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"The Evil Dead" (1981)

This is the classic horror movie that started Bruce Campbell's career.

Five college students go to a cabin in the woods to spend a holiday weekend. But they find a tape of the previous occupant, an archeologist, reading an incantation from a Sumerian book to summon demons. When they play the recording the demons are summoned once again and start possessing people.

This is very gory and I can see why people talk about the misogyny of horror movies, the rape scene was totally unnecessary. Not much intentional humor. I prefer more humor with my horror. But I can see why it is a classic. They studied the horror formula and cranked it out.

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The film was Sam Raimi's first long-format motion picture, and helped launched his career.
If you check out the podcasts of the NPR show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me....", Bruce Campbell was on a segment that they do where they talk with the guest for a while and then ask them questions that have nothing to do with what they do. I think it was sometime in March or thereabouts.

http://www.npr.org/programs/waitwait/
Thanks. I didn't catch that episode.

But I found it Wait! Wait! Don't tell me! with Bruce Campbell