Sam Raimi’s horror classic, Evil Dead, is returning to theaters. But it’s not just returning to theaters – it is returning as a “special edition.” The film is being released in 4K for the first time, with a completely redone soundtrack.
Grindhouse Releasing is behind this new transfer. Owner Bob Murawski worked directly with Raimi to restore Evil Dead from the original 16mm camera negatives. But the soundtrack is where the rerelease will really shine.
A brand new 5.1 surround mix was created by Marti Humphrey and Jussi Tegelman. Original composer Joe LoDuca “reimagines” the score. “Mixing the sound for Evil Dead in the early 80’s, we were forced to shove everything into one monaural box,” says Bruce Campbell via press release. “As a result, Joe LoDuca’s great score had to compete unfairly with Kandarian Demons, gore sound effects and lots of screaming. With this new release, Joe can finally have his dynamic composition mixed, balanced and featured properly – for perhaps the first time ever!”
Evil Dead was LoDuca’s first film commission. “With limited resources, I scored Evil Dead for a string quintet augmented by piano, hand percussion, a synthesizer and a bit of guitar–anything I could get my hands on,” LoDuca says via press release. “Knowing what I now know, how would I write for that ensemble today?” I guess we will have to see the new edition to find out.
The film is traveling across the country throughout the year. Check out Grindhouse Releasing to see where it is playing.