Evil Dead Movies Rankedby 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
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.'