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12/19/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Evil Dead review

Ash, Scotty, Linda, Cheryl and Shelly spend a weekend in an empty cabin with The Book of the Dead and a recording from the said book. Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss) gets possessed first and victimizes Linda (Betsy Baker). Shelly (Theresa Tilly) and Scotty (Richard DeManicor) soon follow and Ash (Bruce Campbell). The beginning was a good introduction to the book and its characters despite its slow pace. It picks up when one of the figures changes shapes. Had a few humorous moments but mainly thrilling sequences, spooky score and skilled editing (Joel Coen served as an assistant editor on the film) and make-up. I enjoyed the scene where the corpses decompose, camera turns bloody red, burial and overhead shot of Ash. Well presented horror touch with dark comedy. It's special effects and gor...

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10/22/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Evil Dead.

The Evil Dead.

Having just freshly come out a home screening of The Evil Dead, I'm not too sure what to say. I mean, it wasn't a bad film, hell no, it's just not what I was expecting.
Now, I've always thought of Ash as a 110% bad-ass, á la Army of Darkness, but here he's a fairly bog-standard horror film protagonist. He has no one-liners or awesome battle scenes. But I suppose that was saved for what appears to be a remake, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn. Fair enough.
Now, I was told by a friend who's opinion in films I trust, that The Evil Dead can be taken as either a horror or black comedy. To be perfectly honest, I found neither. If there was dark comedy, I didn't find it. I didn't chuckle or smile once. As for the horror, it was of the low budget gory kind, which simultaneously adds ...

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