The Evil Dead [UMD for PSP] [Import]
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In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite Bruce Campbell) and four friends arrive at a backwoods cabin for a vacation, where they find a tape recorder containing incantations from an ancient book of the dead. When they play the tape, evil forces are unleashed, and one by one the friends are possessed. Wouldn't you know it, the only way to kill a "deadite" is by total bodily dismemberment, and soon the blood starts to fly. Raimi injects tremendous energy into this simple plot, using the claustrophobic set, disorienting camera angles, and even the graininess of the film stock itself to create an atmosphere of dread, punctuated by a relentless series of jump-out-of-your-seat shocks. The Evil Dead lacks the more highly developed sense of the absurd that distinguish later entries in the series--Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness--but it is still much more than a gore movie. It marks the appearance of one of the most original and visually exciting directors of his generation, and it stands as a monument to the triumph of imagination over budget. --Simon Leake --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot as we all know by now involves a couple of guys with girlfriends and a sister tagging along,who all decide to head out into the remote woods to a cabin.There they find a tape recorder and a strange notebook(that we all come to know is the Necronomicon).They play the tape recorder and find it has the voice of a professor on it,and as he chants some ancient words it arouses spirits in the woods that slowly but surely attack the cabin and everyone in it.One by one the girls and eventually one of the guys all become Deadites and attack Ash,who remains the only one still standing and possession free throughout the movie.But Ash has his work cut out for him(literally and figuratively)as he has to kill each one of his friends.The spirits make it clear they want EVERYONE("join us") and at the end,as Ash stands alone outside the cabin,the strange entity comes at him in a head long rush as he screams into the lens...fade to black.
I recall the movie originally and it was quite the gorefest when it first debuted.It certainly looks tame now,as have alot of its contemporaries.Read more ›
Case in point: "The Evil Dead," the classic cult film that turned writer/director Sam Raimi into a big name. Produced on a shoestring budget in less-than-ideal surroundings, this movie proves that you don't need amazing special effects or big-name stars to produce an excellent movie -- just a simple tale of five clueless people going off to a cabin in the woods, only to encounter demonic horrors, possession, and some trees that don't understand what "no" means.
Five college students are venturing to a remote cabin in the woods, including Ash (Bruce Campbell), his sister Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss) and his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Baker). And with the words "remote cabin in the woods," anyone who has seen horror movies in the last few decades knows roughly what's going to happen. Either eldritch horrors or brutal murders are afoot.
It turns out to be the former -- when the guys venture into the cabin's basement, they find a book called the Naturom Demonto ("roughly translated: Book of the Dead") bound in human flesh and inked with blood, and a tape recorder whose incantations release the book's evil. And the evil wastes no time in attacking the group... although it seems most interested in Cheryl. She hears voices calling "Join us," her walk in the woods leads to an encounter with some very rapey trees, and she ends up possessed by a rotten-faced demon.
Unfortunately, the only bridge back to civilization has completely collapsed, leaving them stranded miles from any kind of help.Read more ›
Until now. After seeing the redband trailer for the new Evil Dead, I was intrigued, and so I downloaded the original trilogy, and I couldn't stop watching until I finished Army of Darkness. Now that I've bought the movies, I'm glad I did. The Evil Dead DVD came in perfect condition, and it played without the slightest problem. I thoroughly enjoyed The Evil Dead once again, and I'm absolutely ecstatic to have added it to my growing DVD collection.
The movie itself is about five college friends venturing out into the mountains to camp out in an old cabin. Unfortunately, after finding the Book of the Dead and a record of the cabin's previous owner, which reads the forbidden passages within the book out loud, an evil force is once again awakened. This evil force possesses them one by one, and before long, there's the possibility that no one will survive to see the next dawn.
All in all, this was a highly enjoyable classic that came in perfect condition.
**** out of *****
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One of the most innovative, chilling horror films I have ever seen. I've seen this movie, but I haven't watched it again in a long time. Scary, terrifying. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Hutton
Very good movie, excellent picture quality, and it includes both the original version, and the re-release widescreen edition. Only problem is the lack of other notable extras. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian Halloran
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