Every fan of cult horror knows The Evil Dead. Along with its successors, it is easily considered one of the greatest cult horror series of all time. As one of the full-length directorial debuts of Sam Raimi, of later Spider Man fame, this first film in the trilogy is a cult masterpiece. This is the film that made Bruce Campbell the legend that he is. If anyone hasn’t seen it, put all three in the series at the top of your list.
The plot revolves around a group of friends that take a trip up to an isolated cabin in the woods. While there, they discover an old book and a cassette tape. They play the tape, which turns out to be incantations from The Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon. One by one the group becomes possessed and turn into mutated, demonic beings.
The makeup effects, gore, and directing are brilliant. Sam Raimi himself is credited with the films special effects as well as the directing. Unfortunately for many cult fans, Raimi moved into big-budget Hollywood movies after he finished the Evil Dead trilogy.
Despite leading towards horror/comedy sequels, this first entry truly has some haunting effects and moments. For example, Linda, when possessed, simply sits in a room laughing maniacally.
Overall, I simply can’t speak highly enough of The Evil Dead and both of its sequels. It is a must-see for all horror fans and a must-own for cult collectors.