"Join us! Join us!"
Two college boys and three college girls head off to a cabin in the middle of nowhere for a little R & R. Even before they arrive, unnatural things start to happen, though no one is too concerned. On arrival the students begin to settle in to the rickety, no-frills cabin. Scott disappears into the cellar, and doesn't return promptly; Ash goes to find him. In the cellar, the boys dicover some disturbing memorabilia: a book of the dead, "bound in human flesh and inked in human blood," says the audiotape conveniently situated near the book itself. The book contains incantations that can raise spirits; the tape includes these incantations, spoken by a professor investigating the mysteries of the book. Despite the girls' protests, the incantations are played aloud, and the creepy, gory horror instantly rachets up, and up, and up.
I haven't ever seen a better low budget horror movie than the Evil Dead. This movie makes the case that a low budget is literally no excuse for poor quality. Sam Raimi brought a freshness and originality to the genre even while rehashing/spoofing it. The movie has a distinct tongue-in-cheek quality though it is genuinely gross and scary at the same time. The acting and dialogue are B-level but fit the type of movie perfectly. The reactions are what you would expect from real people if they found themselves in these unrealistic situations. We get loads of blood, violence, shocks, and even pathos. Evil Dead is great, oogy fun; definitely not for the squeamish!