In between the original Evil Dead movie from 1981, and its 1987 sequel, Bruce Campbell took the time to star in this hilariously cheesy commercial from 1984, advertising a Michigan radio station called WHYT. Dressed as a laboratory scientist, Campbell’s character explains – complete with a mustache that rivals Tom Selleck – that snakes and humans have a similar reaction to music, in that they’re both much happier when listening to hit songs. It’s a goofy ad that’s strangely on-brand for Bruce Campbell considering how early it was in his career, but the funniest thing about it is that “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club is the song they picked to represent the hits of the time.
The commercial is included in a box set of early shorts, commercials, and rare clips seen throughout Bruce Campbell’s career. According to a description of the box set:
“While many have seen the iconic horror movie The Evil Dead, and its sequels Evil Dead II & Army Of Darkness, fewer know is that its creators & friends had a legacy of Super-8 Short film making stretching all the way back to their childhood in the late ’60s. It’s Murder, Within The Woods and The Blind Waiter are among the most prominent examples, but there were nearly seventy shorts made from 1969 onwards. This first official DVD set was released in August 2017. It contains eleven of the earliest shorts made by both Bill & Scotty. It’s available in ‘Standard’ & ‘Deluxe’ versions. They’re both the same, although the ‘Deluxe’ set comes with four rather than two photos, and they’re signed by Bill & Scott. Our second official DVD presentation was released in October 2017. It contains eleven further shorts directed or co-directed by Scotty, along with some of Bruce Campbell’s early TV commercials, intercut with vintage 60’s, 70’s & 80’s intros, credits, trailers, adverts & promos picked by Scotty from his extensive VHS, 8, 16, & 35mm collection.”
“Here is a complete list of everything you get. It’s only available as a ‘Standard’ option, no signed ‘Deluxe’ version this time: Two dual layer DVDs containing the eleven shorts & extras, each with an optional commentary track from Scotty, stop-motion animated menus, and full color printed disc artwork.A black standard swing-tray double DVD case with color glossy DVD sleeve. A four page handmade vintage style booklet, with notes on each short from Scott. A random selection of four, from a total of thirteen 6″ x 4″, 5.5″ x 4″, and 4″ x 4″ replica photos from Scotty’s collection. The list of ‘featured’ items play in chronological order, and run at 142m 29s alone, but 227m 28s including all the vintage adverts, trailers, promos and such. All the shorts have an optional commentary track by Scotty, as does some (but not all) of the additional material. You can see the list of the ‘featured’ items, with dates & running times below.”
The featured items include Half-Wits-Holiday (1974, 10m 58s), All The Worlds A Stooge (1974, 6m 01s), No Dough Boys (1974, 11m 17s), The Singing Nutzs (1974, 7m 45s), I’ll Never Heil Again (1975, 19m 41s), The James Hoffa Story (1975, 12m 52s), James Bombed In ‘Here Today… Gun Tomorrow’ (1976, 17m 57s), The Ghoul – Ch.62 Show Segments (1978-1979, 11m 29s), Attack Of The Helping Hand! (1979, 4m 58s), Compilation Of Shorts Clips (1974-1979, 6m 57s), The Blind Waiter (1980, 15m 29s), Torro, Torro, Torro! – Scotty’s Edit (1981, 3m 28s), Cleveland Smith Bounty Hunter The Producer’s Cut (1982, 9m 09s), WHYT Radio Bruce Campbell Snake Commercial (1984, 0m 29s), WHYT Radio Bruce Campbell Puppies Commercial (1984, 0m 30s), Breakdancing Stooges (1984, 2m 50s) and WNIC Naturally Funny Bruce Campbell Commercial (1985, 0m 31s).
It’s a pretty intense collection of deep cuts, only for the true fans, but you can get your own collection of Bruce Campbell shorts, commercials, and clips from Super8Shorts.com. Part I will run your $30 bucks for the Standard Edition, and $40 dollars for the Deluxe. Part II, however, runs for a flat rate for $40 dollars Standard, with no Deluxe option.
Images: New Line Cinema, Super8Shorts
Source: Movie Web