wallpaper of the day
Today's wallpaper is dedicated to Sam Raimi's insane 1987 follow-up to his acclaimed 1981 independent horror film The Evil Dead.
I'm a big fan of the Evil Dead series. I think I like the second one best for its perfect blend of comedy and horror. As I discussed in my recent review of the influential Hong Kong flick Mr. Vampire, comedy and horror are hard to mix, but when a director is successful, each enhances the other. I recently bought the director's cut of the final film, Army of Darkness, and I agree that it's more consistent with the previous two films, especially where Ash's ultimare fate is concerned. That said, I really do like the framing device the producers insisted be substituted, and you just gotta love the film's closing line (courtesy this fine Evil Dead sound archive).
I recently finished Bruce Campbell's autobiography (I got a secondhand, hardcover copy -- it was autographed -- yay! -- but not to me, of course -- awww!), and I particularly enjoyed his retelling of the making of those three films, especially the first one. He and Raimi accomplished quite a feat in making a successful independent film. Campbell's book is entertaining and full of insights and self-deprecating humor. He even thoughtfully includes the recipe for the stage blood Raimi used in Evil Dead!
Dr. Freex at The Bad Movie Report has a set of reviews of the three films that chart the decline of the American horror film. Interesting reading. Here's Roger Ebert's 1987 take on Evil Dead 2, a look by the Mutant Reviewers from Hell, a take at The Vault, and a multimedia-filled review at Badmovies.org.
(Originally posted 10/29/2002)