The recently concluded Fantasia Film Festival saw some of the most interesting films of the year. Along with animated films and horror, the fest also was home to some fascinating documentaries. Subjects ranged from the making of movies to feminist pornography.
One of the best to screen was Hail to the Deadites which made its world premiere at Fantasia. The film is a loving look at fans of the Evil Dead franchise. The documentary ended up winning the Bronze Audience Award at Fantasia. A new trailer and festival poster were released as the documentary gets ready for a slate of festivals in October.
Comments from press release below
Inspired by the 1981 classic’s cult following, Hail to the Deadites is a documentary about the fans of the Evil Dead franchise. Through interviews with the cast, crew, collectors, and fans, Hail to the Deadites seeks to illuminate the darkest reaches of the Evil Dead franchise’s undying and still-growing popularity, a popularity that has spawned four films, a TV series, comic books, figurines, and surpassed even its creator’s wildest dreams. Hail to the Deadites puts the spotlight on the fans that cultivated and spread this groovy pop-culture infection! It celebrates those who’ve celebrated the films!
Beside meeting with fans around the world, the 80 minutes documentary feature interviews with Evil Dead franchise cast members such as Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Tom Sullivan ,Dan Hicks ,Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Sarah Berry, Rick Domeier & Bill Moseley.