The Evil Dead is a 1981 U.S. horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film is a story of five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a wooded area. Their vacation becomes gruesome when they find a audiotape that releases evil spirits.
Although this is not a typical zombie movie, Evil Dead deserves a place among the best and fully deserves the cult status it has today. Despite having a small budget, Raimi managed to put together a really good horror movie with an excellent atmosphere and some fascinating effects and make-up. By using fast camera work and aggressive shots, Raimi has created an eerie world that is sometimes hard to look at but too entertaining to turn away from.
The viewer is truly sucked into that Forrest and cabin and has little option but to sit and watch what happens to Ash and the others. Bruce Campbell is truly amazing as Ash, and is probably one of the best and funniest heroes of horror movies ever. Even without the chainsaw!
This movie is a perfect example how you do not need big bucks to make a visually great movie, although I’m sure that some of the younger viewers might not like the “trashy” effects and the lack of CGI. But guess what, movies were made long before Avatar!!