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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…
An exhilarating horror film; probably the best "cabin in the woods" movie I've seen. Creative editing, camerawork, set design and makeup effects keep this an entertaining ride throughout. Leaves a bit to be desired in the narrative and characterization departments, but an excellent movie on a technical basis alone. Admittedly some of the effects are cheap and cheesy, but that's o.k. because 1. it was an incredibly low budget movie and 2. it's played for laughs, anyway.
Gotta love the 80's and stop motion. Surprised they didn't used the Wilhelm scream. It was amazing how many times Scotty got thrown onto a bookshelf. I wish current films had actors like they did in the 80's.
Saw this for the first time in my life on 35mm at midnight. It was quite an experience. Raimi was a bit rough around the edges at the start, and it shows. But also the potential was there for greater works like Drag Me To Hell. I know people are precious about this movie, but it doesn't work consistently. The stop motion work and the puppetry are the most impressive factors, though. And there is something to be said of the smokey atmosphere and the surreal tone. Horror films should feel nightmarish and this one certainly does, so it gets an extra half star for that over all feel.
Open the door, Ashley!
Was great to revisit this on a 35mm print and it still stands as one of the best, most innovative horror film debuts with excellent camera work, stop motion, gore, sound effects, and location. Many horror films would be nothing today without the Evil Dead and in my opinion it still holds up as a creepy, gory carnival fun-ride. Which made it more discouraging that the audience of mostly young college students I saw it with laughed at every line of dialogue and kill like they were watching The Room or Birdemic. Yes, some stuff as aged in the film but with that much talent and workmanship in the cinematography and editing, I don't think there is anything in this film to unintentionally laugh at.
Take a drink every time Bruce Campbell gets thrown into a bookcase
Great classic by Sam Raimi. One bof the most important horror films ever. Cult!
Not a great film, it did however have an emotional effect on me.
Edit: That might have come out wrong. By no means a bad film, the correlation between the cinematography and music creates suspense really well, however the film as anything else then pure entertainment isn't special. It's good at what it's trying to do, though, especially considering the budget.
One of the best cult classics ever made, The stop motion is amazing you can tell they are just having lots of fun with it. One of my favorite films of all time. If you haven't seen The Evil Dead you're missing out on something truly amazing.
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