Director Sam Raimi's first film has achieved legendary status
since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen
as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably
the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to
a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an
ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After unwittingly
awakening the unspeakable terror told of in the book, each of the friends is
transformed into the evil dead, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). So,
Ash is left with no other way to survive than to dismember the living corpses of
his sister, girlfriend, and two of his friends. Shot on a shoestring budget, the
film boasts some impressive camera work and extremely over the top gore effects
as well as a sense of humor much more subtle than the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic
of the two sequels.
Theatrical Release: October 15, 1981.
Director Sam Raimi's first feature film.
Joel Coen served as assistant editor.
"We can't bury Shelly, she's our
(Ash, to Scott, after watching him hack off the limbs of his
possessed girlfriend and then suggest that they bury the remaining
"...Raimi maintains suspense and a
"...[A] tongue-in-cheek cult favourite..."
Anamorphic Widescreen -
THX Mastered Audio
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
DTS Surround ES 6.1 - English
Dolby Surround 5.1 - French
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. Sam Raimi - Director,
Robert Tapert - Producer
2. Bruce Campbell - Star
1. "Discovering Evil Dead"
1. "Fanalysis" - Directed by Bruce Campbell