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