2005
Author: suspiria10 from The Void

Two couples are vacationing in a rickety shack deep "Within the Woods". When Bruce and Ellen decide to venture out to have a picnic, they find the worst possible place to roast their weenies. They soon learn that disturbing an ancient Indian burial ground has its price…and they will pay in blood.

Hey, hey you can't really fault the filmmakers for the production. This Super 8 short was put to round up some funding for what would later become "The Evil Dead" (1982). The film itself is actually pretty good with a good atmosphere and music score that punctuate an already creepy cabin and woods. You'll see many a gag and shot that will later be replicated in the official version and let's face it any "Dead" fan has got to see "Within the Woods" for the sheer fun. Word of warning though the short has never gotten an official release (due to music rights issues) it only exists in bootleg form. If you pay for it good luck because you'll get suckered. Downloading is your best bet (it is plenty available on most P2P's) because it always seems to be an 87th generation copy of a 10th generation VHS dupe. Not worth a bloody dime but priceless any other way.

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