13. The Evil Dead

13. The Evil Dead (1981). While its sequel tends to get more love for its polished execution of the same concept, I’ll always prefer the original, probably because I first saw it in eighth or ninth grade in October and it blew my mind. It’s got a desperate, grimy look and sound to it that makes it feel, despite its low production values, somehow more sinister, meaner, more willing to shock. Sure, some of its choices are in really poor taste and probably should have been cut (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve seen it before), but the cheeseball special effects, lo-fi sound design, and camera work are low-budget drive-in horror at its finest.

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