The Evil Dead

April 15th, 1983


The Evil Dead

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

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 7.6/10 (62,312 voted)

Director: Sam Raimi

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor

Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods, where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find a tome called the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.

Bruce Campbell - Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams
Ellen Sandweiss - Cheryl
Richard DeManincor - Scott (as Hal Delrich)
Betsy Baker - Linda
Theresa Tilly - Shelly (as Sarah York)
Philip A. Gillis - Fake Shemp (as Phil Gillis)
Dorothy Tapert - Fake Shemp
Cheryl Guttridge - Fake Shemp
Barbara Carey - Fake Shemp
David Horton - Fake Shemp
Wendall Thomas - Fake Shemp
Don Long - Fake Shemp
Stu Smith - Fake Shemp
Kurt Rauf - Fake Shemp
Ted Raimi - Fake Shemp

Taglines: Can They Be Stopped?


Official Website: Deadites Online - Official Fan site | Within the Woods - fan site |

Release Date: 15 April 1983

Filming Locations: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $375,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €110,764 (Spain) (18 May 2003) (94 Screens) (re-release)

Gross: $29,400,000 (Worldwide) (31 December 2008)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (FSK 16 version)

Did You Know?

During the scene when Linda was possessed, the make-up artist actually first wanted to make her look like a snake-like creature, as can be seen when Ash is dragging her outside (filmed before the scene indoors with her singing the creepy song). Her make-up was dark and a little more greenish, but eventually they changed the make-up to an evil doll-face look.

Continuity: When Ash hits Cheryl's hand with the end of his shotgun and closes the door, in the next shot you can see that the blood that spilled on the edge of the door disappears.

[first lines]
Scotty: Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash: Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...

User Review

The ultimate in terror

Rating: 9/10

It's the early 80's, what do you expect? This is a scary scary film. And I think I know why films now a days can't hold a candle to films like Halloween and Evil Dead. And that is because a photo copy is never as good as the original. That is the bottom line. Directors don't care about a lot of the material that they are filming today, especially when it comes to horror films and that is because they don't write their own stories. They do someone elses work. But not Evil Dead. This was Raimi's baby from the outset. When films like the two mentioned were filmed they were filmed by two directors that were complete unknowns. They had no pressure to make a great film and they did it on an incredibly low budget. Halloween was made for $150,000 and Evil Dead for $50 000. So what that meant is that the directors could stick to their visions but they had to find innovative ways to do so. Their budgets didn't allow a heap of special effects so they had to rely on what they knew. And that was, how to create atmosphere using the camera. And Evil Dead is one of the best at doing that. There is one scene in this film that I will never forget and that is one of the early scenes where the cast arrives at the cabin. Here we see a long shot of the cabin and it has very eerie music playing. This shows the cabin as being menacing. It lets you know that there is evil in that cabin. And that we are in for a hell of a ride.

Sam Raimi made a masterpiece here that I believe stands the test of time. You can put this film up against any of today's so called horror films and I guarantee you this scares you more. Raimi cares about his movie and he does everything to make you feel the terror that the cabin people feel. We are scared and disgusted at what happens when one of the women goes outside alone at night and meets a tree that does unspeakable things. And when the book is first introduced.... that is horror movie history there. What a brilliant concept. A book that is evil. I have often wondered about such books. We hear about them all the time in movies about ancient Egypt and ancient times. But here we have a book that has weird incantations from another world and another language, and you just know that as soon as some idiot utters the words that they are not supposed to say, well they won't be around much longer.

The Evil Dead is a miracle. It was made on a rock bottom budget yet it is scarier than any Hollywood movie that is made for 20 million could ever hope to be. If you want to truly experience a frightening experience, rent this film, it knows what it wants to say. And it knows how to make you afraid. So be afraid. Be very afraid. You may never look at the forest the same again.


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