Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo in 'Ash vs. Evil Dead.' Matt Klitscher/Starz
You got horror in my comedy! You got comedy in my horror! Stop — you're both right!
With the possible exception of Ghostbusters, the Evil Dead franchise is the greatest horror-comedy hybrid yet devised. On one side, you've got the physics-defying mayhem of Looney Tunes, the comic combat of the Three Stooges, and the jut-jawed hambone heroism of Dudley Do-Right. On the other, you have the power-tool slaughter of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the reanimated relentlessness Night of the Living Dead, and the gross-out body-fluid splatter of The Exorcist. Somehow, Sam Raimi and his collaborators sussed out the common ground between them all, then cranked up the violence until it was funny and revved up the slapstick until it was scary.
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