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 the Ash Vs Evil Dead TV series.
25 Further scans have been added in to the 'Films Around The World 2021 Heritage Auction - 1981-1985' on the The Evil Dead - In-Print page. Updated & added are; The Evil Dead - Film Festival Sales Brochure (1982), Stephen King's Article for Twilight Zone Magazine (November 1982), an Opening Night Champagne Party Invite (April 15th, 1983), and The Evil Dead - German VCL Sample VHS Cover (1983). There was also a 4" x 5" transparency of the front image of the 1982 Films Around The World The Evil Dead Double Sided Promo Slick, which will be scanned & added in due course.
Lastly, two magazine scans have been added in to the Magazines page in the Features section. Both French titles; Mad Movies #26 - April 1983, and L'Ecran Fantastique #40.
November 11, 2021 - Scanned Additions
Duplication & dispatch on the Book Of The Dead/Book Of The Dead II Blu-Ray project is complete. No more sets are available. I may revisit this project with updated material, or create an extra disc in the future, but that's it for now.
Of the 120 sets created, 113 have been dispatched. I'm holding on to the final 7 copies in case I need them to replace any orders which may go missing in the post. 53 of the total 113 dispatched sets had been sent to buyers across the UK. Another 43 went to states in the USA (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, & Wisconsin), and another 17 went around the world; including Australia, Canada (Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec), Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. I'm also proud to say sets' are in the collections' of a number of Evil Dead alumni; Josh Becker, Don Campbell, Graham Humphreys, Tim Philo, Patrick Reese, Scotty Spiegel, and Tom Sullivan. These were among the sets sent out for free, but it's still nice to have them all as owners of my work.
The Evil Dead 2 - Japanese Press Kit - 1987 scans have been upgraded on the Evil Dead II - In-Print page. Some previously missing lobby cards have been added in taking the total to thirteen, along with fourteen pages of Japanese press information sheets.
Lastly for this update, six magazine scans have been added in to the Magazines page in the Features section. There are three French titles; Mad Movies #47 - May 1987, Mad Movies #48 - July 1987, Mad Movies #152 - April 2003. One magazine from the UK; Video Collector - April 1991, along with scans from the UK 26th London Film Festival Program - November 1982. Finally a really nice addition, scans from The Horror World - Japanese Horror & SFX Museum Program - 1985, containing photos taken with Tom Sullivan & various special effects props in 1985, for The Evil Dead's Theatrical release over there.
This update covers all the material-to-be-scanned, bought since the last update.
So, to new updates. Two downloads have been added to The Evil Dead - In-Print page. The first is a very special collection of items entitled the 'Films Around The World 2021 Heritage Auction - 1981-1985'. This contains 184 Pages of 600dpi scans totalling 1.48gb, presented here at no small personal expense. Just to give a little background, between February to July 2021, four lots of rare Evil Dead items were sold on the internet auction site Heritage, and the final two lots were won personally. They ran as follows (click links to see auctions);
Luckily the winner of the first two lots got in touch shortly after closing, so hopefully scans of everything there can be added here soon. It's almost certain that the last three, and very likely the first lot, all came from the same source; Irvin Shapiro & his distribution company Films Around The World. There's even a compliments slip attached to some press clippings from Palace Pictures, addressed to Irvin. Irvin passed in 1989, so this would either be part of his estate, someone else in the company, or it was bought years back and is only now being sold in separate lots by another collector.
Everything has been scanned at 600dpi, titled & sorted into a number of PDF files for easy viewing. Each PDF has extensive bookmarks, so these will tell you exactly what you're looking at, and make navigation & finding material much easier.
Also one additional Lobby Card scan has been added in to the The Evil Dead - Large Mexican Lobby Cards - 1985 collection taking the total to four, although there are at least five or more out there.
Lastly for this update, five magazine scans have been added in to the Magazines page in the Features section; Cinefantastique - Vol.14 No.2 - December/January 1983/1984 & Fear Magazine #29 - May 1991. There's also NME - November 20, 1982; which contains the first UK in-print review of The Evil Dead, and finally two gaming magazines; Playstation Magazine UK #73 - July 2001 covering Hail To The King, and Playstation 2 Gaming Max - June 2003 covering A Fistful Of Boomstick.
This first update covers all the material-to-be-scanned, bought since the last proper update. Expect further updates covering other pages soon.
July 7, 2021 - New Book Of The Dead Blu-Ray Project
Huge apologies for the lack of recent updates, those in the Facebook Evil Dead community will probably already have seen the new project taking up all my spare time for the last month or so. It's a five disc Blu-Ray upgraded/combined version of my previous two Evil Dead fanmade DVD projects; the Book Of The Dead DVD (2012) & Book Of The Dead II DVD (2016). If you want to see photos and updates for the project to date, head on over to facebook.com/RobsNostalgiaProjects.
Normal updates will be resumeed once that project has been completed!
May 21, 2021 - New Hosting
This website, along with a number of my others on the same webspace, has now moved to new hosting. The size and bandwidth being used, was bringing complaints from the old hosting company (GoDaddy), and immediate threats of deletion making it clear they wanted me gone in less than a week, even though the site had been on an unlimited space/bandwidth package for a few years.
In order to head-off any complaints from Hostinger (the new hosting company), The webspace footprint was reduced down from 388GB to 44gb by deleting all unneeded files (which were mostly DVD images uploaded for sharing with people over the years), then reduced further to 20.6GB by switching all downloads larger than a few hundred MB to filehosting sites GoogleDrive & MediaFire. Complaints aside, heavy downloading of large files on one site, can mean others browsing a different site within this same webspace, get much slower speeds, so it's not a bad idea anyway. Also, the main Collectables page has been broken up, so that each section is on a separate page rather than one huge page to reduce server load. These changes allowed hosting on a much cheaper webhosting package too (£115.06 vs £14.25 per year!)
You may have also noticed that the BookOfTheDead.ws root address now has a menu with links to each website hosted within the BookOfTheDead.ws webspace. This brings together links for all my sites hosted here in one place, and allows for simpler navigation between them. Everything is now also SSL HTTPS, to ensure safer browsing.
As the new hosing only allows two domain names per webhosting package, the EvilDeadChainsaws.com domain name & 'info@' email address have been deleted. As the site is now really just an online archive, paying for the domain name & email every year seemed unnecessary. The site will remain online exactly as it is now, but can be accessed through the main BookOfTheDead.ws root menu, or directly at BookOfTheDead.ws/EvilDeadChainsaws/. The email address on the order page there has been swapped, so please delete the 'info@' email from your address books as it no longer works.
The same goes for TheKnightsOfSumeria.com domain name, as no one really used the forum. It's now more of an information archive. The forum itself will remain online, and can be accessed through the BookOfTheDead.ws root menu, or directly at BookOfTheDead.ws/TheKnightsOfSumeria/, so please update your bookmarks.
The Super8Shorts.com domain name will remain, but the email address at the bottom of that page has changed from the old Gmail account, to a new 'info@' address matching the domain name.
The GamesMasterLive forums were a casualty of the transfer. The new cheaper hosting only allows for two forums (or rather two MySQL databases). This forum was the third, and cannot run on this webhosting. The last period of busy posting was over ten years ago, making it more of an archive site. The only reason people seemed to visit lately, was to be able to download the GamesMaster DVD disc images & MP4 encodes (which were among the huge volume of material deleted to reduce the sites' footprint). I was going to find & post this to the main GamesMaster Facebook group, but there doesn't seem to be any whatsoever? Anyway, I have an offline backup of the forum & MySQL database as of the move in May 2021, so it's very simple if someone else has their own webspace and wants to resurrect it. All the posts are saved.
GamesMasterLive forums are gone, but could be resurrected if someone has suitable hosting.
The BookOfTheDead.ws has a new root menu linking other all my websites, but everything else should be the same as it was before. As this has been a major change, if you come across anything that isn't working, please do get in contact.
April 3, 2021 - Various Updates
Four new magazine scans have been added to the Magazines page in the Features section. First, two polish titles; Film NR9-1756 - February 27, 1983 and Film NR16-1972 - April 19, 1987. Impact #8 - April 1987 is in French, but has a fair number of Evil Dead II behind the scenes photos, and Film Extremes #2 - 1992 featuring an Army Of Darkness review. Huge thanks to French fan Anthony for scanning those.
Mike Witchy also supplied one new magazine scan for the The Evil Dead C64 In-Print page in the Features section; The Micro User Vol2 #12 (February 1985), which has been integrated in to The Evil Dead Game - C64, Spectrum & BBC Magazines (1983 - 1989) PDF file.
The PDF scanned download of The Evil Dead - US Press Kit - 1983 on the The Evil Dead - In-Print page has been revised. While they had been previously mixed-up here, it would seem there were two virtually identical sets of US lobby cards. A set of ten dated 1982 displaying the Renaissance Pictures name, and a second identical set dated 1983, with the New Line name & logo. These two differing sets can now be viewed here as separate PDFs, although the Renaissance set set of scans are currently incomplete. Further, four additional press photos have been added into this download as well, now making a total of 38 pages.
Four new photos have been added to the Webmaster's Collection page; 004, 051, 111, 123. New additions of note include a The Evil Dead US New Line Cinema Press Kit (1983), a gold Trifari magnifying glass necklace to go along side the silver version, The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II script photocopies, and some new magazines.
A Fighting Fantasy Gamebook covers' poster has been created and added to the Fighting Fantasy page within the Features section. This is more of a nostalgia project, rather than anything specifically related to Evil Dead, but some readers might still be interested.
March 21, 2021 - EvilDeadChainsaws & Ash Vs Evil Dead
Two upgraded script scans have been added, one for The Evil Dead's shooting script on the The Evil Dead - Synopsis page, and Evil Dead II's seventh draft shooting script on the Evil Dead II - Synopsis page. While the content is identical to the previous versions, these upgrades are both scans of original scripts.
One interesting addition has been made to the Evil Dead II Props page, in the Evil Dead II Ash's Boots section; A tiny related detail many fans will have missed, picked up on by UK fan Rhys Johnston in March 2021. Thanks to him for picking that up.
February 27, 2021 - Various Additions
You can now head over to the Features section to read interviews entitled The Evil Dead - Cabin Site Owners. This page covers two interviews; one with the owner of the cabin area from 1944 to the early 1980s while The Evil Dead was being shot, and a second with the owner from 1985 to the present day. Information there, has also been used to update the The Evil Dead - Locations page. Among new insights, you can finally find out who burned the cabin down, and why!
Hold on to your hats folks! the Ash Vs Evil Dead section has finally had a few additions. This includes two new pages; Ash Vs Evil Dead recreated sets & Ash Vs Evil Dead recreated props. Any pages added to this section will only be for material in-so-much as it relates to the original Evil Dead trilogy. Examples might include information on recreated sets & props, and other such directly linked reference information & material which people might find useful. It does not cover wider Ash Vs Evil Dead material unrelated to the original trilogy.
Extensive photos of a fantastic sixth model; Lucrezia Simmons's Evil Dead II 1:10 cabin scale diorama, have been added to the Cabin Miniature Scale Models page in the Features section. This model has a huge amount of detail, and took seven months to build. Further, as this page is getting bigger & more unwieldy with each new addition (there are currently nearly 300 images), it has been compressed down to make navigation easier. Everything is still there, just click where indicated to expand each entry.
Scans of two additional lobby cards have been added into the existing The Evil Dead - Large Mexican Lobby Cards - 1985 download on the The Evil Dead - In-Print page. Huge thanks to French fan Anthony for scanning these, and further thanks to his research, there are actually at least five card variants out there. They're all identical, save the single B&W photo to the bottom right corner of each one. Hopefully the remaining scans can be added in the future.
Thanks to US fan Alex Maxfield, a document called Renaissance Pictures - LARA Online Filings (1979-1991), has been added to The Evil Dead - In-Print page. This is a 42 page PDF, made up of eight sections. Each section is a separate public filing with the Michigan Department of Licencing and Regulatory Affairs, containing information about Renaissance Pictures partnerships and various other information including The Evil Dead's investor & shares list dated November 9, 1979. This gives a complete list of the original investors, the profit shares they get, and the budgets the production had available. While this highly technical paperwork won't be of interest to most, it may come in useful to researchers, writers and such.
One new magazine scan has been added to the Magazines page & The Evil Dead C64 In-Print page in the Features section; Computer & Video Games - July 1984. This magazine contains an article about the 1984 C64 Palace Software release of their Evil Dead computer game, as well as a full-page advert. The game didn't get a huge amount of coverage in the press, due to the huge volume of games being published at the time, so this is probably an extensive an article as you'll find. On the same page, Empire Magazine #12 (June 1990) has been added into the 'further reading' list, detailing magazines with Evil Dead content, which cannot be scanned & hosted here as the titles are still in print. This issue of Empire has a full page advert for the UK Palace Pictures 1990 re-release of The Evil Dead, and is worth tracking down.
February 7, 2021 - Magazine & Collection Updates
Other unrelated projects have been pressing, so apologies for the lack of recent updates. One new magazine scan has been added to the Magazines page in the Features section; SFX - Cinéma Et Effets Spéciaux #12 - February-March 1994. It's a french language magazine, but has some really nice on-set & behind the scenes photos.