Compared to its successor, the original Evil Dead is simply nothing special. It has plenty of things going for it, from its utter ridiculousness and campiness, to its inventiveness and directorial style, which breathes life into a tried-and-tested formula. Yet when compared to its bigger brother from 1987, one can see that the direction they took with the sequel simply renders the first film redundant. Wilder, crazier, insanier; all adverbs that they ramped up to God knows how much with Evil Dead II. When you consider that the two are almost identical films, the original Evil Dead remains as a decent but unimpressive cabin-in-the-woods genre film.