The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead (1982) was filmed in the late ’70s/early ’80s, mostly on the outskirts of the small rural town of Morristown, Tennessee.  When I travelled to the location in March of 2003, the area was still mostly farmland, though it had become semi-rural in the twenty-odd years since Sam Raimi and friends filmed their little low-budget horror movie.  Suburban homes surrounded what little remained of the woods where the movie was shot.  And the cabin, well, unfortunately the cabin burnt down sometime in the ’80s, and all that remains is the fireplace and part of the chimney.

(click on photos to enlarge. All photos copyright © Brett McBean 2003)

The entrance to the now very much overgrown road leading to the hollow where the cabin once stood

The road leading to the cabin that Ash and friends drove down at the beginning of the movie

Shot of the woods surrounding the hollow where The Evil Dead was filmed

Standing at the back of where the cabin used to stand, looking out towards the driveway leading to the cabin (just to the left of the chimney, which stands in the middle of the photo)

Standing roughly where the car used in the film (in reality Raimi’s own Oldsmobile Delta 88) would’ve been parked. The front of the cabin would’ve been just past the tree standing in the foreground

Me standing in front of all that remains of the Evil Dead cabin – the fireplace and part of the chimney

What was supposed to be another shot of the fireplace turned out to be…streaks of sunlight? Shoddy camera work? Or something else, something ghostly…? (the cabin was reputed to be haunted)


5 responses

  1. Sean Bingham

    Thank you for that fantastic throw-back to years gone-by. I loved Evil Dead and I enjoyed seeing just how creepy the southern woods can be.


    Sean Bingham

    “Zombacter: Center City Contagion” Coming soon from Severed Press

    August 12, 2011 at 1:13 am

    • Hey, glad you got a kick out of the photos, Sean!


      August 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      • Sean Bingham

        Evil Dead is an awesome movie. I saw Evil Dead, “The Musical” and it was hilarious Brett. If it ever appears near your hometown you have to check it out. Oh, sit in the splatter zone 😉

        October 29, 2011 at 12:41 am

      • Ha! Will do, Sean. Thanks for the heads up.

        October 29, 2011 at 7:56 am

    • Brett,

      Wanted to give you an update in Zombacter: Center City Contagion. Adapted the novel to film and it will be released Nov 20, 2020 VOD on Vimeo followed by additional platforms. Trailer should be out early next week.

      Thanks again for your awesome Evil Dead Photos!!!

      IMDB page below:

      November 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm

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