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A website like this revolves around people out there willing to make a contribution. Whether it's scanning some items from your huge Evil Dead collection, taking a little time to give an interview, or rooting through that dusty old box in the attic for that thing you never knew anyone would be interested in. So, here is the BookOfTheDead.ws 'ideal world' top wants list, some of which are perfectly possible and just need the right person to get in contact, while others are very very unlikely. Each entry has a detailed explanation including all the information available and any research already done, plus details of what's needed. If you think you can help with anything below, please get in contact via the email address which is .


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1. A The Happy Valley Kid, A Bootleg Or Official Release

Explanation:  While a fair number of the shorts have either been leaked as bootlegs or released officially over the years, along with Six Months to Live, The Happy Valley Kid is probably the most famous Super-8 short which I've never been able to find a copy of. Directed by Sam Raimi in 1977, it stars Rob Tapert playing a university student who goes on a killing spree dressed as a cowboy. Rob Tapert mentioned in a Xena online webchat that he has an inch tape and a VHS copy in New Zealand, and "The only Super-8 print was virtually destroyed (all the sprocket holes shredded in the projector) in April of 1979 when they we showing the movie to John Cameron, at NYU. Sam still has the film in a bag and is going to restore it one day." Clips from this were also shown on a US TV program; PM Magazine Detroit, with a spot on Renaissance Pictures around 1982, a poor quality recording of which still exists today in bootleg form, and from which the below screenshots were taken.

Some The Happy Valley Kid screenshots taken from a poor quality recording of US TV program; PM Magazine Detroit around 1982

What I need:  I'm looking for a decent VHS or DVD transfer (or even a Super-8 Telecine DVD transfer). I can transfer NTSC & PAL VHS material to DVD, so if you don't have the equipment do this yourself I can borrow your tape and make a DVD duplicate.

In return:  I'd gladly trade items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here) or even pay for it, so if you have a copy of this on DVD or VHS, then please get in touch at .





2. Someone To Shoot North Carolina Evil Dead II Location HD Camcorder Footage

Explanation:  In December 2012, I made a trip from the UK to Morristown Tennessee & Wadesboro North Carolina to film camcorder footage of 10 known locations used The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II to be assembled for a fanmade DVD. In the weeks following, one further location seen in Evil Dead II was identified. I really want my locations DVD to be the most complete and comprehensive it can be. It would be a real shame to leave this location out, especially as if I'd been able to identify it in time, I could have gone there myself. It's the tunnel seen just after the main titles, which is only seen in that one shot in the movie. It's called 'Frying Pan Tunnel', an 84 metre tunnel which is one of 26 vehicle tunnels constructed along the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway running through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It's located 22 miles south of Canton, and about 2 miles south of the Pisgah Inn on Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 410.1. It is the view driving through the tunnel southbound that can be seen on screen. As this section of road is high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, It is not unusual for it to be temporarily closed to repair damage caused by the cold winter climate at that elevation or for other maintenance. The Parkway information line can be reached at 828 298 0398 for the latest information on road conditions or closures. Here is the Fryingpan Tunnel in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, on MSN maps.


The south end of the tunnel (taken by Bill McKibbon - 28/07/11)

The view out of the tunnel southbound (taken from GoogleEarth)


An Evil Dead II Blu-Ray screenshot, looking out of the tunnel

An Evil Dead II Blu-Ray screenshot, emerging from the tunnel

What I need:  To find someone vaguely local to the area with a HD camcorder, who would be willing to drive there on a dry overcast day (to match the rest of my footage), and film a mix of static & panning shots around the south entrance, nothing special or artistic, just maximum coverage, and then either get a copy to me, either via an online filesharing service or by snail-mail. So each of the following;
  • A few shots from just outside the tunnel pointing in (A mix & match, some static shots 5-8 secs long each, some panning around)

  • Some from inside the tunnel entrance pointing out (from as far back as the other entrance, up to the screen-side entrance)

  • Some mid shots, and some off in the distance of the tunnel opening and surrounding area (maybe panning off around the views across the area)

  • If you're able to lock your camera off in the passenger seat of your car; record the drive through the tunnel, driving in the other side, through and out and into the distance.

  • Lastly around 4 or so minutes of clean audio, ideally without any car noises.
Everything will be edited, so there is no need to worry about every shot being perfect and following on from the last or screen direction, I can always fix, edit & re-order shots in post production if needed. The majority of the existing locations footage was shot with a shoulder mounted camera, so it's not is 100% steady either.

In return:  I would of course pay reasonable costs to cover fuel and such, plus a bit extra for your time. I can also include items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here). If you can assist, then please get in touch at .





3. The Evil Dead 1979 Local Tennessee TV & Newspaper Reports

Explanation:  As Josh Becker writes in his 'Evil Dead Journal' on Wednesday, December 5th, 1979; "Also, we (although not I) were on TV yesterday. The Knoxville news filmed this press conference that Gary had set up, then they all went out to the cabin. It was kind of funny." I contacted Josh about this who replied "Sadly, I don't remember a thing about that interview. If I hadn't written it down I wouldn't remember it at all." I've been in contact with all the local Tennessee TV affiliates: ABC, CBS, NBC. The ABC news archivist said he'd send it to me if he could find it, but that was in August of 2008. I have had no luck with the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound in the East Tennessee Historical Center either. Further to this, there were bound to have been some local Morristown or East Tennessee newspaper articles on the production while it was happening in the area (see images below), so in addition, I'm looking for anything on this too.

Two unidentified local Tennessee newspaper scans taken from The Evil Dead R1 Anchor Bay Ultimate Edition DVD Stills Gallery

What I need:  Someone who might have managed to search these out themselves, might actually have a copy of this in some form, or even saw it at the time and can give a description. I can transfer NTSC & PAL VHS material to DVD, so if you don't have the equipment do this yourself I can borrow your tape and make a DVD duplicate.

In return:  I'd gladly trade items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here) or even pay for it, so if you have a copy of this on DVD or VHS, then please get in touch at .





4. Recordings Of Six Months To Live's 1977 Airing On The Ghoul Show On Detroit TV

Explanation:  Six Months To Live was one of the Super-8 shorts made in 1977 and along with The Happy Valley Kid is one of the most famous Super-8 shorts which I've never been able to find a copy of. It revolves around a man with a terminal illness (played by Sam), seeking the help of Bruce, Scott and others. It's one of their funniest shorts, with Sam's best comedy performance and lots of good gags. It concludes with Sam killing himself. Circa 1977 Scott, Sam & Bruce made contact with Ron Sweed, the host of a local TV show in Detroit called The Ghoul Show; a late-night horror movie and comedy sketch show which ran for various blocks of seasons from 1971 through 2004, and was shown locally (on WXON TV-20 according to Scott, or Kaiser Broadcasting's Detroit-based station WKBD according to Wikipedia). Initially Scott, Sam & Bruce were invited to appear on air alongside Mr Ghoul himself played by Ron, then after seeing it, Ron was so impressed he showed Six Months To Live on air in three parts at five minutes each, and invited them back, which resulted in Bruce & Scott guest-starring on a regular basis, with Bruce once doing a Close Encounters Of The Third Kind parody dressed as a woman. Incidentally, some short clips from Six Months To Live were also shown on a UK TV program; The Incredibly Strange Film Show hosted by Jonathan Ross, originally broadcast on UK television on the 2nd of September 1988, recordings of which still exists today.

Scott Spiegel photographed alongside Ron Sweed in costume as Mr Ghoul on The Ghoul Show circa 1977, shown on local Detroit TV

What I need:  I'm looking for someone who recorded the applicable aired episodes of The Ghoul Show at the time (or has since tracked down and obtained archive recordings from the TV station), and who still owns them on VHS, DVD or any other format. I can transfer NTSC & PAL VHS material to DVD, so if you don't have the equipment do this yourself I can borrow your tape and make a DVD duplicate.

In return:  I'd gladly trade items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here) or even pay for it, so if you have a recording of an original TV airing on DVD or VHS, then please get in touch at .





5. A better quality copy of Within The Woods

Explanation:  Within The Woods is probably the most well known of the Super-8 short films. Back in 2002, Anchor bay announced the inclusion of a digitally cleaned version with a newly mastered soundtrack on their The Evil Dead Book of the Dead DVD. At the last minute this feature was dropped and it's never re-appeared on any release since. Don May Jr (the president of Synapse Films and friend of the guys) posted on the AV Maniacs forums on the 25th of September 2006 that; "Within The Woods does indeed exist in a completely remastered form with new replacement music. ABE still probably has it on tape somewhere. but Raimi just had second-thoughts about including it. I actually have a pretty beautiful version that I got from Scott Spiegel years ago. As of 2013, this remastered version hasn't been leaked and remains under wraps. The above aside, it's currently only available as a bootleg, although there are a number of sources out there. Below are some screenshots; one from each of the seven versions I've collected over recent years. They're listed in order of quality with 1 being the worst, and 7 the best, and you can click for 1:1 uncompressed images. 7 was personally transferred to DVD in 2009 from one of a pair of incredibly rare NTSC VHS tapes borrowed from an American forum user, which also contained a number of other previously unavailable Super-8 shorts, additional material, footage & interviews. You can read more on the history of the various bootlegs on the Within The Woods - Releases & Bootlegs page


1 - Within The Woods &
'Book Of The Dead' Trailer DVD
 

2 - Peer To Peer 368.27mb
AVI internet version
 

3 - Peer To Peer 308.41mb
MPEG VCD internet version
 

4 - Sam Raimi Short Films DVD
(standard widespread version)

5 - Sam Raimi Short Films DVD
(bought at New York comic fair)
 

6 - Evil Dead - Treasures Collection
DVD (taken from the source tape)
 

7 - Tansferred to DVD personally
from an NTSC VHS tape

What I need:  I'm looking for a decent VHS or DVD transfer (or even a Super-8 Telecine DVD transfer), or at least something better that I have already. I can transfer NTSC & PAL VHS material to DVD, so if you don't have the equipment do this yourself I can borrow your tape and make a DVD duplicate.

In return:  I'd gladly trade items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here) or even pay for it, so if you have a copy of this on DVD or VHS, then please get in touch at .





6. Did you work on any of the Super-8 Shorts or Evil Dead Trilogy productions?

Explanation:  I'm always looking to hear from people who worked on any of the Super-8 Shorts or Evil Dead Trilogy productions in any capacity. Even if you don't have time for a proper interview for the site, then it's always nice to be able to fill in some of the background and see what people are up to now. There are a number of people I've already been in contact with over the years who were just too busy, and others I literally have drawn a blank on how to get in touch with; Bruce Campbell (who's just too busy), Sam Raimi (who's also just too busy), Ellen Sandwiess (who's also also just too busy), Rob Tapert (yes, you get the picture) Richard DeManincor (who I even tried writing to, and really would like to track down), Greg Nicotero, Tim Philo, John Cameron, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, David Goodman, Randy Bennett, Brian Rae, Philip Duffin, Gary Jones, Kurt Rauf, Bill Ward, and Mike Ditz. There were so many talented people involved, these are just a few of the names that leaped out.

What I need:  Ideally I want to get an interview, which I can either do over the phone (at my cost, and you give the call time) or by email, whichever you prefer. Phone interviews I've done in the past ranged from around 20 minutes up to nearly 3 hours (Scott Spiegel is a fantastic guy!). An email interview gives you the chance to carefully write & re-write your answers as much as you want, but will take up more of your time in typing it out. If you don't have time for an interview, then just a quick email to hear from you and finding out what you're up to now is always nice.

In return:  There is no way I can pay the hundreds of dollars for an interview which proper magazines would pay, this is a totally not-for-profit website (I don't even have paid advertising). I pay every penny out of my own pocket, just for the love of Evil Dead. One thing I can offer asides from plugging something you might be about to release (such as a book or film), is to put old friends who worked on one or other of the productions back in touch. I've had correspondence with a fair list of people including Tim Quill, Cheryl Guttridge, Josh Becker, Tom Sullivan, Danny Hicks, Scott Spiegel, Angela Featherstone, Mark Shostrom, Bart Pierce, Shannon Shea, Rick Catizone, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Ted Raimi, Graham Humphreys, all of whom gave interviews which you'll find at the top of the Features section, along with Ellen Sandwiess, Randy Bennett, Greg Nicotero, Tim Philo, Brian Rae, and Bill Ward who I've had contact with. Also if you're interested I'd gladly send you items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here) as well, so please get in touch at .




7. Book Of The Dead early script drafts

Explanation:  The Book Of The Dead script went through numerous re-writes, with one of the earliest drafts more a mix of plot elements from Within The Woods and Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It opened with the car going past a dead animal in the foreground, akin to the dead armadillo in Texas Chain Saw Massacre, then the group stopped at a gas station where a crazy old man warned them about the cabin and it's evil spirits, with the remainder of the story far closer to Within The Woods than the final film. Each consecutive draft diverged further and further from Within The Woods and Texas Chain Saw Massacre as they went along. The only script version currently widely available is the 'shooting script', running at 66 pages.

What I need:  Do you have any early version of the Book Of The Dead script, maybe you worked on the production and hung on to it, or were given it by someone on the production? Ideally I'd like to obtain the script itself, but failing that, digital scans would be a gread addition to the site too (at 300 or 600dpi, saved as 95% or higher JPEG files).

In return:  I'd gladly trade items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here) or pay for it (or both), so if you have a copy please get in touch at .




8. The Evil Dead DVD-ROM Folder Project

Explanation:  For roughly the last 10 years (and long before I started this site) I've been saving a wide range of material; things like saved websites/pages/forums/threads, PDFs, Photos, Artwork, Magazine/Newspaper Scans, Scripts, Fonts, Music & Audio Files, Videos, Text Files, etc... So much really great stuff is just lost; websites that go down, forums wiped, which is such a shame. For those of you that have my DVDs; The Evil Dead - The Treasures Collection Fanmade DVD or Book Of The Dead Fanmade DVD, you'll notice that there are DVD-ROM folders on each. Each new version of the DVD-ROM folder contains everything from the last version, along with new additional/improved material. The first versions were released on the The Evil Dead - The Treasures Collection Fanmade DVD. As new items were added, this project has become too big for that disc. Rather than remove some of the less important/rare items, and continue trying to fit everything onto that one disc, the DVD-ROM folder releases then became standalone data DVD-R discs, and now simply exist as a very large folder shared on portable hard drives and writable Blu-Ray discs. The DVD-ROM folder will continue to be built, and as of 16/07/13 is 26.1GB in size consisting of 24,661 files in 917 folders. I also keep the working folder plus two mirror backup copies (not all in the same place) as an insurance against loss.

What I need:  If you have any rare material that isn't already on this disc, or higher quality versions of any existing items you'd like to contribute to this project and share with other evil dead fans, I'd really like to hear from you. To give examples; This might be something you saved from the internet years ago and haven't seen since (Ebay auction photos are a good example as they are only around for a maximum of 90 days and then they're gone forever), some rare collectable you have that no one else does, and you wouldn't mind taking some photos, or saved offline mirrors of old sites or forums. The current project contains a wide range of material; things like saved websites/pages/forums/threads, PDFs, Photos, Artwork, Magazine/Newspaper Scans, Scripts, Fonts, Music & Audio Files, Videos, Text Files, etc... So get in contact, whatever you have.


In return:  I'd gladly trade items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here), so if you have anything you'd like to share, please get in touch at .




9. A The Evil Dead 'Not guilty!' Palace Pictures 1984 VHS/Betamax Sleeve

Explanation:  At some point between The Evil Dead's unequivocal dismissal against obscenity charges at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London on November 7, 1984, and the VRA (Video Recordings Act) coming into force on September 1, 1985, Palace Video issued a replacement VHS & Betamax sleeve to some dealers. This was identical to the standard VHS cover, but with a grey banner across the front exclaiming 'Not guilty! - The Evil Dead is back, B.B.F.C. certificate applied for'. According to Nik Powell, this was to swap out for existing sleeves; to celebrate The Evil Dead's victory in court, and as a 'screw you' to the police for their constant seizure of the film even after it was cleared. These were not intended as sample or promotional sleeves, but 'working' shop floor sleeves that belonged in a box with a tape. However, by the time the sleeves were sent out, many of the video shop owners and distributors had withdrawn The Evil Dead from sale due to the risk of being raided again, and the upcoming VRA law, so the majority of these would have probably been thrown away. That is why this specific cover is now one of the rarest and most coveted The Evil Dead VHS covers in the world

The Evil Dead 'Not guilty! - The Evil Dead is back' Palace Pictures 1984 VHS/Betamax Sleeve

What I need:  The cover itself in decent condition, they would have been shipped to dealers flat back in 1984, but flat or folded into a case would equally be fine. With an original VHS/Betamax tape & case would be even better.

In return:  I'm happy to make a standing offer of 400 (UK Pounds), or would part-trade the same amount against one of my Evil Dead Chainsaws which would give you roughly a 75% discount, and also can add in items from my Evil Dead Trades List (which you can see here). So if you have one you'd part with then please get in touch at .
 
 
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