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Closing out our program in style, our final double feature brings two of the grooviest, goriest and downright gratuitous supernatural horror movies ever made, back to the big screen.
Perhaps the most prolific independent horror film of the '80s, Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD blasted the director - and the film's charming star Bruce Campbell - into mainstream consciousness. Following five college students as they unleash a legion of demons and spirits while vacationing in an isolated cabin, the film terrified audiences worldwide upon release, screening at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, garnering a rave review from Stephen King, spawning numerous sequels and tie-in products, and almost immediately cementing itself as a mainstay on the genre film circuit. Presented here in its original, uncropped, full-frame format, The Evil Dead still holds up as one of the most shocking and terrifying films ever made.
A fantastic film in its own right, Fede Alvarez's remake of Raimi's classic is an even gorier, even tenser, even darker riff on the EVIL DEAD mythos. Both a soft reboot and a continuation of the 1981 classic, Evil Dead sees a new group of friends - intent on helping their drug-addicted comrade kick their habit - head out to the infamous cabin and unleash hell. Stuffed to the brim with insane gore effects and mind-boggling set pieces, Evil Dead is a worthy reboot/remake/rip-off of Raimi's original, extending the franchise's lore and giving fans buckets of what they love: screams, squeams, and gruesome scenes.
Friday 20th September
Palace Central Sydney