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The Evil Dead

Poster for The Evil Dead
Directed by Sam Raimi
Produced by Sam Raimi
Bruce Campbell
Robert Tapert
Written by Sam Raimi
Starring Bruce Campbell
Ellen Sandweiss
Betsy Baker
Hal Delrich
Teresa Tilly
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) October 15, 1981
April 15, 1983
Running time 85 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $375,000
Gross revenue $29,400,000 (est.)
(As of July 26, 2006)
Followed by Evil Dead II
Army of Darkness
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Evil Dead (also known as Evil Dead, The Book of The Dead, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead: The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is a 1981 horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film depicts five college students and their vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods, which turns into a nightmare when they find an audiotape that is a key to unlocking evil spirits. The Evil Dead mey refer to: The Evil Dead, the movie by Sam Raimi Evil Dead: The Musical, a musical based on the film The Evil Dead (computer game), based on the film Evil Dead, the wrestler played by Jumpsteady Category: ... A film poster for The Evil Dead, contended as fair use. ... For the American opera singer, see Samuel Ramey. ... For the American opera singer, see Samuel Ramey. ... For the former baseball player of the same name, see Bruce Campbell (baseball). ... Robert Gerard Tapert (born May 14, 1955), sometimes credited as Rob Tapert, Robert G. Tapert, or Rip Tapert, is an American film producer, best known for his co-founding of, and his subsequent work with, the Renaissance Pictures company. ... For the American opera singer, see Samuel Ramey. ... For the former baseball player of the same name, see Bruce Campbell (baseball). ... Ellen Sandweiss (born December 30, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American B-movie actress (who has also performed in musical theatre), as a dancer and pop singer. ... Betsy Baker was born on July 1, 1953 in Michigan, USA. She is best known as playing Linda in the cult classic film The Evil Dead. ... Joseph LuDuca, Film composer. ... New Line redirects here. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Evil Dead II (also known as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn or The Sequel to the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is an American horror film, released in 1987 . ... For the wrestling stable, see The Army of Darkness. ... // January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... For the American opera singer, see Samuel Ramey. ... For the former baseball player of the same name, see Bruce Campbell (baseball). ... Ellen Sandweiss (born December 30, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American B-movie actress (who has also performed in musical theatre), as a dancer and pop singer. ... Betsy Baker was born on July 1, 1953 in Michigan, USA. She is best known as playing Linda in the cult classic film The Evil Dead. ... Methods and media for sound recording are varied and have undergone significant changes between the first time sound was actually recorded for later playback until now. ...


The film was extremely controversial for its graphic violence and gore, being initially turned down by almost all U.S. distributors, until a European company picked it up. It premiered on October 15, 1981 to moderate box office receipts, grossing $2,400,000, considering its $375,000 budget and mixed critical reaction.[1] Today, it is widely accepted by critics and audiences alike as a classic of the horror genre and has a worldwide cult following. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ...

Contents

Plot

Five Michigan State college students venture into the woods to spend a weekend in an isolated cabin. There they find the Book of the Dead (a separate Babylonian text in the film, unrelated to the Egyptian text) otherwise known as the "Noturam Demondo" or Morturom Demonto (renamed Necronomicon in the sequels, which shows an H. P. Lovecraft influence[2]). Michigan State University is a university in East Lansing, Michigan near the state capital of Lansing. ... For other uses, see Book of the Dead (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Necronomicon (disambiguation). ... This article is about the author. ...


While searching the basement of the cabin, the students find and play a tape recording of demonic incantations from the book, unwittingly resurrecting slumbering demons that thirst for revenge. The characters are then possessed one by one, beginning with Cheryl (Sandweiss) after she is brutally raped by the trees, by the evil force in sequences of intense, bloody violence and horrifying voice-overs. Cheryl makes it home to the cabin but nobody believes her. Ash then decides to drive her into town where she can stay the night. Upon nearing the bridge they discover it is completely destroyed and the supports are bent into the shape of a hand. Soon after, Cheryl becomes a demon and stabs Linda in the ankle with a pencil. They lock her in the cellar, but soon after Shelly becomes possessed and attacks Scotty who dismembers her with an axe. They wrap the dismembered body-parts in a blanket and bury them, after which Scotty leaves to find a trail out of the woods. The demon Satan In folklore, mythology, and religion, a demon is a supernatural being that is generally described as an evil spirit, but is also depicted to be good in some instances. ... Ashley J. Ash Williams (Ashly in the original Evil Dead script) is the fictional protagonist in the Evil Dead horror film franchise, played by Bruce Campbell, and created by director Sam Raimi. ...


Ash goes to check on Linda, but also finds her to be possessed. Scotty returns but he is mutilated by trees, but before losing consciousness he tells Ash there is a trail in the woods. After Linda and Cheryl trick Ash by returning to normal, Ash is forced to drag her outside. He goes back to check in on Scotty, but he dies. Linda later returns and tries to stab Ash, but she falls on the dagger. Ash drags her outside to cut her up with a chainsaw, but seeing the necklace stops him from doing it, so he buries her. Unfortunately, she arises from the grave and Ash cuts her head off with a shovel. The head soon comes back to life and taunts him, and the body gets up to chase Ash back to the cabin. Ash returns to find the cellar door flown open. Cheryl jumps at the window and tries to break in. Ash shoots her, but she doesn't die. Ash then proceeds to barricade both the front and back doors. Ash then runs back into the cellar to find a box of shotgun shells and experiences a strange series of events including the cellar filling with blood and hearing things in his mind. Cheryl tries to attack Ash through the door, but he shoots her and then slides a bookshelf in front of the door and Scotty's body leaps up. The two then begin to viciously attack Ash. Suddenly, they begin to scream, and smoke starts to rise from their bodies, as Ash realizes that The Book of the Dead has fallen into the fireplace. He grabs it and throws it into the flames. The demons stop and begin to rot away as dawn breaks, finding Ash to be the only survivor. He heads outside and stands there for a while, thinking he has survived the ordeal; but the evil "force" runs him down. The screen goes black as Ash turns around with a look of fear on his face as the force catches him.


Production

Raimi and Co. managed to secure a budget of $375,000, and with the cast and crew, headed for an abandoned cabin in the woods near Morristown, Tennessee. The movie was shot over a period of about 4 years, during which many of the cast and crew abandoned the production. Because of this, Raimi used 'shemps' or 'stand-ins' to replace the actors who had left. One of the only actors loyal to the project from the beginning was Bruce Campbell, who went through torturous circumstances as the character 'Ash.' According to the Evil Dead DVD commentary, he would often return home after a night of shooting in the back of a pick-up truck, due to the fact that he was usually covered in corn syrup, which the crew used as fake blood. Morristown is a city in Tennessee, United States. ...


Actors Richard DeManincor (Scott) and Theresa Tilly (Shelly) both went under different "stage names" during the shoot. They are credited in the credits as "Hal Delrich" for Richard and "Sarah York" for Theresa.


According to Bruce Campbell's autobiography, "If Chins Could Kill", Richard acquired his stage name by combining his short name with his roommates' names, Hal & Del.


In Other Media

  • In the movie Donnie Darko during the scene where Donnie is in the theatre and sees Frank, the film they are watching is The Evil Dead.
  • The comic book Marvel Zombies versus the Army of Darkness includes the Deadites and the main character of the movies.
  • In the Happy Tree Friends episode "Read 'em and Weep", the book Pop reads to Cub strongly resembles The Necronomicon.
  • The enemy in an episode of the computer animated series ReBoot is clearly modeled on Bruce Campbell's Ash, as well as the episode taking place in a haunted cabin.
  • In the popular kids show The Grim adventures of Billy and Mandy One of the side characters has a chainsaw-crossbow for an arm. It is a direct reference to Ash's chainsaw arm
  • In a recent story line in the web comic Ugly Hill the man character's arm gets cut off, and he replaces it with a weed whacker, and then gives a speech about it similar to Ash's about his boomstick

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Censorship

Because of its graphic violence, the original version of the movie was banned in several countries, including Finland, Germany, Iceland and Ireland. The "tree rape" scene in the movie was also described by some as being misogynistic.[citation needed] In Germany, the movie's release was hindered by public authorities for almost 10 years. Original 1982 cinema and video releases of the movie had been seized, making the movie a hit on the black market video circuit with pirated copies abounding. Several high-profile horror enthusiasts publicly criticized the German ban on the movie, including author Stephen King (who gave it a rave review in the November 1982 issue of Twilight Zone). A heavily edited version was made legally available in 1992, but the first legal, uncut version of the movie did not enter the German DVD market until 2001. In Finland, The Evil Dead was later released uncut on DVD by Future Film, and rated K-18. In the United Kingdom, the movie was one of the first to be labeled a video nasty in the mid-1980s and was finally released uncut in 2001. Misogyny is an exaggerated pathological aversion towards women. ... For other persons named Stephen King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... Twilight Zone literature is an umbrella term for the many books and comic books which concern or adapt The Twilight Zone television series. ... Video nasty was a term coined in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that originally applied to a number of films distributed on video cassette that were criticised for their violent content by elements in the press and commentators such as Mary Whitehouse. ...


Spin-offs

There have been a variety of spin-offs and tie-ins including a musical and comic mini-series. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... A tie-in is an authorized product that is based on an existing or upcoming media property, such as a movie or video/DVD, computer game, video game, television program/television series, board game, web site, role-playing game or literary property. ...


Evil Dead: The Musical

Main article: Evil Dead: The Musical

With the approval of both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, a musical version of the film was staged, enjoying a successful workshop in Toronto and performances at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2004. The New York off-Broadway production started previews on October 2, 2006. The official Opening Night performance was November 1, 2006. The show continued with 8 performances per week at the New World Stages until closing February 17, 2007. Evil Dead: The Musical has recently started production in Toronto starting from May 1, 2007 with the run extended from June 23, 2007 to August 4, 2007. On August 4, 2007 it was announced that the show has now been extended for a final time until September 8, 2007


Comic book

Starting in January 2008, Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a comic book mini-series based on Evil Dead, which will be written by Mark Verheiden, with art by John Bolton (who provided art for the Dark Horse Army of Darkness comic).[3] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Mark Verheiden is a television, movie, and comic book writer. ... An illustration by John Bolton John Bolton (1951, London) is a comic book artist and illustrator most known for his dense, painted style - often verging on the photoreal or resembling an oil painting. ... Cover of Army of Darkness film adaptation issue #1, by John Bolton Army of Darkness comics are based on the film of the same name published originally by Dark Horse Comics with the license being picked up Dynamite Entertainment who initially published them through Devils Due Publishing. ...


See also

The Evil Dead started as a series of films created by Sam Raimi. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083907/business
  2. ^ http://mythostomes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=70
  3. ^ Dark Horse Comics Solicitations for January 2008

External links

Sam Raimi
1980s
The Evil Dead | Crimewave | Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
1990s
Darkman | Army of Darkness | The Quick and the Dead | A Simple Plan | For Love of the Game
2000s
The Gift | Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Shorts
It's Murder! | Within the Woods | Clockwork

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The Evil Dead - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1387 words)
The Evil Dead (also known as The Book of The Dead, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead, the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is a 1981 horror film directed and written by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell.
In response to this homage, a scene from "Evil Dead" is visible on a television screen in Nightmare on Elm Street.
This movie may be seen as a non-canon title in the Evil Dead series because it concerns Campbell being mistaken for Ash by fans of the movies who force him to fight real Deadites in their hometown.
the_crowbar || reviews :: evil dead (1736 words)
evil dead centers around a group of friends who visit an old cabin in the mountains.
an evil dead obsessed freak like myself may correct you in front of your b-movie clan, causing irredeemable loss of pride and status.
evil dead is a b-movie because...that's what the filmmakers intended it to be.
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