Watch: Sam Raimi-Directed Short Film That Inspired the Original 'Evil Dead'

Watch: Sam Raimi-Directed Short Film That Inspired the Original 'Evil Dead'

Apr 03, 2013

Raimi and Campbell within the woodsWith 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 Super 8 mm, and allegedly made for less than $2,000, Within the Woods gives us not only a taste of what was to come, but an early glimpse at Raimi and Campbell in their formative years. That alone should make this worth a look for any self-respecting horror geek who hasn’t already seen it. That it’s surprisingly decent is just an added bonus.

“Join us” in checking out Within the Woods below and let us know what you think.

[via Blastr and Movieweb]

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