Gave The Evil Dead (1981) a spin tonight. It retains quite a bit of charm in all its grueling absurdity. The sound effects and musical cues stood out for me this go-round--loved the blender bit early into the gang's arrival at the cabin. Things do start very quickly; minimal setup takes place before the bad vibes not only creep in but go viral. The point, though, is the sustained brutalization of bodies and souls.
I think I'll watch EDII w/ the commentary tomorrow.