NC-17 | | Horror
Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.
To acquire more actors for the project, an ad in The Detroit News was placed. Betsy Baker was one of the actresses who responded.
Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash: Well we just crossed the Tennessee border...
When Ash goes into the basement for shotgun shells, the shells he grabs are "spent" shells, and therefore, would not work.
The Evil Dead, the ultimate experience in gruelling horror, was filmed in Morristown, Tennessee, and in Detroit, U.S.A.
When originally released to theaters in Britain, the UK censors removed 49 seconds of footage including an ankle stabbing, Shelley chewing off her own hand, an eye gouging, Shelley's body being dismembered, body blows with a poker and a wooden post, and shots of blood spurts, and it was this version that was released on video originally. Despite the cuts, it became one of the most notorious of the UK video nasties and was subject to many obscenity trials before being withdrawn on video in 1984, when mandatory video censorship was introduced to the UK. It was not until 1990 that the film surfaced on video in the UK again, due to wrangles between the distributors and the BBFC over how much footage should be cut from a legal video release. In the end, a further 1m 6s was removed, in addition to the previous theatrical version cuts. Most of the scenes depicting excessive gore were shortened or removed, with the tree rape scene being particularly targeted for cuts. The fully uncut version was finally released on DVD in 2001.
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