Let's face it. The current millennium has not been kind to horror movies. For over a decade, we've had to deal with a constant pixelstorm of semi-sequels, requels, reboots, and ironic, self-aware plagiarism, while perfectly good chainsaws sit unused in the corner of the garage.
So we're taking it back! Back to when grown-ups could make a living by crafting plaster molds of nuclear mutants. Back to when computers were properly utilized to create spreadsheets, rather than severed limbs. Back to when creativity was not a means to make 80 million dollars, but to scare the bejesus out of audiences.
HORROR SHOW is an eclectic new series at the Alamo Drafthouse that stalks the 1970s and 80s for the greatest, most electrifyingly satisfying horror offerings of the 20th Century. Expect big-budget, all-time favorites. Expect no-budget, soon-to-be-favorites. But most of all, expect to have FUN.
This month, we're kicking off HORROR SHOW with EVIL DEAD II. There's a good reason for that: it's less of a movie and more of a force of nature.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Sam Raimi must be the happiest man on earth. Not content with creating one of the most ferocious and ground-breaking lo-fi horror movies ever, Raimi one-upped himself by reimagining the original EVIL DEAD as a parody. And also a sequel. Most civilians would fail to see the point in such an undertaking. Thankfully, we're not most civilians.
The gonzo, ultra-creative EVIL DEAD II reunites the iconic Ash (Bruce Campbell) with a possessed cabin in the woods. But this time, Raimi and co-writer Scott Spiegel weren't happy with simply fashioning chainsaws as hands, decapitating demons, and filling up rooms with blood. They wanted more! And so, the spirit of the original EVIL DEAD was combined with The Three Stooges to create the definitive horror-comedy of 1987 and also all years forever after infinity. If you see a movie in 2013 with the name "Raimi" on it, do the right thing. Make sure it's this one.
All of that said, there are two things to remember when entering the theater for a HORROR SHOW screening:
1. FUN IS GUARANTEED!
2. SURVIVAL IS NOT!!
Tickets for EVIL DEAD II are available now.
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