Any good franchise goes beyond it's films. People make fan films, comic books are published, video games are developed etc. The holy tetralogy itself, The Evil Dead, is no exception. Today, we're going to take a look at the best related media to the Evil Dead that there are!
1. The musical
Ah, Evil Dead the Musical. I LOVE IT! Even if you hate musicals, you'll love this. It's arguably one of, if not THE funniest show currently playing. The humor never stops, and the first three rows of seats are known as THE SPLATTER ZONE. If you buy tickets to the seats, you're bound to get soaked in blood. I know that I have every single time I've attended. A video of the entire musical can be found right below this paragraph- you're welcome folks!
2. The Video Games
There are a LOT of Evil Dead video games. The best one however, is Evil Dead: Regeneration.
This game, is WILD. it perfectly captures the spirit of the films ( and the gore). As Ash, you fight deadites in the Knowby cabin, a mental hospital, and several alternate dimensions. Did I also mention your sidekick in the game is half deadite caricature of Sam Raimi himself? Yeah it's pretty awesome. Other worthy mentions are the iphone games of the Evil Dead and the Army of Darkness tower defense. They're seriously addictive- I've gone days without sleeping because of them.
3. Comic Books
Tell me, Have you ever wandered what it would be like if spiderman and the X-men were zombies and Ash had to take them down? Sounds like a fan fiction, doesn't it? Well actually, you can pick it up and your local comic book store for 15 bucks.
Yup, Ash fights spider man, Doctor doom, Wolverine, pretty much the entire Marvel Universe. Oh and Werewolves. Ash fights werewolves in Marvel Zombies Vs Army of Darkness. Enough said.
4. Fan Films
It took me a while, but I think I've finally found the best Evil Dead Fan Film- Initially I thought that the Marvel Zombies Vs Army of Darkness Fan film was it, but that was before I saw this;
The Kid who made this perfectly captured the tone of the original trilogy. At the 1:20 mark I was laughing so hard, I thought I was going to cry. The film is only ten minutes long, but it's got more laughs in it than ninety percent of comedies these days. kudos to this kid.
5. Films outside of the series
Really, There are only two outside films that are part of the franchise. There's Evil Head ( it's sick, don't ask, don't watch it, AVOID IT LIKE THE NECRONOMICON ITSELF), and there's the Bollywood version of Evil Dead.
I've got to admit, Bollywood Evil Dead was actually REALLY GOOD! it's got two musical numbers that are kind of annoying, but the story- this might sound blasphemous, but this film actually managed to tell the original story of the Evil Dead and make it even CREEPIER! The setting is creepy, the characters are believable, and the ending I think is actually an improvement in contrast to the original Evil Dead. It's hard to find the film, but if you look long enough, you're sure to find it. Check it out!