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Evil Dead (1982)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Sam Raimi

Starring:
Bruce Campbell/Ash
Ellen Sandwess/Sheryll
Hal Delrich/Scotty
Betsy Baker/Linda
PLOT-CRUNCH
Five young adults go to a cabin for some quiet good times. Their plan is foiled when they accidentally awaken some pissed off demons. The demons do some of that possessing thang, the axe is brought out…figure out the rest…
THE LOWDOWN
A horror classic. In my book of the dead, Evil Dead put the ER in SPLATTER. God is this flick messy. What sets this badboy apart from other bloodfests is the way Raimi approaches it. The directing in this film is outstanding: kinetic, energetic, relentless and even artistic. Whoever said that good directing is when you don't notice it, is full of shite. Raimi is all over this one and showcases his eye and talent non-stop.

The film is filled with shocking scenes and never holds back. A woman gets raped by trees (f**ked up), people get hacked to pieces, hands get chewed off…you name it, it's here. Amidst all of the bloodshed, Raimi even manages to slip in a sweet love story that actually works and ups the stakes of the movie. You go, boy!

Yes, some of the dialogue feels a bit dated. Yes, the characters do the occasional dumb thing (like investigate that strange noise). Yes, the effects are crude by today's standards. But the bad lines and the bad moves are easily overlooked. The "homemade" effects actually up the disturbing quotient of the film. Nothing is made pretty here, everything is gross and sticky. No CGI can ever accomplish that. I even liked the cheesy claymation at the end…messed up!!!

This movie does it all. It creeps you out, has you on the edge of your seat, grosses you out and has your mouth drop with its hyper slick style. This is pure horror art. This is Evil Dead.
GORE
Plenty. This flick has all the bases covered and then some. Possessed folks, decapitation by axe, chainsaw fun, decompositions, rape by trees…the works. My fav is the pen stabbing in the ankle…OUCH!!!
ACTING
Bruce Campbell (Ash) is not the one liner spitting hero yet but he's still very convincing and sympathetic. Ellen Sandwess (Sheryll) is plain looking but she works, especially when she's possessed…CREEPY!!!!! Hal Delrich (Scotty), Betsy Baker/Linda and Sarah York (Shelly) all do well. They come across as normal people (not pretty boys/girls) and that makes the gruesome events much more effective.
T & A
Light tit action. One through a window (side shot) and one during the rape scene (not fun). Excuse me while I get a life.
DIRECTING
Steadycam shots, tilted angles, great play on sound (the swing) and silences (when the car is driving through the woods). This film is all style and that adds to the creepy factor. This movie wouldn't be as scary if Raimi wasn't behind the camera. The man is a freaking genius. This flick smells like death.
SOUNDTRACK
The score is like the movie : extremely off the wall. It works.
DVD FEATURES
Distributor: Anchor Bay

Is it me or are there WAY too many Evil Dead DVDs floating about? Talk about milking your core audience, yo! Let's see how this one holds up.

IMAGE: Let's not forget that The Evil Dead was shot on 16 mm. Taking that into account, this 1.85:1 enhanced for 16.9 TV widescreen transfer is pretty slick. Yes, we do get some occasional grain but I for one have never seen the film in better condition. So props for the image, Anchor Bay!

SOUND: The DTS and Dolby Digital tracks serve the flick very well. The dialogue, the edgy score and the many house noises never sounded so sharp and clear. Hit the lights and get ready to be spooked. We also get a THX optimizer option.

EXTRAS: Evil Dead fans rejoice! We get a jamboree of kool extras!

Audio Commentary- Sam Raimi and Bruce Tapert: Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert hop in with good energy to discuss the many effects of the films, the complications that arose and how they were eventually accomplished. They also make fun of actor extraordinaire Bruce Campbell. Even though this feature length commentary is more satisfying on a technical POV than a personal one, it's still a hoot.

Audio Commentary- Bruce Campbell: The real fun begins here, with cocky Campbell giving us a truckloads of info about the shoot, working with the effects and how are some of the more complex camera shots were executed during this feature length commentary. Is it me or can I listen to this arrogant dude talk for hours?

Behind the scenes footage and outtakes: Yippee hurray! Here, we get some various takes from the flick, we get to see how some effects were accomplished, the actors in action and a couple scenes that didn't make the final cut. Fun freaking 18-minute stuff!

TV Spots: We get 4 gnarly 30-second TV ads for the film. Although the image is grain filled, it's to be expected and they're a blast to watch.

Poster and still gallery: A collection of film stills, on-set stills (Raimi in action), effect stills, storyboards, creature sketches, various poster art, the works! There's an intimate feel to this feature, it's like going through somebody's private photo album. My only complaint is that there's MUCHO pics here and I got tired of pressing my remote control button to skip to the next image. I know I'm lazy...a montage would've been kooler. Overall, it's still a treat to check out.

We also get the film's Theatrical Trailer, a way kool Animated Menu (that uses scenes from the film) and Talent Bios. Overall, this DVD is a bubbleliscious Evil Dead experience. I can't say how it measures up to the other ones on the block (way too many out there) but on it's own, it's very satisfying. Thank you Anchor Bay!
BOTTOM LINE
Evil Dead is one of a kind. Its simple story, wonderful gore and flashy directing make it happen. The movie holds up very well today and still made me cringe. This is a no hold barred, in your face horror dish. Dig in and have a blast you twisted bastards!!!
BULL'S EYE
Total budget for the film was US $50,000.
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5:02PM on 09/12/2010
Perfect. Simply perfect.
Perfect. Simply perfect.
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7:08PM on 09/03/2010

One of my favorite horror movies of all time,

The first time, i`ve seen this movie was in french and in BETA! I did seen "Evil Dead 2" before watching the original.

Just watching this movie on Blu-ray, it almost makes the original seemed new again. Thanks to Sam Raimi`s excellent direction and Bruce Campbell`s great lead performance.

This makes "The Evil Dead" just more than an B movie, since it was made in 1979 and then released in 1983 in the U.S. This movie has become an major classic.

Some might enjoy the sequel more than the
The first time, i`ve seen this movie was in french and in BETA! I did seen "Evil Dead 2" before watching the original.

Just watching this movie on Blu-ray, it almost makes the original seemed new again. Thanks to Sam Raimi`s excellent direction and Bruce Campbell`s great lead performance.

This makes "The Evil Dead" just more than an B movie, since it was made in 1979 and then released in 1983 in the U.S. This movie has become an major classic.

Some might enjoy the sequel more than the original. But one of the few die-hard fans out-there, who loved the original first. An must see on Blu-ray.

For those, who kept their Ulimate Edition DVD or the Elite DVD. The two separate running commentary tracks by the filmmakers and actor:Bruce Campbell. Are not in the Blu-ray. Keep your Anchor Bay DVD or the Elite DVD just the same, if you are into commentary tracks like myself.
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10:43AM on 01/22/2009
I enjoyed this movie alot, but I found a few plotholes, such as everytime Ash went outside to bury someone why the hell didn't he get possessed? But it has some good comedy and gore that still holds up to today (the pencil in the ankle was nasty), I can see how this is a classic, I enjoyed Bruce Campbell alot.
I enjoyed this movie alot, but I found a few plotholes, such as everytime Ash went outside to bury someone why the hell didn't he get possessed? But it has some good comedy and gore that still holds up to today (the pencil in the ankle was nasty), I can see how this is a classic, I enjoyed Bruce Campbell alot.
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4:12PM on 07/15/2008

Best Horror Movie Ever

I think this one is the best one in the series. Love the gore.
I think this one is the best one in the series. Love the gore.
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1:57AM on 01/25/2007

I've loved this since high school

I'm always loved the whole evil dead series and 2 is my fav by far....but this one is the big fat mother of the whole series and it shows! there is so much insane gore and scares that anyone with a weak heart shouldn't watch this or at least make out their will before hand lol
I'm always loved the whole evil dead series and 2 is my fav by far....but this one is the big fat mother of the whole series and it shows! there is so much insane gore and scares that anyone with a weak heart shouldn't watch this or at least make out their will before hand lol
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9:42PM on 10/11/2006
maybe the tree rape scene took it a little far but that's not stopping me. How simple the story is yet it's so wonderful. The creatures gets messy and it goes even more downhill as it goes on. And of course the re-birth of the chainsaw since tcm.
maybe the tree rape scene took it a little far but that's not stopping me. How simple the story is yet it's so wonderful. The creatures gets messy and it goes even more downhill as it goes on. And of course the re-birth of the chainsaw since tcm.
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12:16PM on 12/31/2005

FREAKING AWESOME

This is a perfect pile of horror. I love the actors, crew and writers that came up with this ever since I saw this! A must see for horror fans. The Best Horror/Comedy Flick Of 1982!
This is a perfect pile of horror. I love the actors, crew and writers that came up with this ever since I saw this! A must see for horror fans. The Best Horror/Comedy Flick Of 1982!
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