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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Can They Be Stopped? See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

At the premiere screenings of the Evil Dead, blood donor stations were giving free tickets to the movie along with pin badges stating 'I bled for the Evil Dead' to blood donors. Robert Tapert joked in an interview that is was 'their way of giving blood back to the community' after so much (fake) blood was used when filming. See more »

Goofs

When the car was going across the bridge, the rear passenger side tire broke through, but when they drove it out the rear driver side of the car came up and the front passenger side dropped down. This is what would happen if the rear driver side tire had fallen through. In their case, the rear passenger side should have come up and the front driver side should have come down. 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 opening credit for The Evil Dead shimmers like a ghost. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film's gore sequences, as well as the infamous Tree Rape scene, were heavily edited to receive an 'Adults Only' certificate when released in India in 1984. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Toy Story 3 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Old Baby Moses And The Thrillers Song
(uncredited)
Written by 'Baby Moses and the Thrillers'
Performed by Theresa Tilly and Richard DeManincor
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My teenage self would have loved it. I didn't.
15 February 2016 | by allyathertonSee all my reviews

A group of friends spend the night in a cabin in the mountains

and it doesn't go well.

Starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly.

Written and directed by Sam Raimi.

I think my age has a lot to answer for.

I'm guessing that if I'd watched this as a teenager I would have loved it or at least enjoyed it more than I did now as an old bloke. It definitely had lots of creepy moments and funny moments.

But from an old gits perspective I was actually a little bored watching this. I suppose when it was first released this movie would have been cutting edge and the ultimate horror flick. But I got that bored feeling in my stomach that I get when I'm reading a really boring book that I can't wait to finish so I can start the next one. It was all so repetitive. One demon possessed person attacks and then another and then another and then another. there was nothing new here and it's all been done before.

The acting was okay but a bit hammy and the special effects ( although probably brilliant in 1981) showed their age.

I'm giving it a 6/10 but my teenage self would have given it much more.


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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:

$2,956,630
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Company Credits

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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FSK 16) | (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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