Evil Dead Fan Trip Of A Lifetime 4-Disc Blu-Ray Set
Here you can buy both the edited and raw Evil Dead locations footage, as seen on the The Evil Dead Fan Trip Of A Lifetime page. The set also comes with The Evil Dead - A Superfan's Odyssey Documentary, as well as the two teasers & two trailers for the Book Of The Dead Evil Dead fanfilm, all over four discs in 1080p. Click the photos below to enlarge.
Discs 1-3 of the set contain 3h 50m of 1080p raw The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II locations camcorder footage, running in chronological order as shot over three days in December 2012. The locations covered include The Evil Dead's Cabin site, Bluff Road Bridge, Clinch River Road /Riverside Road, & Old Highway 25E all around Morristown Tennessee, and Evil Dead II's Cabin, Production House, Bonsal Ballast Pits, J. R. Faison Junior High School, & Anson County Airport in North Carolina. These discs don't have menus, but have chapter stops for each location visited.
Disc 4 is the 2015 The Evil Dead: A Superfan's Odyssey Blu-ray release, with additions. This includes the edited 49m version of the Locations footage (basically what's shown on this website, with a few extra minutes, start & end credits, chapter stops and subtitle intros), along with the 58m documentary which chronicles my journey as a British Evil Dead superfan. How seeing it changed my life, sparking an interest in making my own short films & experimenting with gore effects, leading me onto a career in film & TV special effects. Opening EvilDeadChainsaws.com & supplying Evil Dead: The Musical, creating BookOfTheDead.ws, making the Evil Dead - The Treasures Collection & Book Of The Dead DVDs, shooting footage at nine of The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II's locations, starting my huge Evil Dead collection, making a number of replica props, re-opening EvilDeadChainsaws.com & supplying Ash Vs Evil Dead, and much more. Lastly there are two teasers and two trailers for the 2016/2017 Book Of The Dead Evil Dead fanfilm.
The discs are region free PAL, written on single layer BD-R discs, and come in a proper 4-way Blu-Ray case, with a cover & disc art. You can order via the Paypal checkout button below.
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Please Note: As both the current & previous owners of the Evil Dead II Cabin Site did not wish to be identified or appear in any footage released to the public (for obvious reasons), 14m 16s of the total 4h 03m 38s of video which was shot, has been removed from the raw footage covering the Evil Dead II Cabin Site, Production House, Storage Barn, and The J. R. Faison Junior High School, along with blanking a couple of short portions of audio in the footage that's left too. Most of this is simply unrelated general conversation inadvertently captured by the camera while setting up and packing away at each location. The footage in the three disc DVD set still runs at 3h 49m 22s and is literally as complete as it can be without breaching their confidence.
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Films in this series:
This franchise provides examples of:
- Alien Blood: Blue, green, and black.
- An Aesop: Don't read from The Book Of The Dead. For the third film, keep a pen and paper ready to remember some magic words.
- Angrish: Ash has a tendency to babble and scream incoherently when frightened or enraged.
- Animate Dead: what happens when you remove the book. There's a spell to disable that, but Ash mispronounces it; Hilarity Ensues.
- Anti-Hero: Although Ash's characterization changes radically over the course of the franchise, he's never a traditional hero. In the first film he's just a male Final Girl. In the second, he goes a bit crazy and takes a level in badass by the end. In Army of Darkness, he becomes a Wrong Genre Savvy, wise-cracking, Small Name, Big EgoIdiot Hero. Most adaptations use or expand upon this characterization.
- Apocalyptic Log: The source of the entire mess.
- Alternate Timeline: The games typically go into their own paths in regards to what happens after Evil Dead 2. Hail to the King throws together multiple elements from across the series into a single plot, A Fistful of Boomstick is a sequel to that, and spends his time drinking away his sorrows. Regeneration has Ash escape the cabin without getting sucked away into a portal but he ends up sent to an asylum.
- Arrow Cam - A favorite of Raimi.
- Artificial Limbs: When his hand is chopped off, Ash replaces it with a chainsaw. Later, he replaces that with a clockwork gauntlet. In the extended media beyond the films, he'll frequently swap out his gauntlet with the saw (for example, in A Fistful of Boomstick, he can switch the chainsaw out with a flamethrower and a gatling gun).
- Ax-Crazy: How Ash copes with the events of the first two movies. By the third, he's turned it into Crazy Awesome.
- Badass Normal: Ash goes up against demons from hell, medieval knights, the undead and his own mutated friends with no training, preparation or backup, and still manages to kick ass and take names.
- Bad Black Barf: One of the numerous icky signs of demonic possession.
- Badass Transplant: Ash replaced his right hand with a chainsaw, after he's forced to chop it off after it gets Deadite possessed. He uses it to great effect in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness.
- Barrier-Busting Blow - Several times across the films, but hilariously subverted in Army of Darkness, where Ash keeps screaming goofily until he notices the monster's stopped trying to get in.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played straight with Ash himself, who only ever gets superficial injuries to his face that just make him seem more handsome. By the third film, his costume is a walking Shirtless Scene. There is a scene in the first film where he gets covered from head to toe in blood; a second later his face is completely clean, and the only thing the blood did was make his shirt cling to his chest in a fanservice-y way.
- Big Bad: The Evil Force that brings about the Deadites, posseses people and trees and even Ash's severed hand. In the third movie it incarnates itself as an undead clone of Ash. In the second film, it is forced to manifest a physical form and becomes a huge head that uses the trees as arms.
- Big "NO!": Ash, repeatedly, but especially at the alternate end of the third film.
- Black Blood: Along with all sorts of liquids the production staff used as blood, mostly to avoid an X-rating. The possessed Shelly bleeds white blood whilst faking her death throes.
- Bland-Name Product: "Shop Smart, Shop S-Mart!"note YOU GOT THAT?!?!
- Body Horror: Begins fairly early in the first movie and goes downhill from there. Highlights include a snake-like neck and a breakneck ballet in the second film.
- Taken Up to 11 in the reboot. The cutting off the arm scene is made far worse when said arm is hanging from your body by a string of flesh then just sloughs to the floor. Not to mention a close up of cutting your tongue in half with a knife or slicing off a large portion of your cheek. All of these scenes also are conveniently shown in the trailers just to make sure the viewer knows what type of movie they are going to.
- Don't forget the infamous tree rape scene from the original. Made even worse in the remake, Mia is bound and choked by the trees and is instead raped by a giant thorny leech creature the deadite vomits out. You get to see it slither around her leg before being painfully treated to seeing it enter her nethers completely. Qualifies as Fridge Horror when you realize you never see it leave and it's probably still inside her, maybe alive, maybe dead and rotting.
- Bond One-Liner: Many. But here's one anyway:Good Ash: (fires shotgun up Evil Ash's nose) Good, Bad, I'm the guy with the gun.
- Bottomless Magazines: At one point, Ash fires his double barreled shotgun at least three times in quick succession, far faster than someone with only one hand can reload. There's also the lever action rifle in Army of Darkness which he fires about 30 times without reloading. And then there's the bottomless gas tank for the chainsaw.
- Averted in the first two Evil Dead movies, where Ash had to reload his double barrel a few times, and in the 2013 reboot as well.
- Played with near the end of the remake. Mia has to fill the gas on the chainsaw at first but with as little as she gets into the tank it runs FAR longer than it should be able to.
- Byronic Hero: Ash has too many character flaws to count. Fortunately, giving up is not one of them.
- California Doubling: Army of Darkness takes place in medieval England, but it's pretty obviously filmed in Bronson Canyon and Vasquez Rocks. Bruce Campbell has a lot of fun ribbing Sam Raimi about it in their DVD commentary. Notably averted in the first two movies, which really were filmed in the Appalachian forest (much to the chagrin of the Michigan-based cast and crew, especially during the first movie).
- Canis Latinicus: Necronomicon ex Mortis is supposed to mean "book of the dead. "Necronomicon" is based on Greek and can be roughly translated to "book considering (or classifying) the dead." The "ex Mortis" is Latin and means "from/by the Dead." Neither part means exactly what the creator intended it to mean. On top of it all, the book is said to be Sumerian. This may be why the 2013 remake goes back to the original "Naturom Demonto" name.
- Catch-Phrase: The deadites constantly scream, "I'll swallow your soul!". Also, "Join us..."
- Canon Discontinuity: All three films overlap slightly, with the shared scenes playing out different. If you can attach the Evil Dead 2 scene with Ash being attacked at daybreak to the first movie's ending, then remove Ash's arrival in medieval times from Evil Dead 2, and then attach Ash's arrival from Army of Darkness onto it instead, and you'd have the single continuity.
- Chekhov's Gun:
- The locket Ash gives Linda winds up being extremely important near the end of the first two films. In the first it's what allows him to reach the Necronomicon so he can destroy it. In the second film he discovers it and it reminds him of his love for Linda allowing him to break free of being possessed by a Deadite.
- Ash shows his inability to remember phrases already in the first film where he's about to share something profound a friend of his had said, but then can't remember it. This quirk comes back to bite him in the ass in a big way in the third film.
- Chainsaw Good: Probably one of the most iconic examples in media.
- The Chew Toy: Ash just can't get a break. The original ending of the third movie would have taken this Up to 11.
- The Chosen One: Technically, the "Promised One". Also mixed with a little It Sucks to Be the Chosen One.
- Cool Car: Sam Raimi's 1973 Oldsmobile is Ash's in the series. Even the car Took a Level in Badass in Army of Darkness, when it is turned into a war machine.
- Covers Always Lie: Two of the most famous posters for the first movie are total lies:
- One depicts a woman (presumably Linda, though it's hard to tell) being grabbed by the neck and dragged underground by a Deadite's hand, while futilely trying to escape. Nobody ever gets dragged underground in the movie.
- Another shows a scowling, blood-soaked Ash, with Linda cowering behind him, wielding a chainsaw over his head, about to use it against an unseen (or partially seen) Deadite. There's a chainsaw in the movie, but Ash never uses it as a weapon- in fact, he never ends up actually using it at all. He uses one all the time in the sequels, though.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- Played straight in "Army of Darkness." Ash finds plenty of opportunities to snark about medieval culture and action-adventure tropes.
- Ash gets some moments in the first two movies, too.Linda: Hey Ash, I guessed the card right!Ash (distracted): Yeah, truly amazing.
- Demonic Possession: Pretty much the whole plot of the first two movies. Sheila in the third.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Necronomicon Ex Mortis. Necronomicon means "Book of the Laws of the Dead" and "Ex Mortis" is "of the Dead", so the books name translates to "Book of the Laws of the Dead of the Dead"
- De Terminator: Ash obviously, but Arthur gets points too since he is still fighting deadites with arrows lodged in his shoulders.
- Dirty Coward: Scott in the first movie.
- Decapitation Required: The only real way to kill a deadite outside of total destruction of the body is to either decapitate it, (which will leave a rather pissed off severed head, but it's more effective than most things) or completely obliterating it's head.
- Downer Ending:
- The first film and the original ending for the third film. Ash doesn't seem pleased by the second film's ending, but it's not really a downer.
- In a scrapped ending of the remake, after Mia walks out of the woods, she get picked up by a couple in their truck. While taking her back into town, her eyes suddenly turn yellow like the film's deadites and she smiles at the camera before cutting to black.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first film is straight up low-budget horror. The rest of the franchise leans far more heavily on comedy, with Army of Darkness being straight up parody.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: AND they're comin' back to getcha!
- Evil Hand: Ash has to cut his hand off when it becomes possessed by the Deadites.
- Evil Is Hammy: The Deadites in the first movie and Evil Ash in Army of Darkness.
- Evil Laugh: The Deadites love doing this.
- Exact Words: It has been said for years that there will never be an "Evil Dead 4"; however, this leaves them perfectly open to do "Army of Darkness 2"
- Extremely Short Timespan: The entire film trilogy takes place in about a week, going by Ash's perspective.
- Eye Scream: All the movies contain at least one wound to the eye or the eye area.
- Fate Worse Than Death:
"Even now we have your darling Linda's soul. She suffers in torment."
- Assuming you trust the source, the second movie alludes to possession and death being the least of victims' problems in this series:
- Seemingly confirmed in the second film, as the spirit of Anne's father manifests to tell her she can use the Book against the evil, asking that she save his soul as well as herself.
- Similarly, in the remake, the demon possessing Mia taunts David saying "Your little sister's being raped in hell!" After she is brought back, Mia cries to David "It was so horrible..."
- Final Girl: Um... Guy, although with something of a Gender-Blender Name. This "twist" was actually commented on by film studies, and it's now a bit cooler for guys to have this name.
- Played straight in the remake, mainly because the filmmakers thought that no guy could hope to match Bruce Campbell's performance in the original.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much the Deadites' only motivation for doing anything.
- Averted in the remake, the demon wants to claim 5 souls to rise from Hell. What it plans on after that is never explained, although there seems to be some heavy Apocalyptic overtones.
- From Bad to Worse: Pretty much the entire point of the series. Every time it looks like it might either be getting better, or he might hit rock bottom, or he has any kind of fortune or misfortune whatsoever, something happens to Ash. Case in point - after surviving most of the night, killing his zombie ex-girlfriend and presumably taking care of his own zombie hand by cutting it off, another group of people show up, think he murdered their family, and throw him in the cellar. Headfirst. Then, they listen to the Apocalyptic Log and find out the old man who lived there was actually attacked by his possessed ex-wife. And he buried her in the cellar...
- Gender-Blender Name: "Ash" sounds pretty cool for a guy, but it's actually short for "Ashley," which is more common as a feminine name. This is a reference to him being a male Final Girl.
- Genius Ditz: Ash may be a total cartoon character (when he's not being a badass), but he's still able to effortlessly create a fully-articulated prosthetic hand for himself, synthesize gunpowder and explosive materials using only found natural resources and the Chemistry textbooks in the trunk of his car, and then turn the car into a whirling, bladed death machine. As he puts it:Ash: We can take 'em on! With science!
- Genre Shift: The first movie is a more-or-less straightforward horror film. Evil Dead 2 is a strange hybrid of gory, serious horror, and slapstick comedy. Army of Darkness drops almost all the horror and works instead as an action-comedy. This is surprisingly not an example of Executive Meddling, as creator Sam Raimi helmed all three films, and the progression from horror to comedy was his own idea. The reboot however, is a shift back to straight up horror and some may say it is even more grotesque than the original was.
- Gigantic Moon: The movies often feature an unnaturally large image of the full moon during their shots of the cabin in the woods. The second movie in particularly has a moon so huge that it looks like Ash should be worrying less about demons and more about the impending collision.
- In spite of the franchise being primarily known for slapstick horror and one-liners, the original film was infamously gory and violent for its day, earning an X-rating and getting banned in a number of countries. The film series as a whole features literal floods and geysers of blood.
- The remake shows multiple shots of characters projectile vomiting blood, chainsaws being hacked through limbs accompanied by geysers of the aforementioned blood, a possessed Olivia giving herself a Chelsea Smile, a character using an electric saw to cut off her possessed arm a la Ash, a character being set on fire, and a bludgeoning, Deadite Mia cutting her own tongue in half with a knife and forcibly making out with a female character, and finishes with Evil Mia getting a chainsaw fed to her.
- Oh, and the television show! So many episodes! So much blood!
- Groin Attack: In the infamous tree-rape scene and a similar scene in the remake.
- Haunted Headquarters: The cabin in the woods.
- Hero of Another Story: According to the recordings, Professor Knowby had his own share of Deadite troubles before Ash got anywhere near the cabin.
- High-Pressure Blood: Every film has it in almost every death scene. Taken to firehose extremes with Jake.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: "We're going to get you, We're going to get you."
- Iron Butt Monkey: Badass he may be, but Ash is still this quite often.
- Jerkass: Scotty in the first film, Jake and Bobby Joe in the second and Ash in the third. Scotty's jerkassery is turned Up to 11 in the musical.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ash in the sequels, especially Army of Darkness.
- Kill 'em All:
- Everybody but Ash in 1 and 2.
- Everybody but Mia in the reboot, and even in her case, she merely failed to stay dead.
- Kensington Gore: Lots of it. The Musical is one of the few Broadway shows to include a "splatter zone" and fans have taken to wearing white t-shirts to shows to take home as bloody souvenirs.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Bruce Campbell's famous lantern jaw makes him a very iconic hero.
- Large Ham:
- Rumor has it that Bruce Campbell was hospitalized for two weeks after filming "Army of Darkness" on account of the damage done to his digestive tract after eating all of that scenery. Especially since he was essentially playing two hams: Ash and Bad Ash.
- Deadite Cheryl in the first film is also a major one.
- Lighter and Softer: The second and third films increasingly add humor to what was originally a very straight and graphic horror film.
- Losing Your Head: Linda in both movies as well as the deadite in the climax. Also, this happens to Evil Ash in Army of Darkness.
- The Lost Woods: The setting of the first two movies and remake once the Necronomicon's been read aloud, they also take up some of the plot during Army of Darkness, as Ash rides to find the Necronomicon. Within the Woods was also a "practice" film Raimi and company made pre-Evil Dead.
- Lovecraft Lite: The Undead are crawling all over? Unfathomably ancient demons summoned by the Tome of Eldritch Lore are possessing people? Time for Ash to lay the smack down!
- The remake as well. Demons have possessed and killed your friends and relatives, and a Humanoid Abomination rises from Hell. A chainsaw to the face will fix that!
- MacGyvering: Ash seems to be pretty bright when it comes to making makeshift equipment. In Evil Dead II, he creates his iconic Boomstick harness that also has a thing to start up his chainsaw. In Army of Darkness, he creates a fully functional "cyborg" hand made from the hand of the armor of a knight, created a few things from his science textbook and gun power from his Boomstick, and transforming his Olds into a giant propeller of death. This happens in the remake too, where David throws together a Magical Defibrillator in the hopes of killing Mia and then bringing her back to life sans demon.
- Madden Into Misanthropy: Ash evolves from a fairly sensitive guy into snarling comedic misanthropy over the course of the movies, though he's had one hell of a bad weekend to justify it. It probably didn't help that his allies in both the second and third movie introduced themselves by trying to kill him.Ash: Now I swear... the next one of you primates... even touches me...
- Mind-Control Eyes: Used straight and subverted, at a couple points the deadites go back to their host's pre-corpse state to fool Ash.
- Monochromatic Eyes: On the Deadites.