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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…
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…
Yesterday, I have watched Army of Darkness without knowing it was the third film from the Evil Dead trilogy. As I have absolutely loved the film, I decided I should watch the entire franchise. In the first film from the trilogy, The Evil Dead, we follow five college students who travel for a remote cottage in the middle of a forest and unwittingly release a force of monstrous evil destined for total destruction.
Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness created a very good balance between comedy and horror, where the comedy was way heavier. In, The Evil Dead, the balance he created was even better, but here, the horror was slightly more present than the comedy. While in the third one…
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.
It's like Evil Dead II but not quite there.
FILM 7 OF HOOP-TOBER
I don't know, nerds. You tell me why this is supposed to be good. To me, it scans as "Something young people made with the utmost sincerity but now claim was intentional camp." If it's supposed to be funny, then where are the laughs?
An extra half-star for the eerie point of view shots.
Plenty of really nice camerawork and editing throughout this crazy horror film. Seeing Bruce Campbell on screen again (haven't seen him since Hercules/Xena days!) is awesome. The actresses are all so believable and scary as well. I can't wait to see more of what The Evil Dead franchise has to offer!
Before I watch it, I used to think Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead was known as a cult classic horror movie for being an intense, thrilling and terrifying 80's experience. But now that I've finally seen, I'm surprised that's actually nothin' like that. Because The Evil Dead is, at least for me, one of those movies that is so bad that is enjoyable to watch (still not good, though). It's full of cheesy moments, terrible acting, a poor script and a lot of fake fog. The makeup is good, though.
For the majority of the supposed creepy scenes I was finding laughable and couldn't believe how silly it all actually was. I mean, at a certain moment the main character…
The Evil dead is a supernatural slasher about a group of friends who stay at a cabin and get possessed one by one.It has all the trappings of a classic slasher film,it's just more exciting than most of them.Some of the effects may look questionable (as will a lot of the acting),and it can get gross at times.In the end it's all worth it.This is a very entertaining low budget horror film.
They say that in the hollows of hell only few who dwell there can be heard by those who walk the earth. Some say there are forces of darkness that cloud the worldly realm. They say these forces hide in dark and immoral places. They say when the moon is brightest in the sky, evil comes out to play.
It is believed by some that when demons get bored and have no sympathy from the Devil, they reach out for the very souls of mortals. They desire to bleed the living of all life. It pleasures them. It pleases them. They love nothing more than to strike fear in the innocence... And to convert and destroy anything pure. And if…
As the film we opens we flip between 5 young people in a car driving along a road and trying ascertain whether or not they are going in the right direction, to an image of skirting across eerily steaming rivers and through broken trees. The music that plays in the background has Demonic overtones and both camera shots seem to be leading us in the same direction.
Remember this is 1981 and the film cannot help but show its age, also the fact this film was created on the smallest of budgets. But for me that is what en deers it so much. What it lacks in production values, dynamic performances and lavish sets it more than makes up for…
(Forest, sick week)
I always want this to be as fun as I remember it being. As it stands, it's a fine primer for Raimi's future, better, work as well as a fine testament to Raimi's skillfulness under a budget, with a use of special effects that hold up beautifully today. Still, despite Raimi's directorial panache, and the general chemistry of the cast (it's obvious Campbell would be a star), whenever it's not focusing on the actual blood n' gore, a lot of this is pretty terminally stiff. It's a lot of shouting, and stumbling around, with none of the bubbly energy Raimi would bring to the franchise, and to his other work, later on.
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I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING