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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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15 April 1983 (USA) See more »
They got up on the wrong side of the grave. See more »
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)
Eric Leblanc .... Translator French Subtitles DVD Extras (uncredited)
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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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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Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore
85 min | Germany:70 min (FSK 16 version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)
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) | Russia:18+ | 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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Ash's last name is never mentioned throughout the entire Evil Dead trilogy, though Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell did toy around with calling him "Ashley J Williams" and "Ash Holt," the latter revealing how Sam viewed the character...See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Scotty is examining the cabin at the beginning of the film, the cameraman is reflected in a window.See more »
[first lines]
Scotty:Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash:Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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202 out of 262 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate in terror, 10 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

It's the early 80's, what do you expect? This is a scary scary film. And I think I know why films now a days can't hold a candle to films like Halloween and Evil Dead. And that is because a photo copy is never as good as the original. That is the bottom line. Directors don't care about a lot of the material that they are filming today, especially when it comes to horror films and that is because they don't write their own stories. They do someone elses work. But not Evil Dead. This was Raimi's baby from the outset. When films like the two mentioned were filmed they were filmed by two directors that were complete unknowns. They had no pressure to make a great film and they did it on an incredibly low budget. Halloween was made for $150,000 and Evil Dead for $50 000. So what that meant is that the directors could stick to their visions but they had to find innovative ways to do so. Their budgets didn't allow a heap of special effects so they had to rely on what they knew. And that was, how to create atmosphere using the camera. And Evil Dead is one of the best at doing that. There is one scene in this film that I will never forget and that is one of the early scenes where the cast arrives at the cabin. Here we see a long shot of the cabin and it has very eerie music playing. This shows the cabin as being menacing. It lets you know that there is evil in that cabin. And that we are in for a hell of a ride.

Sam Raimi made a masterpiece here that I believe stands the test of time. You can put this film up against any of today's so called horror films and I guarantee you this scares you more. Raimi cares about his movie and he does everything to make you feel the terror that the cabin people feel. We are scared and disgusted at what happens when one of the women goes outside alone at night and meets a tree that does unspeakable things. And when the book is first introduced.... that is horror movie history there. What a brilliant concept. A book that is evil. I have often wondered about such books. We hear about them all the time in movies about ancient Egypt and ancient times. But here we have a book that has weird incantations from another world and another language, and you just know that as soon as some idiot utters the words that they are not supposed to say, well they won't be around much longer.

The Evil Dead is a miracle. It was made on a rock bottom budget yet it is scarier than any Hollywood movie that is made for 20 million could ever hope to be. If you want to truly experience a frightening experience, rent this film, it knows what it wants to say. And it knows how to make you afraid. So be afraid. Be very afraid. You may never look at the forest the same again.

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