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The Evil Dead

horror


In 1979, a group of college students who, during a weekend getaway, find a Sumerian Book of the Dead in an old wilderness cabin they've rented.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    96%
  • Audience Score
    84%

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    96%
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  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: An inspired gross-out horror pic.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: 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, Friday, May 28, 2010

Fresh:

- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"We're going to get you. We're going to get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep." Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. REVIEW This is the ultimate horror movie for teenage boys and a good place to get a horror obsession off the ground. It is well shot with a plethora of crazy angles and wacky point of view shots, it ladles the blood on thick, it has the King of Goofy (Bruce Campbell) in the lead role, and it's not afraid to be nasty. The special effects are more enjoyable than realistic and the rural setting works a treat. The film, shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, had a big technical influence on many directors and broke new ground in terms of horror-comedy. Campbell, as usual, delivers a tongue in cheek performance and wants us to have as much fun as he's having. Director Raimi went on to very big things ("Spiderman", for example) and followed this up with a more technically polished sequel. My only complaint is that Raimi steers well clear of any female nudity. He should have known that teenage boys eat that stuff up. Bigger boys don't mind it, either.

- mrpopcorn, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5 stars

1981's The Evil Dead is a phenomenal achievement in the Zombie genre. This is one creepy zombie film that returns to the essence of pure zombie films such as Night Of The Living Dead. The film is dark and gloomy, and you never quite see the evil thats lurking about. The Evil Dead is without a doubt director Sam Raimi's greatest achievement as a director as it was shot on a minimal budget, yet the special effects techniques used are done so well. I admire this film for it's creativity and it's pacing to create tension and scares. When the scariest scenes happen, you are already emotionally drained from the previous tense moments. The Evil Dead is definitely a classic horror film that should belong alongside Classics such as The Exorcist and Halloween.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

3 stars

I watched this when I was a kid and I remember being scared at that time.

- 3niR, Monday, May 24, 2010