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Story

In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite Bruce Campbell) and four friends arrive at a backwoods cabin for a vacation, where they find a tape recorder containing incantations from an ancient book of the dead. When they play the tape, evil forces are unleashed, and one by one the friends are possessed. Wouldn't you know it, the only way to kill a "deadite" is by total bodily dismemberment, and soon the blood starts to fly. Raimi injects tremendous energy into this simple plot, using the claustrophobic set, disorienting camera angles, and even the graininess of the film stock itself to create an atmosphere of dread, punctuated by a relentless series of jump-out-of-your-seat shocks. The Evil Dead lacks the more highly developed sense of the absurd that distinguish later entries in the series--Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness--but it is still much more than a gore movie. It marks the appearance of one of the most original and visually exciting directors of his generation, and it stands as a monument to the triumph of imagination over budget. --Simon Leake

Cast

Bruce CampbellAshley 'Ash' J. Williams
Ellen SandweissCheryl
Richard DeManincorScott
Betsy BakerLinda
Theresa TillyShelly
Ted RaimiFake Shemp
Ivan RaimiFake Shemp
Sam RaimiHitchhiking Fisherman

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  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Producer: Elite
  • Length: 85 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 24, 1983
    EuropeJan 17, 1983
    JapanFeb 1, 1985
    AustraliaJun 23, 1983
  • Ratings
    North AmericaNC-17
    Europe18
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 31, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1999
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