THE EVIL DEAD (1981), picked by Joss Whedon and Kristen Connolly
Director Sam Raimi's demented ghoulfest is an obvious influence on The Cabin in the Woods and a favorite of Cabin co-writer Whedon. ''That's such a classic of: 'We want to frighten you and then we're just going to lose... our... minds,' '' says the Buffy creator. ''It's a film that actually, on its own terms, goes insane. I'm a fan of Polanski's Repulsion and The Tenant, which are also quite insane. But Raimi's insanity is more like a party.'' Raimi's party also finds favor with Cabin in the Woods star Connolly. ''We watched the Evil Dead movies in preproduction,'' says the actress, who plays one of Cabin's five hero-victims, the virginal Dana. ''I had no idea how nuts they were. The evil raping tree! I felt like I was on drugs watching it. I was like, What the s--- is going on here?''
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