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October 21, 2019 - Book Of The Dead - 24 Years Of Evil Dead Projects, A Photobook
Anyone who wants to, can pre order the Book Of The Dead - 24 Years Of Evil Dead Projects, A Photobook via the Online Store page. Orders will be dispatched after November 30, 2019, when the latest BookOfTheDead.ws competition closes. There will only be twenty-five copies made, including my personal copy, and the competition prize. If you would like it signed, please let me know.
As this was posted on the Facebook group; Evil Dead Collector's Initiative, yesterday, twelve of the twenty-five copies have already been sold, so get in there quick!
October 12, 2019 - BookOfTheDead.ws 10th Anniversary!
BookOfTheDead.ws is coming up to its tenth anniversary online. Continually bringing new material to the Evil Dead community has been tricky at times, but the site has been getting bigger & better year on year. Thanks to everyone who has contributed in one way or another, and here's to another ten years of fanatic fandom!
You can now head over to the Competition page to enter a competition to celebrate the tenth anniversary (coming up on the 31st of October). To enter all you have to do is send in a photo of the most obscure/best/rarest item in your Evil Dead collection. It can be anything Evil Dead related from either The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II or Army Of Darkness. Something you've bought or even something you've created yourself; an original or replica prop, promotional item, book, magazine, comic, poster, DVD, VHS, Laserdisc, soundtrack, toy, clothing, artwork, or a signed/autographed item. Literally anything related. It can be something you picked up locally, or from a far flung corner of the globe, even something you picked up years ago which is now rare today. Just take a photo of the most obscure/best/rarest item in your Evil Dead collection and send it in. 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 2019. 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 something very special, and it's taken nearly two months and a whole lot of work to get to this point. It's a self-published A5 size hardback book called Book Of The Dead - 24 Years Of Evil Dead Projects, A Photobook. This book chronicles over twenty-four years of personal Evil Dead related projects; projects where physical items were created and photos taken along the way, along with a catalogue of my personal Evil Dead collection to date. Detailing over sixty projects; from items made in art class at school in 1995, running EvilDeadChainsaws.com over ten years, travelling to The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II filming locations in 2012, making fanfilms, various models and replica items such as the cabin clock, Kandarian Dagger, lantern, and a cabin scale model, as well as authoring various Evil Dead related DVDs, Blu-rays & VHS preservation projects. It contains nearly 600 photos over 200 pages. The pages are printed double-sided on 200gsm satin laserprinted paper, personally bound as a hardback book with a canvas effect printed cover. Beyond the prize, a few extra copies may be offered later for sale depending on interest.
In other site updates & additions, a new page has been added within the Features section; page devoted to The Evil Dead - An Immersive Experience. Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Burbank California hosted an Evil Dead exhibition from September 7th to December 7th, 2019. Working with Renaissance Pictures LTD, it featured various screen-used & original trilogy props, along with some replica items, extensive original photos, with new Evil Dead inspired/tribute artwork for sale. It was the first time so many Evil Dead trilogy props have been displayed in one place, and it's been a huge help to replica prop-makers, allowing a really detailed look at a number of screen-used chainsaws, mechanical arms, and other various rare items. For the many fans around the world who were unable to see it, and in order to preserve this fantastic exhibition for future years, you can see extensive photos here.
The second addition is another rare script addition; Evil Dead II; a later March 5, 1986 sixth draft. The handwritten notes you can read throughout the script are Scotty Spiegel's; Sam Raimi's script co-writer. You can read it on the Evil Dead II - Production page, with a write-up on the differences from the finished film, along with a downloadable copy on the Evil Dead II - In-Print page. This script has never been publicly seen before. A few specific scenes aside, it adheres pretty closely to the finished movie, and the changes from this draft to the final seventh draft are minimal. While it wasn't cheap, huge thanks go to Scotty Spiegel.
Also from Scotty, you can find a higher quality upgraded scan of the Within The Woods script on the Within The Woods - synopsis page. It's identical in terms of content, however, to the previous version. Scotty also provided scans of a 369 page early first draft manuscript of If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell. The final first edition book runs at 304 pages. It was sent to him by Bruce under the title Confessions to make any notes or corrections in 2000. These scans will not be added to the site for the moment. Further, added to the Evil Dead II - In-Print page, you can see a four-page Evil Dead II - Vestron Video Promo Booklet - 1987, and in the Magazines page in the Features section; a new magazine scan of Photoplay Movies & Video - December 1982.
The last scan is another special item, which has been long in the works! A collection of 40 various page/photo scans called The Evil Dead - Renaissance Pictures Promo Package - 1983, has been added to The Evil Dead - In-Print page. It consists of eighteen The Evil Dead promo photos,
the Book Of The Dead 1981 Premiere Program, a two sided US promo slick, the New Line US press booklet, and a typed covering letter signed by Bruce Campbell. This collection of items was sold on eBay US back in May 2010 as 'Ultimate Sam Raimi EVIL DEAD /BOOK DEAD Collectables!' (#160436911441), which was won by US fan Margaret Rushton. I contacted Paul; the seller at the time regarding getting scans, but he wasn't able to do them. A few months later, the seller put me in touch with the buyer; Margaret. Again things didn't work out, and getting these scans was added to the site's long term 'to-get' list and forgotten about. Now; nine years and four months later, I got back in touch with Margaret though Facebook, and she was kind enough to go though and scan everything. Huge thanks to her for taking the time to do this.
Finally, anyone who hasn't already, I'd thoroughly recommend joining the Evil Dead Collector's Initiative on Facebook. There are a number of Evil Dead groups, but this one is by far the most active; run by Elise, owner of the The Deadite Slayer blog, and I do a fair bit of posting there of new material & projects in between site updates.
August 7, 2019 - Tony Elwood Interview & More
You can now head over to the Features section to read an interview conducted with Tony Elwood. Tony was credited for 'Special Props' for Evil Dead II; creating and modifying a number of well-known props at short notice & last minute including the Evil Deer Head, various Chainsaws, and even making the Freddy Glove and squirrel Possessed Ash Bites into. He's also worked on a long list of productions in various capacities since, including writing, producing & directing Road-Kill U.S.A. (1993) & Cold Storage (2009).
Two items have been added to The Evil Dead - In-Print page. The first is an upgraded scan of The Evil Dead - UK Palace Pictures Press Kit & Release 1983, which also adds in some new pages not previously available here. Also added, is The Evil Dead - German VCL VHS Promo Flyer - 1984, a scan kindly provided by French fan Anthony.
A further new page has been added to the Features section;The Evil Dead - Amiga Game Demo. The page details a early 1990's curio; a demo of a The Evil Dead game for the Commodore Amiga. The game seems to be an unofficial release by an unknown company called Possessed Productions, and as far as is known, this demo disc was as far as the game got, but little else is known about it. If you're able to add any further detail to this item, please get in touch.
One new magazine scan has been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Video World Vol.5 No.4 - April 1983. The issue interviews Sam Raimi & Tom Sullivan while visiting the UK publicizing The Evil Dead in 1983. Huge thanks to UK fan Michael Witchy for kindly providing these scans.
May 25, 2019 - Various Upgrades & Additions
More of the website has been updated & upgraded, so clicking each image on a page will display a larger version in a 'Lightbox' window. This includes the whole of the The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II sections. Use the arrow icons or your keyboard's left/right arrows to navigate through the photos on each page. You can also middle-click an image to open the larger version in a new window. For the post part, DVD screenshots have been upgraded to Blu-Ray, and various higher quality images have been swapped out for older lower quality ones. Images will open to a maximum dimension of 1600px by 800px; ideally sized to fit on a 1080p screen. Images which are smaller than this, will be displayed at their original resolution. Between this and the previous update, nearly four-thousand images have been updated so far. Gradually, all the photos across the site will be similarly updated & upgraded as needed, although this is a longer term aim.
One new magazine scan has been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; L'Ecran Fantastique #83 - August 1987. While entirely in French, it does have a number of nice photos including previously unseen photos of Sam Raimi promoting Evil Dead II.
Two newly released Evil Dead related books have been added into the Collectables section; Me Tragaré Tu Alma - La Historia De La Saga Evil Dead By Álvaro Ruiz de Gauna (Applehead Team - 2019), which is in Spanish, but it's has some really nice pictures, some of which from this website. The second is Evil Dead - Un Viaggio Nel Regno Del Male By Emanuele Crivello (Weird Book - 2019) which is in Italian, but is really comprehensive.
As well as a number of image upgrades mentioned above, two items have been added into the Evil Dead II Props page, While not strictly a 'prop', Ash's boots were identified by Mexican fan Beto Matali, so have been added here should any fans want to track down a pair for an Ash costume. Also a photo of a personally owned 1935 Westclox 'Big Ben' Style 4a alarm clock, as seen in the Workshed.
Detailed scale plans for the Cabin, Workshed and surrounding area have been added to the Evil Dead II - Locations page & Evil Dead II - Artwork page. They were drawn up by US fan David Bartrug back in 2010 while at the cabin location in Wadesboro, before the cabin collapsed, and workshed removed in Operation Uproot. Huge thanks to David for allowing their inclusion here.
April 24, 2019 - Theresa Seyferth Interview & More Rare Additions!
You can now head over to the Features section to read an interview conducted with Theresa Seyferth. Theresa was credited in The Evil Dead as Sarah York, in the Super-8 Short Torro, Torro, Torro! as T. Tilly, and is now best known as Theresa Tilly. The Evil Dead was only her second professional acting job, and she only returned to screen acting in the late 1990s, but has appeared in a long list of TV & film productions since then.
The second addition is another really special early script; Evil Dead II A Scream Play; an early May 1985 second draft of the Evil Dead II script (the shooting script was the 1986 seventh draft). You can read it on the Evil Dead II - Production page, with a write-up on the differences from the finished film, along with a downloadable copy on the Evil Dead II - In-Print page. This script has never been publicly seen before, and very broadly has the same characters playing the same roles in a fairly similar plot, although there are some huge differences to the finished film. While it wasn't cheap, more huge thanks go to Scotty Spiegel.
Along with the images on the above new interview, around a third of the website (so far) has been updated, so clicking each image on a page will display a larger version in a 'Lightbox' window. Use the arrow icons or your keyboard's left/right arrows to navigate to the next photos on the page. You can also middle-click an image to open the larger version in a new window. Gradually, all the photos across the site will be similarly updated & upgraded as needed, although this is a long term aim. So far completed, are the Super-8 Origins section, Within The Woods section, About Us section, along with the The Evil Dead - DVD page (which now includes a 4K section), Evil Dead II - DVD page, and the Army Of Darkness - DVD page.
Lastly, thanks to US fan Paige Barnes, a photo of the cabin's remaining chimney stack as of March 23, 2019, has been added to The Evil Dead - Locations page
March 13, 2019 - Even More Rare Additions!
Some more rare additions, the first is a new page within the Features section; a page devoted to The Evil Dead Companion book by Bill Warren, released by St. Martin's Griffin in 2001. It's arguably the best book devoted to the Evil Dead trilogy ever released. It's highly recommended reading, and formed the basis for the beginnings of this website. While this new page has a number of interesting pieces, the biggest addition is an early rough draft manuscript copy of the book. This was sent out to various people for their corrections, revisions & ideas. While it wasn't cheap, further huge thanks go to Scotty Spiegel. It runs at 175 pages, and is text-only, with no pictures. As detailed on the opening page, the film transcripts, Army Of Darkness chapters, and the end of the book are all incomplete. Even in this incomplete state, it's noted as still running between 12,000 and 15,000 words too long, so there is a significant amount of material here which was edited out of the finished book.
The second addition is a rare 1979 early Book Of the Dead script which you can read on the The Evil Dead - Production page, with a write-up on the differences from the finished film, along with a downloadable copy on the The Evil Dead - In-Print page, and integrated into the Bart Pierce Interview page, where this version of the script was mentioned back in 2011. Huge thanks to Matthew Powell for kindly providing these scans. Matthew is the director of Evil Dead Uproot; an Evil Dead documentary still in production. If you want to lend your support, he has a GoFundMe page.
One scan has been added to the Army Of Darkness - In-Print page; an Army Of Darkness - UK Guild VHS Poster - 1993, which would have have been put up in UK video stores to promote the films' release.
Finally, it's worth adding that getting scans of rare material such as this, the regular buying & scanning of magazines, and even hosting this site is not a cheap endeavour. If you enjoy reading this site and regularly checking out the latest updates, please consider supporting this site with a Paypal donation via the button above. You can make a one-off donation, or a recurring monthly donation.
March 10, 2019 - Two Further Big Additions
Two really great additions for this update. To start, You can now head over to the Features section to read an interview conducted with Betsy Baker. Primarily a stage actor & singer, Betsy played Linda in The Evil Dead (as well as one other role in a 1981 TV movie called Word of Honor), and only came back to screen acting around 2006, but has appeared in a long list of TV & film productions since then. This is this site's first interview with any of 'The Ladies Of The Evil Dead', so huge thanks for Betsy for taking the time to do this.
The second addition is something truly special; The Evil Dead - The Army Of Darkness; an early 1985 first draft of the Evil Dead II script (the shooting script was the 1986 seventh draft). You can read it on the Evil Dead II - Production page, with a write-up on the differences from the finished film, along with a downloadable copy on the Evil Dead II - In-Print page. This script has never been publicly seen before, and very broadly has the same characters playing the same roles in a fairly similar plot, although there are some huge differences to the finished film. While it wasn't cheap, huge thanks go to Scotty Spiegel.
March 6, 2019 - A Huge Site Update
Thanks to a heads up and help from French fan Anthony a huge new resource had been added to the site; an Evil Dead Trilogy US & UK Newspapers Archive (1976-2008). Find it on the Super-8 Origins - In-Print page, The Evil Dead - In-Print page, the Evil Dead II - In-Print page, and the Army Of Darkness - In-Print page. This is a PDF containing 398 pages of Evil Dead Trilogy related material ranging from 1976 up to 2008. The majority of material is clustered around the trilogy's three release dates, and a fair bit is advertising & short reviews, but there's some very interesting full articles in there too. The archives cover US & UK Newspapers The Detroit Free Press, The Lansing State Journal, The Tennessean, The New York Daily News, and The UK Guardian among many others.
Asides the retrospectives on Renaissance Pictures and individual interviews with the cast & crew, you have many more disparate articles. There are pre-The Evil Dead reviews of Betsy Baker's stage acting, a upcoming Within The Woods 1979 screening announcement, interviews with Ron 'The Ghoul' Sweed, a few 1981 'sneak preview' Book Of The Dead screening adverts, information on The Evil Dead at Cannes 1982, articles on The Evil Dead's censorship issues in the UK, Ellen Sandwiess becoming the General Manager of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in 1982, and much more!
Five new magazine scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Films & Filming #339 - December 1982, L'Ecran Fantastique #79 - April 1987, Nexus #2 - June~July 1987, The Face #86 - June 1987, and Video Viewer Vol.2 No.9 - March 1983. Also one scan has been added to the Evil Dead II - In-Print page; an Evil Dead II - French Double Sided Synopsis Card (1987), thanks again to French fan Anthony.
A list of new items have been added to the Collectables page; Evil Dead II VHS tapes; French - FOX Video (1991) (Catalogue Number: 528015), and Spanish - Dister Group (1989) (Catalogue Number: 22151876). Army Of Darkness VHS tapes; Finish - Finnkino (1992) (Catalogue Number: T-98352), and Swedish - SF (1992) (Catalogue Number: None). Props & Replicas; Clapperboard (Evil Dead II), & Books Of The Dead Unofficial Replica - Full Replica (Greg Nicotero). Games Advertisment; Evil Dead C64 UK Quad Poster (1984). Movie Press Advertisements; Book Of The Dead Sneak Preview Newspaper Ad (1981), two The Evil Dead US Variety Trade Ad Prototypes (1983), two The Evil Dead US Variety Films Around The World Ads (1983), Evil Dead II US Ad Trade Ad Prototype (By Jeff Ginyard, 1984), The Evil Dead US Magazine Ad Anchor Bay Best Buy DVDs (2002), The Evil Dead US Magazine Ad Anchor Bay DVDs (2003), & The Evil Dead US Magazine Ad Sunrise Records DVDs (2005). Lastly Misc Items; Evil Dead II Script The Army Of Darkness First Draft (1985), Evil Dead II Script 7th Draft Screenplay (May 5, 1986), Evil Dead II Promotional Mini Coffin (1987), and an Army Of Darkness Mini Spanish Standee.
Lastly thanks to some further research by Jerry Prager, and his friend Leah Leslie, the title of the song under the section entitled 'Shelly & Scott's Singing' on the The Evil Dead - Score page, has been corrected to Word Back Here.
February 15, 2019 - More Additions & Updates
One new entry has been added to Reader's Tales in the Features section, entitled Sam Raimi & The Fixed Competition, submitted by UK reader David. Within that story he mentions a competition prize of a Walkman, customised with Evil Dead artwork. While this specific Walkman was ultimately lost over the years, if anyone else remembers this item or even still has it, please get in touch!
Secondly, two new scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Screen International #430 - February 4, 1984, which covers a legal obscenity ruling against The Evil Dead in the UK courts, along with political coverage of the UK VRA (Video Recordings Act), known then as the Graham Bright Bill. Also Video Week - August 10, 1987, a British trade publication with a large fold-out Evil Dead II poster, review, and further coverage of the VRA.
Finally, in one of this site's non-Evil-Dead inclusions, eighteen scans have been added to the Dizzy
page in the Features section; ZX Spectrum covers & tapes for Fast Food Dizzy (1989), Kwik Snax Dizzy (1990),
Dizzy Panic (1990), Bubble Dizzy (1990), Spellbound Dizzy (1991), and Dizzy Down The Rapids (1991)
January 15, 2019 - A Few Little Updates
Firstly, one correction on the The Evil Dead - Score page, under the section entitled 'Shelly & Scott's Singing'. Prior to this update, the song which Scotty & Shelly sing on their way to the cabin was listed as an "old 'Baby Moses And The Thrillers' song", as per the original shooting script, but this isn't the case. The song was actually called Word Back Here; originally written years before in 1972 by Bruce Reynolds, about his long-time friend Jerry Prager. Jerry in turn, later taught it to Sam Raimi during a canoe trip he guided with Sam as his assistant while they were both at Camp Tamakwa. Sam later used this song in The Evil Dead without the knowledge or permission of Bruce or Jerry. It was only in 2019, nearly forty years later, that Bruce and Jerry discovered this and got in contact with this site. You can read more, and see the song's lyrics in full on The Evil Dead - Score page.
Finally, one new scan has been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; Eerie Magazine No.4 - July 1966. While not specifically Evil Dead related, this is a curious entry non-the-less. In a review of The Evil Dead across pages 146-147 of British book See No Evil: Banned Films and Video Controversy Paperback (2000) by David Kerekes & David Slater, the writer mentions a US horror comic strip magazine released in July 1966 called Eerie, as a possible influential source of the film. A number of the basic tenants bear a striking resemblance, The first comic strip story entitled House Of Evil, tells the story of a man who goes to a creepy house in search of his brother. He finds the house abandoned, but discovers a tape recorder with his brother's voice, detailing the house's history, replete with devil worship and demons. The recording summons a zombie creature which attacks him. The following strip; Hatchet Man, tells the story of a maniac, dismembering his victims with a hatchet. In a later strip titled Undying Love!, a man decapitates his lover and she returns from the dead; her severed head talking to him while her body wanders around. Also included is a double page of 8mm movie & soundtrack record adverts, one of which is called Themes From Horror Movies. It includes the theme from The Horror Of Dracula, featured in the soundtrack of the Super-8 shorts It's Murder & Stryker's War, which also uses the theme from The Incredible Shrinking Man, and The Deadly Mantis used in Within The Woods, all among others. While everything here may be entirely coincidental, Sam Raimi would have been nearly seven on the magazine's release, so it's certainly possible.