Today’s blog post is going to be short and sweet because this film, although seeing it a few times, isn’t one that I’ve ever had sit with me long enough to feel it. Sam Raimi’s work is certainly brutal and dark and bloody, but this franchise of films never claimed my attention as one I adore or return to consistently.
But here’s the thing: I can’t have a list of classics or “must sees” for the canon of horror and not include the “Evil Dead.”
If you are someone who loves the gore and the supernatural, then this film is for you. If you are someone who appreciates the intensity and psychology of horror, then this film is for you. If you don’t like any of those things, then don’t put this one on your list beyond its first viewing, which is required if you are going to really immerse in the canon.
For those of you who will truly venture into viewing, know that the film is very much in the context of an infection narrative. Its cult following, which emerged from a unique true combo of horror and comedy, came shortly after Stephen King gave it a rave review. The low-budget film’s initial reception wasn’t actually bad, as many horror films traditionally do see from critics, but the pick up after King’s endorsement led to what you now see as a cultural powerhouse of horror.
The 1981 film eventually led to a number of sequels, a television show and a remake, but, in my opinion, there isn’t one that is better than this one. Rumors were abound that another film will be added the Raimi franchise; it has since been confirmed that an additional film “Evil Dead Rise” will emerge with Lee Cronin at the helm for writing and directing.