Volume CXXXIII, Number 2
September 14, 2001
Classic Horror/Comedies from BFS
For your weekend entertainment, the Film Society has a quartet of the
wildest, funniest horror films of all time. Each film has so much to offer,
and holds a special place in my heart. There are also more memorable moments
and classic lines in these four films than you are likely to find in any
other weekend line-up. As always, you can catch these films in Smith Auditorium,
Sills Hall, and they are free and open to everyone.
Friday 7:00 p.m.
Dead Alive is an Australian film by master director Peter Jackson. It
concerns a young man whose mother is bitten by a wild rat monkey. She
dies, then comes back to life (hence the title). However, she now carries
the power of the rat monkey, and begins biting other people, including
a nurse and a priest. These two have some rather disturbing zombie sex
and produce one of cinema's scariest creatures--the Dead Alive baby. That
is only a taste of what this film has to offer, and if you are not intrigued
by that, I'm not sure what else will bring you to the theater.
Friday 9:00 p.m.
Evil Dead is the first of Sam Raimi's classic Evil Dead trilogy. It concerns
a group of friends who visit an old cabin in the woods, but once there,
they are attacked by many a monster. This movie is the most horror-like
of any of the films. As the series progresses, there is a greater emphasis
on comedy and slapstick humor.
Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Evil Dead II
Evil Dead II, while technically a sequel to Evil Dead, is really more
of a remake. Characters from the first film return to the same cabin and
the same horrible events occur. However, this time around, there are better
lines and better monsters, which make for an all-around better film. My
personal favorite scene is when Ash, the main character, has his hand
possessed and it controls his entire body, until he manages to stop it.
It could very well be the best horror/comedy of all time.
Saturday 9:00 p.m.
Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness is the final film in the Evil Dead series. It sort of
picks up where Evil Dead II ends, but with some very noticeable differences.
I do not want to give too much of Evil Dead II away, but now Ash is trapped
in the Middle Ages with nothing but a shotgun, an Oldsmobile, and a chainsaw.
First, he has to prove he is not an enemy, and then he helps defeat an
army of undead lead by his deceased identical twin. As one might assume,
this film is much more comedic than frightening.