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  • Overall, The Evil Dead deserves to up there with some of the best horror films of all time as well as one of Sam Raimi's best work

    • by Stephen Filippelli
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      Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Hal Delrich, and Theresa Tilly.

      Directed by: Sam Raimi.

      Launching Sam Raimi’s career, The Evil Dead is a weird mixture of gore, horror, and comedy; not exactly in the same vein as something such as RoboCop, that’s an entirely different animal of a film. The Evil Dead is actually kind of frightening in many of its scenes regardless of the humor, there is a sense of direness about many of the situations which


      the main character Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) finds himself in as the film moves on.

      The Evil Dead tells a tale of five college students - Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), her brother Ash (Bruce Campbell), Linda (Betsy Barker), Shelly (Theresa Tilly), and Scotty (Hal Delrich) - Whom all go on a vacation at an isolated cabin in the woods but it all turns into something right out of a nightmare when they stumble across an audiotape that frees some ...


      • evil spirits that are locked up and waiting.

        Cheryl is the first to get possessed upon getting ‘raped’, so to speak, by the demons in the woods. Things get worse and worse - they discover the bridge they drove across to get to the cabin has disappeared, Cheryl becomes a demon and attacks the group only to end up locked in the cellar. It moves on from one person to the next and next. Ash comes to the

        discovery that the only way to get rid of these demons is bodily dismemberment (which is where many of the film’s controversial graphic terror, gore, and violence come into play).

        Overall, The Evil Dead deserves to up there with some of the best horror films of all time as well as one of Sam Raimi’s best work. It’s nice to watch something like The Evil Dead and be reminded that Sam Raimi is a great director despite nonsense like Spider-Man 3.




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