Within the Woods (1978) is a short film written and directed by Sam Raimi. Raimi, longtime friend Bruce Campbell, and other associates shot this movie on Super 8 mm film in an effort to raise money to produce a feature-length version of it. The full length version was titled The Evil Dead and garnered a huge cult following and spawned 2 sequels and an off-broadway musical.
A group of friends spend a weekend at a remote cabin, and one of them accidentally desecrates an Indian burial ground. This causes him to turn into a zombie, and kill off his friends. They must band together to try and survive being massacred. —IMDb
Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series and Drag Me To Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Raimi became fascinated with making films when his father brought a movie camera home one day and he began to make Super 8 movies with childhood friend Bruce Campbell. In college, he teamed up with his brother’s roommate Robert Tapert and Campbell to shoot Within the Woods (1978), a 32-minute horror film which raised $350,000, as well as the short comedic film It’s Murder!. Through family, friends, and a network of investors Raimi was able to finance production of the highly successful horror film The Evil Dead (1981) which became a cult hit and effectively… read more
Filmado en super 8, este cortometraje (concebido como un mero borrador de su futura Evil dead) marca el debut del prestigioso realizador Sam Raimi. La anecdota es practicamente la misma que la de su opera prima (presencia de Bruce Campbell incluida). Lo que no deja de llamar la atención, es que esta cinta solo puede apreciarse casi clandestinamente, debido a la extraña renuencia de Raimi por darla a conocer en DVD.