The Evil Dead
The Evil Dead (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 15, 1981
DVD Release Date: January 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving The Evil Dead an equal amount of thrills and laughs.

Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Berardinelli

To say that the Evil Dead movies are not for everyone is an understatement. A strong stomach is required.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a striking debut from a filmmaker who would go on to much, much better things.

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Rob Vaux

One of the shining lights of the horror genre.

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Steve Grant
Time Out

Short on characterisation and plot but strong on atmospheric horror and visual churns.

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David Keyes

The movie plays like an entry point into the infectious minds of ambitious overachievers, who do exactly what they want and offer no apologies.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A great, genuinely unnerving horror movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Hate it.
Chris Weber
Man, this is one intense film! This is an excellent example of how someone can take a small amount of money, and do so much with it. Basic story: a group of… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It has its moments, but it's largely unimpressive. It is too campy and too silly to be taken seriously or to be scary. The premise is interesting, but the… More
Samuel Riley
A superb yet really, really creepy horror, which makes 'The Evil Dead' one of the finest horror movies out there. What makes this gore fest stand out… More
Melvin White
Linda: We're going to get you. We're going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep. "Can they be stopped?" The Evil Dead is… More
KJ Proulx
The Evil Dead is one of the scariest films I have ever seen in my life. Definitely my choice for best horror of all time. It delivers on it's gruesome and… More