9. Paul L. Smith's voice was dubbed in by another actor during post-production.
8. During the filming, Bruce Campbell had Sam Raimi's 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 gutted and substituted it for the "stunt car" in the chase sequence, but Raimi noticed before the scene was filmed and had the car restored.
7. When Sam Raimi wasn't allowed to cast Bruce Campbell in the lead role, he expanded the minor role of Renaldo "The Heel" so that Campbell would be there for the whole production.
6. Bruce Campbell commented that the film "wasn't released, it escaped".
5. Brion James trashed his hotel room in an attempt to "exorcise a ghost from his light fixtures". He thought the ghost of his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend was coming to haunt him.
4. Sam Raimi regarded the film as one of the least favorite moments of his career, musing that "it was really wrong. It was such a horrible, horrible, horrible, depressing scene."
3. Producer Rob Tapert can be seen sitting at the bar in the Rialto.
2. The film's original title was Relentless.
1. The difficulty during production left a negative impression on Bruce Campbell, who insisted that he wanted to never work with big-budget producers again, insisting that the conduct was "soulless" and "just a business."
Sam Raimi: [The Three Stooges] many, including the bowling balls rolling off the shelf onto the man's head, and a cameo by Stooges regular Emil Sitka.
During the storm scene, a newspaper proclaiming "STORM! City in Chaos" is shown. A smaller headline reads "Military seals off Tennessee murder site. Time-space disturbance discovered." This is a reference to Sam Raimi's previous film The Evil Dead (1981) and its sequel Evil Dead II (1987), which Raimi was writing at the time.
According to Bruce Campbell, Louise Lasser-under the influence of cocaine-fired her make-up artist. She insisted that she apply all her own make-up, despite objections from the cast. She would often show up on set with poorly applied "clown make-up" and messed up hair, oblivious to how she appeared. There were occasions when she outright refused to leave her trailer, to the annoyance of the cast and crew.
Sam Raimi budgeted the film at $2.5 million, an amount the studio greenlit. But the calculations had not taken union fees and regulations into account, making the proposed budgeting and scheduling unrealistic. In addition, the crew were talked into spending three times the allotted money for one shooting location. The shoot quickly went both over budget and over schedule. At that point, the studio stepped in, with executives demanding cuts in the script, budget restrictions, layoffs, and their own supervision of the project.
At another time, the crew spent a week filming on a Detroit street after dark, directly under a nursing home, with huge wind machines blowing for long hours. One evening a glass bottle with a note in it crashed to the ground from an upper floor. The note inside read, "The noise is keeping me awake all night long and I am getting sick. I am dying because of you."
An argument broke out near the end of the post-production between Bruce Campbell and the producers. Campbell argued that he and Sam Raimi had always closely been involved with their own film's editing, describing the behaviour of the producers as "nickel-and-dime-bullshit". One of the producers replied by calling Campbell an "asshole", commenting that the crew had gone severely over budget.
According to Bruce Campbell, the film was hard to market because it featured elements of horror films, comedies, and dramas. He noted that "cross-genre" films "send marketing people scurrying under a desk". To make matters even more confusing, in France and Italy, the film's title was changed to Death on the Grill and The Two Craziest Killers in the World respectively. In the United States, the film was only released in Kansas and Alaska, to make the film eligible for HBO broadcasting. Upon release, the film "went down in box-office flames". The "only good" screening came the Seattle International Film Festival, where the movie was promoted as a novelty film.
At one point, shooting was to take place at a bridge overlooking the Detroit River, which was frozen at the time. The script, however, called for clear and running water, meaning that the crew had to brave dangerously low temperatures and conditions to clear the ice; finally they blew up the ice with dynamite.
Disowned by director Sam Raimi, incensed at not being allowed to use Bruce Campbell and having editor Kaye Davis and composer Joseph LoDuca removed by the producers.
The studio insisted on reviewing every batch of dailies, criticizing the decision to use cast and crew members (including Bruce Campbell) as extras in several scenes (a Sam Raimi trademark known as "Shemping").
Sam Raimi was not initially optimistic about the talents of the Coen brothers. He recounted that Ethan Coen was "just a statistic accountant at Macy's at the time." After reading the Blood Simple. (1984) script, however, Bruce Campbell commented that the screenplay was "great", comparing it to the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
PG-13 | 1h 23min | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 25 April 1986 (USA)
A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.
Director: Sam Raimi
Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Stars: Louise Lasser, Brion James, Paul L. Smith