How Sam Raimi Made 1981’s ‘The Evil Useless’

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Welcome to The queue – Your daily distraction with curated video content from across the web. Today we’re watching a video essay on how Sam Raimi made his splatter masterpiece (Splasterpiece?): The Evil Dead from 1981.

When Sam Raimi made The bad death he couldn’t even legally buy a beer. At the age of 20, Raimi gathered a band of friends / suckers and made her way into the Tennessee woods … in the middle of winter … to a cabin covered in cow dung. Hell. Yes.

What followed was, by all accounts, a comedy of fallacies about Lord of the Flies. Which, considering The Evil Dead’s creative debt to The Three Stooges, feels a bit like life mimicking art. Or maybe it’s the other way around. In any case, one of the great charms of the original Evil Dead is that everything that is portrayed in the film feels very real.

Like the teenagers in the film, The Evil Dead crew was trapped in a secluded cabin, exposed to a seemingly endless volley of hardship. Instead of being demonic obsession, they were struggling with fundraising, frozen camera equipment, and an inexperienced director. When you see the movie, it all comes out on screen: an eerily tangible and electrical quality that was a direct result of the chaos and creativity that went on on set.

The following video essay describes the grueling and inspiring story behind the making of The Evil Dead, from ruthless fundraising to fake blood from hands in the coffee maker.

Watch “How Sam Raimi Made a Splatter Masterpiece”:

Who did that?

This video for Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead is from Andrew Saladinowho did the Texas based Royal Ocean Film Society. You can browse your back catalog with videos on your Vimeo account here. If Vimeo isn’t your speed, you can follow them here on YouTube.

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