Sam Raimi’s gooey, 1987 cult horror/comedy hybrid, Evil Dead II, is the movie that keeps giving. You could also argue that with the slew of special edition DVDs of the film already on the market, it’s the movie that keeps taking, too. After all, I lost track a long time ago of how many hundreds of dollars I’ve forked over buying all these damn things. Either way, the new 25th Anniversary Blu-ray (which comes out tomorrow, Nov. 15!) is worth your time and money if you’re a fan of giddy gore, the Book of the Dead, and Bruce Campbell’s impossibly chinned alterego, Ash.
The highlight of the disc’s plentiful new special features is the 90-minute documentary, Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead II, which chronicles the origins of the splatter sequel, the special Scorsese-De Niro bond between Raimi and Campbell, new interviews with the cast and crew, the film’s lasting legacy, the men behind the awesomely over-the-top f/x (it was an early gig for Walking Dead zombie maestro Greg Nicotero), and archival behind-the-scenes footage from the set, which proves once and for all that, yes, Raimi and company were having as much fun you think they were.
Here’s an exclusive first look at a few choice excerpts from the Blu-ray’s “groovy” new extras.