The first in a trilogy of films by Sam Raimi and the least watched of the three but easily the scariest. The film was made on a very modest budget and it shows. It almost feels like you're watching a documentary of a trip to a cabin gone horribly wrong. If you're a fan of Sam Raimi and his camera work this movie's definately for you. The camera is constantly hand held and always moving, giving you the horror's point of view. It runs after people, it jumps out at the victims, and during one very memorable scene it sodomizes a hapless female cabin dweller. But of course since this is a scary movie the most important question is, "Is it scary?" And the answer is, "Hell to the yes!" The fact that it's made so poorly is the biggest reason it's so scary. We, the viewing public are used to a slick presentation when viewing a scary movie but the Evil Dead is the antithesis of slick. Dirty and grimey, you truly feel used and abused when the film is done. All these words and I've never once mentioned Bruce Campbell. A GOD amongst the geek population, Bruce"The Chin" Campbell gives a wonderfully amatuerish performance that works so well in conveying the fear and horror that is happening around him. It's as if the filmmakers didn't tell him what was going to happen next and his reactions are that of true disgust and fright! As i said before this was the first film in a trilogy with the second film, Evil Dead 2:Dead By Dawn going for a mix of comedy and horror and the third film, Army Of Darkness, settling for outright farce. With each film Bruce Campbell's character Ash gets stronger, wiser and much more cynical. But in the Evil Dead he get's his innocence crushed realizing that in a good horror film no one can save you but yourself and even then it's a toss-up.