A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Evil Dead
The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror
When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.
Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods, where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find a tome called the "Naturan Demanto", Book of the Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.
If you haven't seen this film and you'd read that synopsis, you probably wouldn't think it is one of the greatest entries in the horror genre ever made. You'd probably rank it among the avalanche of other horror films released in the early eighties. The fact that it…
You will believe a girl can be raped by a tree.
I watched Evil Dead for the first time in my early teens and I remember being both scared and in awe. It wasn't like anything I had ever seen before and I'm overcome with that same awe every time I watch it. While I enjoy Evil Dead 2 it doesn't have the same effect on me (and I find Army of Darkness a little annoying). This is by far THE movie to watch in the trilogy.
Most of you have seen this so I won't feel bad for including some spoilers (if you haven't seen it, stop reading now). I love that there's a "final guy" as opposed to the typical "final girl" but I've always wondered how Ash avoided…
The Evil Dead is super gross!!
Sam Raimi knows exactly what he wants to do here. He creates quite a raw, gross-out horror flick with the sole intention of startling you with grotesque scenes. This is a very fast-paced movie about five teenagers who take a vacation in a cabin in the woods and are soon, one by one, possessed by demons after one of them plays a recording of ancient incantations. It’s not scary by today’s standards, but it’s quite an entertaining horror.
The movie gets its engine revved up from the get-go, unsettling you with the ominous demonic presence in the first scene. Raimi employs a range of horror film techniques to shock the audience. From the effective…
Rudimentary, unpolished, and near-brilliant, Sam Raimi's "The Evil Dead" is an over-the-top, low budget horror symphony. Raimi combines a cabin in the woods, demonic spirits, incantations, a book bound in human flesh, buckets of gore, and a group of twenty-somethings to highest possible effect in a film that is both seminal and potentially audience-splitting.
While the film is gruesome, gory, and violent, it is imbued with a light, slightly silly tone. The film has a sense of humor, slyly sending up conventions of the horror genre and keeping the violence from becoming oppressive. While this may be offputting to some genre fans, it does help establish "The Evil Dead" as something unique.
Raimi uses the film as a stylistic canvas,…
Unanimously a horror masterpiece and one of the great works of surrealism, The Evil Dead is a film of shocking gore and unabashed macabre beauty. Filmed on a meager budget around $350,000; Sam Raimi and company set out to make a simple film about a terrifying night set in a cabin in the woods. Both remarkably scary and ferociously paced, The Evil Dead is 85 minutes of splatter, foggy atmosphere, solid acting, and tremendous visual storytelling. While not as comedic or batshit insane as Evil Dead 2, It's arguably just as glorious. The raw film-making does show its age, but it isn't a huge determent on the film as a whole.
Bruce Campbell plays it straight in this one, as…
I know I've watched The Evil Dead before. I had it rated, pretty as you please, right here on Letterboxd (albeit a rating transferred over from my Flixster rating days). But as I rewatched this, I'll be damned if I remembered more than a few specific scenes.
Obviously, I remembered the basic plot. Hell, you probably know the basic plot without ever having watch the film: Isolated cabin, five young adults, creepy basement, demonic incantations. Blah, blah, blah. Remembering the plot is like remembering that Luke's father is Darth Vader--it's something everyone knows because it's the first question in Trivial Pursuit. You don't get a cookie for knowing the plot.
The other little flashes I remember are the curled out,…
I'm so glad I watched the remake before this, I would have wept tears of pain and disappointment had I seen them the other way round. Despite quite a cliché plot and a low budget, this film delivers in all its surreal, gory glory with action and suspense from the word go. Once shit hits the fan, it doesn't stop and works up into a crazy flurry of intense, and at times psychological, horror. The characters (bar Ashley) are quite honestly plot devices, but it really never pretends to be anything else; this film has a simple and clear agenda: to scare the shit out of the viewer, and boy does it.
After watching the entire trilogy all in one night, it's hard not too notice the change in quality and style, especially with Bruce Campbells performance. His character noticeably changes attitude through out the three films. IN the first he is clearly scared for his life and confused as to what's happening, in the second he starts to turn mad and begins to get a grasp on the reality of the events; and in the third he just turns in to some 80's action hero. It's definitely an interesting and entertaining development but it's strangely fitting. Dont expect these films to be horror masterpieces, don't expect them to be anything and just watch.
A visceral, but clunky horror film from director Sam Raimi.
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Absolutely amazing horror film, a must see if you've never seen it before. The special effects in this film really make it.
"Look at her eyes. Look at her eyes! For God's sake, what happened to her eyes?"
ok this was pretty hilarious and I dunno if it was supposed to be but I liked it a lot. with this I'm starting my journey through a couple of horror classics since fall is approaching and that's my fav time to branch out into that genre (who would've thought). Bruce Campbell and his chin are unbeatable. the film jumps right into things and soon enough flesh possessing demons make life hard for him. I nearly jumped out of my skin one time but was laughing my ass off again the next moment. also liked the makeup and effects, better than some that I've seen recently hahaha.
leave me recommendations for horror classics down below I'd love to check out your favs!!
truly amazing, linda.
A horror masterpiece that jump-started an iconic horror trilogy and re-defined the rules of horror filmmaking in the 1980s. Combined with mouth-dropping special effects and relentless gore, Sam Raimi completely changed the horror genre for better or worse, and it still holds up as a bloody-good time!
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