You haven't known the horrors of demonic possession until you've seen them in claymation.

Sam Raimi's 1981 horror/camp classic 'The Evil Dead' has been adapted into a comic book and a musical. But that wasn't enough for upstart filmmaker Lee Hardcastle, who took on the tale of woodland vacations, unhinged evil, and severed limbs and reduced it down to 60 seconds. With clay figurines.

All we can say is: groovy. You haven't known the horrors of demonic possession until you've seen them in claymation.

Sam Raimi's 1981 horror/camp classic 'The Evil Dead' has been adapted into a comic book and a musical. But that wasn't enough for upstart filmmaker Lee Hardcastle, who took on the tale of woodland vacations, unhinged evil, and severed limbs and reduced it down to 60 seconds. With clay figurines.

All we can say is: groovy.


Hardcastle entered the film in the Done in 60 Seconds category for the annual Jameson Empire Awards, where upcoming filmmakers slim down the classics.

Other condensed entries include a slapstick take on 'Inglorious Basterds,' a cartoon version of 'Predator', and an a cappella interpretation of 'Donnie Darko' that makes as much sense of the film as we've seen anyone make.

But our vote goes to Hardcastle, if only because he found a method -- claymation -- to maintain the blood-soaked, low-budget feel of Raimi's much-loved original, yet still add his own, inspired twist. (It seems only fitting, in the medium that gave us Mr. Bill, that Bruce Campbell's hero, Ash, is rendered a foppish gent here.)

Our only hope is that Hardcastle takes on the sequels next.

CATEGORIES Video, 'Fone Finds