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The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17  |   |  Horror  |  24 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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Scott (as Hal Delrich)
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Shelly (as Sarah York)
Philip A. Gillis ...
Fake Shemp (as Phil Gillis)
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As a vacation, five friends travel to a small cabin in a deserted jungle. When their first target has been to reach peace, they should fight restlessly as they find themselves surrounded by an evil force that turns its victims into heartless monsters. Written by J. S. Golden

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They got up on the wrong side of the grave. See more »

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

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24 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Book of the Dead  »

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$375,000 (estimated)
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| (FSK 16) | (Extended Version)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Raimi showed the film to anyone willing to watch it, booking meetings with distribution agents and anyone with experience in the film industry. Eventually Raimi came across Irvin Shapiro, the man who was responsible for the distribution of Night of the Living Dead (1968) and other famous horror films. Upon first viewing the film, he joked that while it "wasn't Gone with the Wind (1939)", it had commercial potential, and he expressed an interest in distributing it. It was his idea not to use the then-title Book of the Dead, because it made the film sound boring. Raimi brainstormed several ideas, eventually going with The Evil Dead, deemed the "least worst" title. Shapiro also advised distributing the film worldwide to garner a larger income, though it required a further financial investment by Raimi, who managed to scrape together what little money he had. See more »

Goofs

A crewperson is visible outside the window when the white shutters keep on banging. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scotty: Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash: Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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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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Referenced in Premutos - Der gefallene Engel (1997) See more »

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Music by James P. Johnson and 'lyrics by Cecil Mack
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The be all end all of horror movies!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is the movie that started me into horror movies. I had seen horror movies before this but this is what made me a horror fan. if you haven't seen it i give this movie and its sequels my highest recommendation

there is everything in these movies. From disgusting horror, shock horror, spookie horror, and even a bit of humor. The only slight down side may be that it was made very low budget. This is covered over by the greatest actor of all time--------------BRUCE CAMPBELL. He is a great actor in all movies and this is his start. It is also the start of Sam Raimi's directing career. There is great directing, great acting, great fun, inventive camera angles, and even a little bit of nudity if you like that sort of thing. so watch and enjoy.


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