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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.
The Evil Dead -- Discussion about the The Evil Dead's makeup
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 »
User Reviews:
Interestingly good... See more (737 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 »
Sound Mix:
Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | 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:
The first of many collaborations between composer Joseph LoDuca, director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and actor Bruce Campbell.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: At the beginning of the film, the sound of tires screeching on the dirt road do not match what is happening onscreen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Scotty:Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash:Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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Soundtrack:
Old Baby Moses And The Thrillers SongSee more »

FAQ

Was Evil Dead Sam Raimi's first film?
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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncut Version?
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112 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
Interestingly good..., 5 February 2001
Author: Ilker Yucel (yucel81x@hotmail.com) from Annapolis, MD

For a film that was made on a budget that would make Steven Spielberg die laughing, "Evil Dead" was one for the most interesting pieces of horror cinema I've ever seen. I watched the series backwards, so "Army of Darkness" was the film I saw first, then "Evil Dead II." While "Evil Dead II" is probably still my favorite, it was interesting to see where it all started.

The camera work is incredibly good, and the fast motion sequences showing the demon's approach was pretty well done, if not completely original. Though also interesting, and kinda funny to note is that we see the characters running away, but when the camera switches away from the demon's view, we don't see the demon, and that seems like a touch of genius...we know it's there, but we can't see it, and while it probably was a limitation of the budget, it actually proved to be a great method of suspense.

The special effects are as laughable as they were in the rest of the series, but there's something to be said for a film that takes its chances and goes to the extreme in lieu of lacking resources. People complain about this a lot, but I have to say to them "get a sense of humor." The whole point of the "Evil Dead" series was to mock horror films and show how campy they were and that they could get even worse. It's humor is in that the film tries to take itself seriously, but the lack of a big budget makes this not only impossible, but even funny in spite of the fact that it could conceivable be a serious film.

The acting is also terrible, but again in that way that it's so obviously bad that it's hard to tell were the actors just plain bad or were they doing that deliberately to serve the purpose of mocking the genre. Bruce Campbell's introduction into the world of abused heroes is interesting since his character is actually less of a chauvinist in this one than he ultimately became famous for. But it works, and the horror on his face when his friend has no reservations about chopping up his possessed girlfriend is actually believable.

Overall, this movie is a great piece of cinema. It's humorous, but serious as well, and its greatest strength is its ability to draw the line between being part of the genre and mocking it. There are plenty of moments of original horror (I don't think anybody could keep their composure during the "Tree Rape" scene, which they repeated to lesser effect in "Evil Dead II," but let's face it that movie was supposed to be a rehash and extension). Give the film a chance and don't take it too seriously. Otherwise you're missing the point.

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