Director Steve Villeneuve gets to end his weekend on a high note following last week’s Indiecan acquisition of his latest documentary, Hail To The Deadites, celebrating decades of fandom for The Evil Dead franchise to date. The first official trailer and poster arrived on Sunday evening, and resident horror and fantasy fan Christina Ortega Phillips mused about the documentary in her own review for this year’s virtual Fantasia Festival writing, in part, the following:
Hearing the fans talk about their own introductions to The Evil Dead films and their own experiences with the fandom was awesome. I knew that the franchise had a cult following, but there are levels to this fandom that I had not realized!
Phillips is currently plotting to improve her stack of Evil Dead collectibles, which undoubtedly means one day she’ll have to get in a photo-op with Ash himself provided the Covid-19 pandemic doesn’t continue to put a damper on all in-person convention hopes. In the meantime, Villeneuve’s documentary is a hard-earned effort, and while a release date remains pending, peep the trailer above, as well as the poster art beneath and subsequent announcement.
After winning a Bronze Audience Award at the Fantasia Film Festival, the Evil Dead documentary HAIL TO THE DEADITES has just released its official trailer (edited by Jon Kondelik, co-owner of Dual Visions) and a brand new festival poster (design by Filip Ivanovic).
“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, fans, freaks and geeks, 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.
Last week, the film was acquired for Canadian distribution by Indiecan Entertainment, and the international sales bill be handled by Raven Banner Entertainment who currently feature the title at the Toronto International Film Festivals Market.
“I am extremely happy to have the chance to start a long relationship with Indiecan Entertainment. Avi wears Canadian Cinema on his sleeve, and I couldn’t have found a better home for Hail to the Deadites.” Says director Steve Villeneuve. “As for Raven Banner, they have established themselves as the best sales agents for any horror film. I’m truly happy to work with them again“
“I’m extremely excited about starting a working relationship with Steve Villeneuve both on the distribution side and also starting a collaboration of making some cool documentary films together” says Indiecan’s Avi Federgreen. “Steve’s an excellent filmmaker and I think he’s really hit a home run for all of the EVIL DEAD lovers out there!”.
The film, which made its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and its International premiere at FrightFest last month, is scheduled to be screened at many festivals in October such as Sitges international fantastic film festival, Ramaskrik Film Festival, Midwest Horrorfest, Nightmare Film Festival, and South African Horrorfest.