Watch Raimi's creepy 30-min short film that inspired Evil Dead

Before he made the 1981 horror classic Evil Dead, Sam Raimi put together a 30-minute proof of concept that would serve as inspiration for Ash's first official battle with the deadites. Want to watch it?

Yes, in 1978 Raimi and eventual famous chin Bruce Campbell got together to create the short horror film, Into the Woods, which works like a rough-draft (and even lower-budget) version of the eventual Evil Dead. Raimi called the short a "prototype" for the horror movie he wanted to make and used it as a jumping-off point to help gain interest and scrounge up enough funding for Evil Dead.

The film was reportedly shot for a meager $1,600, and is a great example of what raw awesomeness and potential can produce. Plus, it's a great peek into the early workings of what would become one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation.

With the Evil Dead reboot opening April 12, let's remember how it all got started. Check out the whole film embedded below:

What do you think? Does it still stand up almost 35 years later?

(Via MovieWeb)

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