The Evil Dead


Shot on 16mm for less than $50,000, Sam Raimi's visceral debut remains a benchmark of modern horror. Plot and acting are minimal - five stooges inadvertently awaken demonic forces - but then this isn't about intellect or intricacy: it's about intensity and intestines. Raimi hurls his camera about with real gusto, only pausing to linger on an inventive shot or Tom Sullivan's deliciously OTT make-up, and the action accelerates `til we're neck-deep in gore. Evil indeed.

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