Within the Woods Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 31, 2008
Sam Raimi's ultra low budget first attempt of 'the evil dead'. In fact, Raimi made this short in order to earn some money and invest it in a full lenght version of it. This fun gore fest has some of his distinctive visual procedures and a very simple story that was later expanded in his first feature, with most of the same cast.
½ February 19, 2015
Even if cheap, generic and not scary whatsoever, you've got to give it credit for making possible one of the best horror movies ever.
June 13, 2014
I personally did not find it scary,but i gave it some credit for helping Sam and his friends to make "The Evil Dead."
½ March 4, 2013
Within the Woods is the 32 minute film that Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell made before Evil Dead. They made it as a reassurance that their vision for a feature could work and it also proved invaluable in finding funding for Evil Dead. This short was proof that these guys knew what they were doing. To this day the film has never seen a release and the only quality available is poor... but I think that adds a huge amount of character to it. Apparently Raimi tried to get the film cleaned up for a dvd release but music licensing stopped that in its tracks. The story is basically the same as Evil Dead. A group of friends spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods and one afternoon they accidentally disturb the ground at an ancient indian burial site. Evil spirits chase them, possess them and kills them. For a micro-budget short film it's skilled and impressive and clearly announces a great new filmmaker. Great editing, great music and excellent gore effects. If you love Evil Dead (what respecting horror buff doesn't?) then you will get a huge kick out of this flick.
January 13, 2013
An excellent short piece- the film quality (on beta) is predictably quite bad, but the acting is actually fairly solid for a very, very rough "demo style" which would morph into the legendary Evil Dead and its sequels.

You may notice a lot of film elements are similar to the Evil Dead, including of course, Raimis signiature "along the ground" film shots- overall quite a good "movie" indeed!
½ March 11, 2012
Bit like Evil Dead but with a different story and characters, and a lot shorter. The story is actually pretty fun and exciting and the characters are great, plus it has Bruce Campbell, but he doesn't play Ash in this one.
½ January 21, 2012
The version I saw had really bad video quality, not sure if it has something to do with how old the movie is or if it was just the video I saw. This is a pretty intresting film if you are a big Evil Dead fan (wich I am), because it's the main insperation to Evil Dead. Overall I find it very unwatchable due to the bad video quality.
April 28, 2011
a brilliant precursor to the EVIL DEAD
July 23, 2010
This low- budget short movie with Bruce Campbell in one of the roles and Sam Raimi as director paved way for the evil dead trilogy.
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