MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 150 this week

The Evil Dead (1981)

 -  Horror  -  24 April 1983 (USA)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 108,179 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 707 user | 273 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 04 May 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 02 May 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 4 days ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead (1981) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Evil Dead.

User Polls

3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Evil Dead (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.

Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Carrie (1976)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school's prom by a humiliating prank.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving
Zombie (1979)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Strangers looking for a woman's father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson
Suspiria (1977)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci
Hellraiser (1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who's being chased by demons after he escaped from their sado-masochistic Hell.

Director: Clive Barker
Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence
Black Sunday (1960)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The unburied dead return to life and seek human victims.

Director: Tom Savini
Stars: Tony Todd, Patricia Tallman, Tom Towles
Candyman (1992)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd
The Beyond (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale
The Haunting (1963)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity. With him are the skeptical ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Richard DeManincor ...
Scott (as Hal Delrich)
...
...
Shelly (as Sarah York)
Philip A. Gillis ...
Fake Shemp (as Phil Gillis)
Dorothy Tapert ...
Cheryl Guttridge ...
Barbara Carey ...
David Horton ...
Wendall Thomas ...
Don Long ...
Stu Smith ...
Kurt Rauf ...
...
Edit

Storyline

Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods, where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find a tome called the "Necronomicon", Book of the Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead. Written by Chris Sealy <csealy@bu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

evil | woods | cabin | tape | book | See more »

Taglines:

Can They Be Stopped? See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Book of the Dead  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$375,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FSK 16)

Sound Mix:

| (re-mastered version)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The tape recorder found in the cabin belonged to Bruce Campbell's father. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, you can see excess light through windows and the mirror, even though it is supposed to be night and pitch-black. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scotty: Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash: Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The swing music from the old Victrola in the cabin's cellar plays during the closing credits, only to wind down and grind to a stop leaving the sound of the wind to accompany the rest of the credits. The final sound heard as the closing credits end is the fly buzzing - the first sound heard in the opening of the film. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror III (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Baby Moses And The Thrillers Song
(uncredited)
Written by 'Baby Moses and the Thrillers
Performed by Theresa Tilly and Richard DeManincor
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

You don't need a big budget to make an accomplished film
11 May 2007 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Sam Raimi's feature length debut "The Evil Dead" is truly one of the greatest horror films of all time and the start of a magnificently entertaining trilogy of hilarity and some real scares. Made on a budget of only $375,000, the film is surprisingly accomplished on a technical level. The effects, although they do look fake by today's standards, hold up a lot better than you might have expected, and the stop motion sequence at the end, which looks a lot faker than anything else in the movie, was accomplished for its time and budget.

"The Evil Dead" is about a group of young adults who travel to a cabin in the woods and discover a 'book of the dead'. No prizes for guessing what happens next as each character is possessed (except for Ash) and disposed of via an intriguing variety of methods. Considering its budget, unknown director (at the time), and typical slasher plot "The Evil Dead" would almost certainly seem headed towards forgotten B-movie status, and yet it has stood the test of time and remains one of the most widely acclaimed horror films of all time. Why? It's simple. Although "The Evil Dead" is nowhere near as funny as its sequels, it's still a humorous self-satire while also being terrifying despite its age. This odd combination (only perfected in this film's sequels and "Creepshow") works because Raimi crafts a tense and moody environment, puts his characters in there, and then ruthlessly disposes of them, sometimes doing so several times for the same character. What's worse is that there's nowhere to go. Raimi creates a claustrophobic feeling in anyone watching, he wants you to think about being in a situation where you're trapped with nothing but death and destruction surrounding you. For most people, he probably succeeds. As far as acting goes, none of it is really very good but Bruce Campbell is instantly likable as Ash, who just has to be one of the most memorable horror film characters of all time.

Gory, desolate, hopeless, and still funny, "The Evil Dead" is a horror masterpiece that isn't quite the strongest entry in the series, but is shockingly accomplished and entertaining despite its low budget and inexperienced cast and crew. This is a film everyone must see, along with its sequels.

9/10


27 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I prefer this over Evil Dead 2 BarrettIMDB
This movie is terrible !!! georgenevs
SCARY film, but the tree scene is hilarious! connor-fieldsend95
Wayyyy overhyped?! dudeacockus
Cabin in the woods! petergc6
Was this supposed to be a comedy? oburns01
Discuss The Evil Dead (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page