Movie #2 THE EVIL DEAD
With Ash vs. Evil Dead coming this Halloween to Starz, I considered the Evil Dead trilogy a must-see this October. I think everyone has their own favorite from the series (though I’ve yet to meet anyone who considers the remake their personal favorite). Ignoring the remake, the original film is my least favorite Evil Dead film. Which is not to say that I dislike it – The Evil Dead is nasty, weird, hugely influential, and it’s cool to see where genre icons Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell started out – but I do think it’s weaker than Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. The acting kind of sucks. Bruce and his character Ash would go on to become favorites of mine, but not based on this movie alone. Whereas in later films Ash is this idiotic hero, one that creates as many problems as he solves, here he’s mostly a coward up until the final act. I also appreciate the humor of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, which is largely missing from the first film. The original Evil Dead (like the remake) is an uglier, messier, slimier film than its sequels. What’s interesting is how the dated, homemade style of special effects and gore is often more disturbing than similar effects found in films that cost more than 10x as much. I think that The Evil Dead remains effective all these years later. I just prefer the sequels, personally.
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