Five Michigan State University students decide to take a long weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. When they arrive, the cabin is more rustic than they had anticipated and as they explore the property, they find a variety of different items that leave them less than comfortable. As they settle in for the night things begin to go haywire after listening to the recording of the cabin’s former owner reading from the Book of the Dead.
During the night the dead arise…and our valiant students must fight the oncoming spirits or die trying.
-Genre: Supernatural Horror
-Creator: Sam Raimi
-Length: 85 minutes
-Rating: X/NC-17 (for extreme horror violence and gore, some moderate sexual content, mild language, mild use of alcohol and smoking, some intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library!
-Main Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeMannicor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly
-Page of Reference in RPO: 177
Review (contains spoilers):
So… I’m glad I finally watched this. As a horror buff I’m surprised I had never delved into the series. This one was a fascinating look into what was considered inappropriate when the film came out.
For today’s standards we would find this film tame but for the times it was completely unique. I can see why it earned the rating NC-17/X. Between the dark story line, the insane amount of violence and the sexual content its unsurprising that Evil Dead became one of the first mainstream films to earn this rating.
To be honest I found the whole film slightly comical. Wonderfully done with what they had available at the time. I can see how this became an influence on later films and one I’m glad is now in my repertoire.