Logline: A group of friends travel to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they unleash flesh-possessing zombies.
Review: Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead is a cult classic and a must see for horror fans. While certainly not for all tastes, The Evil Dead is a relentless, fun, and energetic gore fest.
Made on a shoestring budget, the film was a huge success and spawned two sequels, Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992). A new television series entitled Ash vs. Evil Dead is set to premiere on October 31. No one can deny the lasting legacy of The Evil Dead, a film that has lost none of its charm since it was released in 1981.
The film features imaginative, kinetic camerawork and truly remarkable shots. Fast paced and highly entertaining, the film rarely takes a breather. The special effects are very impressive especially when one considers that this is a low budget film.
The film’s biggest flaw is the weak acting. The performances are pretty wooden or over the top but this was probably Raimi’s intention. The Evil Dead is a horror film that pokes fun at the genre; not unlike Wes Craven would do many years later with his Scream films.
The Evil Dead is full of moments that are designed to gross out the viewer. If you cannot handle copious amounts of blood and over the top gore, then I suggest you steer clear of The Evil Dead. In one scene, the screen itself literally becomes drenched in blood. You have been warned.
Rating (out of ****): ***1/2
Great scene: “We’re gonna get you…”