The Evil Dead is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Bruce Campbell as a small group of teenagers go for a getaway in a remote cabin in the woods, only to accidentally summon a bunch of demons via the Book of the Dead. I saw this one awhile back and honestly didn't enjoy it all that much. I didn't really get the appeal and hype surrounding it, but after rewatching again, I'm happy to say I was wrong. This movie is complete gory, batshit crazy schlock, but it's also smart, precise, and extremely fun and entertaining batshit schlock.
From the second this movie opens with the credits and "The Evil Dead" in the white smoke, you know what they're going for here. They establish a tone front and center and they never waver, no matter how out there and wacky some of the situations and premise may be. You also have to take into account that this was a very small group of people that went out and made this movie on a shoe string budget and for what they were able to pull off, in the late 70s/early 80s, is actually very impressive. The gore and make-up effects are what really take center stage in this film. Some of the best I've seen in any film then or today. The design of the demons and how they very suddenly transform is extremely jarring and off putting and to be honest, the source of most of the scares and terror in the movie. You also can't go without mentioning Campbell as the iconic character of Ash. His performance really doesn't get a lot of time to shine and I imagine his character gets more developed in sequels, but how he transforms from innocent nice guy, to chainsaw wielding demon slayer in the matter of 20 minutes is pretty incredible to watch. .
You can also see the origins of a great director here in Raimi. Some of these shots he gets are so freaking awesome and he really knows how to move the camera to up the creep factor in certain sequences. Overall, this movie does have its technical and performance issues, but it's so much fun to watch, it's hard to care.
SCORE - 8.5/10