Evil Dead

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Evil Dead
Official franchise logo
Created bySam Raimi
Original workWithin the Woods (1978)
OwnerRenaissance Pictures
Years1978–present
Print publications
ComicsList of comics
Graphic novel(s)Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness (2007)
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash (2007)
Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors (2009)
Films and television
Film(s)
Original trilogy:

Standalone films:

Short film(s)Within the Woods (1978)
Television seriesAsh vs Evil Dead (2015–18)
Theatrical presentations
Musical(s)Evil Dead The Musical
Games
Video game(s)List of video games

Evil Dead is an American comedy horror franchise created by Sam Raimi consisting of five feature films and a television series. The series originally revolves around the grimoire the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, an ancient Sumerian text that wreaks havoc upon a group of cabin inhabitants in a wooded area in Tennessee.

The protagonist, Ashley Joanna "Ash" Williams (Bruce Campbell), appears in the original trilogy including The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992), all written and directed by Raimi, produced by Robert G. Tapert and starring Campbell. The franchise has since expanded into other formats, including a television series, video games, comic books and a musical.

The film franchise was resurrected in 2013 with Evil Dead, both a reboot and a loose continuation of the series directed by Fede Álvarez, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues. It was produced by Raimi, Campbell and Tapert, featuring a new protagonist in Mia Allen (Jane Levy). A television series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, premiered on cable network Starz in 2015, lasted for three seasons, and ended in 2018, with Campbell announcing an animated revival to be in active development in July 2022.[1] It starred Bruce Campbell as Ash and was executive produced by Campbell, Raimi and Tapert.[2][3] A fifth film in the franchise, titled Evil Dead Rise, was theatrically released on April 21, 2023, with Lee Cronin serving as writer and director, Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan starring as sisters Ellie and Beth Bixler, Tapert serving as a producer, and Raimi and Campbell both acting as executive producers.[4][5][6][7]

Each film of the franchise has received generally positive reviews from critics, with the original trilogy developing a cult following, and has grossed a collective $300 million worldwide.

Films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
The Evil Dead April 15, 1983 (1983-04-15) Sam Raimi Sam Raimi Robert Tapert
Evil Dead II March 13, 1987 (1987-03-13) Sam Raimi & Scott Spiegel
Army of Darkness February 19, 1993 (1993-02-19) Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi
Evil Dead April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) Fede Álvarez Fede Álvarez & Rodo Sayagues Robert Tapert and Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
Evil Dead Rise April 21, 2023 (2023-04-21) Lee Cronin Robert Tapert
Untitled film TBA Sébastien Vaniček Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert

The Evil Dead (1981)[edit]

Filmed in 1979 and released in 1981, this is the first film in the series. It introduces the series' protagonist Ash, the Book of the Dead, and the Deadites.

Evil Dead II (1987)[edit]

Released in 1987, this film is a sequel to the original, continuing where the last film ended (a recap of the previous film is shown in the beginning). This entry shows the horrors of Ash's continuing battle with the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis and the Deadites. It also introduces elements of slapstick humor that came to define the series.

Army of Darkness (1992)[edit]

Filmed in 1991 and released in spring of 1993 in the United States, this is the third film in the franchise (and the last featuring Ash Williams taking a lead role so far), taking Ash back in time to England in 1300 AD. The movie has horror attributes, but is based mainly on slapstick and action.

Evil Dead (2013)[edit]

Evil Dead is the title of a film that serves as a soft reboot and a continuation of the Evil Dead franchise. Unlike the first three films, this one does not feature the character of Ash Williams in a major role (Ash only appears briefly in a post-credits scene) and instead follows a new protagonist named Mia Allen. The film is considered a continuation of the franchise, and plans to feature both Ash and Mia in future installments have been discussed.

Evil Dead Rise (2023)[edit]

In October 2019, Raimi announced at the New York Comic Con, that a new film was officially green-lit and in development. Robert G. Tapert was set to produce, while Raimi and Campbell served as executive producers only, all under their Ghost House Pictures banner.[8] In June 2020, Lee Cronin was chosen as a director with a script he wrote. Raimi chose the filmmaker from a list of potential directors, to continue the franchise. Officially titled Evil Dead Rise, the project was announced to be developed by New Line Cinema and released on HBO Max. Principal photography commenced on June 6, 2021, in New Zealand.[4][6][9] In May 2021, Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan had been cast in the film,[6] followed by Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies and Nell Fisher in June,[10] and Mia Challis in July.[11] Cronin stated the production was half-way completed by July 2021,[12] while filming concluded on October 27, 2021. The filmmaker stated that the project used over 6,500 liters of fake blood during production.[13] Evil Dead Rise was theatrically released on April 21, 2023.[14][7]

Future[edit]

In March 2023, Sam Raimi expressed interest in developing multiple sequels with Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash Williams in a starring role, while also expressing hope for future developments also featuring Mia Allen from Evil Dead (2013).[15] Later that month, Campbell stated that after positive experiences as a producer on Evil Dead Rise, he would consider reprising his lead role in a future film if Raimi were to return as director, reversing his previous "retirement" from the role following the cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead.[16]

By April of the same year, writer/director Lee Cronin stated that he has ideas for a series of future Evil Dead installments serving as direct sequels to Evil Dead Rise, that he hopes to see realized.[17] That same month, Campbell announced that Sam and Ivan Raimi were co-writing a bible to outline the future of the franchise; stating that films that follow will adhere to the overall outline, with current plans including releasing a new film in the franchise "every couple" years, as opposed to the most recent activity of once every decade.[18]

Untitled sixth film[edit]

In February 2024, it was announced that a spin-off film is currently in development. Sébastien Vaniček will serve as director from a script he co-wrote with Florent Bernard[19]. Selected by Raimi to helm the new installment in the series, the film's plot is currently under wraps. Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert will serve as producers, with Ghost House Pictures producing the project.[20][21]

Television[edit]

SeriesSeasonsEpisodesOriginally airedNetworkShowrunners
Ash vs Evil Dead330October 31, 2015 – April 29, 2018 (2015-10-31 – 2018-04-29)StarzSam Raimi, Ivan Raimi & Tom Spezialy

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018)[edit]

The series stars Bruce Campbell reprising his role as an older Ash Williams with a supporting cast that includes Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, Lucy Lawless and Jill Marie Jones. The series is executive produced by Campbell, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.[22] It premiered on Starz on October 31, 2015.

Ash vs Evil Dead proved to be a critically well-received show, earning a 98% from Rotten Tomatoes. Four days before its premiere, the show was picked up for a second ten-episode season.[23] The series lasted for three seasons (30 episodes) before it was canceled by Starz in April 2018.

Future[edit]

Following the cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell announced he was officially retired from portraying the character of Ash, although he would continue to voice the character in animation. Subsequently, on July 25, 2022, Campbell announced that an animated revival of Ash vs Evil Dead was in active development, with Campbell returning as the voice of Ash.[24]

Short film[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Within the Woods October 30, 1978 Sam Raimi Sam Raimi, Rip Tapert & Bruce Campbell

Within the Woods (1978)[edit]

A prototype short film, Within the Woods, was produced by Raimi on a micro-budget to market his concept and acquire funding from producers and studios for a feature-length film. The short was a meager success. Despite this, the release proceeded to spawn the entire franchise.

Development[edit]

In January 1978, Bruce Campbell was a college dropout who had just quit his job as a taxicab driver. Sam Raimi was studying literature at Michigan State University with Robert Tapert, who was finishing his economics degree. While putting the finishing touches on It's Murder!, Tapert suggested doing a feature-length film to Raimi. Raimi felt it impossible, stating that they could never acquire the funding. Campbell declared: "I could always move back home." Tapert feared a career in fisheries/wildlife, while Raimi was afraid that he would have to go back to work at his dad's home furnishing store. These were the practical reasons that convinced the three to put forth a feature-length film.[25] The three were big fans of the comedy genre, but they decided not to produce a comedy as they felt "a feature-length yuck fest just didn't compute". A well-noted scene from It's Murder moved Raimi to write the short film Clockwork. The three felt the result was very effective and represented a new direction that their films could take, that of a semi-successful horror film.[26]

This would later lead to research of low-budget horror films at the local drive-in theater. The many films that they watched were the "two films for two dollars," allowing them the chance to document the behavior of what would become their target audience. Campbell said: "The message was very clear: Keep the pace fast and furious, and once the horror starts, never let up. 'The gorier the merrier' became our prime directive." The films they watched included Massacre at Central High and Revenge of the Cheerleaders. The idea to do a "prototype" was commissioned, to prove not only to themselves, but also to potential investors, that they were capable of doing a full-length horror film. The same year, at Michigan State, Raimi had been studying H. P. Lovecraft and was most impressed with Necronomicon, or simply The Book of the Dead. From these rough concepts, he concocted a short story where a group of four friends unwittingly dig up an Indian burial ground and unleash horrific spirits and demons.[27] In the spring of 1978, filming of Within the Woods started over a three-day weekend, on a budget of $1,600.[28]

Within the Woods, as well as serving as a prototype, had impressed the filmmakers. For a marketing strategy, a screening was arranged at their former high school, with a positive response.[29]

Financing[edit]

Filming was first commissioned for the summer of 1979 in Michigan. In order to organize the budget, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell bought a few "how to make an independent film" guide publications. The budget was originally to be $150,000, while shooting with a Super 8 camera. However, due to technical difficulties, it was decided to move it up to 16 mm format, as they wanted to film the project in the style of the many low-budget films at the time that had come out in the 1970s.[30] Since they had little experience in the film industry, the three felt they should buy business suits and briefcases as a means to convince investors that they "had all the answers." A man named Andy Grainger, who was a friend of Tapert and owner of a series of movie theaters, was the first primary investor. He stated: "Fellas, no matter what, just keep the blood running." As a tribute to him, there's a scene in the finished film where an old film projector whirs to life and "projects" blood running down the screen.[31]

Most importantly, Grainger provided the name of a distributor in New York City whom they could approach for possible distribution. The company was Levitt-Pickman Films, who most recently was famous for Groove Tube, starring a very young Chevy Chase. The filmmakers took a train at $40 each, as they knew none of their cars could make an entire round trip. One of Campbell's old girlfriends named Andrea allowed them to stay at her apartment. Andrea's cat fell asleep on Raimi's face without even disturbing him; Raimi, who is allergic to cats, had his eyes swollen shut.[31]

Main cast and characters[edit]

List indicator(s)
  • This table only shows characters that have appeared in three or more films in the series.
  • A dark gray cell indicates that the character was not in the film or that the character's presence in the film has yet to be announced.
  • A P indicates the actor portrayed the possessed version of the character.
  • An A indicates an appearance through archival footage or stills.
  • A C indicates a cameo role.
  • An M indicates the actor was part of the main cast for the season.
  • An R indicates the actor was part of the recurring cast for the season.
  • An G indicates the actor was part of the guest cast for the season.
  • An S indicates a role shared with another actor.
  • A U indicates an uncredited role.
  • A V indicates a voice-only role.
Character Film Television Video games
The Evil Dead Evil Dead II Army of Darkness Evil Dead Evil Dead Rise Ash vs. Evil Dead Hail to the King A Fistful of Boomstick Regeneration The Game
1981 1987 1992 2013 2023 2015–2018 2000 2003 2005 2022

Protagonists[edit]

Ashley Joanna "Ash" Williams Bruce Campbell Bruce CampbellUC Bruce CampbellUCV Bruce CampbellM Bruce CampbellV
Mia Allen Jane Levy Julie NathansonV
David Allen Shiloh Fernandez Shiloh FernandezV
Bethany "Beth" Bixler Lily Sullivan[32]
Kassie "Kass" Bixler Nell Fisher
Pablo Simon Bolivar Ray SantiagoM Ray SantiagoV
Kelly Maxwell Dana DeLorenzoM Dana DeLorenzoV

Deadites[edit]

The Evil Dead(ites) Sam RaimiV William Preston RobertsonV Ted RaimiV Rupert DegasV Alyssa SutherlandV VariousV Debi Mae WestV VariousV
Linda Betsy Baker Denise Bixler
Snowy WintersPS
Bridget Fonda Rebekkah Farrell Betsy BakerV
Cheryl Williams Ellen Sandweiss Ellen SandweissUCVA Ellen Sandweiss Ellen SandweissV
Scott "Scotty" (The Evil Dead) Richard DeManincor Richard DeManincorV
Bad/Evil Ash Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell Bruce CampbellV
Henrietta Knowby Lou Hancock
Ted RaimiPS
Alison Quigan
Ted RaimiPS
Fred TatascioreV
Professor Ed Getley Richard Domeier Jon BaileyV
The Mini-Ashes Bruce Campbell
Bruce Thomas
Deke Anderson
Jerry Rector
Bruce CampbellV
Deadite Captain Bill Moseley
Possessed Witch Patricia Tallman
Vivian Johnson Siân Davis Siân DavisG
Abomination Mia Randal Wilson
Eric Lou Taylor Pucci
Olivia Jessica Lucas
Natalie Elizabeth Blackmore
The Marauder Ellie Alyssa Sutherland[33]
Bridget Gabrielle Echols
Danny Morgan Davies
Jessica Anna-Maree Thomas
Amanda Fisher Jill Marie JonesM Kimberly BrooksV
Little Lori Bridget HoffmannV Krizia BajosV
Heather Samara WeavingG
Chet Kaminski Ted RaimiM
Sheriff Thomas Emery Stephen LovattR
Father Allard Steve BrodieV
Trisha Pettywood
The Deadite Queen
Philece SamplerV Debi Mae WestV
The Rail Boss Fred TatascioreV

Recurring characters[edit]

Professor Raymond Knowby Bob DorianV John Peaks Bob DorianUCVA Nicholas Hope Chris WilcoxV Jim WardV Jim PirriV
Shelly Theresa Tilly Theresa Tilly[1]
Annie Knowby Sarah Berry Lani MinellaV Cissy JonesV
Lord Arthur Marcus Gilbert Piotr MichaelV
Duke Henry the Red Richard Grove Dave B. MitchellV
Jenny Angela Featherstone Erin AsheV
Amanda Fisher Jill Marie JonesM Kimberly BrooksV
Baal Joel TobeckR Piotr MichaelV
Tanya Sara WestR Theresa Tilly[2]
Brock Williams Lee MajorsR Lee MajorsV
Eligos Ben FranshamR
Jared TurnerV
Kellen GoffV
Ruby, the Dark One Lucy LawlessM Lucy LawlessV
El Brujo Hemky MaderaR

Other characters[edit]

Jake (Evil Dead 2) Dan Hicks
Bobby Joe Kassie DePaiva
Sheila Embeth Davidtz
Wiseman Ian Abercrombie
Harold Jim McLarty
Billy Bob Jack Walley
Caleb Richard Crouchley
Teresa Mirabai Pease
Gabriel Jayden Daniels
Jake (Evil Dead Rise) Billy Reynolds-McCarthy
Scott (Evil Dead Rise) Tai Wano
Linda B. Emery Michelle HurdM
Lacey Emery Pepi SonugaR
Brandy Barr Arielle Carver-O'NeillM
Dalton Lindsay FarrisM
Abdul Alzeez Ron JonesV
Professor Alex Eldridge William HootkinsV
Nathaniel Payne Andre SogliuzzoV
Captain Williams Patrick FraleyV
Sam Ted RaimiV
Dr. Reinhard Jim WardV
Sally Bowline Nika FuttermanV
Sparky Chris EdgerlyV

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Role
The Evil Dead Evil Dead II Army of Darkness Evil Dead Ash vs. Evil Dead Evil Dead Rise
Composer Joseph LoDuca Joseph LoDuca
Danny Elfman (themes)
Roque Baños Joseph LoDuca Stephen McKeon
Cinematographer Tim Philo Peter Deming Bill Pope Aaron Morton Dave Garbett
John Cavill
Dave Garbett
Editor Edna Ruth Paul Kaye Davis Bob Murawski
R.O.C. Sandstorm
Bryan Shaw Bob Murawski Bryan Shaw
Production companies Renaissance Pictures Renaissance Pictures
Rosebud Releasing
Renaissance Pictures
Dino De Laurentiis Communications
FilmDistrict
Ghost House Pictures
TriStar Pictures
Renaissance Pictures
Starz Originals
Ghost House Pictures
New Line Cinema
Distributing companies New Line Cinema Embassy Communications
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Universal Studios Sony Pictures Releasing Anchor Bay Entertainment Warner Bros. Pictures
Running time 85 minutes 84 minutes 81 minutes 92 minutes 25–37 minutes 97 minutes

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Box office revenue Budget Reference
United States International Worldwide
The Evil Dead $2,400,000 $27,495,379 $29,895,379 $375,000 [34][35]
Evil Dead II $5,923,044 $5,890 $5,928,934 $3.5 million [36][37]
Army of Darkness $11,502,976 $10,002,949 $21,505,925 $11 million [38][39]
Evil Dead $54,239,856 $43,303,096 $97,542,952 $17 million [40][41]
Evil Dead Rise $67,219,338 $78,800,000 $146,019,338 $19 million [42][43]
Total $141,285,214 $159,111,935 $300,392,823 $50.88 million [44][45]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Evil Dead 86% (83 reviews)[46] 71/100 (11 reviews)[47]
Evil Dead II 88% (83 reviews)[48] 72/100 (18 reviews)[49]
Army of Darkness 68% (87 reviews)[50] 59/100 (32 reviews)[51]
Evil Dead 63% (206 reviews)[52] 57/100 (38 reviews)[53] C+
Ash vs. Evil Dead, season one 98% (52 reviews)[54] 76/100 (32 reviews)[55]
Ash vs. Evil Dead, season two 100% (17 reviews)[56] 82/100 (5 reviews)[57]
Ash vs. Evil Dead, season three 100% (15 reviews)[58] 80/100 (2 reviews)[59]
Evil Dead Rise 84% (232 reviews)[60] 69/100 (37 reviews)[61] B

Other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

There have been multiple Evil Dead video games:

Ash Williams also appears as a playable character, along with Kelly and Pablo from the Ash vs. Evil Dead television series, in Deploy and Destroy, a competitive multiplayer FPS available for iOS and Android, and also as a non-playable character in Telltale Games' game Poker Night 2. He also appears as a playable character in the asymmetrical horror game Dead by Daylight and as a outfit in Fortnite Battle Royale.

Comic books[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

In 1992, Dark Horse Comics produced a mini-series adaptation of Army of Darkness adapted and illustrated by John Bolton. A trade paperback of this series was released by Dynamite Entertainment on September 25, 2006.

In 2008, Dark Horse revisited the franchise with a four issue adaptation of The Evil Dead written by Mark Verheiden and once again illustrated by John Bolton.

Dynamite Entertainment[edit]

In 2004, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the license to publish titles based on Army of Darkness and, in conjunction with Devil's Due Publishing, released the Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes mini-series. A second mini-series, Army of Darkness: Shop till You Drop Dead followed in 2005. Later that year, Dynamite separated itself from Devil's Due and began focusing entirely on self-published titles featuring the Army of Darkness franchise. This included an ongoing series that began in 2005 and saw Ash battling other horror icon such as Herbert West and Dracula. The series lasted thirteen issues before being rebooted with a second volume in 2007. The second series lasted twenty-seven issues before coming to an end. Over the years, there have also been several one-shot specials as well as crossovers with a wide variety of characters such as, Marvel Zombies, Darkman, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Xena, Danger Girl and even Barack Obama. The series was then rebooted in 2013 and started over from the last scene in titular film because Ash misspoke the words S-Mart was sent back in time to the Medieval times where the wiseman has been possessed, Ash fights through many battles with the same characters from the film. At the end of this series Ash proposes to Sheila, in the next series "Ash gets hitched" they get married but Ash gets sent forward in time when he accidentally speaks a phrase that opens up a vortex. He wants to get back to Sheila but runs into many situations causing delays, he is currently in space fighting the evil.

Space Goat Productions[edit]

In 2015, Space Goat Productions acquired the license to publish titles based on Evil Dead 2.[67] The company has released, or was planning on releasing, the following titles:

  • Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn, a three-issue mini-series which debuted in June 2015[68]
  • Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis, a three-issue anthology which debuted in August 2015.[69]
  • Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned, a three-issue mini-series which debuted in January 2016[70]
  • A series of Evil Dead 2: Revenge of ... one-shots, which began with Hitler in March 2016 and will be followed by Dracula, the Martians, Jack the Ripper and Krampus
  • Evil Dead 2: Dark Ones Rising, a three-issue mini-series which debuted in August 2016[71]
  • Evil Dead 2: The official board game, a board game made about the film.

The official board game was funded through Kickstarter in 2018, but Space Goat Productions never produced the game, nor refunded money to the investors. They ceased all communications with customers and investors that year and refused to discuss the game with media.[72]

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash[edit]

In the documentary The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead, Rob Tapert states that New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures wanted to do Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason: "We thought about it for one second but we knew we would have totally trashed the franchise in doing that, in that there would be no reason to reunite Bruce and Sam for Evil Dead 4 whatever that would be nor would there be any reason to go back and reinvent the original Evil Dead with a hot new filmmaker". Two comic book series were produced based on this concept, titled Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash and Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors.

Musical[edit]

The production team of George Reinblatt, Christopher Bond and Frank Cipolla created an Off Broadway show titled Evil Dead: The Musical, based on the film series. Its New York run was directed by Bond and Hinton Battle, who also choreographed the show. Ryan Ward played the part of Ash. Tying in with the midnight movie plot of a group of friends visiting a wooded cabin and unleashing untold evil, performances did not start until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Previews began October 1 and the show opened November 1 at the New World Stages. It was announced on January 31, 2007, that Evil Dead: The Musical's New York production at New World Stages would close on February 17, 2007. Toronto producers announced a new production of the show, also starring Ryan Ward, at the Diesel Playhouse. The new production started its running May 1, 2007, and has been announced to end on September 8, 2007, which won the Dora Audience Choice Award and praised by the Toronto Star.[73]

In 2017, the English comedian Rob Kemp created and performed the stage show The Elvis Dead, a retelling of Evil Dead II in the style of Elvis Presley.

Legacy[edit]

In Italy, The Evil Dead was released under the title La Casa ("The House") and Evil Dead II became La Casa II. These were followed by three unrelated movies: Umberto Lenzi's La Casa 3 (a.k.a. Ghosthouse) (1988), Fabrizio Laurenti's La Casa 4 (a.k.a. Witchery) (1988) and Claudio Fragasso's La Casa 5 (a.k.a. Beyond Darkness) (1990). This is similar to what has happened in George A. Romero's Living Dead series starting with Zombi 2. House II: The Second Story (1987) and The Horror Show (1989) were retitled La Casa 6 and La Casa 7, respectively, in their Italian releases.[74]

Evil Dead influenced numerous directors, such as Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright,[75] and inspired films such as Shaun of the Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, Bubba Ho-Tep, Dead Alive, Dead Snow, Ghosthouse and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.[76] The Cabin in the Woods features many references to the film and even features Deadites and the possessed trees, although this is considered more a reference than a direct sequel. The 2012 Swedish language film Wither serves as an unofficial remake of The Evil Dead, starring Patrik Almkvist as Albin Wiliams (Ash Williams)[77] In 2020, Steve Villenevue premiered the documentary Hail to the Deadites, which focuses on the franchise's fandom and legacy. It features interviews from people involved with the film, such as Bruce Campbell, as well as with fans.[78]

The Evil Dead films and the character of Ash influenced 1990s first-person shooter video games such as Doom, Duke Nukem 3D and Blood. Duke Nukem quotes so many lines from Ash that Bruce Campbell stated that he was angered by not being paid for them.[79][80] Evil Dead was cited as an inspiration for the original Doom.[81]

Bruce Campbell directed and starred in a film titled My Name Is Bruce.[82] It does not continue the story of Army of Darkness but is a fictionalized portrayal of Bruce living his everyday life, in which he is erroneously believed to be as heroic as the Ash character and is hired to fight an ancient spirit. The film was released to a limited number of theaters on October 26, 2008, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 10, 2009. A 2021 episode of Creepshow, "Public Television of the Dead", serves as a crossover with the franchise, featuring Ted Raimi (portraying himself, who previously portrayed the Deadite Henrietta Knowby and Chet Kaminski in Evil Dead II and Ash vs. Evil Dead respectively) as he accidentally uses the Necronomicon to summon Deadites at a television station.[83]

Lawsuits[edit]

Awards Pictures, a company that attempted to begin a new line of movies in the series in 2004, announced plans in May 2012 to film an Evil Dead 4, one that has nothing to do with the original films. Sam Raimi sued Awards Pictures in an attempt to stop them from making the film, because he planned to someday film one himself.[citation needed] In August 2012, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer entered a default judgment that "permanently enjoined" Awards Pictures from using the names Evil Dead, Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon: Part 2 or Evil Dead: Consequences "as or as part of the title of a motion picture, television program, video game, play, book or any other form of entertainment provided or to be provided through any media."[84]

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