The answer is “no”. But the filmmakers would like to trick you into thinking it might be the “Classic”. They even have given it a broken left headlight.
The biggest clue that this is not THE Delta 88? It is the wrong year.
While there is no question Raimi’s Delta 88, which appeared not only in the original movie but also had a cameo appearance in his 2002 film, “Spider-Man“, was a 1973 model…the one seen in “Evil Dead” is a year newer.
As the Deadites Online website points out, the original 1973 model, purchased new by Raimi’s father, has actually turned up in just about every film Raimi has ever made.
But “Evil Dead” is a game-changer. Literally. Keep an eye out for the differences between the front ends.
A 1973 Olds Delta 88 had a hood that curled down over the front of the car. Under it, two low, long and wide “waterfall” grille sections were placed either side of a “nose”, festooned with an Oldsmobile logo, about six inches wide. The front bumper ran in a clean, unbroken line across the front of the car.
In the “Evil Dead”, the grille sections of the rotting Olds in the woods are placed much farther apart from the nose. They are more upright and square. In fact, they begin to wrap up over the hood line. And the front bumper of the car in the remake has two bumper guards, while Raimi’s did not. See also the chrome “Oldsmobile” script on the left grille panel; not there in a ’73.
In “Evil Dead”, we’re looking at a 1974 Oldsmobile Delta 88.
Maybe we’ve misunderstood this whole Evil Dead thing for the last 30 years. What if the demons are actually targeting owners of Oldsmobiles? No wonder the company went out of business.
April 4, 2013