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Watch Bruce Campbell Tame Snakes in Rare 1984 TV Commercial

Watch Bruce Campbell Tame Snakes in Rare 1984 TV Commercial
When The Evil Dead was released in 1981, it helped launched the careers of star Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, but long before that club hit, the actor and star made a slew of short films with their high school friends Scott Spiegel and Bill Ward. These shorts were showcased with a new DVD set released in August called Super 8 Shorts, with a second volume just now being released. Along with 11 new short films, many of which have never been publicly released before, this set also features some of Bruce Campbell's early TV commercials, including one you can see below for a Michigan radio station from 1984, three years after the first Evil Dead movie. Here's a description of these DVD sets below, outlining some of the history behind these filmmakers.

"While many have seen the iconic horror movie The Evil Dead, and its sequels Evil Dead II & Army Of Darkness,
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[Exclusive] Watch Rare 1974 Bruce Campbell Short ‘Curse of the Werewolf’

[Exclusive] Watch Rare 1974 Bruce Campbell Short ‘Curse of the Werewolf’
Did Bruce Campbell ever get killed by a werewolf? Yes, actually! Diehard fans of the Evil Dead franchise know that the key creative forces behind the films all got their start making Super-8 shorts together in their home state of Michigan. Notably, it was Sam Raimi’s 1978 short Within the Woods that eventually became The […]
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‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Star Bruce Campbell Looks Back at First Film, Talks Season 2

‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Star Bruce Campbell Looks Back at First Film, Talks Season 2
Bruce Campbell reprises his most famous role in Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” which begins its second season this month. He shares exec producer credit on the series with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who first collaborated on the 1983 film “The Evil Dead.” The trio started with a Super 8 short film, “Within the Woods,” which was designed to lure investors for a big-screen version. As Campbell recently told Variety, “We said, ‘Hey, if you like this, we can do it bigger, better, longer! And it’ll be in 16 millimeter!’ ” They made the film for $350,000, and the Feb. 9, 1983, review marked Campbell’s first mention in these pages. Though the review was mostly positive, the actor recently said, “Here is my favorite quote ever: ‘Dynamic sound is overbearing.’ We worked a lot on the sound, actually. We wanted it to be dynamic.”

What was the best part of making the film?

It
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‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Star Bruce Campbell Looks Back at First Film, Talks Season 2

‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Star Bruce Campbell Looks Back at First Film, Talks Season 2
Bruce Campbell reprises his most famous role in Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” which begins its second season this month. He shares exec producer credit on the series with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who first collaborated on the 1983 film “The Evil Dead.” The trio started with a Super 8 short film, “Within the Woods,” which was designed to lure investors for a big-screen version. As Campbell recently told Variety, “We said, ‘Hey, if you like this, we can do it bigger, better, longer! And it’ll be in 16 millimeter!’ ” They made the film for $350,000, and the Feb. 9, 1983, review marked Campbell’s first mention in these pages. Though the review was mostly positive, the actor recently said, “Here is my favorite quote ever: ‘Dynamic sound is overbearing.’ We worked a lot on the sound, actually. We wanted it to be dynamic.”

What was the best part of making the film?
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Tmnt season 3: 5 great episodes (with cake)

Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2016

Here are 5 great episodes of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season 3, with cake. What more explanation do you need?

I’ve already written two articles about watching the Nickelodeon TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and eating cake. You can find them here and here.

The idea is to eat a ridiculous amount of cake and talk about what makes my favourite TV show so brilliant. What links Ninja Turtles and cake? Nothing. Why does everything always have to make sense? Even looking for pictures that I can use in these articles highlights that no one ever eats cake on the show. What I do is buy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake and just get on with it, and you can either go with me or call me out on doing something so weird. But then what are we gonna do with all this cake?

This time
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10 Great Films Made By Filmmakers Under 25

10 Great Films Made By Filmmakers Under 25
"The Evil Dead" (1981)Sam Raimi was just 22 years old when he completed "The Evil Dead." He first made a short film for less than $2,000 called "Within the Woods" to entice Hollywood execs to "The Evil Dead." Raimi has said that he "begged" them to give him the $100,000 needed to make the low-budget film, and he eventually accumulated $90,000 from various investors. The rest is, of course, horror movie history, as an additional two sequels were made and an incredibly loyal cult following ensued. Raimi's career skyrocketed since then, as he was the brains behind the first three original Spider-Man movies — the second one being a classic of the genre — and went on to make other great films, especially 1998's "A Simple Plan." "El Mariachi" (1994)If you've ever read the book "Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player," you know...
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12 sci-fi and horror shorts turned into feature films

From low-budget dystopias to grungy horror, here are 12 shorts that became films such as Evil Dead, Twelve Monkeys and The Babadook.

The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.

Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.

The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons,
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Living Pictures on the Small Screen #1

Introduction

Welcome to the first installment of “Living Pictures on the Small Screen,” a weekly column dedicated to animated programming on television. Cultural commentary inevitably comes with bias, and I wanted to create this column in appreciation of the people and shows that helped me overcome my own bias regarding animation. Like most kids in my socioeconomic sphere, I grew up watching cartoons. Some of them were legitimately good (Batman: The Animated Series and Rocko’s Modern Life) and some of them were simply there when I turned the TV on after school (Inspector Gadget and Cow and Chicken). Once I started taking film and television more seriously as an adult, it was hard not to associate animation with childhood. It was even harder to appreciate animated films and series–which I had to view from a distance, since I wasn’t witnessing real people on the screen–alongside things
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Seth Green Debuts As Leonardo In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S3 Premiere

Seth Green joins the voice cast as Leonardo in Nickelodeon’s season three premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiering this Friday, Oct. 3, 8:00pm (Et/Pt). In the season opener, “Within the Woods,” the team comes to grips with the possibility that Leonardo won’t get better, while things only get worse: a new mutant captures Raphael. The season two finale of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Friday 8p-9p) was the #1 program of the day with Boys 2-11 (3.5/569K, +12% versus a year ago) and Boys 6-11 (4.4/428K, +37% versus a year ago) on all TV and averaged 1.6 million total viewers (up +8%). Nickelodeon was the top-rated total day network for the 3Q14 with Kids 2-11 (2.4/748K); and among total viewers, the network averaged 1.4M P2+ this quarter. Additionally, the network won the month of September with Kids 2-11, averaging a 2.0/636K with the demo, as well as securing 1.2M total viewers.
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Tmnt Season 2 Finale "Invasion" Clip; First Stills & Footage From Season 3

Some fan-favourite characters who'll be making their debut in season 3 of Tmnt: Mondo Gecko and the Punk Frogs. Here are the clips. The first is from the season 2 finale, the second from "Within The Woods", the first episode from season 3 which premières October 3rd. There's no embeds, so click on each image to watch. As we know, Seth Green will take over from Orange Is The New Blacks's Jason Biggs as the voice of Leonardo in season 3, and at the link below you can check out an interview with the self-professed fanboy actor.
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Top 11 Lovecraftian Horror Films

The work of H.P. Lovecraft has inspired not only legions of fans throughout the years but an entire sub-genre of horror. Highlighted by frail, false realities masking a horrific and unfathomable truth… and of course, tentacles, fans embrace Lovecraftian horror films like the squishy appendages they feature.

And with the release of Dead Shadows, we remember our Top 11 Lovecraftian Horror Films.

This list contains not just movies inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, although some of them are certainly here; it also has movies that fall into the Lovecraftian-inspired category. Cosmic horror of the unknown and unknowable that could fracture sanity hovering over reality. Cthulhu. And, of course, those tentacles we mentioned earlier.

As for honorable mentions, how about the wildly popular hit HBO show "True Detective" for starters? There are certainly some Lovecraftian influences there, including Rust Cohle's ideas on fate and religion and the cult of Hastur operating in Louisiana.
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The Evil Dead FX Wizard Tom Sullivan Gets An Invaluable Documentary!

There are a myriad of reasons as to why Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead and its iconic sequels are the unequivocal-cult classics they are today, but there’s only one man responsible for the ingenious special effects wizardry on display: Tom Sullivan! The FX legend is the subject of Ryan Meade’s upcoming documentary Invaluable, which takes a look at the man who made it all possible.

From Within The Woods to Army Of Darkness, Invaluable features just about everyone you can think of that’s linked to the legacy of The Evil Dead, including Bruce Campbell, Betsy Baker, Ted Raimi, and more! Check out the trailer below, and be on the lookout for convention screenings and a DVD release once distribution is secured. “Like” Invaluable‘s Facebook page here for all updates!
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Watch ‘Within the Woods,’ a “prototype” short film by Sam Raimi

This weekend saw the release of Fede Alvarez’s blood-soaked reprise of Sam Raimi’s franchise-spawning low-budget shocker, The Evil Dead. The film topped the weekend box office, and here’s hoping it will inspire younger viewers who haven’t seen Raimi’s auspicious feature debut, to seek it out. Sam Raimi shot The Evil Dead on 16mm, in the woods of Tennessee, for around $350,000 – which is still a lot of money for a fresh out of film school filmmaker. So how did he acquire the funding needed to complete what is now a beloved cult classic and benchmark in horror?

Raimi produced a “prototype” horror film titled Within the Woods, hoping it could build the interest of potential investors. Raimi cast his friends Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss as the two protagonists and produced the film for $1600. Shot on location in a remote cabin in the woods, production was
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Watch: Sam Raimi's Resurrected Short Film Precursor to the Original 'Evil Dead'

Watch: Sam Raimi's Resurrected Short Film Precursor to the Original 'Evil Dead'
As Sam Raimi has long hence entered the big-studio realm and we brace ourselves for Fede Alvarez's upcoming revamp of "The Evil Dead," a rarely seen early-80s short film by Sam Raimi has resurrected online. A bonus feature on many of the endless DVD iterations of Raimi's gory anthology, "Within the Woods" is a kind of short film treatment of "The Evil Dead." Here, you can see Raimi, shooting on Super 8 with budget of less than $2,000, and the famously chainsaw-wielding Bruce Campbell in their early heydey before "Dead" became a three-part franchise. Before Alvarez's "Evil Dead," which hits theaters today, there was Raimi's 1981 seminal B-horror classic, a film that laid the groundwork for all schlocky low-budget scarefests that followed. Though Raimi's latest film, Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful," couldn't be farther from the horror movie geek-land the cult American director often inhabits, "Dead"-heads will get
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Watch: Sam Raimi-Directed Short Film That Inspired the Original 'Evil Dead'

With Fede Alvarez’ remake of The Evil Dead due out this Friday, this is a great time to take a look back at the original films Sam Raimi made years ago – and luckily enough, all three Evil Dead movies are available in multiple formats (because Anchor Bay loves to keep rereleasing them…) so you can relive the magic of Bruce Campbell’s fight against the Deadites. However, only hard-core horror fans and Evil Dead nuts will know that before Raimi made the original low-budget classic back in the early ‘80s, he made a 30-minute proof-of-concept film that served as the precursor to The Evil Dead. That movie, entitled Within the Woods, has never been featured on the countless DVD releases over the years, but you can see it for yourself below. Shot on...

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QuickClick: Prepare for Evil Dead with Sam Raimi's 1979 Short Within the Woods

Fans of Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead initially bristled at the thought of a remake, but after not one but two red band trailers, those fans might changed their minds the remake. But while there is still almost four months before Evil Dead reaches theaters, the release of Raimi's 1979 short Within the Woods (via The Playlist) is just the thing to keep Evil Dead fans drooling with anticipation.

Working basically as a predecessor to The Evil Dead, Within the Woods followed two couples who decide to spend a weekend in a remote cabin in the woods that just so happens to be located on an Indian burial ground. When Ellen and Bruce (Evil Dead actors Ellen Sandweiss and Bruce Campbell) decide to go have a picnic, Bruce finds an ancient Indian dagger and decides to keep it, upsetting the spirits below. Despite the poor transfer of the VHS,
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Go Back to Where the Evil Dead Began with Sam Raimi's Within the Woods

As you may or may not know, in 1978 director Sam Raimi made a little movie called Within the Woods that would go on to be the inspiration for the 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead. Thought lost and unavailable for quite some time, you can now watch the flick in its entirety right here!

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. Yes, the quality is sketchy at best, but believe us when we tell you that having a chance to see this little sliver of cinematic history is worth the half hour of eye strain.

Ghost House Pictures is producing the much anticipated remake of The Evil Dead, the film that effectively launched the careers of Sam Raimi (Spider-Man franchise, Darkman, Drag Me to Hell), Rob Tapert
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Get Ready For The 'Evil Dead' Remake: Watch Sam Raimi's 1978 Short Film 'Within the Woods' That Started It All

If you’re a fan of the "Evil Dead" series, you’ll probably want to stop everything that you’re doing right now. Sam Raimi’s 1978 short film “Within the Woods,” the film that inspired “The Evil Dead,” is now available in its entirety via YouTube. Given that all too often the news brings a coal-in-the-stocking present like, well, an "Evil Dead" remake, it’s always a feel-good moment when we are given a gift such as this. While the quality of the short film isn't so hot, fans will get a kick out of seeing Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss, back when they were teenagers, playing early versions of Ash and Cheryl from the 1981 horror cult classic. Shot with a $1600 budget, this short film was what Raimi used to get the necessary funds in order to make "The Evil Dead" just a few years later. The film was shot
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Bruce Campbell Possessed in Evil Dead Prequel

Back before there was The Evil Dead remake coming to theaters in 2013 there was of course the classic Sam Raimi horror film The Evil Dead That much most people know. What many dont know is there was another film and earlier film written and directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell and Ellen Sandweiss Within the Woods. See the full film here.
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Watch Within the Woods the Short That Inspired Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead

Watch Within the Woods the Short That Inspired Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead
With the release of Evil Dead just a few short months away, we thought it would be fun to share the one that started it all! Within the Woods is a 30-minute short film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell, the team that brought us the original The Evil Dead and its two sequels Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and Army Of Darkness. Original franchise star Ellen Sandweiss is also featured in this reel created to inspire investors and raise money for the perennial 1981 horror classic. Watch an inspired bit of film history, which proves to be quite an eyeful.

Within the Woods: Full Movie

Evil Dead comes to theaters April 12th, 2013 and stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore. The film is directed by Fede Alvarez.

Within the Woods was released in 1979 and stars Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Mary Valenti,
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