Ash, the Evil Dead, and the Army of Darkness in the Horror Universe: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

15 May

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.  

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (FILM)

Release Date: September 28, 1951 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Horror Crosses: Evil Dead

The Story: An alien comes to Earth, a representative of a higher planetary power, to warn humans that they will be destroyed if they don’t stop destroying the planet.

Notes: The alien emissary has a robot assistant, who is also a doomsday device. He can only be turned off using the term “Klaatu Barada Nikto”. Though there’s no actual crossover here, the later Evil Dead films will use that same term as a key spell in conjunction with use of the Necronomicon ex Mortis and controlling the deadites. Therefore there must be some connection between the alien’s superiors and the powers behind the Necronomicon ex Mortis. And of course, though the alien’s presence becomes publicly known, it should be assumed that most of the world still denies it really happened, as is typical of such events in the Horror Universe. This film was remade in 1954 and 2008. It has been “non-cross” referenced and spoofed many times.

For more Ash, Evil Dead, and Army of Darkness crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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