TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW WITH SAM RAIMI
FROM SHADOW THEATER PROGRAM.
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SHADOW THEATER IS A
SERIES OF PROGRAMS EXPLORING DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF HORROR MOVIE
MAKING, THIS TRANSCRIPT IS FROM A SMALL SECTION OF VOLUME 2 "FAMOUS DIRECTORS."
THE PROGRAM IS HOSTED BY ROBERT ENGLUND (AKA FREDDY KRUEGER.)
NAR=NARRATOR: HENRY STOZIER
RE: Sam Raimi is one of today's most successful horror directors.
His movies Evil Dead 1 and 2 are ranked amongst the scariest ever
made. Heres a Shadow Theater sample of the films of Sam Raimi.
NAR: When actor Bruce Campbell accidently plays back a tape
recorded demonic incantation the Evil Dead 2 roller-coaster begins.
Sam Raimi directing his own sequel supplies Evil Dead 2 with a
non-stop series of ghastly possessions and demonic mischief,
in this hilarious modern horror classic. There is a method to
Raimi's madness, he wants to entertain you and he succeeds,
as almost no-one has succeeded before.
SR: The worst thing, the worst crime I think that film makers
make, is to make a boring picture, if it's boring then it's all over.
The audience, you've failed in entertaining them, you've
committed a crime.
One of the things we learn from the repeated visits to the horror
picture, were certain laws that happen to apply to certain horror
pictures. That is ,erm,"the innocent must suffer." The poor sap
who walks into the house has to be tormented, and then the next
law came in to, we came to realize was the 2nd law governing
all horror pictures and that was "the guilty must be punished."
Whatever evil thing there is out there, whatever dark force there is
the audience wants to see the hero lay into it pretty intensely.
Then we found out there was a 3rd law, and that is
" you must taste blood to be a man." You've gotta go through
this, ah, in these horror films this ah, coming of age through this
blood experience. Now Joel and Ethan Coen have mentioned
that a 4th law exists, that " the dead must walk" but we're
still testing that law in our research labs to see if it holds
true in all cases.
While we were selling Evil Dead 1
at the Canne Film Festival,
this is where I met Stephen King and he was very kind, and he
took what would have been an unnoticed horror picture and
wrote this incredibly glowing review about it and it really elevated
the movie Evil Dead 1 from an obscure little horror picture to
something that people looked at, and looked at favorably on
for the most part, and it really was the thing that pulled
Robert Tapert my partner, and myself out of nowhere and
enabled us to make another picture, so I'll always be in-debited