Evil Dead, The
Reviewed by John Trager
Rating: 8.5 Beans
vil Dead is the first in a series of three movies that just get better as the series progresses. However, after surviving the first, it's kind of hard to understand why someone went to the trouble of creating the second.
The movie starts out innocently enough, albeit in a kind of cheesy, predictable way. A bunch of college-types going on a retreat to an old cabin in the woods. You know, the usual. The plot development moves along apace, and the requisite demon resurrection is even accomplished via a fairly original device (no, I'm not giving it away -- suffer through the thing yourself if you're that curious).
Unfortunately, once they "let loose the hounds of hell", things go downhill a bit. The movie seems to slow, and slow, and ssssllllooooowwww... by the end it was dragging pretty horribly -- I was watching with a group of friends and the consensus really was, "When is this thing going to be over??"
The special effects range from bad to worse (the variation of blood color is really impressive), and the filming goes from interesting at points, to adequate, and occasionally is just plain bad. Apparently the movie was produced as a college project, so that's understandable, but make allowances when you're going into it or you'll be VERY unhappy with some of the early shooting.
If you're into horror movies, you may like this one. I'll be the first to admit that I only really like exceptional horror flicks -- run of the mill ones don't do anything for me. As an average horror movie, Evil Dead is not bad. You have the usual really stupid victims, some serious gore, a bit of fun sexual innuendo and some good teasing shots, one or two flashes of humor (not nearly as much as in the two sequels), and some pretty good suspense at times. However, the movie would have been much better with about 20 minutes more ending up on the cutting room floor, and that just ruined it for me. A movie that drags early is nowhere near as irritating as one that drags late, and that, unfortunately, characterized this movie for me.
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