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The Evil Dead (1981)
A classic for a specific audience
The Evil Dead is one of those horror movies that require a specific taste or appreciation. Many people will not like it but many will love it. It is one of those movies where you're either on one side of the fence or the other. Personally, I think of it as "the little horror movie that could". I think it is part of the original horror movie family, and begins the fantastic career of director Sam Raimi (director of the Spiderman movies). The movie is difficult to like for many people because, yes it's effect are, we'll say low budget, but it's not in-your-face low budget, you can really see that they put the time into this movie. The premise for the movie is great, the horror in the movie is great, the demented nature of the movie is great, and Bruce Campbell is great.
While watching this movie you will either see what is in front of you and judge it accordingly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, I do it my self sometimes, where you may see cheesy effects, unoriginality, bad acting and something too silly to be scary. Others will watch this movie and see the TLC the filmmakers put in to it and the effects will be awesome, the story will be original, the acting will still be bad, and the silliness will be very enjoyable.
I know people who have been frightened by this movie, and I know people who hated this movie, I simply cannot tell you which kind of people like and dislike it, you'll just have to find out for yourself to which category you belong. I positively love it and I consider myself to be apt in the horror movie genre. And if for nothing else, see it so you can watch the second one, which is one of the most demented horror movies of all time in my opinion. It is funny, but not in the cheesy annoying way like Scream 3.
I strongly recommend this movie if you are a horror fan on the rise, or if you are a horror fan period, or if you are curious for something new. I cannot tell you if you will like it or not, but I sure as hell did.
Why I think it is a classic
This movie isn't exactly the most unique of it's kind, although it does have some original aspects. However, Robocop does entertain on many different levels. Firstly, the action in this movie is very enjoyable and is nothing too over-the-top, although some people may argue me on that, and yes is does push censors for an R-rated, non horror movie to be this gruesome at times. The story in this movie is also something more than you're classic shoot-em' up cops and robbers movie, it adds an element of philosophy in the ideas of humanity and poses the question of where does one draw the line between robot and human? Not only is this a question posed, but it is a reoccurring issue throughout.
Another angle this movie takes on is the idea of man's desire for control over man by a newer means; technology. Extending from this is the idea of how much control man has over machine (an element we've seen in so many movies before, and after) and can a machine actually perform the functions of a human being with the obvious lack of emotionable ability.
Throw in some quality acting, great directing, a cool cyborg, another cool robot with big guns, more big guns and a wickedly evil Red Foreman and you've got a movie that shimmers the light of hope in a dismal future and a Hollywood classic.
Why I think Terminator 3 doesn't deliver! - Spoilers
I am a HUGE Terminator fan. I have seen both the first two movies inside out and backwards. Here is why I do not believe that Terminator three belongs on the same level as the first two. Forgive me if I leave out any information in my arguments and should anyone feel the desire to argue my points, then by all means you're more than welcome. The first thing that got me about the third movie was the emotion both the terminators showed. The terminator was set up as a relentless killing machine that doesn't show pity, remorse or fear, simply systematic destruction. Ironically, during the scene when the terminator is reprogrammed by the T-X he explains to John (rather emphatically) that he is a machine. That line would have been much more effective had it been delivered with the cold, hard apathy we saw in the first two terminators. Another emotional moment for the terminator was the T-X this time. *(This shouldn't be a spoiler but use discretion anyway) Just before the T-X is defeated she shows fear! If the terminator can't cry in the second movie after all he's been through, I find it very hard to believe that this T-X can be afraid.
*(Potential Spoilers in the following paragraph) That whole thing with the power cell really annoyed me. In the first terminator, he is crushed under a hydraulic press. He didn't blow up! In the third, they suddenly make it that if he suffers a massive blow to the chest he is in danger of exploding. Further more, I understand that this next comment could be taken as being a little nit-picky, but I believe it has to be said. At the end of the second movie the terminator specifically states that he cannot self-terminate, yet at the end of the third movie he decidedly drops the door on himself and the T-X, knowing it would destroy them both.
OK, John Conner is a wimp in this movie. By the end of the second movie he is supposed to be half ready for the war, and before Sarah died, she was supposed to have taught him to be a "Great military leader". How much of this showed in the third now that Judgment day was right around the corner? Also, Cyberdyne Systems was destroyed in the second movie, along with all traces of the terminator. This should have prevented the war. OK, so it never, it only postponed it. *(Spoiler alert) Skynet turns out to be a virus, that becomes self aware, and will construct the terminator (Cyberdyne Systems model 101) based on what? Huh? Military records? How did they get them if Cyberdyne systems was destroyed? Even if Skynet developed this model of the terminator through some kind of cybernetic evolution, he still wouldn't have been developed in the short amount of time they gave in the movie.