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The Evil Dead

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The Evil Dead
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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Sam Raimi
Release Date 1981
Studio Renaissance Pictures
Distributor New Line Cinema
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ash Williams Bruce Campbell
Cheryl Ellen Sandweiss
Scott Richard DeManincor
Linda Betsy Baker
Shelly Theresa Tilly

The Evil Dead is a 1981 horror film that quickly became a cult hit and helped to launch the careers of director Sam Raimi and actor Bruce Campbell. The film would spawn two sequels: 1987's Evil Dead II and 1992's Army of Darkness in addition to a 2013 semi-remake and a 2015 Starz television series.

The following weapons were used in the film The Evil Dead:


Winchester Model 37A

A Winchester Model 37A Single Barreled Shotgun is primarily used by Ash (Bruce Campbell) in the movie. It is apparently a 20 gauge, as the shells used in the movie are yellow.

The affordable single barrel shotgun was purchased by Bruce Campbell at a Kmart for its specific use in the film. Since the budget was extremely low, and where they where filming was secluded in the woods, live ammunition was used for a couple of scenes. Scenes such as when Ash shoots the window, and also a dummy filled with blood was shot. Most of theses scenes are filmed at low angles so the camera would not be hit. For other scenes, Bruce Campbell simply mime-fires the shotgun. At the end of production, star Bruce Campbell and Producer Robert Tapert bought about a hundred shells and shot up every prop used in the cabin. The resulting rubble was then lit into a huge barn fire by director Sam Raimi.

The shotgun which was used in the filming is now owned by Bruce's brother Don Campbell, but he had cut the barrel and the stock. He also positively identified the shotgun as Model 37A in an interview.

Winchester Model 37A - 20 Gauge
Winchester Model 37A - 20 Gauge. This gun is owned by Evil Dead collector Rob Mclaine and is very similar to one used in The Evil Dead.
Scott (Richard DeManincor) holding the shotgun. Note the torn poster for The Hills Have Eyes hanging on the wall.
Ash (Bruce Campbell) takes up the shotgun.
Ash with the shotgun.
Ash aims the shotgun at the window. Bruce Campbell used live ammunition to shoot through the window.
Ash reloads the shotgun. The shotgun is apparently a 20 gauge, as the shells are yellow.
First person perspective of Ash aiming & shooting the shotgun.
Ash shooting real ammunition through a real glass window.
The dummy before.
The dummy after.

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