Today being Ash Wednesday, I decided to watch a classic: The Evil Dead. Ash (legendary Bruce Campbell) and a group of friends go to a cabin in the woods to party for the weekend. There they find The Book Of The Dead and recordings from the previous tenant regarding the book and the evil it unleashes. Written and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 1-3) this 1981 film, and its follow-ups Evil Dead 2 and Army Of Darkness, is truly groundbreaking in the horror-comedy genre, and is seldom matched. The blood is so over the top and the obvious dummies used in some scenes make for outstanding visuals, and the comedy genius of Campbell only adds to the laughs. Only making this all the better is the fact that there actually are a few genuinely creepy moments in the film.
Raimi’s directing style is really stunning at times and it gives you unique looks that add a lot to the emotions of the movie. The only thing close to bad I will say about the movie is that it does slow a bit before really taking off. The acting, other than Campbell, is bad at times, but that really only adds to the enjoyment of this movie. I will also warn that some people will be very put off by the first attack of the film too, but when taken in the context of the film, I personally don’t find it offensive. I give a HUGE recommendation for this movie, especially if you are a fan of recent horror comedy and want to know where it all started.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9