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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Bruce Campbell
Ellen Sandweiss
Betsy Baker.
Directors
Sam Raimi.
Screenwriters
Sam Raimi.
Running Time
85 minutes

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The Evil Dead
Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead reigns supreme as the knock-off drive-thru cheapie that became an iconic, oft-imitated classic.


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Plot
Five teens go into the woods and accidentally release evil by playing a taped translation of the Necronomicon. One by one they turn into zombies - the evil dead.


Review
The Evil Dead
Punk kids with no formal film training (and more ambition than money) have always been drawn towards low-budget horror movies, most of them destined for Kim Newman's dungeon. But Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead reigns supreme, the knock-off drive-thru cheapie that became an iconic, oft-imitated classic.

Its reputation is deserved. Darker, and scarier, than its hyper-kinetic remake/sequel, Raimi's movie melds chunks of Night Of The Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and - bizarrely - The Three Stooges, into a tense, gory whole. Unbound by cinematic convention, Raimi unleashed his free-range camera, and ghoulish, omnipresent sound effects to create a bleak, paranoid atmosphere and a raft of sudden, effective shocks.

There's even a hint of the grungy edge that condemned the film to the infamous Video Nasties list in the mid-'80s: namely, the still-shocking tree rape sequence. And, if you can overlook the mostly lame-o acting, cheeseball effects and fumbling drama, there's enough fledgling genius here to fill another thousand horror movies.


Extras

Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, The
Released: 03 September 2001
An incoherent trailer; photos. But the real Deadite juice is the inclusion of two great commentaries, first by Raimi and producer Robert G. Tapert, and then Campbell. Both are packed with wonderful anecdotes, self-deprecating humour, and affectionate potshots (Campbell condemns Raimi as “senile”; elsewhere Raimi derides Campbell’s hammy acting). Hugely entertaining.


Verdict
The punk kids did good.


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Raimi's Masterpiece

This is by far Sam Raimi's best work to date. Fun, creepy, silly and insanely entertaining, The Evil Dead may be the greatest horror film of all time. Bottom line is you'd be hard-pressed to find a more original and energetic scary movie. Long live The King! ... More

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Silly Fun

The Evil Dead is one of the simplest films ever committed to celluloid. Yet, despite this, it's still one of the most influential, grotesque, and (still) hilariously and gleefully enjoyable horror flicks of the last 50 years. Everything, no matter how clich� it may be by modern standards, feels perfect within the context of Evil Dead; the violence, the care-less characters, the makeup, the setpieces, the effects- everything. Evil Dead is the last word in indie zombie movies. ... More

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The Evil Dead

A highly influential film for budding filmmakers, showing that you don't need money to make a good movie, just brains, ambition and enthusiasm. The Evil Dead may not be as good as its sequel but it is more of a horror and does have that aforementioned minuscule budget. The special effects are impressive for the budget available, except for some scenes which are simply a man moving a stick passed the camera. The movie is highly enjoyable and while the acting is poor you still feel attached to th... More

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