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The Evil Dead (1981)

 -  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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The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror 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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Trivia

There's a ripped poster of The Hills Have Eyes (1977) visible. Ostensibly, this was in reference to a ripped poster for Jaws (1975) that appeared in that film; Sam Raimi and the others interpreted that as Wes Craven suggesting that "Hills" was much more frightening than "Jaws," thus they showed a ripped "Hills" poster because their film was to be even scarier yet. See also: The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). See more »

Goofs

The large moon that looms over the cabin is an obvious projection. You can see a square outline around the moon which is lighter that the rest of the background. 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 House of 1000 Corpses (2003) See more »

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Old Baby Moses And The Thrillers Song
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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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