With the release of the Drag Me To Hell, a lot of viewers got interested in Sam Raimi’s earlier works, and of course they stumbled upon a this movie. Made with a very low budget, The Evil Dead developed a cult status and two sequels in the years to come. The Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness all followed the original recipe with fast-paced action, jokes, healthy dose of terror and finally creativity oozing from every shot. However, the list of elements that make the original such a masterpiece just keeps going on and on: demonic possession, closed environment, slapstick, H. P. Lovecraft, over-the-top gore, boomstick and fucking Ash!
Plot is very ordinary, five friends drive to a remote cabin in the woods where they find a Book of the Dead, and then the trouble starts. Movie mixes horror with comedy, something that has not been seen before, and it is trying to make fun of the regular horror flicks throughout the trilogy. Movie is most famous for Bruce Campbell AKA Ash, an accidental hero who must fight demons with cool weapons. Sam Raimi shot this movie straight out of film school so it features some very innovative and refreshing camera angles. He was only 22 years old. It was a pleasure to watch what a talented director can do with so little. It is best that you check out the movie and find out whether you like it or not, it is definitely worth viewing. One final thing, there’s a lot of gore, so if you don’t like it best skip the entire trilogy.
Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly
Fun Facts: The original script called for all the characters to be smoking marijuana when they are first listening to the tape. The actors decided to try this for real, and the entire scene had to be later re-shot due to their uncontrollable behavior.