Movies From the Hat 7 – #32 – Zenger’s Pick – The Evil Dead (1981)

This is my 3977th Review

Thanks to Zenger of ZengThis! Podcast for this recommendation.

He Chose that I review a film featuring Bruce Campbell.

“We’re going to get you. We’re going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep.” – Linda

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends travel to a secluded cabin in the woods for some fun and end up releasing demons.

My Take on it – As most of you already know because I say it so often, I am not a fan of films in the horror genre.

I went against everything I stand for by actually making the mistake of choosing this film myself when Zenger suggested that I pick a film starring Bruce Campbell.

I absolutely hated this film but that has more to do with the fact that I don’t really enjoy these kind of films than for any other reason.

This film follows the typical 80’s teen horror movie formula and there were really very few surprises along the way due to that.

I can definitely understand how this film could achieve cult status, but for me it was not an easy (almost) 90 minutes of film to get through.

Campbell is very fun here (like in most of his roles) but I really couldn’t care much about any of the characters or the plot of this film.

At least, I can now say that I tried and was able to once again confirm the fact that I am right when I feel that I should try and stay away from this genre

Bottom Line – Hated this film. Being a non-fan of horror films, I probably should have gone with my gut here and not chosen this film but I was curious to see what it was all about.  I can completely understand how this film could get cult status but it was an agonizing (almost) 90 minutes for me because it follows the similar pattern of most 80’s teen horror films. Campbell is fun here, but I really couldn’t care much for any of this film.  I can now at least say I tried and my concerns were correct.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the end of principal shooting in Tennessee, the crew put together a little time capsule package and buried it inside the fire place of the cabin as a memento of the production to whoever found it. The cabin has since been destroyed, but the time capsule was found by a couple of ardent Evil Dead fans who discovered that the fireplace of the cabin was still intact. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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7 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #32 – Zenger’s Pick – The Evil Dead (1981)

  1. Perhaps an acquired taste. I never saw any of the Evil Dead movies when they were originally released – but my son became a fan and encouraged me to watch this one (not the others). I liked the tongue in cheek aspect and campbell’s go for it performance, but agree with you – not a great movie. However – they eventually turned it into a TV series – which will end it’s 3 season run on STARZ next week – and has been shot in Australia – and is an absolute riot of blood, laughs, gore and incredible makeup and special effects. It’s been great – and I wish it wasn’t coming to a close.

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      • Walking Dead is starting to jump the shark and fall apart at the seams. They’re changing show runners for season 9 – but I may not be back to see if they “fixed” anything. You’re an avowed anti-terror guy – so as you said earlier – maybe Evil Dead was something you never should have sampled in the first place. I’m curious – does it extend to classics like The Exorcist – or even last year’s GET OUT (even though i think it was mislabeled as horror, when it was, in fact, IMO, a psychological thriller) or the current hit A Quiet Place?

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