Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
Day 03: The Evil Dead (1981)
How on Earth could anyone talk about Horror movies and never mention The Evil Dead? This low-budget horror movie was shot over the course of two years by University Of Michigan and Michigan State University students. Its director Sam Raimi and its lead Bruce Campbell became Michigan heroes to almost anyone with a dream to make movies.
The movie since its release has become an icon, being placed on the same pedestal as 1968′s Night Of The Living Dead and 1973′s The Exorsist. It has spawned a franchise, with two sequels, an upcoming remake, comic books, and video games. Evil Dead 3: Army Of Darkness is considered to be one of the greatest cult movies ever made.
My own mother knew a lot of the cast and crew as it was being made. She worked in the same restaurant as its special effects artist Bart Pierce and did some uncredited work with some of the claymation effects in the last act of the movie. I mentioned Sam Raimi in a conversation about the Spider-Man movies with her once and she was shocked that he had actually “made it”.
I once watched this movie with my former writing partner Jake and my dad on a lazy Sunday afternoon. In one sequence, a PVC pipe breaks and gallons of blood pour out of the pipe onto the protagonist. Jake, forgetting who was in the room with us said outloud “Dane, that reminds me of your mom, except I’m not being paid to have sex with it.”
Editorial by: Dane Sager