Taglines: Can they be stopped?
Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning.
The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film focuses on five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a remote wooded area. After they find an audiotape that releases a legion of demons and spirits, members of the group suffer from demonic possession, leading to increasingly gory mayhem.
Raimi and the cast produced the short film Within the Woods as a “prototype” to build the interest of potential investors, which secured Raimi US$90,000 to produce The Evil Dead. The film was shot on location in a remote cabin located in Morristown, Tennessee, in a difficult filming process that proved extremely uncomfortable for the majority of the cast and crew.
The Evil Dead (1981)
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Philip A. Gillis, Dorothy Tapert, Cheryl Guttridge, Barbara Carey
Screenplay by: Sam Raimi
Cinematography by: Tim Philo
Film Editing by: Edna Ruth Paul
Art Department: Steve Frankel
Makeup Department: Tom Sullivan, Bruce Campbell
Music by: Joseph LoDuca
MPAA Rating: NC-17 for substantial graphic horror violence and gore.
Distributed by: New Line Cinema
Release Date: October 15, 1981