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The Evil Dead 1981

  • Sam Raimi
  • October 15, 1981
  • 85 mins
  • English
  • Horror
The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror
When a group of college students finds a mysterious book and recording in the old wilderness cabin they've rented for the weekend, they unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.


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The Evil Dead is what most, if not all horror movies should be, very real and powerful.

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It's simple jump scares but well timed ones. It's gore and it's as nasty and as messy as possible. The camerawork makes even the most mundane movements and tasks interesting. The camerawork also does a good job creating paranoia and disorientation. The sound effects are fun and these are possibly the noisiest undead I've ever heard. Every death is inventive and really counts. I'm glad it doesn't attempt to be more than a stylish gore fest because it would have been disruptive. It's also plain silly and that make it even better. It compliments the gore effects. Not many names on the end credits at all, which is impressive. It simply entertains very well, unless you don't find the few elements that form this movie interesting.

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Well, maybe it's just me, kicking the hornet's nest and all, but it doesn't appeal that much for me. I do understand the cult status it got, though. I myself have seen it as a child and a lot of images got stuck on my head and that's my main point for checking it out again. The final 20 min or so concentrates a lot of decent camerawork, before the last moments they're more scattered through the scenes.

Being a low-budget flick and having in mind the gore it intended, I get its flare.

After this rewatching thing, gonna do it right and head to the latter movies, for everything I remember more vividly about Evil Dead, from my childhood, came from the other two.

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