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The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | | Fantasy, Horror | 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 ...
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David Horton ...
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Don Long ...
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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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They got up on the wrong side of the grave. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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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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$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 shot a short film called "Within the Woods" to act as a calling card for his feature debut. It did the trick - he was able to raise the $90,000 necessary to make the film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie the car windows alternate between open and closed throughout the ride to the cabin. 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 »

Connections

References A Bay of Blood (1971) See more »

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Charleston
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Music by James P. Johnson and lyrics by Cecil Mack
Performed by Traditional
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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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