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Watch: Sam Raimi's Resurrected Short Film Precursor to the Original 'Evil Dead'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 5, 2013 at 3:18PM

As Sam Raimi has long hence entered the big-studio realm and we brace ourselves for Fede Alvarez's upcoming revamp of "The Evil Dead," a rarely seen early-80s short film by Raimi has resurrected online.
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'The Evil Dead'
'The Evil Dead'

As Sam Raimi has long hence entered the big-studio realm and we brace ourselves for Fede Alvarez's upcoming revamp of "The Evil Dead," a rarely seen early-80s short film by Sam Raimi has resurrected online.

A bonus feature on many of the endless DVD iterations of Raimi's gory anthology, "Within the Woods" is a kind of short film treatment of "The Evil Dead." Here, you can see Raimi, shooting on Super 8 with budget of less than $2,000, and the famously chainsaw-wielding Bruce Campbell in their early heydey before "Dead" became a three-part franchise.

Before Alvarez's "Evil Dead," which hits theaters today, there was Raimi's 1981 seminal B-horror classic, a film that laid the groundwork for all schlocky low-budget scarefests that followed. Though Raimi's latest film, Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful," couldn't be farther from the horror movie geek-land the cult American director often inhabits, "Dead"-heads will get a kick out of "Within the Woods."

Adapted by Alvarez, Diablo Cody and Rodo Sayagues from Raimi's original screenplay, the new "Evil Dead" has suffered mixed reviews (check out Indiewire's review from the SXSW premiere here) but also a lot of hype. At the very least, Alvarez's film -- like "Within the Woods" -- should offer a flesh-possessing jolt of nostalgia. Watch Raimi's short below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.