Take-Home Horror: The Evil Dead (1981)

Hey there, Creepy Peeps! This will be a shorter Take-Home Horror post that usual, although these posts tend to be short anyway. Today we’re talking about The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981) on Blu-ray, particularly the copy released in 2010 (at least, according to the Internet). It looks like this:

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The Evil Dead is one of my favorite films of all-time, so I am happy just owning it, although I plan to purchase a copy with more feature if such a thing exists. So, without further ado, the special features for this Blu-ray edition of The Evil Dead are as follows:

  • New Audio Commentary with Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell

This is an extremely informational commentary, and I learned so much about the film from these guys. For one, I had no idea Raimi, Tapert, and Campbell knew each other before this film was made, this was something I found to be so cool. It makes The Evil Dead seems even more like a crazy-ass film that a bunch of college guys made…which, it pretty much is exactly that. The guys talk a lot about how they came up with the idea for the movie, how they got funding for it, and how they distributed it; this takes up the bulk of the commentary. I thought those topics were super interesting and not something a lot of filmmakers talk about. I think it gave me an even deeper appreciation for the film, now that I know exactly how much time and effort went into getting this film seen by audiences.

That’s not to say they don’t talk about the actual filming of the movie, they do. The guys talk about the hardships of getting the location for filming secured and how they have war-like flashbacks of the filming days. According to the guys, it was a very isolated and therefore rough shoot: no running water, no trailer for the cast and crew to relax in, so isolated that once they were on set they were thee for the entire day. This toe of stuff is interesting, as well, and makes me appreciate the film even more.

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And that’s it. That’s the only special feature on the Blu-ray. I know, it leaves much to be desired. I get that these older films don’t usually have behind-the-scenes footage, I don’t think it’s something filmmakers thought about back in the day. Plus, The Evil Dead is an indie production, so there probably wasn’t any extra money to film anything other than the actual movie. I get that, but this far down the road, no one can make a retrospective documentary or something, like with the cast, crew, film historians talking about the movie and its influence on the genre. That would make a cool feature. Like I said, if I ever find a copy of this film with more features, I’m upgrading!

That’s all for me today, I’ll leave an Affiliate link to the same copy of The Evil Dead that I was discussing here if you have any interest in it:

The Evil Dead [Blu-ray]
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York