Evil Dead Movies Ranked

by Pjtaylor-96-138044 | created - 18 Nov 2016 | updated - 31 Dec 2016 | Public

This is how I personally rank the 'Evil Dead' movies, from best (#1) to worst - even though they're all good in their own way. Only feature films are eligible, so the TV series 'Ash Vs. Evil Dead' won't be included.

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1. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

71 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 169,249 | Gross: $2.40M

It's very low budget, some of the dialogue is hokey, the acting can be wooden at times and a couple scenes made me laugh due to their slightly campy nature but the overall experience is very entertaining; it is well-made - especially for the budget, gory, interesting, iconic and can actually be pretty tense/suspenseful. There's just something about the original that stands out.

2. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 146,038 | Gross: $54.24M

A straight horror vibe, some extreme cringe-enducing gore and a surprise final act differentiate this from the original; while this may be a better film overall, it isn't the best 'Evil Dead' film because there's just something really raw about the first - a commendable effort though, certainly not for the squeamish.

3. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 135,102 | Gross: $5.92M

More 'splat-stick' than scary, the second installment cranks up the goofiness but retains the horror resulting in an entertaining flick from start to finish. My only real hesitations come from the numerous continuity errors present, which are especially noticeable when watching the films back to back.

4. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 150,928 | Gross: $11.50M

The third installment of the series is certainly the strangest, with a medevil setting and completely comic tone; think a three stooges skit combined with a whacky cartoon with Bruce Campbell right in the center. It does have it's lion's share of memorable moments and quotable one-liners, but it just isn't 'Evil Dead.'

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