The Evil Dead (1981) Movie Review


The Evil Dead (1981)

1981 | NC-17 | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
85 minutes /

User Score: 89/100

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The Evil Dead Review


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

The Evil Dead (1981) is directed by Sam Raimi as his first horror film and has become a cult horror classic since its 1981 release. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell had a tiny budget (about $90K) for the horror film, but they sure delivered a scary horror movie. This horror film deserves to be watched on a dark and stormy night to set the creepy factor. There is absolutely no comedy in The Evil Dead; they set out to make a scary horror movie, and they did.

The acting is pretty good by most of the cast, and the gore factor is superb. The story of the Necronomicon bringing demons to possess Ash’s (Bruce Campbell) girlfriend and friends is great. The scene where the demon is locked in the cellar but peeps her gruesome head out enough to see the demonic appearance is very scary and bound to bring disturbing images to mind from time to time.

I have to say that I like this horror movie because of the scares and it is so different from many horror films, but I like the second film more, The Evil Dead 2 (1987). Worth watching and a must see for everyone that sets Ash’s character up for the sequels.

About The Evil Dead 1981

Title: The Evil Dead
Original Title: Book of the Dead, Evil Dead, Into the Woods, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead, the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror
Year: 1981
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.4/5 stars from 268 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 268
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Starring: Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Josh Becker, Bob Dorian, Ellen Sandweiss, Ivan Raimi, Bill Vincent, Robert G. Tapert, Rob Tapert, Barbara Carey, David Horton, Wendall Thomas, Don Long, Stu Smith, Kurt Rauf, Philip A. Gillis, John Cameron, Mary Beth Tapert, Joanne Kruse, Gwen Cochanski, Richard DeManincor, Debie Jarczewski, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Tom Sullivan, Dorothy Tapert, Cheryl Guttridge
Writers: Sam Raimi
Director: Sam Raimi

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