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The Evil Dead



Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his friends are heading to a cabin to relax from college for a weekend. Little do they know that there is an unseen evil unlike any other lurking around that cabin. It's finally summoned when they find an old tape recorder and play back it's contents. Now Ash and his friends are falling victim to it one by one through-out the night. Will Ash and his friends be able to survive till sunrise?


"Grandma's havin' one of her gull-dern episodes again!"

What is there to say about a movie that is in such classic B movie status as Evil Dead? Evil Dead and it's sequels (which I'll have videos up for in the future) is about as perfect of an example of the best gory B horror movie as you can get. I've gone over in my mind about how to tell people about it and found that the only real way is to just explain and talk about it as though you haven't seen the film, as if you were an Evil Dead pup.

Evil Dead, in essence is a demon possession movie with demons who do very grotesque things to the victims body and anyone in the way. They bite their own hands off, then stab a girl in the ankle, fend Ash off, throw a girl, get knocked down, fake death, come back, rinse and repeat and then get hacked into many different pieces; this all happens in one scene.

That's another thing about Evil Dead is that there aren't many scenes that are easy to pluck out and stick into a video review or trailer because many of them last a long time. As apposed to Ash finishing off a demon within seconds, he is left struggling with it for a while before he can fend it off or kill it. Whether he is stuck under a bookcase, being choked or just doesn't have the heart to cut up his girlfriend, Ash is always ready to be reluctant.


Not Macho? Are you sure?


In the video I mention this movie to be before its time because the camera work, though not the best, shows Sam Raimi coming out and doing something new. The camera angles are genius at times. The idea that we're seeing through objects, that the objects make sounds as the camera passes by them and uses the camera as a means for demon travel. All of this suggests that the house and the woods are alive, which really helps to scare anyone because no one is safe, anywhere. (And yes, Sam Raimi is the Spiderman Guy now, just in case that's what you were wondering. He did The Evil Dead way before any of that came about.)

At times, there even feels like there is a foreign/artistic side to the movie. A particular scene is where Ash has a necklace to give to his girlfriend and sweet music plays as he opens the box for the camera and he doesn't say a word. It's odd to see a some what beautiful scene like this in a horror movie but it just fits.

The movie isn't without it's flaws, however; this is a B movie after all. Considering that it has continuity problems all through-out it (visible equipment, blood and scratches changing location, visual skin through the demon masks and props, etc.) this doesn't change the fact that the movie captured a certain feeling and charm that many others failed to do. It's just goes to show that talented people can create amazing things without millions of dollars.

Evil Dead really set a mark for movies, regardless of it's obvious low budget. The things that the filmmakers did to make it stand out really helped it along to become something of a diamond in the rough. It has gore and can be disgusting, it has an artistic side, it has jumps and screams but it also has charm and ingenuity. If you're any kind of fan of B movies, The Evil Dead must be in your collection.

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Anonymous said...

You planning on Evil Dead 2? It' sort of the same, but I think I enjoyed it a little bit more because it was so over the top :)

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