Tag Archives: gore


Evil Dead 2

1987 / d. Sam Raimi
Essentially a remake of the first film, but this time brimming with nonstop tongue-in-cheek (or more accurately eyeball-in-mouth) and slapstick humour. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, hamming it up to the max with an over-the-top performance that never fails to put a smile on my face. Director Sam Raimi pulled no punches and managed to crank the gore-dial even higher, offering enough arterial spray and flesh trauma to satisfy any gore connoisseur.


Evil Dead, The

1981 / d. Sam Raimi
Claiming to be the “ultimate experience in grueling terror”, THE EVIL DEAD is truly an unrelenting splatter gem. Ridiculously over-the-top gore has this walking a fine line between outright horrific and ludicrously comical, but it’s a thrilling line all the same. An incredibly memorable performance from Bruce Campbell transformed him into an ass-kicking cult icon. Unrepentently violent and shocking, but not horrifying, THE EVIL DEAD is a monumental achievement in the horror genre.


Driller Killer, The

1979 / d. Abel Ferrara
The infamous video nasty may not be as brutal as all the hubbub has led one to believe. Ferrara stars as the jive-talking artist protagonist whose mind begins to crack when the pressures of his relationship, job, and the annoying punk band boarding below him begin to drive him cuckoo. How’s a fella expected to act other than taking all his aggression out by sticking power drills into hobos? The drill-head scene is perhaps the goriest we get here; the rest of the fare is your typical slasher madness with Ferrara gleefully twisting his tool of death in the writhing bodies of his tortured victims. The film seems to be confused as to what path it wants to take: disturbing psycho drama or schlocky exploitation flick. While the movie still retains some original touches, in the end the clashing of these two genres leaves the viewer a tad disappointed and underwhelmed. (JC)