OK, this isn't disturbing — it's just damn cool.
"We always like sound," says Campbell, who produced the film with Evil Dead's first director Sam Raimi and his producing partner Rob Tapert. "The first Evil Dead, we spent more time on the sound than on the picture. It's a massive component to your movie. The visuals are half, but in a horror movie, the sound is the other half. It's just fun to go back now and to play with the things we can do in a soundstage now that you couldn't do back then. It's just a personal interest."
So what did Campbell do for the film? "I tormented Fede [Alvarez, the director]," he says. "I would present things to Fede and let him reject them. That's basically the deal. That's his job. He's the acceptor or rejector. I sat with an editor. We'd spend four days coming up with what Fede called the 'nostalgic' effects. We digitized all the old sound effects [from the first film], so we had sheets available to put in. Some of it Fede was like, 'Yeah, cool, put that in.' Others, he'd go (laughing), 'No! No, get rid of that.' It was part of the homages to the original. There are a couple little sounds in there that most people won't notice."
Campbell is most proud of getting in the sound of a fly that opens and closes the film. "That was the idea of the original sound editor — if you were a fly on the wall, what story would you have seen? So it's at the beginning of the movie and the end."