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The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | | Horror | 15 April 1983 (USA)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

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Sam Raimi

Writer:

Sam Raimi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams
Ellen Sandweiss ... Cheryl
Richard DeManincor Richard DeManincor ... Scott (as Hal Delrich)
Betsy Baker ... Linda
Theresa Tilly ... Shelly (as Sarah York)
Philip A. Gillis Philip A. Gillis ... Fake Shemp (as Phil Gillis)
Dorothy Tapert Dorothy Tapert ... Fake Shemp
Cheryl Guttridge Cheryl Guttridge ... Fake Shemp
Barbara Carey Barbara Carey ... Fake Shemp
David Horton David Horton ... Fake Shemp
Wendall Thomas Wendall Thomas ... Fake Shemp
Don Long Don Long ... Fake Shemp
Stu Smith Stu Smith ... Fake Shemp
Kurt Rauf Kurt Rauf ... Fake Shemp
Ted Raimi ... Fake Shemp
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Storyline

Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning. Written by Miss Murder

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The white liquid that often emits from the possessed after they're injured or maimed is 2% milk that Sam Raimi chose to use, not just to show how the possessed aren't normal beings but also to mix it up so the MPAA wouldn't give the film an X rating. Ultimately the film was released unrated. See more »

Goofs

When Scotty is fighting with Shelly in front of the fireplace, Shelly is holding the Kandarian Dagger, however, when the shot cuts to Scotty trying to get his buck knife out of the sheath, you can see the Kandarian Dagger lying on the floor on the bottom right corner of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scotty: Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash: Well, we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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Crazy Credits

The swing music from the old Victrola in the cabin's cellar plays during the closing credits, only to wind down and grind to a stop leaving the sound of the wind to accompany the rest of the credits. The final sound heard as the closing credits end is the fly buzzing - the first sound heard in the opening of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German version for people under the age of 18 (FSK 16) misses 17 minutes of footage compared to the uncut version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ready Player One (2018) See more »

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Westminster Quarters
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This Film Will Scare You
17 May 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

The Evil Dead is a film that scared me. In fact, everyone I spoke to has been scared of this film.

It really is a horrible film. You feel sorry for the characters in it. They are trapped in a cabin in the woods with some evil looking demons. The forest itself is alive and there is no way out. When I first watched this film I wanted the good guys to die because I felt sorry for them.

This film is one of the great horrors like The Omen, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Nightmare on Elm Street. There are some truly creepy scenes in the film. The scariest scenes are where the girls are possessed by the demons. The other really scary scene is where the demon is in the cellar-I couldn't stop thinking about that scene.

The best horror films are the ones where the characters are in hopeless situations with no easy way out. The Evil Dead is one of those films. It really is creepy. Make sure you watch this film during daylight hours. Those with a nervous disposition should avoid.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,893,091
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FSK 16)

Sound Mix:

Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)| Dolby (5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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