The movie is known for its over-the-top blood, gore, and violence, to the point of ridculousness. Subsequent movies downplayed the horror element and added more dark humor and cartoonishness, an influence well-seen in Blood.
All three movies were written and directed by Sam Raimi (The Hudsucker Proxy, Spider-Man) and starred Bruce Campbell, a notable B-movie actor known for having small but dynamic bit parts.
The Evil Dead Plot
The first two Evil Dead movies take place in an isolated cabin in the woods. Five college students discover an audio tape of a scientist (the cabin's previous tenant) reading the words of the Necronomican, a book he was studying. The words release a nameless, non-corporeal "evil" in the woods that infects each of the teens until only one is left.
The second movie begins much the same way, although it introduces more characters, and contains more cartoonish horror elements (such as a laughing lamp and squeaking dismbodied hand). It ends in a cliff-hanger as Ash tries to open a time portal to cast out the evil, and ends up being sucked in himself.
The third movie takes place in medieval times. Ash is captured by King Arthur, but subsequently released when he proves his battle-worthiness against the deadites. Ash journeys to a graveyard to retrieve the Necronomicon (of the past), but ends up releasing an army of the undead, led by Ash's evil twin. The movie culminates in a giant battle, whereupon Ash is sent back to his own time.
Evil Dead and Blood
- Choking hands - In Evil Dead 2, Ash must chop off his own hand after it becomes infected with evil. After being dismembered, the hand gains the ability to move about on its own, tormenting its former possesser.
- Sawed-off shotgun - Ash's sole weapon (except for the chainsaw) is a double-barreled shotgun (although depicted as single barrel in the first movie).
- Zombies - Although not specifically "dead", the "evil" turns people into zombies or, in the context of the movie, "deadites".
- Spirit armor - the face on the spirit armor shield bears a resemblance to the face on the cover of the necronomicon.