From the torrent of celluloid inspired
by the success of George Romero's quick-buck masterwork
Night of the Living Dead, only one film seems to
have successfully tapped into the wellspring of black
humor which is a latent but indespensible ingredient of
any good horror film. Beginning with his breakthrough
film, The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi added innovation
to inspiration by tempering Romero's gore with tension-puncturing
humor. At the center of Raimi's saga is a likable schlub
named Ash. As portrayed by Bruce Campbell, the vainly
undaunted Ash finds his frazzled patience tested time
and again by all manner of ghoulish, supernatural phenomena.
Have B horror type films always been a love of yours or
are those types of films just another gig for you?
BRUCE CAMPBELL: I'd have to say it's just another
gig. I do have a certain fondness for the genre, after
all that's where it began for me. When we made the first
Evil Dead, we had made the decision to shoot a
horror film because at the time it was a very marketable
and successful genre. Granted, because of that and Evil
Dead II, I ended up doing several genre pictures.
Now, I'm trying to do as many different types of roles
and receive as much exposure as I can. Don't get me wrong,
I will do another genre film as long as and only
if it's a good script.