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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:
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Was slated to be released in April of 2002 as a special feature on Anchor Bay's "Book of the Dead" DVD release of The Evil Dead (1981), but it was withheld at the last minute due to problems with royalties for the music used in the short. This problem has prevented it from being given a release in any format.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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"Join Us" ..., 13 August 2003
Author: Noel (Teknofobe70) from Bromsgrove, England

Or more accurately, "Invest In Us...", as that's exactly what this short 30-minute movie was trying to say. This 30-minute concept movie was intended to convince people to loan Raimi and his crew money to make the first "Evil Dead" movie.

We all the know the story by now surely : a bunch of teenagers are staying in a cabin and they awaken an evil curse that tries to kill them all off one by one blah blah blah ... only THIS time, rather than the "Book of the Dead", it is an ancient Indian curse that's causing all the carnage. Fun, huh?

First off, I can't believe that Raimi actually had the nerve to use the words "Ancient Indian Burial Ground" in a horror movie. But that and the vacuum cleaner sound effects aside, this is a great concept movie that showed exactly what it needed to - that Raimi even at that age was a competent director capable of making a successful movie.

There are aspects of this short movie that are present in the later ones, and it is interesting to note these ideas (the follow cam, the banging swing, "Join Us!") and exact sequences such as Linda trying to open the cabin door and the whole three minute "Zombie At The Door" sequence that appear literally shot-for-shot in Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2.

Serious Evil Dead fans should definitely take a look if you ever get the chance.

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