It's been nearly 30 years since Sam Raimi's ultra-low-budget horror classic, Evil Dead, crawled out the woods and scared the shit out of unsuspecting moviegoers and inspired an entire generation of like-mindedly crafty, DIY filmmakers. (Interesting Evil Dead trivia: Joel Coen — who used many of Raimi's unorthodox techniques on the Coen brothers' debut, Blood Simple, and beyond — was an assistant editor on the film.) Raimi, who was just 23 at the time of its release, showed how far a movie-mad kid could go on imagination and ingenuity, melding slapstick comedy and creepy atmospherics in a way rarely witnessed before or since (well, besides in its two sequels, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness).
For those who've never witnessed Raimi's landmark movie, or for those who just want to revel in its pleasures again, a new recurring event called Cincinnati Psych-OTR-onic Night makes its debut with a screening of Evil Dead 8 p.m. Friday at YES gallery (1417 Main St., Over-the-Rhine). The inaugural evening, which its organizers pimp as “Cincinnati's only grindhouse double-feature; playing your favorite B-grade, exploitation, splatter, z-grade, cult and psychotronic films ranging from the familiar to the obscure,” culminates with a 10 p.m. screening of Tourist Trap, an equally crafty horror flick with a surprisingly robust cult following. Best of all, it's free. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/cincinnatipsychotronic.
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