All I had ever heard about this movie was that it is a true classic, something not to be missed. So I finally remembered it while at the local cinematic crapository. After watching it twice to make sure I hadn't missed something, I have to ask the question, "This is a classic?"I probably hate this movie more than I would have if people hadn't tried to convince me that this was a great bit of horror. In most cases I can deal with gaping holes in the plot when it comes to this genre because I don't go in expecting Lawrence of fucking Arabia. But with my hopes raised so high, it hurt to watch this stinker.
I just can't figure out why people like this movie so much. The characters are total morons, and that's saying quite a bit for a horror film. Even Bruce Campbell's character sucks, a total bumbling fool with no personality. Having seen a lot of his later stuff, I can't believe it's the same actor.
Anyway, one thing that really makes me scratch my head is the inconsistency when it comes to how Ash deals with his possessed friends. The first one is psychotic, and gets locked in the basement. Fine, that makes perfect sense. But when his girlfriend gets taken over, he just lets her sit in the doorway basically ignoring her? He does the same thing with his other friends, until they attack him. Then he smacks them around. Then he goes back to ignoring their most likely still-living corpses. What's going on here? Ya got me.
Another thing that really, really annoys me is this: When someone is finally, truly dead, he goes outside to bury them. Now maybe I'm just a slow loser, but it would probably take me a good hour or two digging these massive graves he dumps the bodies in. Why's that such a big problem? Because whenever he goes outside to do this, the evil that chases everyone else around outside LEAVES HIM ALONE FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON!
The only good reason for watching this movie is to see this girl get attacked by the forest and fucked by a tree. That one sequence saves this movie from the dreaded One Star of Doom. No I am not weird, now leave me alone.I hate this movie. Go watch the follow-ups Evil Dead II, or Army of Darkness. At least those two realize they're not very horrific and play up the laughs.