Friday, November 01, 2013

The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead is a 1981 horror film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell. I had never seen it before and will likely never watch it again. The gore is in no way realistic, but it is graphic and plentiful. I think I'll give the horror genre a rest for a while. The Husband made it through the raped-by-trees scene but left the room at the first sign of spurting blood from a pencil stabbing, and he may have had the right idea. Or maybe I've just had enough for now and this was one horror film too many. The movie is almost universally praised, so I'm in a definite minority in my view.


Moria likes it: "The Evil Dead hits in with enormous vigour and an immense degree of directorial assurance upon Raimi’s part." 1000 Misspent Hours says, "As Sam Raimi’s first feature film, it marks the emergence of one of the major cinematic talents of the last 30 years." Slant Magazine opens its review with this: "Twenty years after its original theatrical release, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead still feels like the punchiest horror flick this side of a Dario Argento gialli." Rotten Tomatoes has a 98% critics score.

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