was so keen to watch this film, being a fan of the series for many years and
many hires at the video shop. For those not in the know, this film is the
first of three starring our hero Ash, played by the wonderful Bruce Campbell.
Evil Dead takes a group of young adults to a mountain cabin where they plan to
spend a weekend partying when it all goes wrong.
book of the dead, also known as the Necronomicon is found made of human flesh
as is a tape recording made by someone chanting the spell to raise evil
spirits. Before we know it, the quiet cabin is awash with blood and the
Whilst not rocket science, this film has a certain something to it that has
allowed it to become somewhat of a cult classic, and certainly a favourite or
yours truly in the horror department. This film was also the directorial debut
of the esteemed Sam Raimi who also is briefly featured in the film in a cameo
those readers with a weak stomach, this may not be the film for you. For the
rest of us, this is a great film with plenty of B-Grade claret being thrown
around for our benefit as the stars slowly are taken over by the Evil Dead.
Just be ready for some of the bloodiest scenes you have seen in a movie for
some time and get ready to cringe when the famous tree scene eventuates.
quality of this film is lovely and there was nothing really to complain about
considering the source material. This was a movie that was made on a next to
nothing budget using (relatively) unknown actors. There are bits a pieces
visible through the movie however if anything they enhance the gritty
experience, not taking anything away from it.
Audio is also a treat being in a pretty decent 5.1 mix. I found this more than
sufficient to ensure the "jump" factor took place more than nicely. Whilst
some filmgoers won't be too impressed by this mix, once again the age of the
movie needs to be taken into consideration. On every level this movie worked
for me, other than the final credits which appeared to be all over the place.
This is sometimes called a telecine wobble, a telecine being a device used in
the converting film into a format that can be used in video.
extras on this disc are a great thing for fans to salivate over and they do
provide a good insight into the making of the film and what the motivations
were (other than giving us a good fright of course) behind the filmmakers
decisions as far as the movie making process was concerned. There is also a
booklet included with the disc that is packed full of information as well in
the form of a journal written by a crew member Josh Becker. Possibly the only
wasted extra was the text inclusion of the credits which I thought to be
things said and done, this is a very solid release for Big Sky Video. The
quality is there and it shows that there has been a fair amount of thought put
into the title. Possibly the only things that stop it from being perfect is
the lack of a Bruce Campbell audio commentary that was on the Region 1
The Evil Dead
Booklet-The Evil Dead Journal
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Notes - About The Remix
Featurette - Discovering Evil Dead
Gallery - Posters & Stills
Filmographies - Cast & Crew
Notes - Quotes & Trivia
Notes - Credits