Judgment Dave: It’s Time to Send 'The Evil Dead' a Thank-you Card for All the Stuff It Invented

Mar 29, 2013 Comments

A long time ago in the early '80s before you were born and before I was out of high school, The Evil Dead showed up to kill a bunch of people in a cabin in the woods thanks to a Necronomicon spell. It also gave movies the opportunity to be great again right in the nick of time before they all turned into Kramer vs. Kramer. It moved faster than a speeding ax to the face, it featured crazily inventive camera work and indulged in extremes of gore and fantasy. And it was funny.

The people who saw it liked it. They liked it a lot. More to the point, its influence rolled through the coming decades of horror and pop culture like one of those big rolling-machine things that roll on freshly asphalted freeway. I have no idea what they’re called. But you’d better get out of their way. If it weren’t for the trilogy of The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn and Army of Darkness, where would the following cultural by-products be? Somewhere else or nonexistent, that’s where.

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