The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead (1981)
  • Time: 85 min
  • Genre: Horror
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich


Five friends go to a cabin in the woods for a vacation. They discover a volume called “The Book of the Dead” and a tape recorder belonging to a professor, who also owns the cabin. One of them plays back what is recorded on the tape– which just happens to be Candarian resurrection passages translated from the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) by the professor, which unleashes an evil force from the woods. The people start turning into evil deadites, and the others soon learn from the tape that the only way to kill a person who is turned into a deadite is by total body dismemberment. People are dying left and right; one girl early in the film looses control and runs off into the woods, only to be raped by the trees.

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  • What better way to celebrate the Australian release of the Evil Dead remake this week by revisiting the movie that spawned the franchise. The original Evil Dead was written and directed by Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man movies, Oz: The Great and Powerful) because he thought he could make a drive-in horror movie better than those that had been around in the 70s.

    The Evil Dead follows five friends, Ash (Bruce Campbell), Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), Scotty (Hal Delrich), Linda (Betsy Baker) and Shelly (Sarah York), as they go to spend a weekend in a cabin. On the first night, the cellar door blows open and Scotty and Ash go down to investigate. In the cellar, they find a number of occult items, a tape recorder and a copy of the Necronomicon (the book of the dead). The recording is of a man who reads a demonic incantation that unleashes evil demons.

    Cheryl, Ash’s sister, is disturbed by this and after hearing voices outside her window, she goes out to investigate. Once outside she is held down by the trees and raped by them (heavy stuff). She returns and tries to convince Ash to take her back to town. After they return, because the bridge has been destroyed, Cheryl becomes possessed by demons. They manage to wrestle her into the cellar and chain up the door, but not before she stabs Linda in the ankle with a pencil. Cheryl then tells everyone that the demons will possess them one by one.

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