The Evil Dead is set in the back woods of Tennessee in an old abandoned cabin. Five young kids, all in their early twenties are all set for a weekend of camping, partying and having a good time. All is going well until they find the basement in the cabin. There had been some kind researcher living in the cabin quite some time back. It appeared that he had left in a hurray or just never came back to get his materials. Scott and Ash found a book and some audio recordings. So while having a few cocktails they decide to listen to the recordings. While listening to these recordings they unwittingly released some serious demons who really have their shorts in a bunch over being awakened. They waste no time invading one of the girls body and use her to become extremely violent. In just a small amount of time she inflicts a severe wound on one of the other girls. After a while they manage to get the demon possessed girl locked down in the basement. Another girl is attacked when she goes outside. The woods come alive, tear the cloths from her and rape her. With the woods alive there only hope of survival was to stay in the cabin until morning when they thought it would be safe. But first they would have to survive the night with plenty of bent demons to possess them all!
The Evil Dead is one of my favorite horror films. The film was made with less than $5,000.00 and I consider this film to be one of the scariest horror films ever made. That’s quite an accomplishment for a young director with a young actor and friend Bruce Campbell using just five grand. I think Sam Raimi knew he had a good spooky movie but not even he could have known how huge this movie would become. The Evil Dead was a phenomenal block buster hit and it continues rent and sell very well to this day, nearly twenty-five years later. I watched the movie last night and even by today’s standards the film is still pretty good. Although it didn’t have the impact that it made on me the first time I saw it as a teenager back in 1982. I was young, the story was good and the movie freaked me out! The story was as good as it gets for a scary film. Camping , woods, demons, naive young people, chainsaw and no way out makes great ingredients for a classic horror film storyline.
It goes to show that you need a good story more than all of the special effects and computer graphics that money can buy. Some of the very best horror films are low budget films, The Evil Dead, The Blair Witch Project, Phantasm, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Tourist Trap are just a few that come to mind. The first Evil Dead film spawned two more sequels that I did not like as much as the original. Sam Raimi did an outstanding job directing this film with what he had. The acting was pretty good. The story was as good as it gets. The camera work was good too. They had to use some imagination and innovation to come up with ways to get the camera moving through the woods at high speeds. The make up was excellent. These possessed girls looked freaky and scary! It was not as good as Linda Blair’s make up in the The Exorcist but close.
For not having much of a budget the possessions, blood, guts and gore looked realistic and spooky. There is plenty of it too. The demons can only be killed by cutting off the arms, legs and heads of those possessed. Although most areas suffered because of the very low budget the film was and still is a huge success. The film was low quality, the actors and actresses were very new and it showed. But the story, the make up, the setting the directing and demon possessions made up for it. If you like to be scared by a movie you’ve probably already seen this one. If you have not seen The Evil Dead you should just to see what a motivated director can do with a solid story, very little money and a great imagination. I give The Evil Dead five of five stars!
Anchor Bay's DVD edition of Raimi's goofy, gory cult classic sports a picture trimmed to facilitate a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, catering to 16x9 television owners. Pan & scan butchery was equally ugly, but Elite's 1.33:1 release and all of the VHS editions of identical formatting that preceded it were surely more accurate presentations of this movie, which was shot in 1.37:1. That aside, this is a quality disc. It's unsightly, but that's how it was shot - on outmoded Arriflex … more
Evil Dead is camp. It DEFINES camp. It also introduced people to the living god of camp, Bruce Campbell, for the first time. Look at his name: The word "camp" is right there! There is a huge cult following surrounding the Evil Dead series - which also includes two sequels, Evil Dead II and the awesome Army of Darkness - and Bruce Campbell. A "Book of the Dead" bound in human flesh? That comes to life if people recite what's written in it? Director Sam Raimi had to know people … more
**** out of **** Often considered one of the biggest cinematic bloodbaths ever, as well as one of the darkest comedies in existence, "The Evil Dead" is Sam Raimi's "big indie beast"; a stunning debut from a man who can successfully take one genre, and can still make a film about not one, but two things. That could only be the work of a true craftsman. But how can a film as violent and bloody as this one have been made with actual craft? Isn't it no … more
Evil Dead was one of the last midnight movies (at least in my area). It was also the most violent, gory and cheesiest horror film I have seen in the last twenty or so years that was highly entertaining. A group of college kids go fooling around in some old cabin and discover the Necronomicon. Yes, they find the book that H.P. Lovecraft used to love to write about. A book made from human skin and contains a bizarre language and horrific images that drive people insane. Once when these silly … more
Pros: Bruce Campbell, well directed Cons: Lighting, make up, costumes Five college students head to a cabin in the woods for a little vacation. They accidentally awaken some demons by way of recorded incantations from the Necronomicron (Book of the Dead), and are forced to fight them to stay alive. One by one, the students themselves become possessed, leaving Ash (Bruce Campbell) the last man standing. All alone, Ash must fend off the Evil Dead, while … more
Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After unwittingly awakening the unspeakable terror told of in the book, each of the friends is transformed into the evil dead, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). So, Ash is left with no other way to survive than to dismember the living corpses of his sister, girlfriend, and two of his friends. Shot on a shoestring budget, the film boasts some impressive camera work and extremely over-the-top gore effects as well as a sense of humor much more subtle than the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of the two sequels.