Bruce Campbell was attending the premiere of Evil Dead Rise at South By Southwest last week, and he ended up telling a heckler in the audience during the panel Q&A to “get the fuck out of here”. This came after the whole film had already been screened.
It was a really strange interaction. So, the heckler, who was attending the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival on Wednesday, obviously sat through the whole screening of Evil Dead Rise. Ten minutes of the following Q&A session with the movie’s director, producers and writers passed, and then the heckler shouted at the panel, saying the movie was crap, and then stormed out of the theatre.
However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t having any of it. He ended up telling the guy to “get the fuck outta here”.
Bruce Campbell tells heckler to “get the fuck outta here” after Evil Dead Rise screening
According to Variety, the audience member had fallen asleep with his legs propped up on the seat. They added that before his outburst, he was approached by a SXSW venue staff member. However, he ended up responding with an unintelligible utterance during the post-movie panel discussion.
During the panel, the man yelled, “This movie fucking sucks!” and chucked his popcorn over the side balcony where he was sitting. The audience, many of whom seemed to have enjoyed the movie, then booed the heckler as he stormed out of the theatre.
Bruce Campbell, who’s an executive producer on the new movie, starred in the original trilogy of films starting with 1981’s Evil Dead. Well, he had a few choice words for the heckler before he left the auditorium. Campbell yelled:
What are you doing here? Get the fuck outta here!
The crowd then erupted in applause and cheers, which was to be expected. You can watch the moment for yourselves in the clip below.
Someone got possessed at the Evil Dead Rises premiere 😬 pic.twitter.com/aocgJ4e3mQ
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Producer Rob Tapert then added:
I don’t get it. He waited all the way through the credits!
The crowd cheered even more when SXSW Film and TV programmer Peter Hall, who was attending the screening, then said:
That asshole aside, I think we can all agree that this movie actually really fucking rules.
I think it was pretty evident that the popularity of Evil Dead Rise was very high in the auditorium that night. Fans have been desperate to watch the long-awaited fifth instalment in the franchise, and based on audible reactions throughout the movie, the reception to Evil Dead Rise was overwhelmingly positive.
Prior to the heckling incident, Hall revealed:
I’ve been doing South By for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of movies in this theater—I have never seen an audience that insane.
The movie stars Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland. They are playing estranged sisters in the movie who try to survive after one of them finds an ancient book hidden in their apartment and inadvertently unleashes flesh-possessing demons.
The Evil Dead franchise is alive and well
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The original trilogy included The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992). All of those movies were written and directed by Raimi. Raimi then went on to helm the Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 to 2007.
He also recently directed Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness. Raimi’s three Spider-Man movies were also produced by Robert G. Tapert, and they all featured cameos from Campbell. He played Ash Williams in all of the Evil Dead movies.
There was a sequel and ‘loose’ reboot in 2013 called Evil Dead. That movie was directed by Fede Alvarez, who’s currently working on a new Alien movie, which is being referred to as Alien: Romulus.
Moreover, the Evil Dead franchise also spawned a TV series called Ash vs Evil Dead. The series lasted three seasons after it premiered on Starz in 2015, and it also starred Campbell. Evil Dead Rise is slated to be released in US theatres on April 21st.
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