When it comes down to the most iconic horror films in history, there are not very many that can argue that this film would be on that list. Directed and written by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead (another epic review) set many horror standards for years to come. Anyone who loves dated, low budget horror (or so it seems), holds a special place in their heart for The Evil Dead. This is one of those mushy gore films that only made my love for horror grow.
Released on October 15, 1981, The Evil Dead stars the epically awesome Bruce Campbell as Ash, the hero of this tale, along with Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Theresa Tilly, and Betsy Baker. There are so many dreadful (in the best way possible) practical affects, you can’t help but appreciate the effort and dark love that went into this film.
My favorite parts of the film are when the possessions take hold, and we are introduced to the random demons. From Ash’s sister Cheryl (Sandweiss), to Ash’s girlfriend, Linda (Baker), I can’t help but be amused by the uniqueness of each character. You can clearly see a distinction in each demon. Although some of the writing is corny, for some odd reason, it just seems to work so well with the characters and the events.
Even today, I can throw on The Evil Dead and enjoy it. Knowing that it has been 40 years since the release, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the smallest things that I see in front of me. From the creepy sounds of the forest coming to life to the growling groaning and screaming to Linda’s disturbing laughter. All of it reminds me of Friday nights in front of the television and waiting anxiously for the movie to the start.
From its gory, mushy, corny effects to its creepy soundtrack and so bad its good acting, The Evil Dead is truly a amazing horror adventure that, to this day, remains my favorite film of Sam Raimi’s. It’s fun and it’s unique, a real gore-tastic treat. And hopefully, it will remain a favorite for many for years to come.