Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written By: Sam Raimi
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 25 min
It’s easy to see why it’s a horror cult classic. Made with just a small amount of money and massive amounts of enthusiasm, this crazy first film by Sam Raimi (made when he was just 19!), is nothing but imaginative and memorable. The cheap gritty 16mm film adds greatly to the atmosphere and the camera work and sound editing are wildly inventive.
Is it a comedy making a joke of gory slasher/zombie movies or is it a disturbing cabin in the woods shocker? Well you decide! It is cheap and disgusting but it’s tremendous fun and has buckets full of style as well as blood and puss!
Best viewing format:
As long as the lights are off it doesn’t matter too much. I watched it in HD on a big TV but found it only highlighted it’s grainy texture and even occasional out of focus shots.
Best elements for me:
The ‘Evil’ point of view shots, coupled with the booming scary sound effects are all great; but it’s the last shot of the film that will stick with you.