|31 Days of Horror: Day 1|
The Evil Dead begins with five coeds on a trip to a remote cabin in the woods. And, by "remote cabin in the woods," I of course mean a traditional horror movie murder cabin. This place doesn't look relaxing or quaint.
|Even odds on the lampshades being made from human skin|
|"Last one in is the gimp"|
|So...it's a book about Megadeth?|
|Her possessed hand drew...Spongebob?|
|It's not as bad as it looks. The heavy makeup ruins your complexion over time, but hey, you're dead.|
The Evil Dead was twenty-year-old writer/director Sam Raimi's first movie (although IMDb does list some Super8 shorts he made as a teen), and it definitely has some rough edges. The dialogue is frequently stiff and unnatural. The cast tends to overact, even in the most basic scenes. The synth-heavy soundtrack only adds to the overall sense of cheesiness. The story doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, and there does not really seem to be much logic in who gets "infected" by demons and when.
|And why is Ash's nemesis in this film bookcases?|
The acting in The Evil Dead is pretty terrible, overall. A very young Bruce Campbell showed some charm, but his best moments were the less serious moments. It is also kind of cute listening to him without his trademark baritone.
|Campbell, charting when his other testicle will drop|
Acting isn't everything, though, in a horror movie. The ultimate question here is whether or not The Evil Dead provides a scary experience. And that answer is: kind of, I guess. There is certainly enough violence and gore to satisfy most fans of the genre.
|Not much in terms of sex, which is probably for the best.|
|Above: Not your standard monster death|
Overall, The Evil Dead is a solid low-budget horror flick. It's not that scary, but it more than makes up for it in gore and strangeness. It is substantially different from Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, but that difference in tone is what makes this worth watching. Evil Dead II is so goofy, it is interesting and fun to see the same talent doing the same story with a different spin. It doesn't happen much, but The Evil Dead is a rare example of a movie that is definitely less impressive than its remakes, but still worth a watch.