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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…
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,…
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…
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Horror has not been my most accessible genre as I tend to pick up the stupidities in its characters and their decisions or the style or tone that the film might be trying to capture, does not resonate well with me. Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead succeeds in bypassing both of those, with a plot that relies on the unknown superstition of evil to keep its audiences from demanding and searching for cracks in its logic.
The first word or emotion that came on my mind when watching this was "Shocking". Sam Raimi has left me in a feeling of shock almost all the way through, with gruesome scenes and unpredictably surprising me with jump scares…
"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…
Not entirely sure why I bothered with this! It was either this film or 'Saving Private Ryan' and as much as I dislike latter-day Speilberg films, I think I made the wrong decision. Pretty poor.
If the first Evil Dead is thought of as a primer for the second installment, I wouldn't disagree. But you can sort of see the off-kilter approach already taking shape even in the original. That is, if you can focus more on the technical aspects and less on the dodgy acting. That image of the camera flying through the woods is stunning every time. It’s not surprising that this shot became Raimi’s trademark. The claymation effects at the end are truly revolting.
After recent re-watch, I reduced this from 5 to 4 stars. I still love this movie for breaking new ground with gore and balancing it with humor, and basically inventing the "cabin in the woods" setting. But it's hard to overlook the flaws.
Part of this movie's charm is that it's a low budget first film for Raimi. But there are a ton of goofs and mistakes that go beyond low budget and simply show a lack of attention to detail. In addition, the actors do such ridiculously stupid things that it gets in the way of enjoyment. I know that in this genre of film, the viewer EXPECTS the actors to be stupid, and this film largely invented that…
Schlock horror. It may be a cult classic to some but it's a waste of time to me. I was really fed up after about an hour of this. It's like a very good amateur short video homage thing you might find on YouTube which would last 10 mins and you'd go away thinking really good job. But as a proper, fully-fledged movie this is a piece of nonsense. Of course, unlike me, if you're watching it in a room with a bunch of drunken friends then it probably is a classic.
I'm actually unsure if I've seen this before now. It seemed very familiar. I have logged Evil Dead II some years ago. So, if it's the…
I only ever saw ARMY OF DARKNESS years ago and thought it time I saw this little gem. And i was surprised. After having been disappointed with the mess that was TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, I was pleased to finally see some creativity in the realm of the horror genre. Bruce Campbell has a lot to do with the success of the film as well. He is great as the messed up hero. I laughed throughout the whole film, it was great. Over the top and with a great sense of humour. Must go and watch part two, now.
Still my favorite film of all time. I love everything about it, from how the acting gets better as the movie goes along, how the pace gets more and more frenetic, and how energetic and inventive it all is.
The Evil Dead may not be my favorite 80's horror movie, but it's definitely a fun film for fans of the genre, both for its ironic sense of humor and numerous references to several staple horror classics; everything from Night of the Living Dead's setting to the dutch angles made famous by Italian directors like Lucio Fulci seems to make an appearance here. With that said, there's no denying that The Evil Dead is a tribute film at its core, but it's still one that's worth the watch even if it doesn't quite live up to its contemporaries. 3/5 sumerian spirits.
Cheryl is my personal favorite of the demonically possessed ladies.
That last like 15 minutes of body decomposition? Heck yeah.
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No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…