It’s Halloween Week! Not only is this the week to be spooky, kooky, and creepy, it’s also the week Ash vs Evil Dead premieres on Starz. With a brand new addition to the Evil Dead series starting on Halloween, Saturday at 9 pm est, I thought this would be the perfect time to do a series of articles about everything connected to The Evil Dead. This first article will be about the original The Evil Dead. I’ll then follow up with articles about the sequel The Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, The Evil Dead remake, and Evil Dead: The Musical over the course of the week.
The first Evil Dead film came out in 1981 and introduced us to the amazing Bruce Campbell as Ash. The movie starts with Ash and his friends going up to spend a weekend at a cabin in the woods. Okay, totally not my first choice for a weekend. I’m a fan of staycations or a nice hotel room somewhere with comfy beds and cable. Anyway, our hero, his girlfriend Linda, and friends get to the cabin and it looks like something you’d get if you went to AAA and asked for a nice place to get murdered in your sleep. While I’d have gotten the heck our of dodge, they decide to stay and make themselves at home.
This includes wandering around in what looks like the creepiest basement ever and actually listening to a cassette tape that totally isn’t just a cool mix tape. They also find The Book of the Dead, which I mean sounds cool, but you totally shouldn’t mess around with that kind of stuff. One of the girls, Cheryl, goes to investigate a sound outside, where it’s dark and creepy, so of course she decides to not change out of her nightgown into real clothes. The trees get super handsy, it makes you want to avoid going into the woods for a very long time, and it does not end well for Cheryl. Everything basically goes to Hell, yep actually Hell because there are demons, and, since this is a horror movie, everyone dies, except our hero Ash.
There’s lots of death, violence, and bloodshed in this movie, but the effects are very much of their time. I’ve mentioned this before, but I love 80’s style horror effects so these movies make me smile. I love that a person and not a computer took the time to make everything, including the super creepy demon monsters.
I live tweeted this movie a while back so if you are bored and looking for some random stuff to read you can find the tweets hanging out on my Twitter, @kleffnotes, they have #TheEvilDead on them. You can also just tweet at me about the movies if you’ve seen them or any of your other favorite horror movies. You can also find me at kleffnotes.wordpress.com. I just posted some fun pics of my skeleton Benny in Halloween costumes yesterday. I also have a random YouTube video up of me showing of some horror movie mini figures from Funko.
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