The Evil Dead (1981)

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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.


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13 January 2005 | caspian1978
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| A Horrific Masterpiece
Sam Raimi proved to the world that he could not only direct a movie but that he could create a product that was not only original but that could scare the hell out of you. Since the 1981 release, Bruce Campbell has found work on many film projects due to his break out performance in the Evil Dead. Raimi, has gone on to direct many films. Both have earned much of their career based on this little horror movie, that has been re-produced / recycled by thousands of "wanna-be" film makers world wide. This is not your typical "zombie" film, let alone your garden variety horror movie as well. The Evil Dead is one of those black comedies / horror movies that overwhelms the audience to either be scared out of their wits or won over by the movie's story and over the top characters. The Evil Dead is what most, if not all horror movies should be, very real and powerful.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The hanging bones in the workshed and the hanging gourds in the cellar were Sam Raimi's homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


Quotes

Scotty: Hey, Ash, where are we?
Ash: Well, we just crossed the Tennessee border...


Goofs

The shotgun wound on Cheryl's face goes from the left side, to the right side, then back to the left between shots.


Crazy Credits

The Evil Dead, the ultimate experience in gruelling horror, was filmed in Morristown, Tennessee, and in Detroit, U.S.A.


Alternate Versions

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cuts, it became one of the most notorious of the UK video nasties and was subject to many obscenity trials before being withdrawn on video in 1984, when mandatory video censorship was introduced to the UK.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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Westminster Quarters
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Details

Release Date:

15 April 1983

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Michigan, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,956,630

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