Monday, August 30, 2010
Holy Virgin Vs. The Evil Dead (1991)
(Let me save you some time and cut to the chase: look at the title, and if it interests you at all then there is no point reading the review, just go find the movie and watch it. If the title doesn't interest you then no matter what I say is going to change your mind...go find another movie to watch...)
This movie is a blast. It's an over the top martial arts horror mixture that's got great fights, monsters, gore, nudity and everything you go to the drive-in for, even if it's only your living room.
The plot has something to do with the return of the "moon monster", who is trying to find the right girl to rape to get his power back. Along the way he kills a good number of people, is temporarily killed himself, and has to contend with the police, a teacher suspected of his killings, and a beautiful princess, who are all out to stop him. It didn't make a great deal of sense to me (mostly because the subtitles of the print I was watching tended to blend into the background). Then again I didn't care, this movie is just a good deal of fun to watch with earnest performances, great action, some gore, and numerous I-can't-believe-they-are-doing-this moments.
No, it's not the best film to come down the pike. It meanders a bit too much, and as much as I enjoyed it, it was just a tad too cheesy in execution. Still, if the English title of Holy Virgin Vs. The Evil Dead instantly makes you sit up and want to know more or see this film, then you've come to the right place.