‘The Evil Dead’ Celebrating 40th Anniversary In Theaters

It’s not easy turning 40, but one horror classic is doing it in style–by returning to the big screen.

The Evil Dead–Sam Raimi’s iconic gorefest–will screen in theaters Oct. 7 to celebrate its 40th anniversary, courtesy of Fathom Events and Grindhouse Releasing, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. And Bruce Campbell–Ash Williams himself–will provide an exclusive introduction to the film.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to look back and be grateful that it hung around this long,” Campbell said. “People still seem to enjoy it. It’s on to the next generation now. So, it’s my job to keep perpetuating it.”

Campbell thinks it will be special when the movie returns to theaters. “If you have not seen it, not much will prepare you for it,” he said. “I would say it’s not for the faint of heart, but those people who like it, really like it.”

The actor–who said he will not appear in the upcoming Evil Dead Rise, but is in the Evil Dead video game (due out next year)–added that The Evil Dead is “kind of a melodrama. A lot of laughs come out of the excessive effects and hokey dialogue–and bad acting.”

The Evil Dead–written and directed by Raimi–follows Ash Williams (Campbell), his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Baker), his sister Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss) and a couple–Scotty (Hal Delrich) and Shelly (Sarah York)–as they drive to a remote cabin for a vacation.

While there, they discover the Book of the Dead, “an ancient tome whose text reawakens the dead when read out loud. After releasing a flood of evil, the five friends must fight for their lives or become possessed.”

Tickets for the special screening of The Evil Dead go on sale Aug. 13 at FathomEvents.com.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on The Evil Dead universe.


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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