Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Evil Dead (1981)

I finally got my husband to watch a movie on the list with me.

The acting is terribly funny, the special effects and makeup are especially awful, yet the movie is fun. I was glad to finally have someone to yell at the movie screen with me. He was the one who pointed out the exposed lighting in several shots and every time there was blood or other bodily fluids, he yelled out exactly what it was. Like he does when he watches his own movies or has his weekly Power Rangers/Xena marathon. So him screaming "creamed corn! it's creamed corn!" in the middle of the night went unquestioned by the neighbors.

So why is it on the list anyway if it's so poorly made? Because it mixes cartoonish humor with the threat of supernatural horror.  The idea of being trapped in the woods with the only way blocked is scary. And for my husband, who truly believes in demons, or the 'evil dead', this movie was terrifying for him. So I'm giving this movie a 5/10 for being halfway decent. Also it is one of the few horror films I can think of that has a musical based on it.


  1. Good review Lindsey. I think the film is meant to be stupid and campy, which is why I had a ball with this. It's not great by any means, but it shows you what you can do with a film, no matter how small the budget may be.

  2. Thanks! Can't wait to watch Evil Dead II now.

  3. "I finally got my husband to watch a movie on the list with me"

    This made me laugh - as I can count on one hand the number of movies from the 1001 list that I have convinced my wife to watch with me.

    Now try getting him to write a "guest" review for you :)