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Within the Woods (1978)

Not Rated | | Horror, Short | 1978 (USA)
While spending a weekend at a remote cabin, Bruce desecrates an Indian burial ground and becomes re-animated; making way to kill his friends.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writer:

Sam Raimi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Campbell ... Bruce
Ellen Sandweiss ... Ellen
Mary Valenti Mary Valenti ... Shelly
Scott Spiegel ... Scotty
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Storyline

A group of friends spend a weekend at a remote cabin, and one of them accidentally desecrates an Indian burial ground. This causes him to turn into a zombie, and kill off his friends. They must band together to try and survive being massacred. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Horror | Short

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Bruce: [possessed by evil] You have violated the ancient ways, and so must die.
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Soundtracks

Chuck E's In Love
Written by Rickie Lee Jones (uncredited)
Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
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Even on an 8 millimeter, young Sam Raimi is awesome!
6 January 2006 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

A short film by director Sam Raimi, he made it in his college days in hopes of raising money to be able to make his masterful horror film The Evil Dead (1981).

Two couples staying at a country house are terrorized when one of them becomes murderously possessed by evil spirits.

Even with its grainy, home-made quality, Within the Woods is perhaps the greatest horror short ever made! There's plenty of effectively eerie and dark atmosphere, well-timed shocks, and some bloody-good makeup FX. It's a gripping little horror picture! Raimi would later spoof scenes from this short in both The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987).

Young Bruce Campbell heads the small cast. Campbell does a good show as a likable teenager turned horrid monster by an evil spirit. Ellen Sandweiss (who would go on to star in The Evil Dead) appears as the films heroine.

A bit of a rare find, but a must-see for Raimi's fans!

*** 1/2 out of ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,600 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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