Horror fans might assume that director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead movies wrote the book on cursed bibles of the damned. But years earlier, in 1967, The Equinox . . . A Journey into the Supernatural , one of the films in this week’s monster mash Hulu festival, featured a remarkably similar leather-bound tome that opened up a portal to another world (in a scene that was drastically cut down when the film was finally released in 1970). Raimi has said that he didn't see this landmark special-effects treat—whose stop-motion animation was designed by a group of young monster lovers that included future multiple-Oscar-winning effects artist Dennis Muren (Jurassic Park)—before embarking on the Evil Dead films.Nevertheless, the similarities between the movies are delightfully unmistakable in this regard (swirling smoke, spinning books, ominous voice-over, the use of the color red), as you can see in the clips below from The Equinox . . . A Journey into the Supernatural and Evil Dead II.