The Evil Dead
Can they be stopped?
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…
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…
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,…
"Thank you. I don't know what I would have done if I had remained on those hot coals, burning my pretty flesh." - Possessed Shelly
It's about as subtle as having your head caved in with a baseball bat and having your mutilated remains chopped up with an axe, but The Evil Dead is one of the most unashamedly proud films I've ever seen. It's proud of its identity, its guts, its brashness, its sheer and utter want to disgust you. And that's what makes it so likeable.
While it's hardly an original plot, there's a genuine sense of creeping unease and dread maintained from the hovering, swooping opening shot. There's an almost constant low roar from the demons in…
10 MORE DAYS! 10 MORE DAYS! 10 MORE DAYS!
"WE'RE GONNA GET YOU" IN 10 DAAAAAYS...sorry I seriously can't wait for Evil Dead. So I might possibly watch this every night until April 5th.
Sam Raimi, you are incredible for making such a classic horror film that is both comedic and horrifying. And to have brought something to the world that no one has ever seen before; horny trees, and I LIKED IT. The usage of sound in this film is also incredible, from the piercing giggles, the screams, the music and how the creatures open their mouths either to eat you or to speak is seriously sick!
An extremely gory, yet cheesy horror flick, that everyone MUST SEE BEFORE…
I've seen this countless times and yet I'm puzzled how I let myself go along with the common misconception that this isn't a comedy. Watching it for the first time on the big screen was a hilarious experience. Probably a good 10 laughs in the first 40 minutes, about triple that in the remaining 45. Yes this is the most brutal and unforgiving entry to this franchise but Raimi's love of slapstick (here transformed into splatstick) is very much front and centre. This is pitch black comedy, make no mistake.
I didn't laugh at the tree rape. That would be wrong.
Really like it, and love many individual moments. I also love that the directorial work feels like a great classic horror one for such modern-day gory, slightly campy content. Wish Raimi's today efforts are more like this.
The Evil Dead is a fun and gruesome low-budget Horror movie with incredibly inventive camera work and great makeup effects. I don't feel the need to ever watch it again, but I had a good time.
A celebrated film within its genre, The Evil Dead is regarded as one of the most entertaining horror films, a film that helped define the genre of horror with a mix of supernatural elements, something that future films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser would follow.
Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is an extremely gorified film with a few unsettling images that account for a truly entertaining film. Featuring strong tension and fantastic camera work, Bruce Campbell gives a truly fantastic performance as Ash, who would then go onto become one of the icons of horror. Whilst the remainder of the performances are weak and the typical cliches that have now become as common as household items,…
I’ve always liked The Evil Dead and its sequels, but this viewing has shown me this original in a completely different light. I never truly found it scary previously, just batshit insane, but Raimi’s first endeavour really is an hallucinating nightmare in all its own bizarre, over reactive ways. Raimi persists with corny, un-nurtured dialogue throughout, but the soul of this film remains in the escalating, intimidating atmosphere Raimi surrounds it in. Fog, darkness, blood, screams, cracks and chills are only made more prominent by the whacky camerawork the film works around and Raimi utilises them all to full effect, crafting The Evil Dead into one of the more bizarre horrors of its decade. Bruce Campbell’s wrecking ball of a performance was bettered in the sequel, but he’s still great here.
bruce campbell commentary
Love this film, splatter gore and horror blended brilliantly
sam raimi and robert tapert commentary