The Evil Dead (1981) Movie Review

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The Evil Dead (1981)

1981 | R | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
85 minutes / 1h 25min

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The Evil Dead Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Evil Dead (1981) Review

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.

  • The Evil Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.00
  • IMDB: 7.5
  • MetaCritic: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.5

About The Evil Dead 1981

Title: The Evil Dead
Year: 1981
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4/5 stars from 164,521 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 164,521
MPAA Rating: R
The Evil Dead Cast Starring: Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi, Josh Becker, Bob Dorian, Ellen Sandweiss, Ivan Raimi, Bill Vincent, Robert G. Tapert, Rob Tapert, 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, Barbara Carey, David Horton
The Evil Dead Writers: NA
The Evil Dead Director: Sam Raimi
Production: New Line Cinema
Language: English
Country: USA