Scaretober-Movie Review: Evil Dead ( 1981)

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Welcome to the twenty-ninth day of October! I hope that your year has been going well. If you have been with me a while, you will know that every year I attempt to watch a lot of scary movies for October mostly to cure myself of my wariness of scary movies. When I started this series several years ago, I could barely sit through a scary movie to save my life. Now since doing this series I can say that I am much better. Last year, I decided to attempt to add books to this series. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up completing this series last year, but I have high hopes for this year 😉

Today’s movie in case you haven’t figured it out is Evil Dead written and directed by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell. I mostly watched this because it is one of Matt’s favorite movies and he claims that this was part of the original horror movie genre.

Here’s the general plot of the story, a group of five friends decide to go camping in the woods at a remote cabin. Four members of the group make up two couples, all of which will soon become a horror trope. After they get to the cabin, the group separates and spends sometime looking around. Cheryl, the artist of the group, begins sketching the wall clock and after a bit a force take over her and begins sketching the trapdoor in the floor. The whole act terrifies Cheryl. A while later the group is eating dinner when the trap door, that Cheryl drew earlier, opens. The guys in the group decide to go down and explore the cellar and find objects in a room set off the main room of the cellar. The guys bring the objects back up to the girls and begins playing the tape recorder. On the tape recorder you hear the previous occupant of the cabin talking about his experience and reading from a book. Cheryl gets freaked out once again and after that demands to be taken into town to stay the night. Ash volunteers to take her, but once they get near the bridge they crossed over initially, they find out that the bridge has been destroyed and they are trapped for the night. Slowly the story begins to devolve from there.

I won’t spoil the entire movie for you because if you are really into horror movies, maybe you will like it. I found the movie a bit played out. Perhaps I should have watched this movie before some of the others in this series this year, but I wasn’t impressed. Matt also told me later that this movie later leaned into the horror funny part, which the director and actors learned that the audience liked. There are also several more movies in this franchise, but as I said I wasn’t impressed. I suppose that there are certain aspects of the movie that were good and are definite parts which you could see why the genre struggled for so long.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you will stay tuned to more movie reviews that will be coming soon as we round out this edition of Scaretober. See you soon!

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