T H E E V I L D E A D
Five students, one cabin, and a basement full of occult archaeological artifacts. What could paws-ibly go wrong?
I don't think you can watch one Evil Dead film and not watch them both (the third, Army of Darkness, is further along the Harryhausen-Xena axis (not that that's a bad thing.)) This first one is an incredibly efficient splatter flick where everyone is in danger from almost the first frame. It's not quite a zombie flick, nor really a slasher film - almost every character is a victim, but almost every character is the aggressor, as well. The nature of the demonic possession angle means the cast gets to really lean into some over-the-top performances, and for these damned souls, there will be no rest until morning. It's gory as hell, and you will never forget the tree scene, though more out of audacity than brutality. Boy uh a lot of these movies are dodgy with women, I'm realizing. Moving on: The Evil Dead is a pure splatter gorefest and its impact on the genre will echo for generations to come. (And the remake, though being about ten times as stupid, is actually pretty entertaining - but also a lot more extreme.)
CAST + CREW
Director: Sam Raimi (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell)
Cast: Bruce Campbell (Bubba Ho-Tep, Running Time)
Ellen Sandweiss (Within the Woods, Satan's Playground)
CONTENT (spoilered; highlight for warnings)
violence against women, sexual assault by tree, demonic possession, graphic use of a pencil, dismemberment, eye gouging
CAREER STATS [on a scale from 1 (least) to 10 (most)]
It's played straight, but there's just a little Three Stooges.
Nowhere is safe. No-one is safe. Not even you, viewer!
Like a rollercoaster; you know there's no danger, but...
2's more entertaining, but 1's more in the spirit of things.