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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,…
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…
Tanto este filme como sua sequência possuem méritos inquestionáveis. Ambos são um marco no cinema de horror estadunidense, cada um a sua maneira. Em UMA NOITE ALUCINANTE - A MORTE DO DEMÔNIO, Sam Raimi claramente lança mão de uma narrativa clássica para contar uma história que tende mais para a estética trash do que para o estilo intelectual ostentado pelo horror psicológico de filmes como O BEBÊ DE ROSEMARY. Sobretudo quando consideramos a pavorosa inaptidão dos atores para travar um mínimo diálogo e a escassez de dinheiro para a produção. Não percebendo isto, Sam Raimi insiste em encarar seu projeto de maneira séria, o que resulta numa obra única, porém indecisa.
A total blast from start to finish. Kudos to the practical effects and makeup teams; both elements were used in the film splendidly. This movie was terrifying, but also very funny in a very strange way.
One of the best horror movies I have ever seen. Period! It has everything. Suspense, action, psychological horror, visuals, and story. Many horror movies can never accomplish ALL of these things. Most of the time only one or two are accomplished. That's what makes this movie different and this is coming from a guy that doesn't even love horror. If you are going to do one thing in the next day. Watch this movie!
Really fun horror film. I didn't feel attached to the characters (not enough development). Still, cinematography and sound design really took this film above and beyond. Obviously influential.
Sam Raimi's popular black comedy classic the evil dead is a film that has been loved by many, there's fan's of this movie all over the place but its never really been my cup of tea, I appreciate what it did for its genre, Bruce Campbell being awesome and all these practical effects but to me its just loads of blood spurting around and I have nothing against violence in movies but if that's what your movie mostly is then I don't see the point and well I can't talk considering I gave it at least three stars but that's because I like the effects for its time and Bruce Campbell in these movies but when its just constant violence…
The Evil Dead opens with speedy cross-cuts between “the force,” the kids, and an oncoming truck, immediately ramping up the tension; meanwhile, grainy stock and “no-name” actors establish a realistic vibe. Even though Sam Rami is clearly playing with clichés, he still manages to set viewers on edge through brilliant film-making: the sound, editing, stock, and actors are all perfect.
This cleverness continues beyond the opening sequence; through the film’s short runtime, we’re shown myriad points of view, often via shaky frames and bizarre, extreme angles, or even vertical pans, which lends a disconcerting, even queasy, feeling to every scene. The point of view shots work particularly well – they’re both creepy and affecting - especially when juxtaposed with some…
Watched with the commentary track with Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi & Robert Tapert. Great stuff. My favorite part was when they talked about all the injuries everybody got during filming and apparently at some point Sam Raimi got knocked out by a log or something and Bruce Campbell got a black hole in his leg.
The classic effects in this film are terrific! The camera work is exceptional. I love the flying-through-the-woods effect, which obviously influenced the Coens with that similar shot in Blood Simple. Like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (which, incidentally, also has an almost perfect remake), this movie grabs you by the throat and envelops you in a world of insanity, horror, and gore.
For some reason, I still like this the most out of the trilogy. The pacing is far better than two (where the opening is far, far better than anything contained in this, but then it takes a dive as soon as the other characters show up at the cabin which it never recovers from) and Army of Darkness (which is trying WAY too hard to be funny). There's really nothing to say about it which hasn't been said, I just enjoy the hell out of it every time (even though the infamous tree rape now makes me cringe a bit) and the blu-ray looks incredible. Even though they painted over the crew guy hiding out by the bridge at the beginning!
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…