It’s that time of year again! Time to binge classic horror films until the vampiric cows come home! (Only ‘90s kids will get that reference.) And since it’s that special spooky time of year again, I have the perfect horror film franchise for you to binge: Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy (1981’s Evil Dead, 1987’s Evil Dead II & 1992’s Army of Darkness).
- It’s a truly terrifying story with a fairly silly premise. — I truly can’t express how truly hilarious these three films are at times. One of the greatest things about it is that it doesn't play off any one allegory and isn’t loaded with preachy subtextual commentary about society and is genuinely “watch-through-the-spaces-between-your-fingers/jump-out-of-your-seat” scary. And the best part is, the series starts off super clichéd, but gets progressively more insane and imaginative.
- It’s super unconventional, and in return, super innovative. — Sam Raimi revolutionized independent filmmaking with virtually every aspect of this series. From various on-the-fly casting decisions to completely unorthodox camera techniques, the Evil Dead franchise has provided the entire film industry with countless new ways to approach movie-making.
- It’s wildly imaginative. — Enough can’t be said about how truly imaginative the Evil Dead Universe is. The last film in particular, (Army of Darkness), has absolutely insane characters, costumes, practical special effects and sceneries.
- The protagonist has as a very unique character arc. — The main character, Ashley J. Williams is by no means your typical hero, but he does follow a hero’s journey of sorts, and boy does he come out different once it ends.
- It established new tropes. — This film was so groundbreaking that it established new tropes. Sure, some are often parioded to death, but once you watch the film, you’ll be able to identify every use of those tropes in other media you watch.
- It’s arguably the best Horror Cult Classic of all time! — This film franchise’s massive cult following is a testament to Bruce Campbell’s amazing acting chops, Sam Raimi’s brilliant writing and directing and the just all-around sheer brilliance. The franchise is so beloved and successful, that it’s spun-off into multiple comic book series, (including guest appearances in a very special corner of the Marvel Universe); a highly well-received on-demand series via the STARZ network; a decent amount of video games, and a completely unwarranted reboot. (For the love of Bruce’s chin, please do not begin your introduction into this world with the remake!)
- It’s the Ultimate Film Trilogy to Binge on Day Of The Dead — Go watch it now!!!
This post was written by Greg Stallion.