Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 31, 2010
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: All-New Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Sam Raimi, Producer Robert Tapert and Star Bruce Campbell
- Limited Edition Bonus DVD: One By One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga Of The Evil Dead
- The Evil Dead: Treasures From The Cutting Room Floor
- Discovering The Evil Dead
- At The Drive-In
- Reunion Panel
- Make-Up Test
- The Ladies Of The Evil Dead
- Meet Bruce Campbell
- Book Of The Dead: The Other Pages
- Still Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"We can't bury Shelly, she's our friend."
(Ash, to Scott, after watching him hack off the limbs of his possessed girlfriend and then suggest that they bury the remaining parts)
Variety - 02/09/1983
"...Raimi maintains suspense and a nightmarish mood..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2002
"...[A] tongue-in-cheek cult favourite..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2005
"[H]ighly effective as a tense horror -- its scares balanced by plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour."
Premiere - 08/31/2010
"Sam Raimi's masterpiece that's still as shocking and entertaining today as it was in 1981."
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.
Black Comedy |
Cult Film |
Demonic Possession |
Essential Cinema |
Horror Classic |
- Theatrical Release: October 15, 1981.
- Director Sam Raimi's first feature film.
- Joel Coen served as assistant editor.