The Evil Dead Movie Review

The Evil Dead

Can they be stopped?
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Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly

Philip A. Gillis, Dorothy Tapert, Cheryl Guttridge, Barbara Carey, David Horton, Wendall Thomas, Don Long, Stu Smith, Kurt Rauf, Ted Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Bill Vincent, Mary Beth Tapert, Scott Spiegel, John Cameron, Joanne Kruse, Gwen Cochanski, Debie Jarczewski Update Cast


Look for Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert making a cameo appearance!

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Nearly 30 years ago, a bunch of college students decided to shoot a series of ultra low budget horror movies on their home Super-8 equipment, planning to show them on the campus and to make a few dollars on the side. Little did they know that they were poised to create one of the most well known of the shock horror genre. The students were Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, and one of the movies was called "Within the Woods" -- a clear 35 minute template for the "Evil Dead". After they dropped out of college, they started to work on a project then called "The Book Of The Dead" which was essentially an expanded version of "Within the Woods". Soon the film was renamed "Evil Dead" (for fear that kids would be turned off seeing a movie with a literary reference!) and became an instant cult classic worldwide, one that made all of them successful, well-known figures in the horror genre.

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Ash, Cheryl, Scotty, Linda, and Shelly are on vacation to a remote cabin in the woods. Located on the other side of an old, rotten bridge, the austere, run-down cabin is unusually cheap to rent.

While exploring in the cellar, the boys discover the Book of the Dead, bound in human skin and inked in human blood and a tape recording of an archaeologist describing his discovery of the ominous book. The recording also contains the incantation that supposedly conjures up demons and the boys allow it to play from beginning to end. That's when things start to get weird.

Cheryl is mysteriously drawn outside by strange voices whispering "join us..." While running around in the woods in her nightie, she's attacked by vines, which bind her to the ground, undress her, and have their way with her --Whatever a vine's way would be, that is.

She runs back inside, hysterical, and tries to get a skeptical Ash to drive her back to town, but the bridge is out. Just as her friends have convinced her that everything's okay, she is possessed by a demon, turning into a scaly, gray-skinned zombie with clouded, colorless eyes and a taste for human flesh.

The boys manage to trap her in the cellar, but they're by no means safe. Shelly's the next to be possessed, raking Scotty's face to bits with her fake nails. Luckily, Ash remembers the archaeologist's advice on how to destroy these demons, complete dismemberment.

He takes a chainsaw to his zombified friend, reducing her to a pile of quivering entrails, which they bury in the woods. Now it's only Scotty, Ash, and his girlfriend, Linda.

When Linda becomes possessed, she giggles madly and chants "we're gonna get you" in an eerie childlike voice. Ash can't bear to cut her up, since she's his girlfriend, so he buries her in one piece.

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Despite being a little thin in the plot department, this cult/horror classic is still very funny and entertaining to watch. It's a great concept done without restraint that has thrilled young audiences for 20 years.

Hilarious, with some great effects despite a super-low budget
Extremely gory, which may be offensive for some people. Would be nice if more actually happened.

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Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi
Producers: Bruce Campbell, Gary Holt, Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert
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Release Date: 15 Apr 1983
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Studio: New Line Cinema
Production: Renaissance Pictures
Genre: Horror / Occult

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