You start as the evil spirit in this movie, gliding over the autumn leaves and a pond. As an evil spirit what do you encounter but a car with four young lovers (and a tag along) on their way to a cabin in the hills of Tennessee. I'm not so scared of evil spirits and undead, i'm really scared of "Hill People"! Their get away cabin has to be the creepiest most obvious setting for an evil spirit to brutaly murder people. Come on! Anywhere that has bones just hanging randomly in a shed is not a place you should hang out in. It's the straight forward manner of this film that makes it so wonderful. It's not going to pump fake and go deep on you. No! This son'fabich is going to pound the ball right down your throat until you give up. The cinimatography is also just awesome. So many films of this time frame use single shots for long periods of time and keep the same basic angles and points of view. That makes it boring. Not Sam Raimi though. He uses lots of different shots, with multiple angles and keeps the camera moving. While we are getting introduced to our characters they come across the book of the dead and a knife with a tiny skull and spine handle. And the best part is they don't think there's anything weird about it. All this foreshadowing is making me thirsty.
I could go on and on about the gore that is just splattered all over this movie but instead i thought it would be good to make a little list. It will be quicker and more to the point.
Amazing?......YES! Zombies?.......maybe? I mean this is included in every great zombie movie list and it sure as hell feels like it should go. But to throw down and put this in a pile with Dawn and Day just doesn't feel right. I mean it's really more of a possession movie than anything. I think this movie probably fits better with 13 Ghosts than it does with The Horde, or Dead Alive. So there you have it!!! Not bad. One of the best horror movies ever even.