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The Evil Dead (1981)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Five 20-something friends are holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Cast

  • Bruce Campbell
  • Ellen Sandweiss
  • Richard DeManincor
  • Betsy Baker
  • Theresa Tilly
  • Philip A. Gillis
  • Dorothy Tapert
  • Cheryl Guttridge
  • Barbara Carey
  • David Horton

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Was one of the first films to be labeled as a "Video Nasty" in the UK, and was banned because of this.
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Goofs

  • The design on the box for Linda's pendant changes between shots.
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Quotes

    • [Shelly has been hacked into several pieces]
    • Ash: We can't bury Shelly - S-She's a friend of ours.
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Metacritic

75

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.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
50

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]

Metacritic review by Jay Carr
Jay Carr
Boston Globe