Thursday, March 13, 2014

Evil Dead, The (1981) - Review - @BrandonCSites / #SamRaimi


Evil Dead, The (1981) **
D: Sam Raimi
C: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly
P: Five teenagers go to a cabin out in the middle of nowhere and accidently unleash demonic spirits who in turn possess or kill them off one by one.

Hmmmm…. How do I go about reviewing The Evil Dead?!? I can honestly say that the film has some slick camera work. I can also say that the film makes impressive use of sound (or lack thereof). There’s a warped sense of humor present throughout and despite there being buckets of gore throughout, I can honestly say that I found The Evil Dead to be a truly scary horror film experience. 

Even though blood and gore is thrown left and right and in abundance, The Evil Dead wisely keeps the evil force that is inflicting torture on our young protagonists unseen opting to use point of view camera work to show that it’s out there, lurking, ready to strike at a moments notice. By keeping the evil force ambiguous, it allows for viewers to imagine some of the terror that is about to occur thus building a sense of dread & anticipation throughout.

I have to admit that The Evil Dead is technically a sound film with some definite artistry. However, story wise, The Evil Dead is still just an over the top exploitation picture, pure and simple. It’s far better then the genre requires it to be. The Evil Dead is one of those films that I can admire from a technical point of view, but in all actuality The Evil Dead is a pointless and unnecessary film without any real depth or substance whose main purpose is to show that the film’s director rightfully deserved to go on to bigger and better things. [NC-17] 85 mins.

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