The Evil Dead (1981)


Director: Sam Raimi

Writer: Sam Raimi (Screenplay)

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly


Plot: Five friends Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams (Campbell), Cheryl (Sandweiss), Scott (DeManincor), Linda (Baker) Shelly (Tilly) go to a remote cabin in the woods for a weekend away. Upon finding a recording and book they accidently release and evil in the woods that terrifies them through the night.


What harm could come reading a book?

Verdict: Classic horror at it’s very best

Story: One of the most iconic horror film stories ever made shows a mix of how far you would go to protect yourself from zombie like friends and how pure evil can come from nowhere. (9/10)


Actor Review: Bruce Campbell – The unluckiest guy in the woods having to survive the night against possessed zombie like incarnations of his friends. This role led to this character becoming one of the most iconic horror characters of all time. Bruce shines in the role and being that this was his breakout role he proved he could lead a film with ease. Star Performance Award, Breakout Performance Award, Iconic Performance Award (10/10)


Actor Review: Ellen Sandweiss – The only single friend of the group which makes it easier for her to be the one that gets first visit. She has one of the most memorable scenes of the whole film and in horror history, one that gets talked about as it was one of the scenes which got it banned. Good performance throughout the film. Unluckiest Character Award (9/10)

Actor Review: Richard DeManincor – Only other guy on the trip and when you meet him he looks like the leader of the group, shows his true colours as the film unfolds. Good performance but hard to make an impact next to Bruce and Ellen. (7/10)


Actor Review:  Betsy Baker – Ash’s boyfriend who also suffers one of the most talked about incidents in the film, but in today’s film industry the scene is relatively tame. Needless to say another good performance throughout. (8/10)


Actor Review: Theresa Tilly – Girlfriend to Scott has to suffer the most abuse once turned, but much like Scott’s character doesn’t do enough to be remembered next to the other characters. (7/10)


Director Review: Sam Raimi – Sam has gone on to bigger projects like the Spiderman trilogy this was a huge stepping stone to make a name for him and he will always be remembered for this film. (10/10)


Horror: Brilliant horror all round, plenty of gore, blood and scares. (10/10)

Thriller: Good thriller, but more about the horror and gore rather than suspense. (7/10)

Special Effects: For such a small budget this film uses brilliant handmade special effects proving CGI isn’t always best as they are still better than certain modern films. (10/10)

Believability: Depends how much you believe in evil, the cabin fever side of everything could very well be true while the supernatural side not so. (5/10)

Settings: Isolated cabin in the middle of the woods with only one round in or out over a weak bridge. This helps create the atmosphere to a very high level, proving there is no way out. (10/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels and a reboot.

Suggestion: Every horror fan HAS to watch this film, it opened doors to so many new types of horror and proves you don’t need big money to make an iconic film. Saying that all none horror fans will not enjoy this. (Horror Fans Watch)


Best Part: I can’t pick just one.

Trivia: Joel Coen (Of the Coen Brothers) was an assistant editor


Overall: Brilliant Legendary Horror film


Rating 93%


  1. Dan O. – Philadelphia, Pa – I just love everything about films. Watching, reviewing, discussing, anything about films is what I love.
    CMrok93 says:

    Good review Darren. There’s so much fun to be had here with this movie, regardless of how you look at it. It wants to be taken seriously, however, it’s so goofy and over-the-top, you can’t help but laugh at it and have a good time.

    • Thanks, very true, and after watching the remake which got it all wrong for what this one stood for

      • Dan O. – Philadelphia, Pa – I just love everything about films. Watching, reviewing, discussing, anything about films is what I love.
        CMrok93 says:

        Yeah, don’t even get me started on that remake. It was just junk. Entertaining junk, but junk nonetheless.

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