The Evil Dead

Alongside the budding slashers of the early ‘80s arose a film that shamed them with its gushing creativity and unruly wit. Sam Raimi was all of 20 when he took the college-kids-on-a-trip horror trope and flooded it with giddy energy and fake bodily fluids, inaugurating a franchise and a career that have more than delivered on this initial spurt. -Lee Gardner 

1981 Dir. Sam Raimi 1.33:1 Color DCP 85 min. NC-17