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NC-17| 1 hr. 25 min.

Plot Summary
Ashley "Ash" Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it's read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi's trilogy.

Cast: Bruce Campbell , Ellen Sandweiss , Betsy Baker , Hal Delrich , Sarah York ,

Director: Sam Raimi

Genres: Horror

Distributor: Home Box Office (HBO) [us], New Line Cinema, Image Entertainment Inc.

The Evil Dead (1981)

Release Date: March 8th, 2002|1 hr. 25 min.

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    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Too bad it's hog-tied by a ridiculously familiar plot, uneven direction and characters of such dizzying simplicity that you wish the demons would get to them just to smack some sense into their heads. [26 Sept 1983, p.D3] show more

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    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The extreme nature of the gore isn't beside the point - it is the point. Raimi goes so far over the top in presenting these displays that they take on a campy, almost humorous appearance. It's impossible to take all this blood seriously. So, instead of being sickened, we're strangely amused - and this is all intentional. show more

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    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    Raimi's script is riotously deadpan, his compositions undeniably breathtaking and inventive. [6 March 2002] show more

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