Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie DePaiva
Sam Raimi (Director), Sam Raimi (Screenplay), Scott Spiegel (Screenplay)
Released: Mar. 13th, 1987
Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes
Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body.
Some of the scenes in the movie are absurd and over the top, but the movie knows that, which makes for some funny scenes.
It helps that, due to the film's low-budget aesthetic, every time I spot a new continuity error (Ash's chainsaw changes hands in one shot, you can see the camera crew's shadow in another, etc.) it just adds to the charm rather than become a distraction.
If the premise of a man reading from an ancient tome that resurrects undead beings called the Deadites in a cabin in the woods, and he has to fight them off with a chainsaw and a boom-stick does not appeal to you, you can pass on this one.