The Evil Dead
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This auspicious feature debut from Sam Raimi -- shot on 16mm in the woods of Tennesse for around $350,000 -- secured the young director's cult status as a creative force to be reckoned with. The nominal plot involves five vacationing college kids -- Ash (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend Linda (Betsy Baker), and their classmates Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), Scott (Hal Delrich) and Shelly (Sarah York) -- making an unplanned stopover in an abandoned mountain cabin surrounded by impenetrable woods. Before settling in for the night, they come across an ancient-looking occult tome filled with dense… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"Sam Raimi directed this 1983 horror feature fresh out of film school, and his anything-for-an-effect enthusiasm pays off in lots of formally inventive bits."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"To say that the Evil Dead movies are not for everyone is an understatement. A strong stomach is required."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A great, genuinely unnerving horror movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A cult classic of the highest order, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is the rare 80′s movie that actually feels worthy of its lofty reputation; relatively, anyway."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Everyone tries to make a horror flick this way. Few succeed like Raimi did."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"While injecting considerable black humor, neophyte Detroit-based writer-director Sam Raimi maintains suspense and a nightmarish mood in between the showy outbursts of special effects gore and graphic violence which are staples of modern horror pictures."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Director Sam Raimi burst onto the horror scene with this crude cult favourite that's short on story but long on excessive gore and innovative camerawork."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"...certainly notable as the announcement of an eager talent, but I'd have a difficult time praising the picture as much more than that."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Sam Raimi's visceral debut remains a benchmark of modern horror."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"The films strength lies within Raimi's innovative filming techniques, especially in regards to his now patented manic camera angles, POV shots, and ferocious tracking shots."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Short on characterisation and plot but strong on atmospheric horror and visual churns."
‑ Steve Grant, Time Out
"One of the shining lights of the horror genre."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"It's unpolished, primitive and a bit dragged-out at times, but The Evil Dead remains a seminal horror experience."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"It's Raimi's keen eye (and ear) for audiovisual intoxication that makes this creeper a home run."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"In the league of "Night of the Living Dead" and "Jaws" where it continues to be immortal and outlive other horror classics in the face of changing movie going sentiment..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
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