The Evil Dead (1981)
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.