The Evil Dead (1981)

Genre:  Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  85 min.
Release Date: April 24, 1983

Current rating: Rating: 4.52
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Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManicor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly


Five 20-something friends are holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization.

Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

Director: Sam Raimi
Studio: New Line Cinema
Producer(s): Robert Tapert
Screenplay: Sam Raimi

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  • 5 stars "The ultimate experience in gruelling horror."