Top 6 Scenes From the Original 'Evil Dead'
We at BHM are eagerly anticipating The Evil Dead (in theaters April 5, 2013) remake and keeping our fingers crossed that it will show some respect for the original and not attempt a cheap copy of a classic. Since Sam Raimi had a hand in the writing it is possible our hopes will not be dashed. Time will tell, but in the mean time we occupy our attention with our favorite moments from the original. Here’s the countdown:
In the first intense scene, meant as a blood-free preview of what’s to come, we see tree branches and twigs hold Cheryl hostage while they rip her clothes off and plunge a giant stake into her genitals. Right away we know this will be a movie unlike any other – gothic, but intensely violent with very disturbing imagery made humorous due to the low budget execution and intentional blending of horror and comedy. This scene, if only in retrospect, is foreboding at its finest. We can look forward to breaking all the rules for what scares, amuses, shocks and horrifies. It will be easily one of the most violent films to date, yet somehow almost lighthearted in its subtle jabs at intense emotions and calls of comedic attention to some of the most grisly and unthinkable acts.
Towards the conclusion (about an hour and 18 minutes in), Ash has figured out that as long as the cursed book is exists he will continue to suffer the presence of his own cursed friends. The problem is that even though the book is near the fire and has even been singed a little – evil dead Scotty is now eating Ash’s leg (even after Ash crushed Scotty’s eyeballs with his thumbs). Ash must reach the book, but he can’t free his leg, so he attempts to lasso it with the necklace he gave Linda (she doesn’t have use for it anymore, since she no longer has a neck). He keeps trying to lasso the book again and again to ensure her (and the others’) demise in a perverse sense of relationship irony that’s guaranteed to have you suppressing snickers in the presence of your sweetie.
Just before 58 minutes in we are treated to a classic Ash-comic-relief-scene that always makes me chuckle. After doing battle with what used to be Linda, Ash joins Scotty by the sofa. Scotty is covered in blood and passed out or already turned to evil dead (it’s a gray area at this point). In an effort to nurse his friend to health, Ash pours some water into Scotty’s mouth, but Scotty can’t swallow it so the water just dribbles down his cheeks and neck. Ash proceeds to reassure Scotty, “In about an hour the sun will be up. Then you, me, Linda and Shelly… (presumably, the pause is Ash remembering that Shelly is now dismembered) … we can all go home together.” Sometimes I don’t know whether to take this as a dig at those idiots in action movies that reassure others that everything will be okay, or pure comedic irony. Either way, it’s always super funny to see.
In the very next scene, a mad-cackling evil dead Linda surprises Ash with the same knife Scotty used to dig into Shelly’s hand. She thrusts it into Ash, before proceeding to sensually lick the blood off the knife – sexy tongue stroke after sexy tongue stroke… More brilliantly sick and twisted relationship humor from Sam Raimi.
Yet Ash isn’t done and after a brief struggle, evil dead Linda plunges to the ground – coughing up massive amounts of blood. The blending of horror and comedy is seamless to the point where what’s scary and what’s funny are indistinguishable.
Evil dead Shelly digs her nails into Scotty’s face – carving trenches of blood moments before her face catches fire and both Sheryl and Shelly hysterically flail and scream.
Evil dead Shelly grabs the sacred sword and lunges at Scotty. While struggling with her, Scotty rips a knife into her hand. But no problem for evil dead Shelly – she has no use for that arm anyway. Why not chew it off?
She comes at him – unstoppable – ready to deliver the final blow.
But Scotty has the axe now and proceeds to chop her into piece after squirming piece.
Truly… an iconic scene.
An hour and six minutes in, after several attempts, Ash finally looks to do away with evil dead Linda for good. She lunges at him and he takes her head off with a shovel. The headless body lands on him – blood pumping out of the stump that used to be her neck – spilling all over Ash’s face.
At the same time the headless corpse continues its trademark amorous macabre and begins humping Ash, while he struggles to rip it off of him. All the while, evil dead Linda’s head has landed right side up a few feet from the happy couple and keeps on cackling away. All and all, a brilliant blend of romance, humor and grisly horror.
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