Pin It
Favorite

DVD Review -- The Evil Dead 

by Mike Corrigan


Director Sam Raimi resurrected more than ancient demons in this 1982 low-budget cult fave -- he breathed new life into the horror genre as well. And though much of what would follow in the wake of the film's success would be derivative, brainless and forgettable, Raimi's original blend of gore, comedy and inventive camera trickery endures as a true classic in the company of such landmark films as Night of the Living Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Re-Animator.


The plot is a familiar one. A group of goofy teenagers plans to spend the weekend in a dilapidated backwoods cabin. Almost as soon as they arrive, however, the weirdness sets in. In the cabin's cellar, they discover a creepy, fleshy book and a tape recorder, both left behind by a researcher. Naturally, they play the tape, which contains demon-resurrecting incantations in an ancient tongue. "Turn it off!" screams one of the girls. But, of course, it's too late. The malevolent unseen spirits in the woods come alive to possess the hapless group one by one, leaving the understandably distraught antihero Ash (Bruce Campbell) to fend off his drooling former friends as best he can.


What makes the film unique is Raimi's highly idiosyncratic visual style (characterized by intriguing angles, perspectives and fluid camera movements), his whiplash pacing and his liberal use of humor (some of it unintentional) to break the tension and dread. Though The Evil Dead is no slasher flick or typical gorefest, it is unrelentingly grisly and in some instances shockingly brutal, even by today's standards. You've been warned.


Anchor Bay went the extra mile and then some in putting together this limited edition. The disc itself is tucked inside a wonderfully hideous latex replica of the film's Book of the Dead as designed by special effects wizard Tom Sullivan. In addition to the crystal clear wide-screen presentation of the film, the disc contains enough extra goodies to satisfy even the most insatiable Deadite, including outtakes, trailers, commentaries by Raimi, Campbell and producer Robert Tapert, a featurette tracing the film's history and a humorous documentary about cult film fanatics. Quite simply, it's a package no Dead fan can resist. "Join us!"

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Recall and Response
  • Recall and Response

    The attempt to remove Spokane Mayor David Condon from office may be a long shot, but he isn't taking any chances
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Shades of Black Lives
  • Shades of Black Lives

    A Spokane County detective's Facebook post about Black Lives Matter sparks debate among local law enforcement
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Fires Hit Home
  • Fires Hit Home

    Tens of thousands of acres burn around Spokane on Sunday and Monday; plus, DOJ weighs in on concerns over bail system
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion

Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion @ Mobius Science Center

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Mike Corrigan

  • Lights, Camera, Skate
  • Lights, Camera, Skate

    Two local artists have transformed their love of skateboarding into a new variety show on Community Television.
    • Dec 14, 2011
  • Time Travelers
  • Time Travelers

    For some local store owners, finding intriguing merchandise isn’t just business, it’s an obsession.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    A raucous good time from Thee Oh Sees. Plus, vintage horror and a Berlin filmmaker to check out.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • 'Unreasonable Threat to Life and Property'

    Spokane's rental housing has problems, but landlord and tenant groups are split on a solution
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • 'End of Story'

    Condon administration aims to close the controversial Frank Straub chapter — but last week's scathing report has irrevocably changed the narrative
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

Briefs


election 2016


green zone


marijuana


trail mix


Readers also liked…

  • Don't Test Me
  • Don't Test Me

    The Smarter Balanced standardized test has sparked a rebellion in Western Washington — and it's spreading
    • Apr 15, 2015
  • Opting Out of Reality
  • Opting Out of Reality

    Publisher's Note
    • Feb 11, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation