Holy shit from Shinola, this fucking movie rocked. It was pathetic but it rocked. This film was dumb, but it rocked. This film was stupid, unrealistic, idiotic, and terribly acted, but it FUCKING ROCKED. If you take it seriously, this film couldn’t be any dumber, but if you take it as it is, this film couldn’t be any better.Simple plot: 5 friends, Ashley “Ash” J. Williams (Bruce Campbell for Christ Sake!!!!), his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Baker), Scotty (Hal Derlich), Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), and Shelly (Sarah York) all go towards a cabin in the woods to spend the night and have some fun. During the night, as dinner is being served, they start to notice some strange oddities in the house. Shelly is the one that feels it the most, and starts feeling uneasy. Then Scotty and Ash discover a basement where it leads to a room, where they find all types of weird stuff, among them a Sumerian book called the Necronomicon (The Book Of Dead), a tape player, and a Sumerian knife. They play the tape and soon they find out that the house once belonged to an archeologist, whom with his wife, was researching the origins of this book, but as the voice of the researcher starts reciting the book out loud… THE EVIL HAS AWAKENED!!!!
"So Bad It’s Good"
BUA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
At first they dismiss it as mindless rubbish, but Cheryl soon starts feeling uneasy about it. After dinner, she sees something in the forest, and soon goes outside to find out what. Then comes the classic scene when a tree rapes her. She comes back crying and persuades Ash to take her back home. But soon they realized that the bridge that crosses the road is destroyed. They have no choice to return. But back in the house, Ash realizes that an evil force has started to posses their friends one by one, including his girlfriend Linda. The only way to kill the “dead” is to dismember them completely. Now Ash has to do the impossible, use whatever weapons he can, to stay alive and fight these evil dead that have possessed their friends. The question is, can they be stopped?
Was there anything bad in this film? Yes, a lot of it, but incredibly, it worked towards this movie’s greatness. Anything good? Well, the idea of the story is surprisingly solid, and it makes you wonder what a great movie could’ve been had more money being pumped up (the budget was a low $3000). The story needed a little bit more development since the storyline was too rough, but hey, those are the flaws that an Indie movie tends to have. But then everything else, including the bad things, redeem this movie in such a surprising way, that made this movie a benchmark for many other horror B-movies to come.
I’m not sure people noticed this on the big screen, but when I rented the DVD, you can tell in the outdoor night scenes, there was a rectangular patch which showed the moon being darkened by some black clouds like if it were a separate film being projected towards another big screen. I couldn’t help it, I giggled. I was expecting something scary, and something kind of bad, the results were mixed, but great. The tree rape scene was pretty scary but also hilarious. The makeup on the zombies was laughable but effective largely thanks to the sound FX. The rest of the FX ranged between the interesting, the gross, the crappy, and the hilarious. You have to be stupid enough not to notice the milk, the Karo syrup, and the rice with green peas stew, all mixed with blood, coming out of the zombies. It looked stupid and laughable at times, especially the decapitation scene, but it also worked effectively well. What was also interesting was the huge buckets of blood they used on this film, TONS of it, but the interesting thing is that it wasn’t as scary as you would thing, and you’ll end up most of the time laughing. Suspense is most of the time present, and its also effective, and the romantic scenes between Ash and Linda worked really well. The cinematography was way interesting since it uses the camera to show the evil spirit that chases these guys, and with some nice sound FX added to it, it makes probably the scariest parts of the movie. The ending was thrilling, until the last scene, which was hilarious beyond belief, but once again, despite the reek of it, it works. Now isn’t that something?
The acting was hammy, over the top and so stupidly hilarious, but Bruce Campbell stands out from the rest of the bunch, despite being pretty bad himself. In fact Campbell’s acting makes Sylvester Stallone look like Richard Burton, and its pretty much the perfect example of the word “camp.” The script features some of the stupidest funniest one-liners ever, but the ideas are solid as brick. One may wonder how could this film, which is so bad, with a lot of lame acting, crappy music, shoddy FX, and campy comedy, be any good? The answer is Sam Raimi. They guy directed this film superbly, with slapstick humor and wit, and despite the aforementioned bloody awful flaws, his direction of the film stands as a unique example on how the creativity factor wins over the budget factor. Hands down to this guy, he definitely had the talent back in those days to progress to the very top, and he did. Now I’m not a big fan of campy movies (crap like Showgirls, The Pirate Movie, The Quick And The Dead, among others), but I really dig this one, as I would dig the other two movies.In the end, this film is recommended to every fan of horror there is out there, and to everyone in general. I can’t believe I managed to like a film as this one. It was stupid, dumb, unintentionally funny, but DAMMIT, IT ROCKED. A definite horror classic that is too fun to be bad. It’s all just pure, gory entertainment at its best. See it, and JOIN US!!!
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originally posted: 10/26/02 16:35:07