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Why has the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day disturbed our sleep, awakened us from our ancient slumber?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Now today’s pic looks a lot like a screengrab, so I’d wager that’s exactly what it is, but it’s still a great shot perfectly capturing the baby faces of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on the set of The Evil Dead (or as the slate reads Book Of The Dead).

Just think about what this film ushered in. Not just the careers of those involved, specifically those featured in this shot, but what it did for indie horror. The great success of this film was a shot in the arm for low budget horror and I’d wager it helped many of your favorite ‘80s low budget schlockers get financed, with private investors chasing that crazy Evil Dead success.

Thanks to Pat Barnett for sending this one in! Click to slightly enlargen.



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic will show you what horror means!

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • June 11, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by mick vance

  • June 11, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell is the only actor

    by mick vance

    i'd let bang my wife and then shake his hand afterwards...

  • June 11, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    what about Spiderman 3?

    by craig


  • June 11, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    What do you do for all of the other guys that bang your wife?

  • June 11, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST


    by mick vance

    the only reason i'd let bruce campbell do it is because he's the only person manly enough to actually survive the ordeal...

  • June 11, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Sweet shot!

    by quadrupletree

    Love it.

  • June 11, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    So now it's a challenge of manliness? Fine, I'll give her a go.. ;-)

  • June 11, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Why didn't they keep the Title "Book of the Dead"?

    by archer1949

    That sounds a hell of a lot cooler than the more generic "Evil Dead".

  • June 11, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    many have tried

    by mick vance

    and in the morning there were only bits of skull and flesh stuck to sheets...

  • June 11, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Be nice to the new kids making the movies, you just never know.

    by DementedCaver

    ....they might be the next big nice to them even if they suck.

  • June 11, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    JOIN US....

    by obijuanmartinez

  • June 11, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    archer1949, title change

    by Munro Kelly

    In the 1983 3D double issue of Cinefantastique, the distributor wanted an exploitative title. He felt having "book" in the title would scare teens away.

  • June 11, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    "I can't wait till we grow up and make Spider-Man 3"

    by Tall_Boy6t6

    Wait, what?

  • June 11, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    The ANTI-Prometheus crowd just wouldn't enjoy THE EVIL DEAD!

  • June 11, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I enjoy The Evil Dead

    by xbagboy

    and disliked Prometheus. All people have different opinions you know.

  • June 11, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by Rick Webb

    This movie scared the shit *and* bejeezus out of me.

  • June 11, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    The steely glare of the young Bruce...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... is a far cry from Sam Axe.

  • June 11, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I love sweaty, bloody

    by Tigger Tales

  • June 11, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

  • June 11, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Shure ain't NO ROAD.

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    Oh wait, wrong movie.

  • June 11, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead=Greatest. Trilogy. Ever.

    by ThulsaBoom

    Sorry, Star Wars, Army of Darkness is less of a drop-off than Return of the Jedi.

  • June 11, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST

    I don’t understand what this has to do with Prometheus.

    by frank

  • June 11, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Prometheus is for Penis-Heads....

    by MOOMBA is HERE

    Moomba has Spoken!

  • June 11, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Actually, I think Army of Darkness was a pretty big drop-off.

    by TheyPeedOnYourFuckingRug

    Evil Dead II was a masterpiece that balanced horror and comedy better than any movie ever had or likely ever will. AOD had a whole lot of fun moments, but overall it tipped the scales way too far over into slapstick for my taste. The gore was toned way down and the Three Stooges stuff was played way up. The genuinely creepy atmosphere of the first two Evil Deads was lost. And as much as I love the S-Mart ending, I still wish they'd gone with the "I've slept too long!" ending and done Part IV in post-apocalypse London.

  • June 11, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Evil Dead 2

    by RoarsLoudly

    Is garbage!

  • June 11, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    As someone who worked on AoD...

    by Mooseboy

    For purely selfish reasons I like the "slept too long" ending (I rigged the cave-in), but it the large scheme of things I think the S-Mart ending was probably best. It wasn't really coherent, but the post apocalyptic version was anti climactic. And the S-Mart scene works better in the Evil Dead musical.

  • June 11, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...Equinox. You know, back when drive-ins gave you three different movies Equinox was the bottom of the bill maybe more times than any other movie I can think of. And I stayed for it every time. I love that movie so much. The demon flying into the cross, the nurse at the end, the castle and the monster. And the giant! The first time I saw The Evil Dead was in the giant auditorium of a nearly defunct great movie house called The Empire Theater. It even had an onion dome. And after I saw it I talked to my friends about how much it was like Equinox. Unlike you, I love The Evil Dead. It was actually the last movie that really scared me, you know in that I want to put my feet up on my seat way, because I didn't want anything touching them down there. There are some scenes in Evil Dead that are just imprinted on my mind, none more than where Shelly starts calling out the cards, at first as they're being turned, then faster than they can be turned. That whole sequence is just marvelous. Still, couldn't appreciate more the shout out to Equinox. That is one damned fine movie.

  • June 11, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    To any AICN editors/contributors reading, I beg you--

    by Sean

    Please don't report on Adam Sandler's Tonka Truck movie at all. Draw a line in the sand and just ignore the whole damn thing from now until the end of whatever it may lead to. Don't report on it ironically, just flat out ignore it. As long as your opinions are not swayed by potential gains from placating Hollywood, you should have no problem as journalists with integrity to recognize a sum of useless information and make the choice to turn your backs on it. Please. Put your fucking foot down.

  • June 12, 2012, 3:15 a.m. CST

    "i'd let bang my wife and then shake his hand afterwards..."

    by Fuck The Napkin

    I shook Bruce Campbell's hand when I interviewed him about 10 years ago. It was the best handshake I've ever had. He started with his hand above his head, looked me straight in the eye, smiling, and swung his hand straight down at speed to meet mine perfectly without glancing at it, and the hands made a huge, satisfying CLAP as they came together. Amazing.

  • June 12, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    I only ever saw the the "I've slept too long!" ending

    by DonLogan

    That was the ending they used here in the UK, on VHS at least, that's how long it's been since i saw it!

  • June 12, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Book of the Dead is the generic

    by NightArrows

    Evil Dead is a MUCH better title considering what the movie is.

  • June 12, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Fuck off roarsloudly

    by NightArrows

    Evil Dead 2 is the best of the 3. Perfected balance of each. Fucking peasant...

  • i was a bit bemused when i got it on vhs a year later and saw the new ending, made me question if i had seen AoD at the cinema at all. Saw Evil Dead at a friends house late one Friday night then took a short cut through the local park to get home. The place was spooky enough anyway, but walking through it after midnight with ED rolling around my mind had me shitting myself, i ended up breaking into a mad sprint until i got to the street on the other side.

  • June 12, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST


    by DonLogan

    That's strange...i only saw Army of Darkness on VHS so when the talkbacker above mentioned the two endings I had to google them as i was only familiar with the 'slept too long' ending. Wikipedia states: Original ending The original ending, in which Ash oversleeps in the cave and wakes up in a post-apocalyptic future, was restored to the film for the UK VHS release, which also had the cinematic ending put in as a post credit extra. This scene has been restored on the "directors cut bootleg edition" DVD and the double disk DVD, which also featured the cinematic version of the film.

  • June 12, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Don't Call EVIL DEAD 2 A Sequel

    by Graphix67

    Evil Dead 2 wasn't technically a sequel. It was a re-make. Re-boot. Re-imagining. Whatever the hell you want to call it. But it wasn't a true "sequel".

  • June 12, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    red white...

    by Red Ned Lynch know on Hulu plus they have Equinox up there right next to everything else in the Criterion Collection (I think Hulu plus has the whole set). It's great to see Equinox next to the 400 Blows.

  • June 12, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Both endings are on a bunch...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...of the DVD releases. And Army of Darkness was releazed on DVD in about a thousand formats. My oldest daughter collected them all. I'm sure it's on the Bruce Campbell vs. The Army of Darkness release.

  • June 12, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...for when releasing isn't quite eazzzy enough.

  • June 12, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Equinox was pure garbage. Fun and painful at the sametime

    by clancy021061

    It stinks of 70's cheese. Zoom in on greasy face cop guy for way too long... that kind of thing. Bell Bottoms, hokey acting. Etc etc.

  • June 12, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Dead by dawn...

    by Darth Macchio'd also be surprised at how many death metal bands were inspired by the Evil Dead series (minus the increased slapstick of AoD). I think the use of multi-octave voiceover tracks became quite common and I think ED may have inspired some of that... The mill scene in AoD was a bit of classic Bruce/Raimi even if it wasn't the whole thing. Hell - I even enjoyed the "Evil Dead"-ishness of the Doc Ock awakening scene in Spidey2. and I'm not the only one apparently - he managed to get away with the "NOOOO!!!!!" unlike a certain other "fallen villain" of an arguably more popular franchise of films who most definintely did NOT get away with raising his hands and screaming "NOOOOOO!!!!!"

  • June 12, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    adeceasedfan - precisely!!!

    by Darth Macchio

    Was thinking the same thing - Glenn Benton and that unfortunate forehead issue not withstanding They used to pour actual pig's blood on the first couple rows back in the day (obtained from a butcher, not killing a pig themselves)...and mostly on their die-hard fans and girlfriends (common audience of the struggling "pre-signed" band, natch).

  • June 12, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Unfortunate forehead issue! LMAO!

    by adeceasedfan

    Caught them on Legion tour sans pig blood thankfully. Debut is a classic in my book. I can't read or say the phrase Dead by Dawn without channeling Mr. Benton.