Cert: 18 Runtime: 85 mins mins Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly
Soon all of you will be like me… And then who will lock you up in a cellar?
Recently I have been getting back into horror again. It was a large part of my film watching life but I lost my way and have watched far too much independent cinema. At San Diego Comic Con this year Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell revealed the trailer for the TV series Ash Vs Evil Dead. It caught my eye but I will admit I have never seen the original trilogy! This may be offensive to some people but I have never got round to watching it. I did watch the remake from the other year it was ok but nothing special. So what is The Evil Dead about then? Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
There are good Horror films, there are great Horror films and then there are masterpieces that every Horror fan, no, every film fan MUST see. Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” of 1981 definitely belongs to the latter category. If a survey was held among true Horror fans, this film would certainly be one of the most frequent titles in the top ten. And for good reasons, as this low budget masterpiece is one of the most awe-inspiring, creepiest, scariest and simply amazing Horror films ever produced. The amazing fact aside that Raimi and his crew shot this with an incredibly low budget, “The Evil Dead” accomplishes what hardly another film has. This is easily one of the scariest, creepiest, simply terrifying Horror/Gore films ever made.I do not want to give away too much, but I will say this: “The Evil Dead” is an absolute must see for everybody even slightly interested in Horror. As mentioned above, this film epitomizes the term “Horror” and is extremely creepy and purely terrifying from the beginning to the end, and yet it is also funny – a combination which is, at least to this degree, extremely rare. As opposed to most films, this film’s extremely morbid sense of humor does in no way lessen the constant suspense, but goes perfectly in hand with it. The gore is not only extreme, but also extremely well-made.
By the time of its release, this was one of the goriest American films ever, today it proudly stands as one of the most celebrated Horror/Gore films ever made. Bruce Campbell is the ONLY choice for the leading character Ash here. Campbell has long become a cult-figure and one of the most popular Horror actors, and while the man is great in every role he plays, he will always be Ash to his fans. The film is impressive in all regards, especially visually (even more so regarding the low budget). The brilliant cinematography contributes a lot to the films incredible scariness, the makeup is incomparably creepy and the gore effects are amazing. The film’s sound effects, the voices,… there is simply nothing about this film that is not scary and simply fantastic. The film spawned two sequels so far, which are both very good apparently, I will report back when I have seen them.I could go on praising this film forever, but I’ll end this comment with a recommendation: If there is a poor soul out there who hasn’t seen it so far, do so immediately. “The Evil Dead” is an ingenious masterpiece, and no one interested in Horror or film in general can afford to miss it.