The Evil Dead (DVD)

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The Evil Dead (DVD)

Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its tw...

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Super

ProEnormous fun, scary at times

ConsMade on a seriously strict budget

Five friends, Ash, Cheryl, Scott, Linda and Shelly, go on a trip to a deserted cabin in the woods. Within hours of having arrived, Cheryl is visited by an evil spirit who takes control of her hands while she is drawing. Cheryl later decides that someone is watching them from the woods and goes...

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ProEnjoyable to watch; Raimi's direction; Campbell's ...

ConsLow budget simplicity lessens the potential but wa...

Sam Raimi is a household name when it comes to directors these days. Back in the early 1980s, he relied on a bold move such as taking the style of Italian horror films and combining it with American cheese in order to pop his name in the history books. At the time of its release, The Evil Dead...

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Excellent

ProSome very good scares | Dark humour | High tension

ConsActing isn't the best

What would you class The Evil Dead as? Its not a straight horror film, sure there are scares but in between are nodding references to how silly horror films can be. So its probably best to say that it is a comedy horror, whichever it is closest to, comedy or horror, it does well on both counts...

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Excellent

ProThe greatest and most original horror movie ever

ConsNone

I have many horror movies in my gigantic video collection but none come close (apart from nightmare on elm street) to evil dead the original horror movie. The budget for this film was set at $300,000 and by todays standards thats like compering a penny to a pound. I first watched the second...

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Excellent

ProA classic horror film, good sound, great extras

ConsIt's probably not meant to be a funny as it is

To say I love my horror films would be an understatement. I’ve been bought up on them since I was about 7 years old when my dad got his first video shop. My mum bought me up with the notion they were nothing to be scared off, they weren’t real. See you may be a little shocked about a child of 7...

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Super

ProA technical marvel, inventive, brilliant gory fun.

ConsIs looking a bit dated...

The 80's, a time of silly action movies, sillier music and hair that was sillier still. It was also the decade that spawned the "video nasty". One of the first films to claim this title was Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD, receiving several seconds of cuts upon its theatrical release here in the U.K...

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Super

ProSam Raimi Direction, Good fun.

ConsGetting a bit dated now

Few films have had such an impact on me as this one. I remember quite clearly sitting with my brother and sister one Saturday afternoon, a spotty teenager, watching this movie for the first time. The beginning was instantly drawing and very creepy. A camera falling over a vast and deep lake that...

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Super

“Evil Dead Trilogy Boxed Set”

published 22/02/2004

Proloads of extras

Consthird film a bit poor

Filming for The Evil Dead started in 1979 and it was released in '83. Director Sam Raimi was only nineteen when he started filming and has recently hit it big with Spiderman. For a first attempt (although he was used to using cameras) this is excellent. The first film is very, very gory- you'll...

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Excellent

“I Laugh In The Face Of Evil”

published 26/11/2001

Prohilarious

Consdont watch to get scared

This Saturday evening, as usual, with nowhere to go, no babysitter available, and a lack of funds, (where's that bloomin' Ciao payment??!!) meant that when Sky TV phoned my partner offering him a cut price subscription to Film Four, the digital Channel Four film channel, we leapt with delight...

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Excellent

“Evil Genius”

published 16/01/2003

ProTop Quality Entertainment, Highly Watchable Time a...

ConsDated but that's all.

I’m not saying in any way that I’m an expert on the Horror genre. No sir, no way. Far better to simply enjoy a film, or type of film in it’s own right rather than compare it to others of it’s ilk. The Evil Dead films on the other hand are different in every respect and are(in my opinion) the be...

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Excellent

“The Evil Dead (1981)”

published 26/11/2006

ProOne hell of a ride...

ConsNot for the faint-hearted

It has to be said this film is probably not terribly well known amongst the modern day youth (all though I have no real evidence). However it is becoming increasingly more recognised and has now built up a large group of cult followers. I have to say I'm not a die-hard fan, but I do appreciate...

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Super

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The Evil Dead is a rather class film if you ignore the improbable story. Five college students named Ash (Bruce Campbell), his sister Cheryl, his girlfriend Linda, his best friend Scotty, and Scotty's girlfriend Shelly go to a cabin in the woods and discover a book called the Necronomicon...

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Excellent

“Gore, Gore, Gore!”

published 11/07/2000

ProGreat gorey FX with a sense of fun.

ConsFor its budget there is little you can moan about

Horror master Sam Raimi who was behind such great horror flicks as Darkman, has released a digitally remastered version of the film which made him a "star". The film is ferociously original and consists of 5 vacationing college students who are willing to have a slumber party weekend in an old...

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Good

“Quite a scary horrormovie”

published 25/05/2004

ProThe surroundings, the music

ConsPerhaps too many "chock effects"

Five young people are taking a trip to a cottage in the country, or rather far out in the woods. The woods seem to want to keep the new visitors. Everything out there seems to be alive, the trees the stones, the ground they walk on. A dark secret is burried out there and without knowing it, the...

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Excellent

Prounique classic horror film

Consproduction getting a bit dated

my friend melissa had never seen this movie before, so i just had to buy it for her for christmas. as a fan of horror, she cannot be deprived of seeing a film like this...diy horror at its most essential definition. shot for a few thousand dollars by two enterprising young men (sam raimi and...

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Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After unwittingly awakening the unspeakable terror told of in the book, each of the friends is transformed into the evil dead, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). So Ash is left with no other way to survive than to dismember the living corpses of his sister, girlfriend, and two of his friends. Shot on a shoestring budget, the film boasts some impressive camera work and extremely over the top gore effects as well as a sense of humour much more subtle than the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of the two sequels.

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