Shout! Studios To Release ‘Hail To The Deadites’

by Thomas Tuna

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.

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