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The Evil Dead (1983)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 2, 1999
 R2: 3 Sep 2001

Budget $150,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore.

Running Time
1 hour, 25 minutes

Country USA

Studio New Line Cinema, Renaissance Pictures

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Other Titles
• Book of the Dead (1981)
• The Evil Dead, the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror (1981)
• Into the Woods (1979)
• Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead (1981)
• Tanz der Teufel (1984)
• Tanz der Teufel 1 (1984)

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Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror, Demonic Possession, Monsters, Cult Classic, Zombie, Black Comedy, Disturbing, Occult, Campy, Devil, Slasher, Demon, Suspense, Haunted House, Surreal, Teenage, Gore, Vampires, Love

Tagline: Can They Be Stopped?

Plot: Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After unwittingly awakening the unspeakable terror told of in the book, each of the friends is transformed into the evil dead, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). So, Ash is left with no other way to survive than to dismember the living corpses of his sister, girlfriend, and two of his friends. Shot on a shoestring budget, the film boasts some impressive camera work and extremely over the top gore effects as well as a sense of humor much more subtle than the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of the two

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 External Reviews
external link'The Evil Dead' is simply a good, entertaining movie for a night alone, or a house full of rowdy guests. It doesn't let up, keeps you guessing, and reminds you that - every once in a while - we can all use a good old shock to the system.

external linkAll of the gore effects are top-notch, but done over-the-top so that they remain entertaining but never become offensive. Most of the acting is pretty bad, but that aspect just adds to the endearing quality of the film and makes the characters all that much more likeable.
--Cortney Fusco (

external linkWhile some of the effects haven't aged too well and the 'tree rape' sequence almost borders on offensive; this is an entertaining time and an above average start to a series I count among my favourites. 3/4
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external linkDefinitive proof that "amateur" does not necessarily equate with "shitty." Sam Raimi has created one of the most grueling, punishing horror films ever made, and he's made it with style, imagination, humor, perversity, and blood. 91/100
--Jack Witzig (ColdSpot)

external link"The Evil Dead" is one of the best horror movies ever made. It blew away audiences and critics alike when it was released in 1981, and still does the job today.
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external linkThis is my favorite horror film of all time. The suspense is great, the camera trickory is brilliant, the gore is superb, and most of all the scares come fast and plenty. 5/5
--Zaero (

 Directed by
Sam Raimi
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Army of Darkness
 Written by
Sam Raimi
M.A.N.T.I.S., The Nutt House, Evil Dead: Regeneration
Bruce Campbell
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Army of Darkness
Scott Spiegel
Evil Dead II, The Quick and the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money
Ellen Sandweiss
Within the Woods, Satan's Playground, The Dread
Theresa Tilly
Philip A. Gillis
Lunatics: A Love Story
 Music By
Joseph LoDuca
Spider-Man 2, Army of Darkness, Brotherhood of the Wolf

external linkThis is a film that's known to those that may have seen it at the theaters to be one of the "scariest films ever made". Next to the Exorcist, I'm sure, but they were right about one thing -- it is a film that will stay in your mind after the first viewing. 8/10
--FrighT MasteR (UHM)

external linkAltogether the movie is a cult classic and always will be a bench mark in horror. Sam Raimi's best works for me, not because its the best movie he made but just for the amount of work put in just to show off his talents. 4/5
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