'The Evil Dead' Returns to Theaters to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Updated: Jul 13

Clutching its crown close to its chest as a fan-beloved horror, The Evil Dead (1981) makes its return to theaters for its 40th birthday.

Director Sam Raimi's microbudget horror classic has withheld the test of time and secured a passionate fanbase who still praise it with undying affection. The always groovy Bruce Campbell, famed for his role as Ash J. Williams of The Evil Dead, will deliver exclusive introductions of the film. This niche horror birthed tropes that are more popularly used in practice through modern-day thrillers, such as the cabin in the woods and Latin chanting that revive vengeful spirits.

"We are proud to present this special 40th-anniversary screening of Evil Dead with Fathom Events. The original film has always been my favorite of the series. It is truly one of the scariest and wildest horror films of all time. I’m thrilled that a new generation of fans will have the chance to experience it in the way I first did — on the big screen with a screaming audience!” Grindhouse Releasing co-founder Bob Murawski said when announcing the re-release.

Despite the franchise title of The Evil Dead, the series is far from deceased. Raimi and Campbell are set to reunite as producers for the fourth installation of the series, Evil Dead Rise, which aims to kick off production in 2021 and will feature female leads. It has been reported that the two protagonists will be estranged sisters reunited to team up against another Deadite revival. This will be the first Evil Dead that will take place within an urban setting.

The 40th-anniversary screenings of The Evil Dead will premiere on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 PM (local time), according to Collider. Tickets will become available to the public on August 13, 2021, through Fathom Events.

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