Nothing wrong with taking it back to the classics, so this week on Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m taking it back to 1981 with The Evil Dead. Having just watched the remake again last weekend, the Deadites are fresh in my mind, and one of my favs was Cheryl from the original. So let’s talk about the infamous pencil scene!
After being raped by some trees, Cheryl understandably ain’t right. While playing a fun card guessing game with the other girls, her eyes turn white and her complexion begins to have some serious issues. On top of that, she hates Linda’s ankle and decides to shove a pencil into it. Ouch! Easily one of the first horror scenes that I can remember that made me cringe, as Cheryl keeps digging around in there with the lead tip. That pissed me off because it turned Linda into an annoying constant laughing demon for the rest of the movie. Thanks a lot Cheryl. You’re uninvited to the next potluck dinner.
Now with all of the Evil Dead talking swirling around based off of the impressive red band trailers for the upcoming movie, I figured now would be as good of a time as any to revisit how the original Evil Dead was conceived. Back in 1978 (wow….I was only 2 years old), Sam Raimi along with his friends, including Bruce Campbell, decided to shoot an early version of the deadite classic and he called it Within The Woods.
Now I saw the 30 minute short a few years ago, but recently saw it pop back up online. It’s constantly being taken down, so here’s your chance to see it if you never have. Keep in mind – it’s over 30 years old and hasn’t been “remastered”, so the quality is lacking and the audio fluctuates, but who cares. What you have here is the blueprint to what I consider to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Check it out and see what elements you can spot that Raimi actually ended up using in The Evil Dead.