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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.
Waterfalls of blood and blue guck, fugly screaming possessed demon chicks and the amazing Bruce Campbell. Who gives a shit if the dialogue is poorer than a third world country? Its not about the story, its about the art! Definitely a classic.
I think Army of Darkness will always be my favorite however.
No matter how you cut it, no remake or reboot will ever match the atmosphere you get with this classic. From start to finish it's possibly the most frightening film of all time. And you youngsters who have seen it and find it bland or boring, shut it, you don't deserve this film!
Sort of like Evil Dead 2 only less happens and the monsters use the phrase "join us" more often.
A group of people go to a cabin in the woods. When they play a recording left in the cabin they suffer the same fate as the previous occupants. The dead begin to possess the living and, to make things creepier, they also laugh maniacally.
I tried watching this film once before. I ended up giving up when the "molesting tree" turned out to be rather more like the raping tree. Seriously, if you are triggered by that sort of thing you should definitely not see this film. In Evil Dead 2 it probably isn't an issue since the character is…
This 1981 American Horror Film by Sam Raimi has left an indescribable dent on both my interests and my life in general. I watched it briefly as a young child, and cried from terror as a result of its over the top effects, loud & high pitch screams and frightening plot.
As an adult, I am able to watch this film again and fully appreciate how amazing it is. My guilty pleasures surround 'hollywood gore' and low budget props, techniques and effects, although this did not hold implications on the outstanding production of the film!
If the concept of inexplicably dumb college kids getting picked off one by one by infernal forces at a creepy cabin sounds familiar, it's because The Evil Dead started it. On my never-ending quest to absorb every cult classic, The Evil Dead is one of my first stops in the shock horror genre as well as being my first Sam Raimi gore smorgasbord. I can now say with complete confidence that Raimi has zero fucks to give. It's hard to believe that the film came from the same mind that created the now iconic upside-down Spidey kiss. Though it's safe to say I'd much rather watch 85 minutes of College kids getting dismembered than sit through Raimi's Spider-Man 3 again,…
I saw this way too many years after I should have discovered it. Even so, it still wasn't like anything I'd ever seen before. It really has stood up well with time--something that may be especially difficult for this particular genre.
After having finished the series, most of my friends liked this the least and either liked Evil Dead II or The Army of Darkness the most. However, this one was by far my favorite. It's the most creative and innovative and just fun to watch in the series.
That was so much fun. That shouldn't be my thought after watching a horror movie but that was incredibly entertaining. That's the whole point of a movie right? It also managed to be actually scary at points, so it succeeded in two ways. Most horror movies try to be serious and scary and end up being stupid and hilarious, but in a bad way. This movie kind of acknowledged how stupid it was at points which only made it more hilarious in a good way.
It seems to me that this movie birthed the stupid horror movie starting plot. A few young adults head up to a cabin in the woods. It obviously goes wrong. The characters were so stupid…
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