In Your Eyes: The POV Shots of Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ Trilogy

Here’s looking at you, Ash.
By  · Published on August 24th, 2017

Here’s looking at you, Ash.

Sam Raimi’s never met a POV shot he didn’t like, at least not when he was making his Evil Dead trilogy. Over the course of The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness, we’re momentarily transported into the perspective of arrows, bullets, cars, and a whole host of nefarious entities like zombies, animated skeletons, and unknowable forces. Raimi presents his stories from all sides including the inside, never settling for just one take on the situation, instead navigating us through his plot with ever-shifting vantage points and ways of processing the horrors and hilarity unfolding.

Video essayist Aletranco has collected every single POV shot from all three ED films in the video below. Notice how as the trilogy progresses, the impact of the perspective alters from vague to specific, at first instilling the narrative with a general atmosphere or tone, then later informing it with depth and detail. Raimi has gone on to do bigger things for sure, but it’s videos like this that cause me to ponder if he’s ever made anything better than the trilogy that launched him.

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