The Evil Dead (1981)

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE -

Michi­gan school chums Sam Raimi and Bruce Camp­bell col­lab­o­rated on this hor­ror film with a bud­get in the neigh­bour­hood of US$300,000 and ended up with a cult clas­sic. Banned in many coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ger­many and all the U.K., the film’s re­lent­less gore and hor­ror was a success largely due to its ex­treme con­tent.

In the star­ring role of Ash, Camp­bell has ad­mit­ted he was learn­ing to act as he went along, which is why his per­for­mance at the end of the film is more as­sured than it is at the be­gin­ning.

Spoiler alert: The clos­ing shot of the film im­plies Ash fi­nally suc­cumbs to the de­monic as­sault on the cabin.

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