After attracting considerable attention with The Evil Dead, his low-budget 1981 gore-fest, Sam Raimi went on to bigger and better things, among them the western The Quick and the Dead, the thriller A Simple Plan and three Spider-Man pictures.
But not before he virtually reprised his debut with Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.
If he didn't actually create it, Raimi defined and popularised the "Cabin in the Woods" movie, a now oft parodied sub-genre of horror in which a handful of innocents come to a remote forest glade to be butchered in various imaginative fashions by degenerate rednecks or by malevolent spirits conjured up from ancient mystical texts.
In Evil Dead, Raimi is on hand as producer to observe the exhumation of his 32-year-old calling card. Five rather flaky youngsters (two male, three female) go down in the woods and find themselves not as guests of a teddy bears' picnic but on the menu for a monster mash. It's directed by a Uruguayan, made in New Zealand, set in Michigan, performed by a cast of American unknowns, and there's a fleeting appearance by Bruce Campbell who played the lead in the original. There's more slickness than imagination on display.
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