This UK based fansite represents years of hard work by Evil Dead fans to assemble the the definitive online resource covering every aspect of the original Evil Dead trilogy, from the early Super-8 days, through The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II & Army Of Darkness, pulling together a vast array of sources to present the most comprehensive website ever. It does not cover The Evil Dead 2013 remake, nor Ash Vs Evil Dead.
November 30, 2018 - Tim Philo Interview, Competition Winner & Further Updates
You can now head over to the Features section to read an interview conducted with Tim Philo. As well as working on The
Evil Dead & Evil Dead II, Tim worked on a number of the later Super-8 Shorts, including The Blind Waiter, Torro, Torro, Torro!, Cleveland Smith, Bounty Hunter & Stryker's War, as both a
cameraman and Cinematographer/Director of Photography. Huge thanks to Italian Evil Dead fan Emanuele Crivello for his help in making this interview happen.
The ninth anniversary BookOfTheDead.ws competition is now closed, and the winner is Thomas Bicknell from Virginia USA, you can see his entry below. The competition was to take an Evil Dead themed photo.
It could be anything from a Halloween costume, a spooky cabin in some nearby woods, something you've made, a convention/signing, or something more creative. It just needed to be a photo of something physical. The prize was pretty
special. Created to inspire the same feeling to the winner, that I had twenty years ago when I got my first Uncut bootleg VHS copy of The Evil Dead; a six disc DVD box-set, in a one-off custom made vintage VHS style package.
Check out the Archived Competitions' page for more information and to see all the other entries.
November 2018 - An Evil Dead Themed Photo winner Thomas Bicknell from Virginia USA's entry
Finally, two upgraded scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Cold Sweat #1 - 1988 and Cold
Sweat #2 - 1988. Also, Downloadable plans & photos for a printable framed layered cut-out Dizzy display have been added to the Dizzy page
October 18, 2018 - Anniversary Competition & Further Updates
You can now head over to the Competition page to enter a competition to celebrate the ninth anniversary of BookOfTheDead.ws (coming up on the 31st of
October). To enter all you have to do is take an Evil Dead themed photo. This can be anything from a halloween costume, a spooky cabin in some nearby woods, something you've made, a convention/signing, or something more creative.
It just needs to be a photo of something physical. Only one entry per person allowed, so make it count. You can enter from anywhere in the world, and the closing date is November 30th 2018. The winner will be judged & announced
shortly after that. Check out the Competition page for more information and how to enter.
The prize you can win is pretty special. Created to inspire the same feeling to the winner, that I had twenty years ago when I got my first Uncut bootleg VHS copy of The Evil Dead, I've created a six
disc DVD box-set, in a one-off custom made vintage VHS style package. See the Competition page for more information.
In other updates, details of a September 2018 project to personally transfer rare Elite Entertainment material owned by UK fan Michael Witchy is detailed on the The Evil Dead - Deleted Scenes page. That includes eight BetaCam SP tapes containing raw footage from The Evil Dead, and one Digital Betacam tape containing the
master transfer of the 1998 Elite The Evil Dead laserdisc.
Two new pages within the Features section have been added. They're both more nostalgia projects, rather than anything specifically related to Evil Dead. The Fighting Fantasy page, details the series of fifty-nine gamebooks released by Puffin books from 1982 to 1995, created by Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone. The Dizzy page is devoted to a series of primarily platform based adventure computer games released by UK company Codemasters for systems like the Spectrum, Amstrad & Amiga, from the late 80s into
Finally, two new scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Starfix #50 - July 1987 and Mad Movies
#41 - May 1986, both cover Evil Dead II, and both are in French.
September 2, 2018 - Various Scans & Additions
Apologies for the lack of recent updates, other Evil Dead related, along with unrelated projects have taken up a lot of personal spare time recently. One project has taken
much of the past month; filming on a Slow-Motion Showreel for my full time job of making Breakaway Stunt/sugar
glass here in the UK. Another as-yet unannounced project involving UK fan Michael Witchy is also in the works.
To site updates. Extensive photos of a fantastic third cabin model have been added to the Cabin Miniature Scale Models page. Made in 2018 by Italian fan Fabrizio, the model has been detailed inside & out, and lights up too.
Lastly, nine new & updated items have been added into the Collectables page. The Evil Dead VHS tapes; Danish - Jaguar Film
(Unknown) (Catalogue Number: 7511), French - Hollywood Video (1983) (Catalogue Number: Unknown), German - VCL Video (1984) (Catalogue Number: 29040), US - HBO Video (Unknown) (Catalogue Number:
TVB 1979). Evil Dead II VHS tape; Japanese - Cine Cube (198?) (Catalogue Number: CPBV-0039). Army Of Darkness VHS tapes; Australian - Fox Video (1993) (Catalogue Number: 5907),
German - EuroVideo (Unknown) (Catalogue Number: 15147), Japanese - Towa Video (1993) (Catalogue Number: PCVT30158). Huge thanks to French fan Anthony for those eight scans. Finally,
Super8Shorts.com Official Super-8 Shorts DVD3 (2018) to the Super-8 Shorts Official DVDs section.
July 15, 2018 - Interview & Scanned Additions
You can now head over to the Features section to read an interview conducted with John Bruce Jones for BookOfTheDead.ws by Danish fan Jesper Mørch. John played the afro'd waiter in Torro, Torro, Torro!, one of the natives in Cleveland Smith, Bounty Hunter, as well as helping out on a number of other Super-8 Short productions, along with features The Evil Dead, Crimewave, Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except! and Evil Dead II.
Lastly, two new scans have been added to the site, one new magazine scan to the Magazines page in the Features section; UK publication Melody Maker Vol.59 Issue 6 - February 5, 1983. While more of a music magazine, it has an interesting full page article written while Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert & Tom Sullivan were in the UK publicizing The Evil Dead, and on the Japanese Item Scans page; a Crimewave/XYZ Murders - Japanese Large Foldover Promo Flyer.
June 24, 2018 - Book Of The Dead, An Evil Dead Fanfilm Trailer Update
Below you can watch the third and (probably) final edit of the Book Of The Dead, An Evil Dead Fanfilm trailer. Just to fill in newcomers, the original project was conceived as an Evil Dead inspired fanmade short film in February 2016. It was to be a re-writing/re-telling of the 'The Evil Dead', recycling some of the back-story & myth, plot points, and featured props. It was to be more of a scary ghost story like the first film, as opposed to the action/adventure of the second & third films, and wouldn't feature any of the existing main characters from the trilogy in the body of my short film.
As a short filmmaker, it was to be made simply for the love of film-making. Over three months, the opening credit sequence to lead into the short was paid-for & shot out of my own pocket, to use as a 'trailer' to raise the £2000/$2700 funding to make the full short film via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The Indiegogo campaign ran from April to June 2016, but less than a quarter of that financial goal was raised. By September, and after much thought, I came to the conclusion that the best avenue was to refund the money to the backers, and the project was put on hold. In January 2017 I decided to take the project partially forward out of my own pocket. I created a new second trailer by filming specially selected shots from the full fanfilm's storyboards. That allowed the project to move forward, and give some purpose to the number of props & set-pieces which had already been created solely for this fanfilm. That trailer was released online and the project was put to rest once again.
From January to May 2018 I created a scale model of The Evil Dead's cabin & workshed, unrelated to this film project. A few people suggested I could film it as a miniature and edit that into my previous fanfilm footage to add exterior shots of the cabin, which would increase the scope & production-values. I tried a number of shoots over a few weeks; daylight, night, indoors, outdoors, lighting colour combinations, smoke/mist, wind, and eventually I got a few brief shots I felt looked convincing enough to roughly pass as the full size cabin. I edited a third final trailer recycling the editing structure & musical progression of the original credits sequence, cherry-picking the best footage from both the first and second trailers with the new miniature shots, to create one (probably) final trailer.
As it's edited, you have the discovery of the Book Of The Dead, Professor Knowby's translation and the possession of his wife, being tormented in the cellar & killing his wife, the arrival of a new group at the cabin and their investigating the cellar, snippets of what befalls them, and finally the burning of the Book. Throughout this two-year project, all the props & sets were bought/made myself (with the exception of the Books & loose pages, made by Danish fan Jesper Mørch), and the lighting/sound/filming/editing done with my own equipment myself, with help from friend John Mitchison, along with a few unwilling 'actors' roped in for certain shots. This is my third recent short film project. You can see my previous 2015 short film projects on the Personal Short Films page.
The 2018 final trailer is currently as far as this project has progressed. I may eventually try to make a second attempt to raise adequate funding to shoot the whole thing, or just leave the trailer as a stand alone fanfilm trailer in it's own right. Either way, I won't be rushing into anything for the moment. For more information & extensive making-of photos, please see the Book Of The Dead, An Evil Dead Fanfilm page. Should you wish to, you can get in touch via email at;
June 9, 2018 - Super8Shorts.com DVD3 Release & Additions
Super8Shorts.com is proud to present our third official DVD presentation; a 2-Disc DVD Box-Set. It contains eleven further shorts directed or co-directed by Josh Becker, along three of Josh's 2013/14 SpineChillers shorts, and two of his feature film trailers. The vintage shorts play in chronological order, and run at 179m 58s alone, but 221m 35s including the SpineChillers shorts & trailers. This release does not come with a commentary track. The titles, dates & running times are as follows;
1. Public Enemy Revisited (1971) - 7m 47s
2. Additional Footage (1971) - 1m 59s
3. Oedipus Rex (1972) - 6m 20s
4. Super Student (1972) - 8m 52s
5. The Case of the Topanga Pearl (1976) - 5m 59s
6. The Final Round (1977) - 26m 15s
7. Acting & Reacting (1978) - 21m 47s
8. Holding It (1978) - 19m 15s
9. The Blind Waiter (1980) - 17m 29s
10. Stryker's War (1980) - 48m 15s
11. Torro, Torro, Torro! (1981) - 6m 46s
12. Cleveland Smith Bounty Hunter (1982) - 9m 08s
13. Sorry I Couldn't Make It... (2013) - 15m 04s
14. Are You On Your Way? (2013) - 8m 43s
15. Estate Sale (2014) - 13m 43s
16. Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except Trailer (1985) - 2m 09s
17. If I Had a Hammer Trailer (1999) - 2m 34s
Josh had these Super-8 shorts professionally transferred & remastered to DVD at CinePost in Marietta, Georgia (with the exception of Torro, Torro, Torro!, which is from a VHS source). It's worth noting that the vintage content available on this release is identical to the five DVDs which Josh sold through his website BeckerFilms.com, between 2010 - 2016. The DVD authoring has been tweaked, menus added, and given proper packaging, but the actual transfers are the same. Further, the Torro, Torro, Torro! & Cleveland Smith Bounty Hunter transfers here are the original full edits, unlike the shorter versions on DVD2, and the transfer of Stryker's War has it's original musical score, unlike the version included on the 2012 Synapse Films Blu-ray & DVD Combo release of Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except.
You can place your order via the newly updated Super8Shorts.com, where you'll also find more information on this release. As we're still in the duplicating phase, we expect the first batch of deliveries to be sent out in 1-2 weeks.
The audio player coding across a number of pages has been upgraded to HTML5, to give it better compatibility. It 'should' now work across most modern browsers. this includes the Super-8 Origins - Scores page, Within The Woods - Score page, The Evil Dead - Score page, and the Evil Dead II Score page. Please note; We don't wish to tread on anyone's toes, simply to allow fans to listen to material they can't officially buy. If there are still any copyright holders out there would rather their audio was not included here, please send over an email, and it'll be immediately removed.
Lastly, the older news & update entries stretching back to the site's opening on October 31, 2009, have now been moved over to the Archived News & Updates page. As each year passes, the previous years' news & updates will be moved there to keep this main page from getting too large and reduce loading times.
May 26, 2018 - Within The Woods & Cabin Scale Model Additions
Two projects long in progress, have finally been completed. Firstly, borrowing & re-transferring Demonovation's Super-8 Shorts VHS tapes, along with borrowing DeusExMachina's Super-8 Shorts VHS tapes for the first time, and transferring those too. It is from DeusExMachina's source VHS tape that my current best quality versions of Within The Woods, Torro, Torro, Torro! & Book of the Dead Trailer have been transferred. Both the Super-8 Origins Releases & Bootlegs page & Within The Woods - Releases & Bootlegs page, have been re-worked to add in information on these new transfers, and all the screenshots on both the Within The Woods - Synopsis page & Within The Woods - Stills page page have been updated and are now taken from DeusExMachina's transfer. Huge thanks to both Demonovation and DeusExMachina for loaning out their original source tapes, it's hugely appreciated!
These VHS tapes were digitised to DVD using my most recent and best capture equipment which was assembled at some personal expense; a US NTSC JVC HR-S9500U S-VHS VCR (powered by a Goldsource ST-1500 1500w 240v/110v voltage converter), through a DataVideo TBC-1000 Time Base Corrector using S-Video cables, to a PC with a Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro PCIe Capture Card. Adobe Premiere & Encore were used to create the final DVDs. This rig allows capture of both NTSC & PAL S-VHS/VHS tapes (PAL via a UK JVC HR-S7600 S-VHS VCR), and has transferred NTSC & PAL BetaCam, BetaCam SP & Digibeta tapes in the past (matching players & TBC/Genlock units were borrowed through a friend). If anyone else out there has any rare Evil Dead related material which they'd be prepared to loan out for digital transfer, please get it touch via email;
Lastly, a personally made 1:25 scale model of The Evil Dead's cabin & workshed area, inspired by the excellent Evil Dead II cabin model constructed by Italian fan Antonio Pepe (added to the site a few months back), has been integrated into the pre-existing Evil Dead Cabin Miniature Scale Models page in the Features section. There, in addition to Antonio's project, you'll find a detailed write-up of this new project, with extensive progress and completed model photos. The project took fourteen weeks from start to finish, working a few hours most evenings after work. It's still some way off Antonio's standard, was tricker to make, and took much longer than originally anticipated, but the result is still a pretty decent model. Just to add; I won't be making any duplicate models for sale, so don't ask!
May 15, 2018 - Magazine, Photo & Collectables Additions
Further apologies for the lack of recent updates, again primarily due to two related Evil Dead projects which have been eating up much of my spare time; a personal re-transfer of Demonovation's Super-8 Shorts VHS tapes, along with borrowing DeusExMachina's VHS tapes for the first time, and transferring those too. Also a 1:25 scale model of The Evil Dead's cabin, inspired by the excellent Evil Dead II Cabin Miniature Scale Model constructed by Italian Evil Dead fan Antonio Pepe. Expect them both to be added to the site in the next few weeks as they're completed.
Firstly, one new magazine scan has been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Starfix No.41 - October 1986. While it's a French language publication, it does have a number of previously unseen photos, and is well worth a look. Further, one new scan has been added to the The Evil Dead - In-Print page; The Evil Dead UK Palace Pictures Video Store DPP Letter - 1985. Although the quality isn't great, this will hopefully be upgraded soon (scan thanks to Paul).
Fifty new & upgraded photos have been added across the site. twenty-two various photos to the Super-8 Origins - Photos & Artwork page. Three to The Evil Dead - Photo Gallery page; numbers 313, 315, & 335. Finally twenty-five to the Evil Dead II - Photo Gallery page; numbers 074, 096, 097, 098, 099, 112, 124, 144, 145, 174, 180, 184, 187, 191, 192, 461, 463, 472, 478, 490, 633, 639, 644, 645, & 646 (Please note: every time any of the photo gallery pages are updated, the numbers shuffle up or down to accommodate new images, so if they've been updated since this news entry, these numbers may not match exactly.).
Lastly, ten new & updated items have been added into the Collectables page. These include Army Of Darkness DVDs; Australian - R4 MGM Home Ent. (2011) & US - R1 Universal (2009), along with the Australian Universal (2009) Blu-Ray, all the 'Screwhead' Editions (scans thanks to Anthony/Nailwraps), Army Of Darkness Laserdiscs; French Studio Canal (1994) & US - MCA/Universal Home Video (1993) (scans thanks to Elise Holmes), three Movie Press Advertisements; The Evil Dead Australian Exhibitor's Press Sheet (1983), The Evil Dead UK Palace Pics Video Store Letter (1985), The Evil Dead Chirashi Japanese Flyer Alt (1985), lastly, two Misc Items; The Evil Dead Promotional Shot Glass & Army Of Darkness Japanese Cinema Ticket Alt (scan thanks to Scott Sleeper).
March 22, 2018 - Collectables Additions & Locations Footage Blu-Ray
Firstly, apologies for the lack of recent updates. This is primarily due to two related Evil Dead projects which have been eating up much of my spare time. The first is a personal re-transfer of Demonovation's Super-8 Shorts VHS tapes, along with borrowing DeusExMachina's VHS tapes for the first time, and transferring those too. I wanted to make a better job of the transfer than I did with Demonovation's tapes in 2009, so I bought an upgraded pro capture card. That card also requires a Time Base Corrector/TBC unit which I've sourced, then as they're NTSC tapes, they require a fully NTSC American VCR with an S-Video output to get the best from them, which also needs a US to UK Voltage Converter. The American VCR is the last item I need, and is currently on its way from the US. From tests already done, DeusExMachina's version of Within The Woods is better quality than any version I currently own.
The second Evil Dead project is a 1:25 scale model of The Evil Dead's cabin, inspired by the excellent Evil Dead II Cabin Miniature Scale Model constructed by Italian Evil Dead fan Antonio Pepe. It's taken a month so far, and will probably take one more before it's done. Expect that to be added to the site in the near future.
To site updates, one new entry has been added into the Fan Collections page; the huge collection of Peter Eherer from Germany. Thanks to him for taking the time to do this, and allowing his collections to be added.
Two new and one upgraded scan has been added to the The Evil Dead - In-Print page. Firstly a scan of an incredibly rare single sheet synopsis for Book Of The Dead written by Sam Raimi in 1979. Huge thanks for Daniel Culligan's assistance in getting this. Also, there is an upgraded scan of the The Evil Dead - Cannes French Program - 1983, as well as a new scan; The Evil Dead - Cannes French Program - 1982. While the two inside pages are identical on both, the front & back covers are slightly different. Lastly, two scanned items have been removed at the request of Tom Sullivan, they are The Evil Dead script cover artwork (the remainder of the script is still online) & The Evil Dead R1 US Anchor Bay Book Of The Dead DVD artwork scans, both from the The Evil Dead - In-Print page, The Evil Dead - Synopsis page and The Evil Dead - Production page. Tom still sells copies of both at conventions.
January 21, 2018 - Collectables Updates & Additions
Some additions & updates have been made across the Collectables section. A new page; The Rarest Collectables page has been added. This page details a number of exceptionally rare items that serious Evil Dead collectors might want to track down for their collections. It does not cover more general collectables such as DVDs, Blu-Rays, soundtracks, books, toys, fanmade items and such, or completely one-off, screen used or custom made items. Just items which would have been numerous enough at the time, and might pop up on eBay every few years you might want to watch out for.
Two new entries have been added into the Fan Collections page; the collections of Elise Holmes's (webmaster of the TheDeaditeSlayer.com blog), and avid Evil Dead collector Dennis Carter Jnr. Huge thanks to both for taking the time to do this, and allowing their collections to be added.
Two updated photos have been added towards the bottom of the Webmaster's Collection page; photos which show an overview of my personal Evil Dead display corner, both in daylight, and lit up at night.
Lastly, you might spot some little formatting tweaks here across the site, depending on the browser you use. This site was always designed for display through Firefox, but that has increasingly lead to some little formatting quirks when it was viewed through other browsers. Unhelpfully, every browser displays things very slightly differently. With this site, it's nothing major, just spacing differences mainly. After some work, the website should now look virtually identical, and as it was designed, in Firefox 57, Chrome 63, Opera 49, Internet Explorer 11 & Edge. That's with the exception of the music player plug-in, used on some of the Score pages. This only works in Firefox & Internet Explorer. The JWPlayer plug-in used, has since become a paid product, so upgrading it and restoring functionality is a costly prospect. To keep it simple, the existing player has been left as it is, and a little zipped MP3 download link has been added underneath each player section for those who can't listen to the audio, on the following pages; Super-8 Origins - Scores page, Within The Woods - Score page, The Evil Dead - Score page, and the Evil Dead II Score page. Please note; We don't wish to tread on anyone's toes, simply to allow fans to listen to material they can't officially buy. If there are still any copyright holders out there would rather their audio was not included here, please send over an email, and it'll be immediately removed.
January 7, 2018 - Additions, Updates & Super8Shorts.com
Both the Super-8 Origins Releases & Bootlegs page & Within The Woods - Releases & Bootlegs page, have been re-worked, and much of the information updated, corrected and added-to. The section covering the original 'Sam Raimi Super-8 Shorts' VHS tape has been greatly expanded, with corrections & edits across the remainder of both pages too. Huge thanks to DeusExMachina, Demonovation, Sean King, and Andrew Benjamin for their time in answering questions.
Four new Japanese item scans have been added to the site. On the Magazines page in the Features section; a 70s & 80s Horror Movie Japanese Language Guide - August 2017, & Starlog Magazine #77 - March 1985, and on the Japanese Item Scans page; a Creepshow - Japanese Large Foldover Promo Flyer & Dawn Of The Dead (Version 4) - Japanese 'Chirashi' Promo Flyer.
One new video has been added to the Evil Dead II - Deleted Scenes page; the full 72m of Vern Hyde's Behind The Scenes Camcorder Footage in 480p. Not to be confused with Greg's footage, this behind the scenes camcorder raw footage seems to be taken from tapes shot by Vern Hyde and his effects crew, which leans towards more general on set footage, rather than special effects.
All the related weblinks in the links section have been checked, the fair number of broken ones removed, and a few new ones added in. The short list of Evil Dead trilogy websites & fansites is now unfortunately, even shorter. LadiesOfTheDead.com is gone, as is DarkAgeProductions.com too. It seems like Facebook pages & groups have replaced many of the Evil Dead websites, especially when you compare my links section, with the links page in Morsoth's Evil Dead Collection website, archived back in 2002.
Lastly, some updates to Super8Shorts.com. The text at the bottom of the site has been edited to reflect that while the site will remain online permanently, it's unlikely that any further shorts will be released there in the immediate short term. That may hopefully change down the line, but for the moment, it will stop at the two DVD sets currently available. The twenty-two titles released so far are the bulk of the titles owned/co-owned by Bill Ward & Scotty Spiegel. Releasing further shorts is down to the remaining members of the group. Another Fourteen belong to Josh Becker (of which ten have already been released through his website), around eight further unreleased shorts are owned/co-owned by Bruce, Twenty owned/co-owned by Sam, and one by John Cameron. Still, that's more than half the shorts now available on legal retail DVDs. Further, 'Deluxe' signed DVD1 box-sets have sold out, so only 'Standard' DVD1 sets are available from now on. Super8Shorts.com also has both a Facebook, and a Twitter page, to help spread the word. If you haven't placed your order yet, you can follow the link below. Don't forget, all the profits go directly to the Super-8 Shorts creators.