A group of college students find a mysterious book and tape recorded incantations from the Book of the Dead in the old wilderness cabin they’ve rented for the weekend. They unwittingly unleash a demonic force from the surrounding forest.
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When I first saw this film I was unaffected by it until I walked around outside that night and felt horrified that some evil tree spirits were going to get me. All in all this a fun film that would give birth to that groovy badass known as Ash.
One of the classic horror films of the 1980s. Large parts look funny today due to cheap effects and bad acting. But after three decades, camera and sound design are still exceptional and sometimes very scary.
A really great movie with an INCREDIBLE score! Did anyone else think the score was brilliant? I loved how it constantly switched back and forth between 50's melodrama, cheesy 80's electronica, and Penderecki-esque glisses and plucks. The score didn't seem to know what kind of movie this was, and I found that really awesome! Also, I really loved the voices of the evil dead and the sound of their screams! AWESOME!
Grandes dosis de humor negro, gore, splatter, poco presupuesto y mucha inventiva son los ingredientes de este notable debut del director Sam Raimi. Al paso de los años, a pesar de que hoy solamente puede provocar risas por lo elemental del guión y por lo rudimentarios y malhechotes que lucen sus efectos especiales, la cinta se ha vuelto una pieza de cultazo y todo un verdadero clasico del cine de terror delirante.
Scary and gross in equal and epic proportions. The acting is saved by the fact that this sort of film isn't supposed to have good acting but some of the performances were annoying. Still one of the greats that of course spawned two wonderful sequels.
The first one went for horror. The second one went for horror and humor. The third one was incredibly funny. The tentacle rape must have pleased the anime freaks, but the part that freaked me out was at the 35 minute mark, when they pan to the woman who has become a demon. Probably jumped out of my chair.
'81 is good in a comic-book way, but it has many more problems than the remake. As '13 crafted its story better, with more emphasis placed on the characterization of its leads, a stronger emotional weight, and the drug addiction angle that worked as a useful plot device, giving all its characters dimension in how they react to it. '81 lacks all this. It's fun, but nothing more, and is more entertaining than scary.
Sam Raimi's debut feature, about a man whose retreat in a forest cabin turns deadly as one by one his friends are possessed by evil spirits and turn against him, is a strange hybrid of horror and tongue in cheek humor. Te problem is it never really succeeds at either. It's repetitive and often silly, paling in comparison to other "cult" films of its era.