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John's Horror Banana-nanza Episode Nine: The Evil Dead Series
This episode is really me just being lazy.
I'm sure all of you have seen at least one of the three Evil Dead movies. Maybe you saw "Army of Darkness" and didn't realize you were watching Evil Dead 3. If you watch Burn Notice, you know who Bruce Campbell is. And if you've seen any of the Spider Man movies, you know who Sam Raimi is. What you might not have known is where they started. Well, here you go. I'm not going to rank these movies because there's only three of them, but my favorite is still Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn. Anyway, on with the reviews.
Evil Dead: Of the three movies, this is the least comedic. It is also the most blatently influenced by Sam Raimi's direction. Ash (Bruce Campbell) takes his girlfriend and a couple friends to a cabin in the woods, where they find a recording of some guy reading from the Book of the Dead. This awakens evil spirits in the woods, including a rapist tree. You'll see. Raimi's weird camera angles are all over this movie, and the suspense is palpable. The stop motion in the end is crazy, gross, and fantastic. While this isn't the best horror movie I've ever seen, it's very very clever and very well made, especially for the budget.
Evil Dead 2-Dead By Dawn: This is the best mix of Raimi and Campbell in the trilogy. Campbell's fantastic physical humor and Raimi's camera tricks make this rehash of the original even better. Again, Ash takes his girlfriend to the cabin, this time just the two of them. She gets posessed, and he kills her, then has to fight himself for a little while. Some other people show up as well, and once again, the trees attack a stupid girl running into the woods to get away from demons. Dumbass. Ash's one liners are terriffic, and the ending sets up one of the funniest horror films ever made.
Army of Darkness: This is more Campbell's movie than Raimi's, although the budget is much bigger. Ash is now trapped in some ancient time, and the only way back to his time is to get the Book of the Dead. Unfortunately, he can't remember the secret words, and the biggest army of skeletons you'll ever see attempt to take over the land. Ash's attitude in this movie solidifies his bad-assery, and while there's not a lot of gore, if any, it does have some neat effects. Ash fights against himself again, then fights his dead-self. There are two endings to this movie, and if you've seen the ending in the cave, that's not the one you want, believe me. The ending in the store is much better.
So there you go. I can't bash these movies even slightly. Maybe they're technically flawed, but I don't really care. They have a better linear storyline than almost ANY horror series and they have a huge following that includes me. So go on Netflix and get these movies, pronto