Michael's Review of The Evil Dead

  • 12 months ago via Flixster
    The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead (1981)

    Having seen Evil Dead II, which was a re-make of Evil Dead, first, I expected this film to have a greater sense of humor. It did not! Evil Dead was a straight foreword horror film, featuring one of the most disturbing "rape" scenes I have ever seen captured on film. Evil Dead features some of the in-camera special effects that then young director Sam Raimi would later become known for. This film also features the first major on screen appearance of actor Bruce Campbell in a major motion picture. Despite the low budget and lower quality acting, especially after Stephen King got his hands into the funding, this did not stop this film from becoming a cult classic which would spawn sequels, including the re-make of Evil Dead released in 2013. Evil Dead is worth renting at full price (C-), and worth buying as a series.

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