The Evil Dead (1981) Synopsis
Teens (Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker) accidentally resurrect demonic forces.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Unquestionalby it's an instant classic, probably the grisliest well-made movie ever. [26 May 1983]
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83

The A.V. Club

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Then the carnage comes, and when it does, it delivers on all promises and more, with a parade of gushing wounds, demonic howls, and oceans...
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80

Total Film

By Jamie Graham
Shot on 16mm for less than $50,000, Sam Raimi's visceral debut remains a benchmark of modern horror. Plot and acting are minimal - five...
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80

Empire

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Unbound by cinematic convention, Raimi unleashed his free-range camera, and ghoulish, omnipresent sound effects to create a bleak, paranoid...
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80

Variety

While injecting considerable black humor, neophyte Detroit-based writer-director Sam Raimi maintains suspense and a nightmarish mood in...
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75

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Raimi's script is riotously deadpan, his compositions undeniably breathtaking and inventive. [6 March 2002]
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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...
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70

Chicago Reader

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The film is ferociously kinetic and full of visual surprises, though its gut-churning reputation doesn't seem fully deserved: if anything...
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Although idiotic, The Evil Dead at least is propelled by energy and enthusiasm. It's scarier than many a more pretentious effort, and not...
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25

Philadelphia Inquirer

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Too bad it's hog-tied by a ridiculously familiar plot, uneven direction and characters of such dizzying simplicity that you wish the demons...
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The Evil Dead will live on and on and on and on...

By FerF1
This movie was a game changer!!!!...

An Awesome Picture

By TheEvilDead2389
I Watched This Wonderful Piece Of Ark From Legendary Director Sam Rami Director Of Such Classic's As Spider-Man & Army Of Darkness If You Enjoy Watching A Fllm The That Make's You Sick To You're...

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By ciciahra
I kicks buuuuuuuuutt!!!! Watch it!!! You know you want to, you know you want to. And, watch the new one of these too, it kicks just as much butt, seriously, did I just say "butt" twice...-__-. *vv*...

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A Must

By Corps56
It's Bruce Campbell need I say more...

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By ethansafai
Great movie. Even though made in 1981 it still will make you jump out of your seat....

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Bruce campbell is a crazy , pyshopath ghost killer

By thechristians
Evil Dead ( 1981) is the most scariest movie i have ever seen . Raimi's Evil dead series is brilliant...

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Rated NC-17
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 17 & under Horror masterpiece is gory but silly. For older teens only.
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