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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 ...
Cheryl Guttridge ...
Barbara Carey ...
David Horton ...
Wendall Thomas ...
Don Long ...
Stu Smith ...
Kurt Rauf ...
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Storyline

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

At the end of principal shooting in Tennessee, the crew put together a little time capsule package and buried it inside the fire place of the cabin as a memento of the production to whoever found it. The cabin has since been destroyed, but the time capsule was found by a couple of ardent Evil Dead fans who discovered that the fireplace of the cabin was still intact. See more »

Goofs

When Cheryl runs back onto the porch after being raped by the tree, there are three porch lights on the top of the cabin. One at each end and one directly above the door. As the "Evil" is approaching Cheryl, who is trying to unlock the door, the light above the door is missing. After Cheryl makes it back into the cabin, the "Evil" retreats back into the woods and suddenly the light above the door has mysteriously reappeared. 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 swing music from the old Victrola in the cabin's cellar plays during the closing credits, only to wind down and grind to a stop leaving the sound of the wind to accompany the rest of the credits. The final sound heard as the closing credits end is the fly buzzing - the first sound heard in the opening of the film. See more »

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Referenced in One Day (2011) 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 scariest piece of horror ever!
29 October 2002 | by (Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Until about 3 years ago, my favorite movie was Halloween 2. There was no doubt, whatsoever that THAT was the greatest horror flick ever.

Then, in the fall of 1999, I found The Evil Dead on a sale at a shopping center in Stockholm for a great price. The previous missing 12 minutes of blood and gore (that the Swedish censorship had cut) were back, in the full uncut Swedish version.

I bought it with another film, 'cause there was an offer to buy 2 movies and only pay 100 crowns (about $11/£7 today).

I saw it, and I was scared beyond recognition! The music, the low budget camera, the camera work! Everything. It had everything!

It was scary, it was dark, the music was scary, it was made during the golden age of horror (early 80's) with a low budget and no huge stars in it

  • everything I look for in a horror movie.




It still is my favourite - no doubt about it. I can't imagine any movie being better than Raimi's masterpiece, I definitely can't.

The greatest piece of horror ever!


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