Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Evil Dead (1981)

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror

Plot: Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon 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.

My rating: 10/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

#163 on Drive-In Delirium Volume 2 (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

I realize it's a crime to make this write-up so short for a movie that is so fucking awesome but time is not on my side, I could ramble on for hours about how awesome this series is and you've seen it. This movie is a work of art from start to finish. It's a wild ride that still stands as one of the greatest horror comedies ever made (EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) takes the crown for that one). Bruce Campbell is the, the chin.

Even though the sequel covers a lot of the same ground, I really dig this one because it's got less comedy, more horror and it's hungrier. Raimi didn't have much of a budget but you'd never know it. Every penny is on that screen and it's beautiful. The camera angles and moves, the special effects, sound design - it's in your face and there are some downright frightening spots. I just watched this outside on the big screen under the stars and the only thing that would have made it better would be to see it in the woods near a cabin. That would be kickass.

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