Bruce Campbell Returns to Royal Oak to Reminisce on “The Evil Dead”

The metro Detroit native has gone on to become a legendary actor, comedian, producer, and more
Bruce Campbell
Photograph courtesy of Bruce Campbell

Nearly 40 years ago, Bruce Campbell and fellow Royal Oak natives Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert raised $350,000 to create The Evil Dead. What began as a low-budget film Campbell starred in and co-executive produced turned into an international sensation. It was dubbed by Stephen King “the most ferociously original horror film of the year,” following its showing at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival debut. The Evil Dead became a trilogy, with a remake of the first installment in 2013. The cult classics also inspired several video games and the comedy series, Ash vs Evil Dead, in which Campbell reprised his character, Ash Williams.

Campbell went on to become a legendary actor, comedian, producer, director, and two-time The New York Times bestselling author. His other notable works include comedy-horror film Bubba Ho-Tep, crime drama Running Time, and the popular television spy series Burn Notice. He’s also lent his voice to several video games.

At 61, Campbell is returning to his hometown for An Evening with Bruce Campbell and Evil Dead 2. Attendees will enjoy stories from his life and career, a live Q&A, and a screening of the Evil Dead sequel. Ages 18+. $35+. Sept. 26. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980;

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