Film Review- The Evil Dead (1981)

“…a volume of ancient Sumerian burial practices and funerary incantations. It is entitled “Naturum De Montum”, roughly translated: Book of the Dead.”

Alas, a real horror classic up for review! Directed by a young Sam Raimi, this legendary cult film is named one of the best horrors of all time. Perseverance is what I call Raimi, a director, then in his twenties, who shot a short film called Within the Woods to build up hype and a budget for something big. Who would’ve guessed that he would craft something that went on to become an instant classic?Β The Evil Dead, Β a film that was recently remade back in 2013, is a film so original and tasteful. I’ve seen the remake and it’s honestly hard to choose which I enjoyed more! I mean, let’s break it down. On one end we have that old horror style that can scare the crap out of you now! On the other end we have that newly revised horror with smart effects and gruesome acting. You can see my dilemma.

The Evil Dead official movie poster.
The Evil Dead movie poster.

Here’s the story: five college students go on a little vacation to an old cabin in the remote woods of Tennessee. Soon enough they discover a book called Book of the Dead. As if that wasn’t offsetting enough, they play a tape that came along with it; a tape that reads off incantations. It unleashes demonic forces in the cabin that soon possess them one by one. It’s a gory mess, but I promise it’s in a very good way. This film will make you uncomfortable in all the right ways the horror genre should make you feel. Raimi really pursued his vision and executed it well with what he had. Innovative storytelling in the way he used his tools to create real fear in his audience. With only early 80’s effects/props to their disposal, this film STILL manages to go above and beyond. It gets under your skin and drags you to the very end.

I introduced the film to my mom and my skeptical stepdad. They came out of it sorta freaked out, but applauding the film! (not literally, but pretty much) Some points of the film had me wondering what I would do in that situation. Probably piss my pants and drop dead of fear! The old effects made it feel even more like reality, even more believable than the horror flicks coming out today. When anyone mentions horror, this is one of the films that pop in my mind. A definite recommendation to all horror junkies. Instead of wasting time on modern flops (there are some, don’t deny this), find this darn good film on Netflix or Hulu and feast your eyes on this cult masterpiece.


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