Filmmaker Sam Raimi first hacked his way to notoriety with 1981’s The Evil Dead. The film follows a band of students on a weekend getaway to a rickety Tennessee mountain cabin, where they plan for typical sex-and-booze debauchery. Unfortunately for them, they encounter a group of demons and quickly realize these are no idle spooks. Even the forest greenery is under their control. (Is it possible for a tree to be misogynist? Watch and find out.) The gorefest, in which all the usual horror appliances get ample screen time (by film’s end, the dagger, ax, chain saw and shotgun get more than their shares of screen time), was widely criticized as too gruesome by critics and theaters alike, which only seemed to hasten the audience’s desire to watch the corn syrup flow.
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