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The Evil Dead -- Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Marvelously putrid. See more (751 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)
Kurt Rauf .... special effects technician (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)
Eric Leblanc .... Translator French Subtitles DVD Extras (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
Runtime:
85 min | Germany:70 min (FSK 16 version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Brazil:18 | 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) | Colombia:18 | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1990) | France:12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (heavily cut) | Germany:18 (re-rating) (1995) (cut) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) (2004) | Peru:14 | 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:NC-17 (certificate #33365) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:Not Rated (1984) (uncut) (SPIO/JK)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard DeManincor reportedly had no idea the movie had such a cult following until he started appearing at conventions and was surprised by the amount of fans who attended.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Cheryl walks outside wearing her dressing gown the screen showing the mist covering the moon is visible in the top right due to it being a bluer colour than 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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What is a Fake Shemp?
Where does the Evil Dead musical fit in with all of this?
How come there are so many inconstencies between the 3 films?
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154 out of 191 people found the following review useful.
Marvelously putrid., 16 August 2004
Author: Manthorpe from Austin, TX

What more can be said of Raimi's legendary cult-classic that hasn't already been beaten to death like a puss-oozing zombie that crosses paths with Ash? Possibly nothing, but I'll try.

Before Spiderman and before the countless spin-offs of this movie were made or even conceived, Raimi and friends decided to make a low budget zombie flick mainly for fun, and surprisingly it has become a masterpiece of shock and horror. Possibly a perfect example of how to make an entertaining film on a shoe-string budget, The Evil Dead delivers what it promises, the ultimate in grueling horror. Even with it's mild budget and sometimes shaky acting, TED shocks and spooks the audience through chilling atmosphere and some of the most violent effects ever put on film. Those who are squeamish need not apply. As a matter of fact, just run for your girly life.

There are several reasons this film succeeds. First, Raimi's camera work is truly masterful. By using fast camera work and aggressive shots, Raimi has created an eerie world that is sometimes hard to look at but too entertaining to turn away from. His style from behind the camera is absolutely unmistakable. This is perfectly exemplified in the beginning of the film, where the camera alone creates enough atmosphere to leave you biting your nails in suspense of what's to come. You feel at any moment someone is going to get their neck chomped on by some zombie hiding just out of view. One of the most impressive openings I can think of, perfection in pacing and atmosphere. It gets even better once the action starts. Some shots hold for a seeming eternity, and part of you wishes for it to stop for it's unrestrained gore and violence...but the other part of you is getting a sick kick out of it. One of the most impressive shots is where the darkness from the trees begins to chase people, knocking any tree or obstacle down that happens to be in it's way. Truly magnificent technique, however they did it.

TED also succeeds because it's self-aware of the fact that it's a simple zombie movie and never takes itself too seriously, and doesn't expect the audience to do so either. It's meant to be campy, cheesy, revolting and chilling at the same time. There are moments in the film where it seems to be making fun of itself and the genre in general. For this fact alone, one cannot hold certain things against it such as sometimes questionable acting from the supporting cast and sometimes the downright implausibility of certain situations. If you can accept this and you're not put off by mannequin ultra-violence, then you should find yourself on the supporter's side of the fence. I think some don't like it because it can be ridiculous and cheesy in parts, although it was meant to be. Even with the fact that it's sometimes cheesy, there are some downright chilling moments in this film that most horror films nowadays cannot begin to muster. Case in point, the zombie screaming from the cellar door. The zombie growls and howls themselves are enough to send shivers up one's spine. And let's not forget the unforgettable tree love scene, ridiculous and hilarious simultaneously.

Last but certainly not least: Bruce Campbell as Ash, the badass of all zombie films. Campbell is Ash, period, and always will be.

In my opinion, this is by far the best of the trilogy, and although there could have been more of the chainsaw, this is the definitive zombie film and probably always will be. I feel it succeeds over it's sequels due to it's increased violence and lack of humor in comparison. It's blood, gore, camera work, and shock factor are still formidable even today and are what make this such a cult classic. If you've ever liked any horror film, this is an absolute must-see.

Love or hate it, there it is.

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