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The Evil Dead

1981
Suspense/Thriller
Fantasy
1h 25m
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Avg Percentile 57.96% from 6452 total ratings

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Rated 27 Mar 2016
85
63rd
What did she expect, walking through the forest dressed like that?
Rated 21 Sep 2019
90
92nd
Now stand back as I explain the comedy of tree rape.
Rated 20 Jul 2008
100
98th
The ultimate low-budget achievement from Sam Raimi. A pure shocker from start to finish with massive amounts of trashy gore and blood, along with intentionally hilarious and over-the-top goofiness also elevated to a whole new low with the king of B-movies himself, Bruce Campbell. Classic.
Rated 30 Aug 2012
74
52nd
Using proprietary software on a custom-designed Bell and Howell industrial punch card computer system, I've concluded that 11.56 points go to Sam Raimi and his camerawork, and the remaining 62.44 to Bruce Campbell and his chin.
Rated 25 Nov 2008
6
34th
Not the horror film I was expecting. Just like 'The Thing' and 'The Exorcist', it's gory and suspenseful, and worth a watch for its amazing make-up effects and sketchy camera work. In the end, it lacked a satisfying story (lets face it, the film was silly). I blame the low budget, abundance of crazy laughters ("hihihihihihi" ==> headache),... I hope the 2nd installment features better acting and script. Ooh and: raped by a tree ?!
Rated 17 Sep 2018
10
99th
Oh boy, here we go. The Evil Dead is a borderline classic, no other way around it. To me, Sam Raimi is one of the most underrated directors of all time, for something so small and done on a small budget, Raimi and Campbell (who deserves a lot of credit too) created a very fun, creepy, and funny masterpiece. It's very unique in its approach and some of the cinematography is just amazing to me. This easily goes down as one of my most beloved franchises only behind Alien.
Rated 29 Mar 2007
75
90th
It was awful being left in an empty theater (ok, I asked for it) when I was about 7-8 year old. I couldn't move for a second from the start to finish. Probably the scare of my life. Fuck, I thought everything happening in movies was real!
Rated 24 Mar 2013
89
96th
Two quick thoughts: I saw this at a film festival and there was a gentleman in the audience who sighed as loudly as possible every time they have to go downstairs. If you go to see a movie called "The Evil Dead" and you don't expect suspense plot points, leave the theater. There's a Keira Knightley period piece down the hall. Secondly, I love the digital age and crisp beautiful high def images, but this movie was made to be seen on a worn out, way too dark VHS cassette.
Rated 03 Aug 2017
87
91st
The cult classic 80's horror B-movie that inspired a generation of filmmakers. Sam Raimi's low budget horror film would spawn its own franchise as well as countless imitations and homages. However without the true savior of humanity, Bruce Campbell, all others were doomed to fail.
Rated 24 May 2017
45
18th
One of those movies you hear about when you really start getting into movies as THE cult classic and then you rent it from Blockbuster and don't like it but pretend to because you think it makes you a bad movie buff to not like it until you get older and stop caring what other people think and are more than willing to admit you think it's not good.
Rated 02 Mar 2009
86
91st
Rough-edged but appealing performances and ridiculously exaggerated gore FX give this the pulpy feel of a horror comic book, and there's some especially invigorating camerwork.
Rated 27 Jun 2022
70
76th
This wasn't as funny as I remember. Maybe I got it confused with the second film. I don't care for the gore. I don't mind dismemberment but stuff rotting at the end is a bit too unnecessarily gross-out like Fulci. It's interesting to rewatch in 2022 after Raimi's later works, such as Spider-Man trilogy and Dr. Strange 2. Fav scene: Linda teeheeing was so creepy.
Rated 16 Jul 2019
84
73rd
Harsh, ugly, unsubtle horror opus is Raimi's aggressive greeting to the film world; by any standard it is grotesquely over-the-top horror, but its clear shoestring budget gives it a crazy air of desperation which helps sell the madness and even make it palatable (though the cream corn during the climax was a bit much!) Wears its influences proudly on its sleeve (especially THE EXORCIST) and is overall good fun, anchored by Campbell's perfectly blocky leading performance. Terrific makeup effects.
Rated 27 Mar 2018
90
91st
I'm not really a "people trapped in the woods" type of guy but this did it for me. There were some genuinely creepy parts, I didn't really see much in the way of intentional comedy but some of it was pretty silly. Cool camera work. It doesn't have to be the scariest movie ever because it's so entertaining that the time flew by. Demonic beings just wanna have fun, and I actually love movies where they terrorize with such glee.
Rated 12 Jun 2017
78
89th
(Viewed on 20/05/13): Evil Dead is a testament to low budget ingenuity and the complete triumph of talent over adversity, marking the arrival of two promising newcomers in Raimi and Campbell, who went on to do bigger but not necessarily better things. The plot is merely an excuse to stage bloody mayhem, which Raimi does in high style, offering a series of disorienting angles and crash zooms and a nightmarish tone pitched somewhere between horror and farce. Its great reputation is well deserved.
Rated 17 May 2008
88
95th
so many unknowns make a fantasticly amazing movie. this is a first for american horror. had this been a high-budget movie it would be the best horror movie of all time.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
80
60th
This B-movie classic is more revolutionary than it is good. It has a fun plot and acting of high enough quality to be a great film that is worth seeing by everyone.
Rated 22 Apr 2018
75
65th
Top badass moment? Finding out a book with a MASSIVE picture of SpongeBob's face on the front is REALLY scary. The rest of the film's about Ash pulling lots of horrified expressions as his girlfriend turns into the bitch from Hell. (Don’t worry mate, we’ve all been there.) Meanwhile, his friend pisses off the local vegetation; (been there too; last week a hawthorn hedge tried to rip my arm open). 1 chainsaw (but no PPE), 2 to 4 decapitations (depends how picky you’re being) and no cats.
Rated 20 Jan 2011
87
72nd
"The Evil Dead" is one of the greatest indie movies ever made. Like "Night of the Living Dead", it has a lot of guts. The story is clever, the leading character is likable, the effects are cool, and the camerawork is truly something to behold. If you like horror films and haven't watched it yet, what are you waiting for? You know that you've heard of it...so watch it!
Rated 24 Oct 2018
6
43rd
Fittingly rough around the edges; the bumpy tracking shots and ramshackle editing is the perfect wrapping paper for the campy acting and over-the-top gore and jump scares that emerge from the classic dumb-young-adults-on-a-pleasure-trip premise (the only thing that didn't fit was the unpleasantly dark tree rape scene). The wild third act and its ridiculous gore (bountiful buckets of blood and other unidentified fluids spilling and spewing and oozing out of everywhere) is truly amazing to behold.
Rated 02 Apr 2017
80
62nd
The Evil Dead is a classic of the horror genre. This movie picks up where The Night of the Living Dead left off in the genre. The Evil Dead is revolutionary because it is one of the movies that started the comedy/horror subgenre. The acting in the movie has it's bright spots and a lot of low moments. All of the special effects in this movie are practical and they look both well done and goofy. The Evil Dead is a true B-movie. It's a great movie and it is done really well on a short budget.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
71
84th
Fun silly horror comedy, set the table for what was to come.
Rated 04 Apr 2017
80
80th
Unlike the even more OTT sequels, the original Evil Dead combines its comedy and horror in a rather subtle way (yes, I'm aware of the absurdity of using the word subtle in anything related to the Evil Dead). It's never clearly comedic or really straight-faced horror either but maintains a delicate balance. I think that's lovely & intriguing but some might find it a bit disappointing in this day and age. Uses the bare bones budget well and, tree-rape aside, has a tangibly infantile charm to it.
Rated 21 Sep 2011
53
49th
Although the budget doesn't always allow for convincing effects, and it doesn't fully embrace its corny aspect, it still manages to shine it quite a few places. The amount of gore, when done right, makes this a legitimately disturbing horror film at some points, especially along side other twisted ideas that came out of Sam Raimi's mind, and some gems of hidden humor.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
90th
A resounding "yes" is my answer when people ask me if they should see this movie. You need to see this movie, just to see why Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are such big deals in their own rights. This is the film that started it all, and they did so much with so little...truly a miracle of modern filmmaking.
Rated 16 Sep 2014
98
99th
A student film that reinvented the whole genre. While shot on a tight budget, it 's still evident that there's a vision and drive behind the production. It really shows the talent of Sam Raimi for both horror and comedic timing.
Rated 23 Mar 2020
48
13th
I've always heard this described as kind of the original horror-comedy, and maybe that created an unrealistic expectation. While there were some hints of humor, it mostly felt like generic horror schlock.
Rated 08 May 2017
80
59th
Effortlessly likable and charming from the offset, while also being a genuinely unnerving excercise in horror, "The Evil Dead" is a film that is helped by its shoe-string budget and inherent, unintetnional campiness, not hindered, and one that has shaped the way that mainstream horror looks, feels, and shocks, thanks entirely to Sam Raimi's absolutely masterful direction.
Rated 21 Jan 2010
75
71st
Sam Raimi's original "serious" effort that is all about offering a non stop nightmarish ride. Back in the early part of the 80's when the only horror was slasher Raimi's style was a breath of fresh air. Low budget but incredibly gory with special effects that were definitely ahead of its time.
Rated 29 Nov 2012
90
63rd
Gloriously campy and ultra violent. Take away the tree scene and it’s a perfect film in my opinion. It’s easy to pick apart and it’s very rough around the edges, but that’s kind of the glory of it honestly. It also spawned off one of my favorite horror franchises to date. It’s a shame horror movies that try to be campy nowadays are just criticized for it. Very unfair. Do yourself a favorite and throw this in. Watch this and II back to back while you’re at it.
Rated 27 Mar 2020
25
13th
I've tried to watch this movie on a few occasions and honestly I just don't get it But I will say the gore and effects were pretty amazing
Rated 21 Sep 2010
90
94th
An exceedingly good horror film. While the plot may not be innovative, the execution is creative and kind of brilliant. The odd touches of humor help balance out the shocks and the gore. There've hardly been any films of this genre that've done better in the past 30 years.
Rated 11 Apr 2013
87
83rd
People underrate how funny this movie is, calling the other two "the comedies". There is still a lot of humour in this though!
Rated 06 May 2008
6
95th
The best horror / worst acting for the series.
Rated 29 Jun 2007
73
44th
The first half of the movie is a long, slow start. The second half of the movie is filled with zombies, dead people, body parts, blood and various other goodies. Worth watching, even if you have to fast forward past the typical "group of friends finds run down cabin in the woods" part.
Rated 31 Oct 2012
7
67th
I was unsure about this movie until one of the throwaway characters began levitating shortly after getting raped by a tree.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
85
90th
So funny. And awesome makeup!
Rated 12 Dec 2006
36
3rd
I don't like gory horror, especially when coupled with amateurish acting.
Rated 14 Jul 2009
90
93rd
this score merely reflects the fact that i watch this on a yearly basis and never get sick of it. tree rape? yes please.
Rated 09 Jun 2019
100
84th
A masterpiece of fright and insanity. The origin of Ash, and still my favorite Raimi.
Rated 22 Jul 2012
62
37th
The plot is paper-thin, the screenplay barely improves on it, the dialogue is awful at times and the acting is mediocre at best. How, then, did I enjoy this so much? Well, Raimi does a brilliant job directing, the photography is incredibly well judged and the balance between gory scares and stupid humour works perfectly. I recommend watching 'The Evil Dead' with friends to get maximum enjoyment.
Rated 03 Feb 2010
77
33rd
Raimi is still learning here, but this is a scary thriller teetering on the edge of farce. Well worth a watch.
Rated 17 Apr 2013
50
0th
an excellent low-budget horror movie
Rated 30 Dec 2011
86
97th
Love a good tree rape.
Rated 18 May 2019
50
10th
Voice of Evil Force: "Join us…"
Rated 15 Jun 2012
74
15th
A serviceable horror movie. I have some issues with how it treats women, but I suppose that's not unusual for horror films at that time.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
44
19th
Without the goofy charm that the sequels have, it's just not any good.
Rated 04 Sep 2014
59
10th
Probably the most amateurish theatrical film I've ever seen. Bad acting, bad continuity, bad storytelling, but passionate as hell. It feels like a skeleton film crew heading into the woods to make their first film with little to no resources or expertise because, well, that's what it is. It's chock full of interesting and experimental techniques that elevate the material, all of which I certainly appreciate. It's just the material itself I'm not too crazy about.
Rated 01 Nov 2007
49
29th
I'd be lying if I said I thought this movie was good from start to finish. Some parts are funny, intentional and unintentional, but overall the movie drags. Yes it's impressive for a student film and you can see Raimi's distinct almost cartoonish style of camera work. However Bruce Campbell doesn't have enough of his trademark quips to really keep you interested throughout the entire film. It's worth watching if you're a Raimi or Campbell fan but not more than once.
Rated 21 Mar 2011
83
34th
This is one of those films that set a new standard for pretty much every other modern horror film in existence (my opinion). By taking a group of characters and throwing them away in the woods, we really began to understand that shit has gotten real here. There was no way of knowing who would live or die, and we're still not so sure when it's over. Maybe it was cheesy by 1981 standards as well, but I think that's part of this horrific classic's gory charm.
Rated 10 Oct 2009
42
39th
promising debut from Raimi, but i found the demons more annoying than scary. some epic scenes though, and Campbell was made for that role.
Rated 06 Feb 2013
75
43rd
Terrible acting is offset by wonderful direction in Sam Raimi's horror classic. I prefer the more comedic sequels, but there is no denying the achievement in filmmaking and the ease with which Raimi unsettles the viewer. Raimi seems to revel in cheap but effective gore effects and it is easy to get sucked into his world.
Rated 26 Dec 2015
75
62nd
When Raimi made this in 1981, you would have thought that it would have been a lesson to us all not to go to isolated cabins in the woods for short vacations, not to stand in front of flimsy glass windows, not to go down into cellars with only a candle, not to put the key back on the outside of the doorframe, pick up weird rubbery looking books with pictures of skulls and demons on it, or go out into the woods in your PJ's. But no, we just dont learn, do we? Terrible, but a lot of fun
Rated 16 Dec 2006
44
38th
Overrated as a cult hit. Poor production values hurt inventive, eager filmmaking.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
6
70th
The least of the trilogy because it seems a little bit more like it's trying to be a real horror movie and not a comedy, but it's still over-the-top and bloody and goofy and has the Bruce Campbell factor. And tree rape. Let's never forget the tree rape.
Rated 30 Dec 2010
83
89th
A chop-chop-chop gore school film that has striking special effects, a great atmosphere and the best black humor ever. Evil Dead is a young classic filled with tons of quotable lines: "We are gonna get you!", "Join us", "Shut up, Linda" and the greatest (and longest) one "Now the sun will be up in an hour or so, and we can all get out of here together. You, me, Linda, Shelly. Hmm... Well... not Shelly, she?".
Rated 23 Jul 2014
4
70th
Suffers from the same thin writing and bad acting that plague a lot of low-budget films; the difference is that Sam Raimi, even at this early stage, demonstrated a talent for cinematography and effects that placed him far beyond most of his slasher peers. Occasionally creepy and always entertaining.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
3
45th
Lowbrow horror done right. The script and acting may be literally laughable, but the film transcends its own campiness with imaginative visual schemes. There are so many memorable images throughout, establishing a great sense of location and inspiring some moments of genuine discomfort.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
85th
I love this movie. It has all the energy of genuine independent cinema, hilariously gross sight gags and some real scares.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
6
55th
If I said I loved this - I'd be lying. Trashy gore is not my thing although this is still pretty enjoyable. Evil Dead 2 is amazing though.
Rated 20 May 2022
84
44th
Pretty good, lots of the classic tropes I like and the practical effects were hilarious.
Rated 08 Jan 2007
76
76th
Not as great as it's sequel, but not disappointing in the least.
Rated 04 Sep 2018
70
66th
This is some scary and messed up stuff. I never really understood why people think it's very funny apart from a couple lines, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. Bruce Campbell is awesome in this as well.
Rated 03 Mar 2018
90
72nd
Love this entire franchise, all started here
Rated 09 Aug 2017
76
82nd
A horror classic, tautly made by Raimi, full of scares and that gets a lot of bang for its buck.
Rated 05 Jul 2010
62
38th
I'm all for campy-horror-comedies (and I realize this was a pioneer of the genre) but it kinda felt like the same 10 minutes of zombie wrestling on loop for 2 hours.
Rated 13 Apr 2013
6
46th
Behind the nostalgia, behind the obvious dummies, behind the hilarious performance by Bruce Campbell, The Evil Dead is a moderately entertaining film I was able to watch without wanting to do something else. Other than that, I don't feel much for the film. It's never scary or gory enough to frighten, and it's never corny enough to amuse.
Rated 14 Mar 2014
65
37th
Evil Dead still holds up very well and is very tense. You start to feel like you're trapped in the cabin with the characters. I've heard people complain about the actors, which makes no sense to me as I think this has one of the best casts of any low-budget indie movies I've seen (I guess people don't realize this takes place around the 50s which explains the corny dialogue). The only part that hasn't aged well is the childish chanting of the monsters. Annoying as hell.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
90
90th
This classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving The Evil Dead an equal amount of thrills and laughs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
63rd
It's a classic, doesn't really scare me that much anymore, but I always enjoy watching it.
Rated 26 Oct 2008
70
48th
Bruce Campbell gives me the biggest boner. also a tree rapes someone, something that bothers me very deeply for some reasons.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
80
52nd
Not as good as the sequel but still a worthy effort.
Rated 26 Aug 2010
95
99th
i remember watching evil dead when i was a kid and it scarred the shit straight out of me. a very campy horror movie, a bit outdated but still lots of fun to watch. this is the horror movie i watched the most.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
100
98th
classic
Rated 02 Jul 2009
80
70th
hell yeah! Bruce Campbell for the win. this movie and its sequels all play the situation more for laughs than scares and score big with slapstick gore.
Rated 24 Oct 2017
85
72nd
Now that the shock and moral panic have worn off, the purity of the original intent is fully appreciable: 'The Evil Dead' is a horror version of a Three Stooges film through and through, and Campbell a true and underappreciated equal to the classic vaudeville performers. On a rewatch, I was also impressed with the way Raimi wrangled such a bizarre, plastic and nonsensical geography from a real location; the cabin feels like the Overlook Hotel's deformed little brother.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
82nd
Raimi's masterpiece of low budget horror. A must see.
Rated 26 Apr 2009
70
51st
Corny with pencil in the ankle!
Rated 27 Oct 2022
45
4th
Pretty funny at times. Wait, what do you mean "this was not supposed to be a comedy" ?
Rated 20 Feb 2022
20
2nd
Just a cheap trashy storyless gore
Rated 19 Jan 2011
3
1st
Okay, so it is rather humorous in an absurdly low-budget, B movie horror flick kind of way-- but seriously, it is blatantly obvious this movie was created with the knowledge that it wanted to belong in the Scores Less than a B Movie Genre. I did chuckle and almost guffaw one or twice. I will credit it for that.
Rated 17 Jan 2010
80
81st
(previous rank: 60 - I was wrong, so very very wrong).
Rated 08 Dec 2012
60
62nd
The Evil Dead is a good film that mixes scares and laughs fairly well. I don't think it's great, largely due to a lack of interesting characters and a very slow build-up before the excrement hits the fan, but once it gets rolling, it doesn't stop, and becomes very enjoyable. It's a cheap horror-comedy, but that helps it sell itself to us. If it's not taking itself too seriously, why should we? There's no answer apart from "we shouldn't" that I can give you.
Rated 06 Aug 2010
100
90th
Grew up on this and it still remains one of the most iconic, amazing horror films ever made.
Rated 15 May 2013
85
73rd
A bit more rudimentary than the fantastic EVIL DEAD II, but it's still great.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
90
70th
This movie is as funny as it is scary. It's kind of like Dead Alive, except without all of the cheesy humor.
Rated 12 Jul 2013
70
54th
Holy fuck, this is entertaining and pants-on-head retarded! Everything you could ask from a B-movie, including ultimate cheesiness, messed up pacing, atrocious acting, and much much more!
Rated 30 Apr 2008
90
73rd
Bruce Campbell is.... grooovy.
Rated 20 Jan 2013
70
64th
The one in the series which actually attempts to be scary.
Rated 08 Mar 2020
77
70th
76.8
Rated 03 Jan 2011
90
55th
Although the film is dated and the special effects are a little off, it is still a great film for any horror fan to watch!
Rated 08 Jun 2009
74
75th
Bruce Campbell is born to be a cult-hero. And that tree-scene will stick with me for a long long time...
Rated 10 Dec 2011
65
31st
65 points for the tree rape.
Rated 24 Jan 2007
85
91st
The first and best of the Evil Dead films.
Rated 01 Feb 2017
60
47th
Some great effects here, but in the middle of the film there is a weird stalling period and therefore a loss of tension.
Rated 30 May 2023
60
47th
Just as the non-story and rather pedestrian first two-thirds of the movie threaten to sink this, the dizzying creativity (made all the more impressive that this is in 1979) brings this movie back up to a satisfying level.
Rated 16 Dec 2008
91
72nd
The King of comedy horror. Work shed.
Rated 11 Nov 2015
7
63rd
Low budget horror cinema at its finest. The story is what you'd expect from B grade slasher horror only with more campiness; a small group of dumb teens go out somewhere isolated and far away from any help, then (literally) all hell breaks loose and they're killed off one by one. Though to be honest it doesn't hold up as well as it sequels, and some parts drag on for too long to the point of tedium. Still worth watching just to see how it all began. Also noteworthy for pioneering tentacle rape.
Rated 21 Nov 2012
54
22nd
Not over-the-top enough to be funny, not serious enough to be scary.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
71
79th
Given that I last watched this in 2004 and most of my memory of it was overwritten by Evil Dead 2, it's high time for a rewatch.

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