Director: Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead tells the tale of a group of friends who take a trip up to the mountains one day. The friends decide to stay in a little rundown cabin, as it’s cheap and near their destination. Upon arriving, they discover the Necronomicon, The Book of the Dead, and a tape recorder containing a translation of the text. The group plays the tape and the evil is released, turning all of them but one into zombies. The remainder Ashley has to survive the night and the onslaught of The Evil Dead.
Sam Raimi’s groundbreaking debut still holds merit today as a gruelling experience in survival horror. Although a lot more dark than I first anticipated it would be The Evil Dead still manages to draw quite a few laughs from it’s highly excessive levels of blood and gore. The movie’s shoestring budget was a blessing in disguise I feel, as the shoddy acting and the second-rate special effects give it a certain charm and character, that I believe heavily contributed to the film’s now cult status. But what really made the film for me was the POV shot of the menacing presence howling through the woods after the group of friends, it was really just a fantastic experience