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The Evil Dead -- In this 1979 cult classic, a group of college students find a Sumerian Book of the Dead in an old wilderness cabin they've rented. When they unwittingly unleash evil spirits and demons by reading incantations from the book, the real havoc begins. Starring Bruce Campbell (TV's BURN NOTICE).
The Evil Dead -- Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
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The Evil Dead -- Bruce Campbell talks about how filming The Evil Dead gave him a form of post-traumatic stress.
The Evil Dead -- Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

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Director:
Writer:
Sam Raimi (written by)
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Release Date:
15 April 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They got up on the wrong side of the grave. See more »
Plot:
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(1965 articles)
Posterized: The Coen Brothers
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 (From Den of Geek. 5 February 2016, 6:30 AM, PST)

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A movie everyone should respect ! See more (734 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Sam Raimi 
 
Writing credits
Sam Raimi (written by)

Produced by
Bruce Campbell .... executive producer
Gary Holt .... assistant producer
Sam Raimi .... executive producer
Rob Tapert .... executive producer (as Robert Tapert)
Rob Tapert .... producer (as Robert Tapert)
Irvin Shapiro .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca  (as Joe Loduca)
 
Cinematography by
Tim Philo (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edna Ruth Paul 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Sullivan .... special makeup effects
Bruce Campbell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Frankel .... construction supervisor
 
Sound Department
Josh Becker .... sound: second unit
Dolores Elliott .... assistant sound editor
Jerrell Frederick .... dialogue re-recordist (as Jerry Frederick)
Lou Kleinman .... dialogue editor
Joe Masefield .... supervising sound editor
John Mason .... location sound recordist
Mel Zelniker .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Bart Pierce .... special effects (uncredited)
Sam Raimi .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bart Pierce .... photographic special effects
Alastor Arnold .... digital intermediate remastering colorist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Josh Becker .... lighting: second unit
Mike Ditz .... still photographer
Tim Philo .... lighting
 
Editorial Department
Joel Coen .... assistant film editor
Chris Innis .... 16mm original negative restoration and conformation (2010 re-release)
Bob Murawski .... 16mm original negative restoration and conformation (2010 re-release)
 
Music Department
Joseph LoDuca .... conductor (as Joe Loduca)
Ed Wolfrum .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
David Goodman .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Don Campbell .... production assistant
Bridget Hoffman .... photographic model (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John A. Gallagher .... special thanks
Simon Nuchtern .... with special thanks to
Sheila Roberts .... with special thanks to
Carol Valenti .... with special thanks to
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Book of the Dead" - USA (première title)
"Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead" - USA (complete title)
"The Evil Dead, the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror" - USA (closing credits title)
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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore (rated 1994)
Runtime:
85 min | Germany:70 min (FSK 16 version) | 96 min (Extended Version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (Re-rated 2008) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Canada:14A (rated 2006) | Chile:14 (2006 DVD Rating) | Chile:(Banned) (1981-2006) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1990) | France:12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (heavily cut) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2001) | Germany:18 (re-rating) (1995) (court decision) (cut) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:B | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) (2004) | Portugal:M/16 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) | Singapore:(Banned) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1997) | Sweden:15 (1988) (heavily cut) | UK:X (original rating: 1982) (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1990) (cut) (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1990) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:R (edited UMD version) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (rated 1994) | West Germany:(Banned) (1984) (uncut)
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [chainsaw]Ash contemplates using a chainsaw to dismember his demonic girlfriend.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ash hits Cheryl's hand with the end of his shotgun and closes the door, in the next shot you can see that the blood that spilled on the edge of the door disappears.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Scotty:Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash:Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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155 out of 208 people found the following review useful.
A movie everyone should respect !, 10 September 2003
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

A few nights ago, a couple of friends and myself watched The Evil Dead again. It was like the 68th viewing for me ( I think...lost count somewhere around 50) but it still only means one thing to me: PARTY !! Many feeling can occur when watching this delicious masterpiece by Sam Raimi. You can either adore it, be frightened by it or be disgusted by it. But it always leaves a big impression on you and I can't imagine anyone would hate it.

And there is ONE feeling that everyone should have towards this movie...RESPECT ! Mostly respect regarding the achievement of Sam Raimi. This guy was 21 years old when he made this film and that's impressive to say the least. I'm around that age at the moment and I sure as hell haven't pulled it off yet...I strongly doubt I ever will, actually. No, when you're able to come up with such an original and dared idea for a horror film, you belong to the greatest minds in the film industry. Sam Raimi did it and his further career only confirmed his status of being a genius with every single movie he directed afterwards. Tons of respect towards Bruce Campbell as well. Sure his performance in this movie is far from great, but at the time, he did it because of his friendship with Sam Raimi. And because The Evil Dead became a big hit, his career was launched too and he certainly grew as an actor. Bruce Campbell is now in the favorite actor-list of many B-movie fans...And I'm one of them.

Then there's Tom Sullivan...responsible for the make-up. What a fine job he did. The Evil Dead gave a whole new meaning to the word "gore" and we have this man to thank for that. Most nowadays horror films still can't live up to the standard of Evil Dead...not even close.

The plot of this film is as simple as can be...but it works. Five friends drive to a small cabin in the woods to spend a small vacation. They find a tape recorder with a message...Out of curiosity, they play it and pure evil is rised in the woods. One by one, they become possessed and turn into horrible demons who try to kill those who're still alive...That's it !!! And that's all there is needed to create a fun and very original horror movie. The same story already came out in 1978 as a short film called "Within the Woods". It was meant to fund money for this film and it's great B-movie fun as well. If you're a big fan of The Evil Dead trilogy, it's certainly worth searching for.

Anno 2003, Sam Raimi has grown out to one of Hollywood's favorite directors. He became immortal in the eyes of the big budget audience with his movie Spiderman. The sequel of that one is in production while I write this. I'm sure it will be as decent as the first Spiderman was, but I'd still prefer to see Evil Dead 4 coming from the brain of Sam Raimi.

A fun trivia element to finish this review with : If you're watching the end credits of the Evil Dead, you'll see Joel Coen is credited as Assistent Editor. Coen now is a famous director as well and may be considered as the best director alive. Back in 1981, he and Sam Raimi were close friends and even shared a studio when they were in collage. Joel Coen made his debut in 1984 with Blood Simple. One of the best cult movies ever made...

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