• The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead

Release Date: October 15th, 1981

NC-17 |1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

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.

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

Director: Sam Raimi

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Renaissance Pictures

Distributors: Grindhouse Releasing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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

  • 75
    Slant Magazine

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

  • 50
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    Although idiotic, The Evil Dead at least is propelled by energy and enthusiasm. It's scarier than many a more pretentious effort, and not everything in it is borrowed. [8 Oct 1983, p.Arts1]

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