My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Join Us! A closer look at "The Evil Dead"

Stephen King called "The Evil Dead" a "ferociously original horror movie" when it was released in the early 80s. He was correct. It is both ferocious and original. This movie is not for the squeamish. It is extremely bloody and gruesome. The violence is taken to such an extreme that it becomes cartoonish. Consider the premise: When demons possess a group of college students who are vacationing in a remote cabin in the woods they must be dismembered by the unaffected students. This is roller coaster ride of a movie. The director, Sam Raimi, keeps things moving at a very fast pace. His direction is full of imaginative camera work and his script is full of bizarre scenes. Take for instance the girl getting raped by trees or the poor student taking a sharp pencil to the ankle. You will not see things like this in most other horror movies. The acting in the movie is decent enough. Bruce Campbell plays Ash who proves to be up to the task of taking on the demons. This film is the best of the "Evil Dead" trilogy because it is the scariest and because it is pure horror. What are your thoughts on "The Evil Dead?"

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