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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:
24 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 »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
The scariest piece of horror ever! See more (720 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
Robert G. Tapert .... executive producer (as Robert Tapert)
Robert G. Tapert .... producer (as Robert Tapert)
Irvin Shapiro .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca (music composed by) (as Joe Loduca)
 
Cinematography by
Tim Philo (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edna Ruth Paul 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Sullivan .... special makeup effects
Bruce Campbell .... make-up (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Frankel .... construction supervisor
 
Sound Department
Josh Becker .... sound: second unit
Dolores Elliott .... assistant sound editor
Jerrell Frederick .... dialogue re-recording (as Jerry Frederick)
Lou Kleinman .... dialogue editor
Joe Masefield .... supervising sound editor
John Mason .... location sound recording
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)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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) | 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 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 (DVD rating) (2004) | Portugal:M/16 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) | Singapore:(Banned) | 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:
Joel Coen was an assistant editor on the film. This was one his earliest professional jobs. He and his brother Ethan Coen would produce and make the film Blood Simple. (1984) three years after the release of this film. In preparing to get funding for that film, the Coens enlisted the help of friends Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi to help out and they happily did so. Campbell and Raimi also starred in a short film based on scenes of Blood Simple for the Coens to show to potential investors, which proved successful.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the car is approaching the cabin and the camera truck is filming from the rear angle following the car, you can see a branch get moved out of the way by the camera.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Scotty:Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash:Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
CharlestonSee more »

FAQ

Where is the location of the cabin?
What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncut Version?
How come there are so many inconstencies between the 3 films?
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75 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
The scariest piece of horror ever!, 29 October 2002
Author: (en_van_med_en_bil@hotmail.com) from Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden

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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