Ok, so I thought it would be really difficult for me to write about something I liked but when the subject is one of the most awesome actors in horror history, turns it’s pretty easy.
I like horror. I like horror movies, horror books. It’s not so much for the scare of it, although I do like the adrenaline (which I get out of books a lot easier then movies) it’s because of how visually entertaining it is. Zombies, demons, creepy ghosts, unsettling body twisting and gore. Huge amounts of over the top gore. I am one of those people who loved the Saw saga (except for the last one as it was just shit) because of all the ways they fucked up those people. I don’t really watch these movies for a plot, I only watch it for the sheer entertainment of stupid people getting dead.
I guess that’s my one violent vice, and I think all normal, functioning people have one. Something that releases the aggression that the human race has unfortunately evolved with. Whether it’s video games or something along those lines. I just like watching people get themselves into unrealistic situations with the supernatural. I love B Grade horrors because of how ridiculous the gore is, how silly the plot and how terrible the actors are. There’s something about this combination that just does it for me. Probably because I have no guilt when I laugh at the deaths of these people. But there’s a big difference between B Grade horror and horror-comedy. I’m not really a fan of the latter, except in the case of Troma films, they are the only movie company that understands the true meaning of comedy in B Grade. Japan also has a way of embodying everything B Grade and doing it in a truly original way. Man, Japan has some messed up minds over there, I will totally have to blog about some brilliant Japanese Gore films. America on the other hand don’t really have much of a clue nowadays about how to make a good B Grade horror, or good Horror movie in general, because I do like good horror aswell, there’s just not really much of it. But America used to be good at it, back in the 70s, 80s and early 90s and this is where Bruce comes in to it.
This movie changed my life… Well, maybe not changed but it opened up my mind to the genre. This is, hands down, my favourite horror movie of all time. The first time I saw it was when I was about 10 years old. I was staying at my brothers place (who had a huge influence on me, introduced me to Troma and all the Japanese stuff, punk music, he was my hero), I was challenging him, bragging that I wasn’t scared of anything, so he decided to put this movie on. I should mention though I was 10, the goosebumps series was about the only thing close to horror that I’d ever seen, and my mum wouldn’t let me watch an M rated movie by this stage let alone something rated R. Holy fuck. To say I was scared was an understatement. I was fucking shitting myself. I was up the whole night after that, couldn’t sleep, even went as far as from that point on I slept with a lamp on up until 14. This movie basically traumatized me… and all I wanted to do was watch more movies like it.
By now you’d be thinking, what the fuck is wrong with this kid? So many things were wrong with me, you should refer back to my previous blog. Anyway, from that point onwards I spent my times hiring M rated horror films from the video library (as I couldn’t watch anything with a higher rating because mum) and being completely unfulfilled by them as there was never any gore, whilst staying at my bothers place every few months and watching all the things I wasn’t allowed to watch.
But back to the Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell makes this movie. Before I had a concept of good and bad acting, all I thought was Ash is the ultimate hero, badarse and survivor. Watching Evil Dead now always brings me such joy because I still remember the effect it had on me as a kid, but I can also view it as it was intended to be viewed. This was a movie that was made with the honest intentions of being a scary horror, but I think Sam Raimi realised how fucking silly it was, and how terrible an actor Bruce was that they over did it so much it was an instant cult classic. But it was so good, and original. A group of people go stay in a cabin deep in the woods, find a demon book called The Necronomicon and a tape recorder with an old explorer reading some passages from it. That unleashes an ancient evil that manifests itself as the camera angle coming straight for you really fast and it just wants everyone dead, because, you know, demons and shit. It also turns people into deadites, but there’s not really and rhyme or reason to the people that turn, it just never seems to get Ash. I mean deadites are demons that look very zombie like, they’ll possess you whether you’re dead or alive, and you can’t just kill them by dismembering the brain from the body as you do with zombies. No, no, no, you have to chop them up into little pieces so that none of it can come back and fuck you up. Then there’s the famous tree raping a girl scene. Does it make sense to the plot? Well, I guess so, everyone seems to think that the evil is out in the woods so I guess it makes sense. The movie in general didn’t quite flow together properly, just like the ending of the first didn’t really flow to the second film.
The second one was silliness, they were clearly in no way taking anything seriously at this stage. Bruce Campbells one liners were so good, his over dramatised acting was even better. The struggle for Ash is real in this one, with 10 minutes worth of him fighting his own possessed hand, which he then chops off with a chainsaw, which he replaces his hand with later on in the film. It then ends with him and his car being whisked off to 1300 AD to go fight the deadites because that’s what the prophecy said. How this even makes sense I don’t think is explained in Army of Darkness.
I watched the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead last night, I laughed a lot. It’s shaping up to be just as silly as the originals, with references made to the original at every point they could. I am so happy they made this series, its like Sam Raimi wanted to make it up to the fans for his awful decision of letting Hollywood remake Evil Dead
This is the look I had on my face when I heard about the remake. I have purposely not watched it or a single trailer about it in fear of it shitting all over my memories. What a terrible thing to do to a classic. I can’t think of a worse fate for any classic horror movie. Yes, I’m also implying that I hate, I despise, I detest Rob Zombie for remaking, no sorry, destroying Halloween. I’m going to leave it as that because that is a rant for another day.
Anyway, I don’t know what to say to conclude this blog other then I like Bruce Campbell and Ash vs Evil Dead is looking like a good show. Oh, and here’s some more cool Ash pics.