HORROR BUSINESS Episode 46: Our EVIL DEAD-isode Featuring John Wren

Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys. On this episode we’re discussing Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD franchise and we’re joined by fellow Cinepunk and all around hooligan John Wren from The Mandate podcast.

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We start by talking about what we’ve seen or done lately in the field of horror. Liam talks about seeing Flesh For Frankenstein and Blood For Dracula at an Exhumed Films event Philly, the Castle Rock series, John talks about The Meg, and Justin talks about seeing Pyewacket and Wildling.

We of course begin with how we first came to see The Evil Dead when we were younger. We talk about the weird remake qualities of Evil Dead II, and how that film is responsible for many people thinking that Evil Dead is something of a comedy.

The concept of having to kill your friends after they become something other than human beings is discussed at length. The discovery of Army Of Darkness being connected to The Evil Dead is talked about, as is the process of Evil Dead II being made with a strange opening that rehashes the first film.

The literal nightmarish qualities of the ending of the first film are dissected, in that the shortcomings of the practical effects actually lend a very grotesque look to the finished product.

The development of Ash Williams throughout the franchise from scared college kid to swaggering dopey badass is discussed at length. The politics and behind the scene drama of Ash Vs. Evil Dead is talked about, as is the damage done to him as a human being by the things he’s witnessed since going to the cabin for the first time.

The show’s third season perfecting the feel of Ash as a culmination of all of the films is discussed. The show’s abrupt ending is touched upon and how even though it felt abrupt it still felt appropriate. Lucy Lawless’ central role in the show is touched upon. We briefly talk about the 2013 remake, remakes in general, how the first film and Phantasm are masterpieces of independent filmmaking, and conclude the discussion by talking about how the franchise is arguably pound for pound the greatest horror franchise of all time.

As always thanks to everyone and anyone who donated on Patreon, checked this episode out, or shared a tweet/shared a post on FB/gave us love by recommending us to someone. We love you forever for listening. Any questions, comments, suggestions for movies and guests, or if you yourself want to join us for a movie viewing or even an episode, can be sent to thehorrorbiz@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you! Special thanks to John Wren for coming to hang out with us. You can check out more of his colorful opinions on the Mandate podcast also available on the Cinepunx network. Thanks always to Justin Miller and Doug Tilley for their technical contributions and fliers, Mike Smaczylo for the shirts and fliers (you can check more of his work out at here), and also thanks to Josh Alvarez for the theme song, Chris, Brad, Alexis, and LVAC for the support and buttons (check them out at www.xlvacx.com), and a HUGE thank you to anyone who retweeted us or shared something on Facebook that we posted. Follow us on Twitter at @thehorrorbiz666, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/thehorrorbiz66, and remember to rate, review, and subscribe to us on ITunes. In fact, if you write us a review, email us with your mailing address and we’ll send you some free pins and stickers! Check out www.cinepunx.com for more info on some of our other podcasts, some ultra stylish Cinepunx related merchandise, and how you can donate to our Patreon! Until next time…thanks!

 

Justin Lore

Justin Lore

Greetings and salutations. My name is Justin Lore, and in addition to being a real life pawn star, an obsessive dog dad, and a falsely accused Lovecraft apologist, I am the creator and co-host of the podcast Horror Business and the communications manager and assistant editor of Cinepunx. I saw Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ at the age of six and horror films have been a large part of my life since then. Favorite directors include John Carpenter, George Romero, David Lynch, James Cameron, Wes Anderson, and David Cronenberg. I don’t eat animals, I abstain from the partaking of drugs and alcohol, I think ‘Friday The 13th’ is the most overrated franchise in film history and if I ever saw Metallica live and they played ‘Blackened’ there’s a decent chance I’d be led out in handcuffs because the pit would get murdered.
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