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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.


Sam Raimi


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


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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Horror | Short


Not Rated

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Release Date:

1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Within the Woods See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,600 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 want to know something interesting?
Ellen: For a change, you mean?
Bruce: You know this place we're staying? Used to be part of an old Indian burial ground. It's very sacred and holy.
Ellen: Ooo scary! What is it cursed or something?
Bruce: Yeah. As a matter of fact, it is.
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We Are Family
Written by Bernard Edwards (uncredited) and Nile Rodgers (uncredited)
Performed by Sister Sledge
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Sweet little short.
25 November 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Within the Woods" is largely known as the prequel to "The Evil Dead".This 30-minutes film was created to sell investors on the idea of "The Evil Dead".The film is extremely low-budget and the story is minimal.Still there is plenty of gore to satisfy fans of American horror.Bruce Cambell plays Bruce,who gets zombified.Ellen Sandweiss plays his girlfriend,Ellen.However she doesn't get raped by a tree in this film,though.The cinematography is grainy and the moving steady/shaky camera-a Raimi trademark-probably made it's debut here."Within the Woods" is rather tough to find,but if you get a chance watch it.Highly recommended.

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