Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Evil Dead (1981)

4.5 / 5
Tagline: Can they be stopped?
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written by: Sam Raimi
Actors include: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker
Genre: Horror
Length: 85 minutes
Banned: UK, West Germany, Malaysia, Iceland, Singapore
Country: USA

Likely the best known and most loved of the lower budget films of the early '80s. Even though the budget on this one was basically nil, Bruce's personality some creativity makes this go an awful long ways. What happens is that a bunch of kids rent a cabin for vacation and it just so happens that one of them finds the Necronomicon. Of course the kids feel the need to play back the tape with the book of the dead which in turn releases evil into the woods. Well the evil takes several forms but mainly comically torments the kids in the cabin. This manages to be funny, gory, and always entertaining something rarely achieved with this sort of flick. It even has rape by tree and some decent effects thanks to Sam Raimi. It's no wonder that it spawned two decent sequels for this is one of the classics.

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