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
Sam Raimi turned twenty just before shooting began, and he considered the project his "rite of passage". See more »
When Cheryl walks outside wearing her dressing gown the screen showing the mist covering the moon is visible in the top right due to it being a bluer colour than the background. See more »
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Well, we just crossed the Tennessee border...
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The Evil Dead, the ultimate experience in gruelling horror, was filmed in Morristown, Tennessee, and in Detroit, U.S.A. See more »
The uncut UK and US Anchor Bay DVD releases in 2001 had a Dolby Digital 5.1 and a 6.1 DTS-ES remix. The image is also matted to 1.85:1 aspect ratio from the original 1.37:1 frame, by the request of 'Sam Raimi (I)'. See more »
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My teenage self would have loved it. I didn't.
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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