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Alamo Drafthouse is heading to the woods to summon an ancient evil and a whole lot of fun this September with their outdoor screening of Evil Dead 2. Part of the theater's Alamo20 anniversary events, the outdoor screening will be attended by the groovy Bruce Campbell, who will be autographing his new book, Hail to the Chin:
Press Release: Austin, TX --- August 18, 2017 --- A truly rockin' cast reunion of one of this century's most fun cult films. An on-location birthday party for Steven Spielberg's monumental science-fiction classic. And perhaps the funniest horror film ever made, screened in the woods... with Bruce Campbell. The third wave of Alamo Drafthouse's year-long cycle of 'Alamo20' anniversary events is here, providing die-hard fans across the country with three can't-miss cinematic spectacles.
- Derek Anderson
From Fright Rags: "Now Available! Officially Licensed, groovy new Evil Dead II Collection including Six tees, a baseball tee, and custom-knit Socks of the iconic poster design! Celebrate this classic film's 30th Anniversary in style!
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- Derek Anderson
Evil Dead II is a genuine masterpiece, as grotesque as it is funny. These two sides of the movie have never felt like a mismatch—as America’s Funniest Home Videos, clear precursor to our Golden Age Of Television, shows, grievous injuries are hilarious (no matter what anyone says). Add ghosts and demons to a grainy VHS compilation of old people wiping out and the result would be a decent, low-rent approximation of Evil Dead II’s slapstick creepshow.
A video essay by Patrick (H) Willems takes a more detailed look at the apparent tension between scares and laughs, centering on Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II to analyze what makes his horror comedies work so well.
The video’s premise seems a little precarious since horror and comedy have probably never seemed like an incongruous match to anyone but genre purists, but Willems’ conclusion ends up finding its way »
- Reid McCarter
Quick scoop for my horror friends! I recently interviewed actor Ted Raimi (Evil Dead II, Ash vs Evil Dead), during which he gave me an exclusive scoop on his upcoming feature directorial debut, The Seventh Floor: “I’m directing my first feature this year, as a matter of fact. It’s called The Seventh Floor. Veva Entertainment …
Well, this is a unique project, if I do say so myself! Source Point Press has launched a 30-day Kickstarter for Evil Dead II – The Book of the Thread, an officially licensed cross stitch book that features 20 patterns… Continue Reading →
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- Jonathan Barkan
Before tackling the Spider-Man trilogy, Master of Horror Sam Raimi gave the world his own unique brand of superhero storytelling with his 1990 neo-noir/horror/romance mash-up, Darkman, which paid homage to the larger-than-life characters and worlds of comic properties like Dick Tracy and Batman, as well as the tortured titular character in The Phantom of the Opera. A wildly hyperkinetic tale of revenge and loss, Darkman may not be Raimi’s most polished work, but I truly feel that given where he was at that time in his career, and the budget he had to play with, Darkman is easily one of Raimi’s most ambitious efforts (certainly right up there with the first two Evil Dead films).
One of my favorite aspects to Darkman (besides Larry Drake as the absolutely despicable crime boss Durant) has always been the film’s incredible effects, which were designed and created by Tony Gardner of Alterian, »
- Heather Wixson
Evil Ed, 1995.
Directed by Anders Jacobsson.
A mild-mannered video editor is given the job of editing a series of brutal slasher movies for his unscrupulous boss, with disastrous results.
Sometimes it can be a bit tricky being a horror fan because try as one might, no matter how seriously you take the genre and ferociously defend it to the death against those whose only exposure to anything approaching horror is a yearly watch of Paranormal Activity, there comes along a film like Evil Ed and you know there is no defending it no matter how you feel about it.
Taking its cue from the early masterpieces of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi along with Stuart Gordon’s sense of the theatrically absurd (or absurdly theatrical, depending on how you look at it), Evil Ed is »
- Amie Cranswick
It’s probably fitting that Free Fire didn’t get a fair shake at the box office, if only because it seems destined, if not conceived outright, for a spot in the “underappreciated cult classic canon.” While the film, boasting an A-list cast led by Brie Larson, would appear to be co-writer/director Ben Wheatley’s most commercial film to date, Free Fire winds up shooting its way so far through the mainstream action genre that it winds up back in arthouse territory. The ‘70s-set plot involves an arms deal in an abandoned warehouse gone horribly wrong, but the particulars aren’t especially important. What is important is that Wheatley takes just about every Die Hard-style action movie trope to its furthest limit. Remember the scenes of John McClane dragging his bloodied torso around the Nakatomi Plaza? Well, pretty much every character spends most of the movie doing that, except in far more excruciating detail. »
Celebrating 30 years worth of fanaticism and community in the cult of Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams.
Thanks to our Star Trekian utopia of VOD insta-satisfaction (“Number One, slap The Greasy Strangler on the view screen!”), it’s becoming difficult to remember the ruthless savagery of that bygone VHS hunt. I spent far too many days roaming my hometown and neighboring cities chasing down lesser-known Kurosawas, the Critters sequels, and the seemingly always elusive pre-Mad Max apocalyptic mindfuck, A Boy and His Dog. Too often I had to settle for less, and rewatch Police Academy 4 instead of the highbrow hilarity of Zapped! cuz some other Scott Baio devotee had the local Power Video on stakeout. If your tastes in cinema aligned with the Blockbuster new release guarantee then you were golden, but us degenerates with a predilection for Roger Corman, and movies made before our births were doomed to the endless quest. Which, of »
- Brad Gullickson
Although it may be difficult to believe, horror fans recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Sam Raimi's return to one of the creepiest cabins in cinema in Evil Dead II. To celebrate the seminal sequel, Sideshow Collectibles recently released an Ash Williams sixth scale figure that they sent our way, and fans can rest assured that this depiction of the iconic character is incredibly detailed, comes with awesome accessories, and is, above all else, groovy.
Designed by Joe Allard based on Bruce Campbell’s appearance as Ash in Evil Dead II, this sixth scale figure is featured in epic fashion on the outside of the box, which could be proudly displayed by collectors on its own. Opening the box is well worth it, though, as Sideshow’s Ash figure is a sight to behold—and a hell of a lot of fun to place in different poses.
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- Derek Anderson
Toy Fair is an annual trade show where hundreds of toy companies get together to showcase their latest innovations for buyers and press. The following is a photo recap from the Neca booth. To see the rest of our coverage, click Here.
The Neca booth called out to me from afar with their lifesize foam figures of Deadpool, Harley Quinn, and Spider-Man. Unlike most items of that size, these were not just for display purposes. You can actually purchase each of these figures for around $1,000 each. Aside from the price, a total lack of space, and a wife I’d like to keep, I could certainly see myself a collector splurging on one of these because the quality is astounding.
Luckily, the attention to detail carries over to their much smaller scale collectibles. Their Evil Dead II Ultimate Edition 2-figure set was one of the most fun things to photograph at Toy Fair, »
- Jerry Cavallaro
11 items from 2017
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