The Evil Dead Review
The Evil Dead is the first movie in the Evil Dead franchise created by Sam Raimi that crossed over to comic books and more recently to TV with Ash vs The Evil Dead. The Evil Dead was released in 1981 and while the special effects and makeup are a bit dated the movie holds up as a horror movie. And while the franchise definitely focused more on the comedy in later movies, this was more horror than comedy.
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Is the Evil Dead a zombie movie?
I’m not the first person to ask this question and I won’t be the last. It’s not an easy question to answer either. I’ll say this. It depends on your definition of zombie. If you define a zombie as simply a reanimated corpse, then yes, this is probably a zombie movie. Why did I say probably? Will, some of the people in this movie didn’t actually die before changing. The people and corpses are possessed by demons. Actually, the possession isn’t even restricted to people. The forest also seems to be possessed and a woman actually gets raped by a tree (or the forest).
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The Evil Dead starts off with some creepy shots of a swamp but we are soon introduced to the cast and the premise of the story which is that a group of young people is heading out to the countryside for a break, to get away from it all. And the cabin in the woods really is in the middle of nowhere. When they get there we find a pretty rundown dirty and creepy old place but they settle in and have a few drinks.
Everything is going smoothly, as it tends to at the beginning of horror movies, when the trapdoor to the cellar mysteriously flies open. Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell) and his friends, Scotty go down to investigate and find a Sumerian version of the Book of the Dead (Naturom Demonto), along with a tape recording of incantations. When they play the recording, demons are summoned and things go steadily downhill from there until all hell breaks loose.
It’s a 1981 movie so we are not looking at digitally enhanced content here. So yes, some things look a bit unrealistic and others ridiculous. While a very young Bruce Campbell does have some charisma, his acting in this movie is more appropriate for the stage than for the movie screen. That could be said for all the acting in this B-Movie and probably for most B-Movies, though.
There is a lot of blood and gore and even though it doesn’t always look real, this movie is definitely not for the faint of heart or for those prone to queasiness.
Despite its low budget and the aforementioned flaws, the Evil Dead is still a creepy movie. Even after 35 years, I think there are those who wouldn’t want to watch it alone. And regardless of whether or not you consider it a zombie movie or not, I recommend you give it a watch.
The living and the dead (maybe) are possessed by a demon (or demons) summoned through the reading of Naturom Demonto, a Sumerian version of the Book of the Dead.
How to kill the zombies
It’s not easy. I’ve seen the movie a few times and I’m still not really sure. They do mention complete dismemberment but I think you might want to destroy all the body parts too.
The zombies (if that’s what they are) are mostly referred to as those things or by the names of the people they used to be.
The Evil Dead Reboot
The Evil Dead reboot was simply called Evil Dead. It was released in 2013 and was written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as a reboot and as well as a loose continuation of the series It wasn’t directed by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell wasn’t the main star. It opened to mixed reviews and billed itself as “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” I haven’t seen it yet so I can’t comment.