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The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | | Horror, Thriller | 15 April 1983 (USA)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

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Richard DeManincor ...
Scott (as Hal Delrich)
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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 ...
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Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning. Written by Miss Murder

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

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15 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Book of the Dead  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Irvin Shapiro, the film's producer, was the one who helped sell the film and its eventual success. He mentored Sam Raimi on how to sell the film properly, as he was inexperienced as a filmmaker at the time and the only way the film could have been sold was through brochures (in multiple languages), press kits, etc. Once this was done, the film eventually found a distributor. See more »

Goofs

When Scott and Ash go to the cellar and find the random objects, Ash starts to examine the Book of the Dead. When you look the book pages all the time in the different shots, they change even though Ash doesn't turn the pages. See more »

Quotes

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

The Evil Dead, the ultimate experience in gruelling horror, was filmed in Morristown, Tennessee, and in Detroit, U.S.A. See more »

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References Carrie (1976) See more »

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Westminster Quarters
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This Film Will Scare You
17 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The Evil Dead is a film that scared me. In fact, everyone I spoke to has been scared of this film.

It really is a horrible film. You feel sorry for the characters in it. They are trapped in a cabin in the woods with some evil looking demons. The forest itself is alive and there is no way out. When I first watched this film I wanted the good guys to die because I felt sorry for them.

This film is one of the great horrors like The Omen, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Nightmare on Elm Street. There are some truly creepy scenes in the film. The scariest scenes are where the girls are possessed by the demons. The other really scary scene is where the demon is in the cellar-I couldn't stop thinking about that scene.

The best horror films are the ones where the characters are in hopeless situations with no easy way out. The Evil Dead is one of those films. It really is creepy. Make sure you watch this film during daylight hours. Those with a nervous disposition should avoid.


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