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An “INVALUABLE” documentary about “EVIL DEAD” FX artist

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Raging through the woods like a Kandarian demon is the story of Tom Sullivan, the FX artist that designed and built the practical creations for EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS. He’s the subject of the new documentary INVALUABLE, directed, produced and edited by Ryan Meade.

INVALUABLE takes the viewer from numerous horror conventions to the private homes of the EVIL DEAD series’ cast and crew, relaying the untold history of one the most influential franchises of all time. The documentary contains never-before-seen interviews and photos and tours of the films’ shooting locations as well as Sullivan’s shop—including footage of the props from all the features. As for the title: it derives from issue #23 of our own FANGORIA magazine, in which Uncle Bob Martin describes Sullivan as being “invaluable”—which Meade’s movie sets out to prove in spades. It is currently being screened for distribution and heading for a world premiere very soon followed by convention dates, with hopes for a DVD release thereafter.

Have a look at the trailer below, which sports interview snippets with Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Theresa Tilly, Betsy Baker, Hal Delrich, Danny Hicks, Tim Quill, Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel and other members of the EVIL DEAD team. And see INVALUABLE’s Facebook page here.

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About the author
Heather Buckley
Heather has a dual career as a Creative Director and a horror film journalist (Fangoria, Dread Central). Raised on horror since the age of 13, she’s always been fascinated with horror and apocalyptic culture. Her first love was a Gorezone no. 9 bought at Frank's Stationary in Keyport, NJ. She has not looked back since.
  • Ryan Meade

    Thanks Heather, youre truly Magic!!

  • Deter Pinklage

    Shouldn’t Tom Sullivan be the first name on the poster?

    • Ryan Meade

      We had agreed Tom gets a picture, Bruce Campbell (being a more recognizable name) should get top billing. This is a question that comes up alot. thanks for the interest.

    • Ryan Meade

      We also wanted to do billing in the original order, from the original poster. Letting everyone know, we had indeed gotten Everyone for this film.

  • Evildeadfan123

    Thanks for the heads up for this documentary. I was at one of the conventions that is in the trailer, Spooky Empire’s May-Hem, and on Sunday Morning of the convention, my husband was looking for me, and he said that Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker wanted to sign their tattoos that I have. I then signed a waiver, because a gentleman was taping them signing their tattoos for a documentary. This must be the documentary.

    • Ryan Meade

      Indeed you have made it in!

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