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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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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 ...


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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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Book of the Dead  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (FSK 16)

Sound Mix:

| (re-mastered version)


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film ran out of money and only half of it was completed in the winter of 1980. In order to complete it, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell did everything they could to complete the film. From taking out high interest bank loans, borrowing money from friends and family and even making cold calls to businesses around their hometown state of Michigan. The cold calls worked in that they actually got catering, gasoline and other necessities that the cast and crew needed. See more »


18:20 into the film. As the fog begins to rise from the ground, you can see the shadow of something being waved back and forth to cause the fog to blow across the shot. See more »


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

The opening credit for The Evil Dead shimmers like a ghost. See more »


Referenced in The Riven (2014) See more »


Old Baby Moses And The Thrillers Song
Written by 'Baby Moses and the Thrillers'
Performed by Theresa Tilly and Richard DeManincor
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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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