Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Evil Dead - 3/30/13

Every week, the members of the Saturday Night Freak Show (Brent, Tom, Colin, Travis & Sean) gather in a subterranean screening room. Each week, a different member of the group chooses a movie to watch, and afterwards we enter the Thunderdome to debate the movie's merit for the entertainment of you, the listener.

This week Sean chooses to revisit Sam Raimi's 1981 classic, The Evil Dead.  The film, made by college students, went on to become hailed as a classic of the horror genre, inspiring sequels (Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness), video games, action figures, comics, and a remake in 2013.  The story is simple: a group of 20-somethings spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods, read incantations from an ancient book found in the cellar, and unleash evil spirits that possess them one by one.  Only proto-movie God, Bruce Campbell, stands a chance.  The Freak Show guys talk about the film's relevance 20-years on; we remember the first movie to be rated PG-13; discover how we feel about remaking classic horror films; and Travis loses a bet.

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