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Visual Nihilism
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TITLE: The Evil Dead
DIRECTOR: Sam Raimi
YEAR: 1982
COUNTRY: USA
DURATION: 85 mins
ORIGINAL TITLE: Book Of The Dead
ALSO KNOWN AS: Within The Woods (Working title)
STARRING: Bruce Campbell (Ash), Ellen Sandweiss (Cheryl), Hal Delrich (Scotty), Betsy Baker (Linda), Sarah York (Shelly), Ted Raimi (Fake Shemp)
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THIS FILM CONTAINS DISTURBING SCENES OF VIOLENCE
AND SHOULD ONLY BE VIEWED BY ADULTS & RETARDS
Bruce Campbell as Ash - covered in blood
The ultimate experience in gruelling horror...
REVIEWED BY: Body Snatcher
SAM RAIMI'S FIRST FEATURE is arguably his best, despite the fact with was made for a few hundred thousand dollars borrowed from dentists and lawyers. The unforgettable story of en evil presence let loose by some goofy kids in a leafy woodland, The Evil Dead is as inventive with the gore as any Eighties or Nineties horror movie.

The nightmare begins when the kids find a tape machine in the basement of a wooden cabin. Playing the tape results in some of them becoming possessed by homicidal demons, and a violent battle for survival begins.
The front cover for the UK Evil Dead VHS release from Palace Video
The first time you realize this movie is no ordinary splatter film is the ankle stabbing scene. Out of nowhere one of the girls picks up a sharp pencil and rams it into her friend's ankle, twisting as she pushes. In uncut versions this sequence is prolonged and pretty painful to watch, though sets the tone perfectly for what's to come later.

The most infamous scene in the movie, though, comes later when Cheryl (played by Ellen Sandweiss) wanders out into the woods, only to be raped by a large, thick tree branch. Raimi has gone on record saying he regrets putting this scene into the movie, but we can't help but think that this particular moment in motion picture history is still a defining factor in the film's success.
The last third of the film is a multi-coloured blood bath, as Ash (Bruce Campbell) begins to dish out justice with an axe. He chops his friends to pieces, decapitates his girlfriend with a shovel, and even gets full use of a shotgun into the bargain, but in the end it proves not enough.

From start to finish The Evil Dead is a joy to watch. The dialogue is cheesy, but the characters are engaging enough. The special effects are dated in places, but this doesn't detract from the overall experience - which is gruelling and fun.
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The first real splatter movie I ever saw is still as much fun as it's ever been. If you've never seen Raimi's first film, you must buy it now.
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I still can't watch the pencil in the ankle. Reminds me of an accident I had when I was a cannibal kid. Still a great film though.
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Legendary low budget, log cabin mayhem! Still packs a mighty punch a quarter of a century later and showcasing the directorial flair that ultimately turned Sam Raimi into a hot hollywood commodity.
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This first Evil Dead is much better than the Three Stooges parodies that came later (Army Of Darkness was terrible). A tour de force of cheapo film-making.
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