Evil Dead (1992) USA
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Director:Sam Raimi
Studio:Elite Entertainment
Producer:Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Gary Holt, Irvin Shapiro, Robert G. Tapert
Writer:Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Date Added:2007-03-06
Purchased On:2007-06-03
Awards:3 wins & 3 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Features:Original recording remastered
Sam Raimi  ...  (Director)
Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi  ...  (Writer)
Betsy Baker  ...  
Bruce Campbell  ...  Ash
Barbara Carey  ...  
Richard DeManincor  ...  
Philip A. Gillis  ...  
Cheryl Guttridge  ...  
David Horton (III)  ...  
Don Long  ...  
Ivan Raimi  ...  
Ted Raimi  ...  Cowardly Warrior / Second Supportive Villager / S-Mart Clerk (as Theodore Raimi)
Kurt Rauf  ...  
Ellen Sandweiss  ...  
Stu Smith  ...  
Scott Spiegel  ...  
Dorothy Tapert  ...  
Mary Beth Tapert  ...  
Wendall Thomas  ...  
Theresa Tilly  ...  
Bill Vincent  ...  
Embeth Davidtz  ...  Sheila
Marcus Gilbert  ...  Lord Arthur
Ian Abercrombie  ...  Wiseman (Wiseman John in the script)
Richard Grove  ...  Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill  ...  Blacksmith
Michael Earl Reid  ...  Gold Tooth
Bridget Fonda  ...  Linda
Patricia Tallman  ...  Possessed Witch
Deke Anderson  ...  Mini-Ash #2
Bruce Thomas  ...  Mini-Ash #3
Sara Shearer  ...  Old Woman
Shiva Gordon  ...  Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan  ...  Pit Bitch
Tim Philo  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas

Summary: In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite Bruce Campbell) and four friends arrive at a backwoods cabin for a vacation, where they find a tape recorder containing incantations from an ancient book of the dead. When they play the tape, evil forces are unleashed, and one by one the friends are possessed. Wouldn't you know it, the only way to kill a "deadite" is by total bodily dismemberment, and soon the blood starts to fly. Raimi injects tremendous energy into this simple plot, using the claustrophobic set, disorienting camera angles, and even the graininess of the film stock itself to create an atmosphere of dread, punctuated by a relentless series of jump-out-of-your-seat shocks. The Evil Dead lacks the more highly developed sense of the absurd that distinguish later entries in the series--Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness--but it is still much more than a gore movie. It marks the appearance of one of the most original and visually exciting directors of his generation, and it stands as a monument to the triumph of imagination over budget. --Simon Leake