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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…
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…
Somehow without ever really trying consciously I've seen the Evil Dead movies more than any other movies in my life. And of the three, it's the original I've seen the most. And every time I watch it I love it more. I've definitely watched it and then watched it again immediately afterwards more than once. I never really thought about it, but it struck me today. They were some of the first horror films I ever owned as a kid. They're quite close to my heart.
Finally seeing it on Blu was something of a revelation. I don't know if it was a video quality issue or if maybe they just cleaned it up for the…
Film #67 of the 100 Movie Challenge
The Evil Dead is a fun, low budget, gory and rather ridiculous horror movie that's a short, but constant blast. This film is just a heck of a lot of fun, there's not a lot more too it.
I never felt any kind of connection with the characters; they never felt like real people at all, but they also weren’t distinct enough to function as parodies. This failure is pretty startling considering the first 15 minutes of this 90-minute film featured the characters just literally sitting around talking. Before we even got into the film’s conflict, I found myself wondering why I should care about any of these people or what happens to them.
As the film went on, I was quite disappointed to find that the “horror” part of the film bore a strong resemblance to The Exorcist. It was of the “shock value,” “gross out” school of horror. A combination of this and the protagonists’ unrelenting…
My review -- this film is now on DVD and yes it does have a small profit margin but what is more impressive is the fact that this installment was made on roughly $400,000 and has legendary status within the horror genre today and for the foreseeable future. The contents briefly and when I say briefly I don't mean that is disrespect but I don't want to spoil anyone's surprise if they choose to watch this film project. But I digress we have this small cluster of friends going up to this derelict and shambles of a cabin nearby this woods and on them entering this cabin, they can see it is much worse from the inside and on their…
One of the greatest, nuttiest horror movies ever.
If you are going to watch this, anticipate a comedy.
Five dumb white teenagers go to a secluded cabin in the woods for a fun weekend away until they go in the cellar and read an incantation out of a sketchy book, releasing monsters that kill them all. "But, Stacey!" you exclaim. "Didn't you just review this movie?" You would think, wouldn't you. My watch of 'The Cabin in the Woods' the other day definitely resulted in some serious deja vu. Now, 'The Evil Dead' called dibs because it was released thirty-one years earlier, but the redundancy still had me making a face.
The cinematography, editing, script, special effects, and especially the acting could easily be referred to as a…
Yes, five stars. Four for the excellence of the movie’s making, and one additional for the irony.
Curiously, Raimi's early movies don't hold up quite as well after him spending the last 20+ years running his signature style into the ground.
It is literally...LITERALLY impossible to NOT like this film.
I don't have to waste my breath praising its unholy name (deservingly so). Do yourself a favor and throw this one back on...for old times sake (preferably an old VHS copy beat to shit).
Fuck your Hallmark Xmas films.
Invite Ash over for the Holidays instead.
A classic...feel the same way about it as I did when I first saw it...Nuff said...
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