All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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 have a theory about certain films. Some of them are capable of time travel. Or time dilation. Relativity of simultaneity. Something to do with the theory of relativity anyway, which I have been reading up on recently. Anyhoo, I strongly believe that some freaky fucking relativity wonkyness happens when you watch The Evil Dead because it's a ten minute film, we all know it's a ten minute film because when you watch it only ten minutes pass in the same time it takes 85 minutes worth of film to play. I mean.... ten "actual minutes" pass even though 85 minutes go by on the "clock".
Ok take my job, for example. My lunch break is 30 minutes long but…
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,…
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…
"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…
I feel I was supposed to see this before Cabin in the Woods. Still though: ewww.
The Evil Dead will always be one of the best horror films ever made. "Nuff Said.
Can't go wrong with this on the big screen!
My Halloween film. 2014
Blu-ray picture 7/10
A great, great horror film. The Evil Dead is one hell of a ride, and you won't have a chance to feel bored at any point. Plenty of graphic violence is shown, and it is genuinely disturbing at times. One scene that I can't forget about is the tree raping the girl(don't ask if you haven't watched the movie). Apart from the shock factor, the movie is filled with one thing that modern horror films so desperately lack -- atmosphere. The cabin, the woods, everything works here to create a legitimately creepy, forboding atmosphere. You just know that something bad is going to happen. It has that "low budget" feeling, but that's part of this movie's awesomeness.
Sam Raimi shows…
C'mon... Do I really need to comment on this one?
Watched with Sam Raimi and Robert Taperts' commentary track
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Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…