Summary:

Ashley “Ash” Williams, his girlfriend, and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

[a few notes, it’s not called the Necronomicon this movie, but it is in later installments]

 

Nerd Corner:

What makes a movie a cult classic?

  • “A cult film is characterized by its active and lively communal following. Highly committed and rebellious in their appreciation, cult audiences are frequently at odds with cultural conventions – they prefer strange topics and allegorical themes that rub against cultural sensitivities and resist dominant politics. Cult films transgress common notions of good and bad taste, and they challenge genre conventions and coherent storytelling. Among the techniques cult films use are intertextual references, gore, loose ends in storylines, or the creation of a sense of nostalgia. Often, cult films have troublesome production histories, coloured by accidents, failures, legends and mysteries that involve their stars and directors. In spite of often-limited accessibility, they have a continuous market value and a long-lasting public presence.” (as quoted in Cult Movie Research) 
  • anatomy, consumption, political economy, and cultural status (Cult Movie Research)



Kate Notes:

Intertexuality, connecting it to CitW: And the basement door pops right open. I can see how this would have inspired CitW.

Ash rightfully points out

YOU COULD HAVE SHUT IT OFF WHY DIDNT YOU STOP ME

THE INFANTILIZING THE MINIMIZING

They really respect the sanctity of doors huh

But duck windows 

I love how demon Cheryl is just cheering on demon Shelley from the basement. Wow ash can’t arch a break with furniture huh 

Dig through that hay real good boys

The demons were like, out of respect we’ll wait while you dig your little grave.

Scott wants to leave Linda. I’m gonna get out I don’t care what happens to her. God Scott really is irredeemable huh

I’m here for demon Sheryl mocking Scott

Ah it’s Milk Spurt time I see

Dude you listened to the tape, you saw it with Shelley. Dismemberment is the only way 

Just seeing the feet, the hesitance the awkwardness

They’re really all about the rending of flesh huh

What a glorious gymnast leap

The neck stump spurt

How is your face clean, she got all that neck gunk on you

Oh a shelf that hasn’t fallen in Ash yet. Now is your time to shine bb boi

Really balls to the walls with blood 

Blood filled lightbulb

Bleeding outlet

Yeah you’re so concerned about doors but they’ve shown zero respect for windows so far

Gory hole door lolololol

 

Scientifically weak movie

Of course it’s not gone

Cause it started before the tape read the ancient words




Tropes:

Fake Shemp

Covers Always Lie

Final Girl (subverted)



Scale:

Bad curly wigs



Works Cited:

Wilhemi, Jack. (2019, December 3). Sam Raimi Regrets THAT Tree Scene In The Evil Dead. ScreenRant. https://screenrant.com/evil-dead-movie-tree-rape-scene-sam-raimi/ 

 

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/dutch-angle-shot-camera-movement/ 



(n.d.) A Bit of Cult Context. Cult Movie Research: University of British Columbia, Vancouver. https://www.cultmovieresearch.com/cult_context.shtml