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The Evil Dead
- Bruce Campbell

Overview - Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After unwittingly awakening the unspeakable terror told of in the book, each of the friends is transformed into the evil dead, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). So, Ash is left with no other way to survive than to dismember the living corpses of his sister, girlfriend, and two of his friends. Shot on a shoestring budget, the film boasts some impressive camera work and extremely over-the-top gore effects as well as a sense of humor much more subtle than the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of the two sequels.

Cast List

Rob Tapert - Producer
Sam Raimi - Director, EVIL DEAD
Tim Philo - DOP - THE EVIL DEAD
Ellen Sandweiss - American Actress, THE EVIL DEAD
Bruce Campbell - American actor/producer, THE EVIL DEAD
Theresa Tilly - Actress, THE EVIL DEAD
Sarah York - Actress, THE EVIL DEAD
Hal Delrich - Actor, THE EVIL DEAD
Richard DeManincor - Actor, THE EVIL DEAD
Betsy Baker - American Actress, THE EVIL DEAD

 
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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 85
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 013131689792
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: December 2009

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: October 15, 1981. Director Sam Raimi's first feature film. Joel Coen served as assistant editor.

Reviews:
"...Raimi maintains suspense and a nightmarish mood..." - 02/09/1983 Variety


"...[A] tongue-in-cheek cult favourite..." - 05/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.59


"[H]ighly effective as a tense horror -- its scares balanced by plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour." - 11/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.88


"Sam Raimi's masterpiece that's still as shocking and entertaining today as it was in 1981." - 08/31/2010 Premiere

 
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