The Evil Dead (1981)

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The Evil Dead (1981)
Genre: Horror
Black Comedy
Starring: Hal Delrich
Ellen Sandweiss
Bruce Campbell
Sarah York
Betsy Baker
Release Date: October 15, 1981 (Premiere)
January 17, 1983 (United Kingdom)
Country: United States
Sequel: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

The Evil Dead is a 1981 black comedy horror movie. It was written and directed by Sam Raimi, filmed by Tim Philo, musically composed by Joseph LoDuca, edited by Edna Ruth Paul, distributed by New Line Cinema, produced by Robert Tapert and Renaissance Pictures, and starred Hal Delrich, Ellen Sandweiss, Bruce Campbell, Betsy Baker, and Sarah York. It got two sequels, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992). It also got a remake in 2013.

Why It Rocks

  1. Incredible special effects for both the gore and the creatures.  
  2. Ash is an incredibly likable and sympathetic character, and you feel really bad for what's happening to him in the movie.  
  3. Amazing soundtrack.  
  4. The movie utilizes the Necronomicon in the plot, which is a book that is said to supposedly possess the power to raise the dead.  
  5. Great acting by everyone, especially Bruce Campbell as Ash.  
  6. Revolutionary camera techniques employed by director Sam Raimi, a trait which he would later use in his Spider-Man movies.  
  7. Excellent black comedy.

Bad Qualities

  1. While Ash is likable and sympathetic, he isn't nearly as cool or badass as he is portrayed in the much better sequels.


The Evil Dead has a 95% critic rating and an 84% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.8/5 on Letterboxd, and a 7.5/10 on IMDb.


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