its been a while since i've seen this series. most of what i remember of them comes from 'army of darkness' so watching this again i had forgotten how much of a straight forward horror film this is. theres much less cheesy goofiness to this then there was in 'army'.
basically, if you don't already know, a group of friends go out to a cabin and discover a flesh bound book with and incantation in it that was left by a researcher. his audio recording of the incantation bring the demons up from hell and they begin to possess members of the group. straight forward set up to a straight forward gore movie. still what can be said for this film that lacks a lot in originality is that it stays fun and shocking and gory all the way through. there are no major mistakes. i also had forgotten how generally decent the acting is here. the filming seems to be trying to make some new (for them) attempts which can be strange but ultimately tie in pretty well. about the only really bad thing is the moon which clearly shows a box around it where it wasn't integrated into the background very well at all.
a hell of a lot of fun, still stands up really well today, and i'm looking forward to watching the second one again and eventually 'army' to top it off.