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The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | | Horror, Thriller | 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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Richard DeManincor ...
Scott (as Hal Delrich)
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Shelly (as Sarah York)
Philip A. Gillis ...
Fake Shemp (as Phil Gillis)
Dorothy Tapert ...
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Barbara Carey ...
David Horton ...
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Don Long ...
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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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Rated NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore | See all certifications »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Sam Raimi was inspired by the fact that Brian De Palma was editing his own film Blow Out (1981) at the same sound facility. 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 »

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[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 »

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Music by James P. Johnson and lyrics by Cecil Mack
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A Horrific Masterpiece
13 January 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Sam Raimi proved to the world that he could not only direct a movie but that he could create a product that was not only original but that could scare the hell out of you. Since the 1981 release, Bruce Campbell has found work on many film projects due to his break out performance in the Evil Dead. Raimi, has gone on to direct many films. Both have earned much of their career based on this little horror movie, that has been re-produced / recycled by thousands of "wanna-be" film makers world wide. This is not your typical "zombie" film, let alone your garden variety horror movie as well. The Evil Dead is one of those black comedies / horror movies that overwhelms the audience to either be scared out of their wits or won over by the movie's story and over the top characters. The Evil Dead is what most, if not all horror movies should be, very real and powerful.


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