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71- Akira
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#70 THE EVIL DEAD (1981)
NO MEANS NO, EVEN IF YOU'RE A TREE!

My good ol' buddy Matt at X-Entertainment wrote a great review of THE EVIL DEAD that describes the tree rape scene better than I ever could!  You can read the entire review here, but here's how he sees it!

This girl was the classic horror idiot. Assume you're in a log cabin, out in the woods in the middle of nowhere. You're already under the impression that death awaits. It's black outside. You hear a noise. What do you do? Go jump in bed with Ash and his girlfriend? Hide under the covers? Kill yourself? All three would be much, much better decisions than going outside. Fucking fool.

So yes, she goes outside. Not only does she go outside - she walks so far away from the house that nobody could hear her no matter how loud she screamed. To top this brilliant move, she starts making requests for whatever is out there to show itself. Cheryl , what were you gonna do if it did? 'A ha! I knew you were some devil spawn from Hell! GO ME!' C'mon! Sometimes it's more important to be alive than it is to be right. For Christ's sake, they just listened to the god damned audio book version of the fucking Necronomicon! You don't listen to that and then go out for a stroll in the obviously haunted woods.

What happens next is classic. She starts getting attacked by branches. Evil branches, for those guessing. These aren't like those trees from the Inhumanoids...they've got sour intentions. But their intentions aren't to simply cut up poor Cheryl...they wanna make her baby.

AHH! Now that's pretty fucking disturbing. Cheryl gets pleasured by the evil branches in cinema's first and I presume only case of rough sex between a girl and a tree. It's pretty eerie. I'm sure this was the film's way of making sure we got the tit-shot we've come to expect from horror flicks of the time, but if there ever was a scene that was an attention grabber - this was it. Nobody's going to get up for popcorn while a girl's getting raped by a tree. Not even with those subliminal popcorn messages they flick on and off.

Surprisingly, Cheryl escapes to the house, almost safe. Of course, now she's completely lost her mind, but that's pretty much a given progression of things after one has unsolicited sex with plant-life.

Cheryl 's a victim in the truest sense of the word, telling her friends that there's bad shit going on, but neglecting to mention the steamy details. Hey, I'd be pretty embarrassed too. Could you imagine if this girl was a virgin? It's bad enough to lose it when you don't want to...but to a tree? Well, I guess it has it's good points. There's no way Cheryl 's next boyfriend is going to feel inadequate about her past sexual experiences. Unless we're going by length...then I'm pretty sure the tree would win out. Unless her next boyfriend was Ahmed Johnson. So many questions, so little time, but it doesn't really make a hell of a difference, because after what Cheryl goes through next, her future sex life is gonna be the absolute last thing on her mind.

To read the rest of Matt's review CLICK HERE!

 
Sam Raimi talks about financing the film, and regretting the tree rape scene.

-Robert Berry
rberry@retrocrush.com