Ellen Sandweiss

The Evil Dead (1981) - Sam Raimi

The Evil Dead is one of the most creative and fun horror movies, of all time. This is the movie that kicked off Sam Raimi's career and boosted the chin of Bruce Campbell. The movie was made with such passion, that you can really see it shine though. You can tell the actors and everyone else was having such a great time making it. Its the kind of expression and fun that is left out of sequels and other movies that are made down the line. 

Horror icons like Steven King and Wes Craven are huge fans of the movie. Steven King called this movie "...the most ferociously original horror film...." I think that he was really onto something here. The movie pays tribute to Wes Craven with a poster for The Hills Have Eyes. Equally Wes Craven payed homage to The Evil Dead by playing the movie on televisions in Nightmare on Elm Street. 

If you haven't seen this movie then I don't know why you are even reading my articles. Go do what you can to find this movie. Find it however you can, DVD, Netflix, whatever, you need to watch this movie. The movie is about a group of young adults that go out to a cabin in the woods and are terrorized by demons. The movie is pretty creative with its scares, featuring terrible makeup with tons of prop arms and legs. There is blood and guts galore, no shortage here. If you are into gore films this movie is for you, it was banned in many countries. It even fought off an NC-17 rating in 1984.

Now this movie was my 100th movie review. I am well on my way to watching every horror movie ever made, its going to be a tough ride but I will make it some day. I chose this movie after I had a lot of requests and friends coming over for a celebration.

Evil Dead is one of the greatest horror movies of all time, I couldn't help but love everything about this movie aside from the continuity. I am a stickler for that kind of thing though and this movie has almost no continuity. People who are dead are in different places, rooms are conjoining or don't exist, it is really strange. The movie is a solid 9 in my book, you couldn't find a better 100th movie. 


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Did ya know...

The recap of The Evil Dead includes a shot where the "evil force" runs through the cabin and rams into Ash. When this shot was filmed, Bruce Campbell suffered a broken jaw when Sam Raimi (who was operating the camera) crashed into him with a bicycle. Or so people were led to believe. This was a story concocted by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell as a gag to see how many people would believe it actually happened. Freddy's glove makes an appearance. Stephen King helped fund this movie.