Shout! Studios To Release ‘Hail To The Deadites’

The Evil Dead universe has more lives than a black cat, and now the millions of fans of the horror franchise will have a documentary of their very own.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original 1981 classic The Evil Dead, Shout! Studios will release Hail to the Deadites, a film that delves into the fiercely loyal fan base of the movies and all they have spawned. The documentary, as reported by, features interviews with the cast, crews, collectors and fans of everything Evil Dead.

The film–which has already made the rounds on the festival circuits–will be made available on digital and on-demand starting July 27. And horror fans can get a preview of the film by viewing the trailer on this very page.

The 80-minute documentary features chats with fans around the globe, as well as interviews with such cast luminaries as Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss and Richard DeManincor.

Hail to the Deadites is unique because it stresses the fans, as opposed to the productions. “Some people might find it weird to not see any footage of the franchise in the documentary,” said director Steve Villeneuve, “but this is what I’ve been aiming for since Day One. I’m really proud to say that everything you will see or hear in this documentary was created by the fans.”

The Evil Dead–written and directed by Sam Raimi–became a cultural phenomenon and gave birth to several sequels, a TV series, comic books and action figures. The latest film entry–Evil Dead Rise from New Line Cinema–is expected to start shooting later this month in New Zealand with writer/director Lee Cronin at the helm. The film–which will debut on HBO Max on an unannounced date–stars Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on all things Evil Dead.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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