Cult Classic Evil Dead Celebrates 40 Years with Exhibit at the Mystic Museum

Longtime readers of the blog will know I’m a big Bruce Campbell fan, so when I heard that Burbank’s Mystic Museum was planning an Evil Dead exhibit, I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait to visit!

Sign for the Mystic Museum's Camp Horror sign, featuring images of Jason, Ash, Leatherface, and Ghost Face.

Myself, wearing a black cowboy hat, a Koffin Kats tee, and black pants, standing in front of a large banner reading "40 Years of Fear The Evil Dead" featuring the Deadite version of Cheryl.

The Mystic Museum spawned from the vintage and oddities shop, The Bearded Lady, and has offered a rotating exhibit space for the last few years. Opening last weekend, the exhibit celebrates Sam Raimi’s cult trilogy with recreations of iconic moments and set pieces from the film, including interactive elements, plenty of great photo opts, art exhibit, and best of all, a ton of screen used props!

The first film, simply titled The Evil Dead, was made for just $350,000 in 1981. Because of its low-budget it was instantly labeled as camp, but is really a stunning piece of cinema, showcasing Raimi’s creative  camera usage. After a small local premiere at Campbell’s childhood cinema, the film showed at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, although not in competition, where it was seen by Stephen King, who went on to say it was “The most ferociously original horror film of the year” and resulted in New Line Cinema distributing the film. The popularity of The Evil Dead resulted in two sequels (both with much larger budgets, in fact Army of Darkness had a budget of $11 million), a stage musical (which is hilarious), a reimagining in 2013, and a series on STARZ. It also launched the career of director Raimi. Raimi has gone on to become one of the most diverse directors in the industry, making the initial Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire, Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, and the upcoming Marvel film, Doctor Strange into the Multiverse. Raimi and Campbell grew up together, and began making short films before they made their feature length debut with The Evil Dead. Campbell began to embrace his B-Movie actor status, and has made a variety of films and shows, often laced with camp. Campbell also stared as the lead in my favorite show, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Still friends, Raimi has also featured Campbell in various cameo roles in his films, including three different characters in the Spider-Man trilogy. But through it all, their most iconic work together remains the Evil Dead films.

Myself standing in front of the alter featuring the Necronomicon, a neon sign above reads "Camp Horror"

A faux movie concessions stand, featuring popcorn maker, and sodas. Above is a post for the Evil Dead reading "'The most ferociously original horror film of the year' -Stephen King Best selling author of The Shining and Carie. The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror The Evil Dead."

A taxidermy mounted deer head above a fireplace.

A chainsaw sits atop an antique sewing machine.

A massive Deadite face pushes its way through a doorway, an antique clock hangs on the wall to the right.

A small mock-up cinema, featuring skeletons seated in seats with vines growing around, the screen is showing clips of the Evil Dead trilogy.

Myself "driving" the yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale with a mural of the bridge painted behind.

Screen used license plates

Myself, wearing a black cowboy hat, Evil Dead 2 themed mask, a Koffin Kats tee, and black pants, standing in front of a mock up of the cabin seen in the films.

Screen used reel to reel tape player from the film.

Linda's magnifying glass necklace, laid out to form a skull shape.

Screen used version of the Necronimicon, a book "bound in human flesh" features a warped human face.

Scott's Deadite mask as used in the first film.

Myself "cutting" off my hand with a chainsaw, recreating a moment from Evil Dead II.

Linda's screen used severed head sits in a vice.

Original poster for The Evil Dead, which features a woman reaching into the air as she is dragged down by a disturbing, zombie like hand.

Overall view of a part of the museum, featuring various display cases housing screen used props, in the middle stands a life size sculpture of Ash from Army of Darkness, holding his "boomstick" high in the air.

Ash's torn costume from Army of Darkness.

Close-up of Ash's medieval metal glove from The Army of Darkness.

Ash's medieval white shirt from Army of Darkness.

A wood plank reads "It was the woods themselves" in red script.

I loved seeing the various props. Honestly, I’m shocked so many survived and in good condition. Also, can we talk about how no one has made a replica of Linda’s magnifying glass necklace? I’ve scoured the internet and have yet to find one that looks similar enough!

Mystic Museum’s Evil Dead exhibit runs through the end of 2021. Tickets are available at the door. Fans of Sam Raimi’s trilogy can step into the world of the Deadites at 3204 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. Not in the area? You can shop great Evil Dead merch from their website. If you do end up visiting, but want a bit more to do in the area, there are plenty of great shops along Magnolia, you can check out a list here.

Outfit
Hat: ???
Evil Dead II Mask: Made by me using fabric from Spoonflower
Undermask: RZ Masks
Tee: Koffin Kats concert
Pants: Vixen

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