Cast and Crew: Ted Raimi
What It’s About: A group of friends travel to a cabin in the woods where they make the mistake of listening to the tapes they find in its creepy old root cellar. Soon the group is besieged by evil spirits that possess them and the surrounding environment to attack and divide the friends. Can anyone survive?
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Ash Wednesday, and, like many innocent calendar days, it has been seized upon by modern-day nerds (see also May the 4th and Pi Day). What was once a religious holiday marking the start of Lent for Catholics now celebrates Ash, the character originated in today’s movie by cult favorite Bruce Campbell. If you’ve only seen the sequels, it’s easy to forget that this first film is mostly a straightforward (and very effective) horror film shot on a shoe string by the soon to be famous Sam Raimi. You won’t get as many memorable one-liners as you might from Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness, but you will get a very effective horror film (provided you’re willing to overlook some budget and acting issues and a scene that is, at best, in very poor taste).