The Evil Dead

Ok, I feel foolish for even having to synopsize this movie, because if you haven’t seen Sam Raimi’s 1981 masterpiece by now-really, what the fuck do you do with your time?

Ok kids, here it is…although it’s been released, re-released, re-packaged then re-released many times, The Evil Dead is the quintessential balls-to-the-walls horror movie that EVERYONE should have a copy of on their shelf (even my mom has a copy). In case you didn’t know, here’s the deal…

5 friends all go up to a cabin for some sexy time and party-party stuff. The friends are 2 couples; Ash & Linda – respectively played by Bruce Campbell & Betsy Baker, Scott & Shelly (Richard DeManincor & Theresa Tilly) and their 5th wheel friend Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss). After some digging around in the old cabin the men find some old recordings from the previous tenants and the necronomicon (aka: the book of the dead). The crew sit around, drink wine, and listen to the tapes and unknowingly let loose some ancient evil which then kills them off one by one. All of them, except for our soon to be hero Ash (Campbell) who watches all of his friends die, become possessed then it’s up to him to kill them again. Really, that’s it in a nutshell.

Ok, where to begin…The Evil Dead created a movement not unlike Nightmare on Elm Street or Friday the 13th, in that the character of Ash Williams spawned not only two sequels, but also a musical, action figures, lunch boxes, video games, the launching of Bruce Campbell to become one of the most loved horror icons and even comic books (I read recently he is one of the most used characters in comics today with many team ups including the likes of Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Marvel Zombies, Re-Animator, Xena, etc.) Sam Raimi went on to make a couple of films that you may have heard of (Spider-man 1, 2, 3 anybody?) as well as the previously mentioned Evil Dead sequels, and a few overlooked gems like Darkman and The Gift. And lastly, the women of the evil dead have turned their careers into becoming some of the most sought after celebrities ever to attend the horror convention circuit touring as The Ladies of The Evil Dead.

How this isn’t on the chopping block to be re-made yet, is beyond me, let’s keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t. Why do I say that? You have to watch the film to fully understand…the cheaper than cheap effects, the Campbell/Raimi combo, the camerawork, the sound design…all these made The Evil Dead what it is, and why people love this movie. This is fucking magic put on film, and no modern combination of CGI and/or Michael Bay producing could ever recreate what they did back in 1981. Again, let’s keep those fingers crossed.

Where do you buy this film? Well…you can pretty much pick up a copy at any fucking store other than 7-11 so that’s not a hard one to answer. What version should you pick up? That’s up to you, I have the version that comes in a rubber necronomicon replica and I have seen that one still available from time to time. Either way, you have many choices making this a HUGE double dip on the DVD market…but…just stop reading this and go get yourself a copy-somewhere, please, before I fucking kill you myself.

Charlie “Kill her if you can, loverboy” Brown

PS. For a great companion piece to The Evil Dead be sure to read Bruce Campbell’s first book “If Chins Could Kill”.


~ by exploitnation on June 3, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Evil Dead”

  1. As genius as EV1 is – I still love EV2 better….

    Man I love this series ❤ It makes me feel ghoulish and giddy again for horror movies. It is like a cleansing pallet, like sorbet, you eat between meals!

    gnaw on that

  2. EV1 is definitely one of those great classics, I can´t deny it but when it comes to pure entertainment value, I´ll have to go with EV2, too.
    It would be totally pointless trying to remake this one. Evil Dead without Bruce Campbell isn´t that evil or dead, at all.
    I also have the Necronomicon-edition and I think that if you can find that one, it´s defninitely the one to go with.

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