The Evil Dead is a classic.
Because of the use of practical effects and actors in prosthetics rather than computer-generated imagery, the original film still looks pretty good when viewed today. The makers of The Evil Dead understood that computer-generated imagery (CGI) never holds up well over time. The film’s campy moments may turn off some viewers, but for others, that’s part of the appeal.
For this reason, I thought it would be interesting to look at some photos from the film’s production that shed some new light on the film. Maybe it’s the fantastic on-screen chemistry of the cast or the director’s innovative use of camera angles, but this film has a way of drawing viewers back for more. So, let’s look at some photos from behind the scenes and get some information at the same time.
Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi wanted to create real terror.
And they believed that fia actors were in pain, it would create much more horror than fake scares.
The cabin they used for filming also had a dark past. This is why the cabin featured in the film was selected for the shoot. As many people’s lives have ended in the most bizarre ways imaginable in that cabin. The original cabin’s builder died a mere week after he completed the structure. As if that weren’t strange enough, the cabin was actually destroyed by lightning a week after filming wrapped.
Mostly everyone was also high off their gourds while filming and acting in this movie which is why it feels like such a trip.
And the camera movement the movie is known for was only because they couldn’t afford stabilizers so they had to get creative.
Since the film is famous for its wacky and crazy camera work, this actually helped them. To accomplish this, they fastened the camera to a plank of wood and ran through the forest with it.
Many people ended up injured because of the movie and slowly but surely left.
There were over twenty people on the crew to begin with, but by the time they were finished, only the original cast members were left.
Betsy Baker almost didn’t play Linda.
Although it may sound strange now, at the time, no one was familiar with the filmmakers. Betsy was dubious when she was asked to play Linda in the middle of the woods. So, she sat down with them in a noisy restaurant to gauge their mental state. Thankfully, they were able to persuade her, and the movie — which certainly would not have been the same without her participation — was completed.
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