Within The Woods
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Ellen Sandweiss, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel
You're only cursed by the evil spirits if you violate the graves of the dead. We're just gonna be eating hotdogs.
Sam Raimi's desired vision for The Evil Dead could not come to fruition unless he had more money than he could come up with himself. So, in 1978, he decided to make a short film, as sort of a trailer to hope to scare up the money to make the full film (yes, that was a pun, sometimes I just can't help it). Raimi's movie premiered in front of a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show to a good reception and he was able to acquire most of the his desired budget to make The Evil Dead.
The only copy I've seen of this film is of the poorest quality. You can definitely watch it, but its hard to make out things out. The only sources I've seen looks to be an old, worn out, chewed up VHS tape (go ahead hipsters, tell me how much better and more fun VHS is than Blu-ray). Some of the effects looks interesting because, well, I can't really see much. I'd kind of like to see their cheapness as it might add a sense of charm to it. As poor as the quality is, you can still make out Sandweiss’ distinct nose just fine. It's only a half hour, but could have been much shorter. This short actually does nail some moments quite well, especially the final shot. If you’re an Evil Dead fanatic and haven't seen this, definitely give it a look (as hard as it might be to see). I believe you can find it on YouTube.
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