Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness are known for 2 things above all else: Being gory as fuck and funny as hell! It’s a formula that carried Ash vs Evil Dead through 3 seasons on Starz while inspiring countless imitators and legions of fans. But something many have long debated is whether or not the first Evil Dead, released in 1981, was supposed to be funny.
Of course, the first Evil Dead is funny; it’s so relentlessly over-the-top you can’t help but laugh hysterically at times. But the film was slapped with an X rating when first presented to the MPAA, so obviously some people were taking it seriously. The question is, were director Sam Raimi and his cast trying to be funny in the first Evil Dead, or did it just turn out that way?
Was it a stroke of luck, or a flash of mad genius? The question was debated again recently on the Exploding Heads Horror Podcast. Since the hosts couldn’t come to a consensus amongst themselves, the brought the question to Bruce himself—and the Groovy One has set the record straight:
The mindset was play it straight. Parts of the original Evil Dead got laughs from being over the top on gore and violence. We were also inexperienced actors delivering some choice dialogue that would be tough to conquer, even today. https://t.co/B2FKfH2oMj
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) May 9, 2018
“The mindset was play it straight. Parts of the original Evil Dead got laughs from being over the top on gore and violence. We were also inexperienced actors delivering some choice dialogue that would be tough to conquer, even today.”
So what do you think horror fans? Was the first Evil Dead really pure horror or is Bruce Campbell just yanking our chains? Sound off in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.