The Evil Dead: The Book of the Dead - 1983 (NC-17)


Year of Release: 1983
Rated: NC-17
Director: Sam Raimi
Approx. Running Time: 85 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

Ever-present, ever listening, the Evil Dead lie in wait for the one ancient incantation that will give them license to possess the living. Watch in horror as five vacationing college students unwittingly resurrect these slumbering demons and are forced into battle with the supernatural forces that occupy the forests and dark bowers of man's domain.

The innocent must suffer. The guilty must be punished. One-by-one, the students are possessed by these demons whose thirst for revenge is insatiable. As the night wanes, only one man remains... Ash. He must now defend himself while trying to uncover the horrible secret of THE EVIL DEAD.

THE EVIL DEAD will pull scream after scream from the base of your spine and from the depths of your soul.

"...The Most Ferociously Original Horror Film Of The Year..." -Stephen King

My Comments:

This is the ultimate B horror movie. The make-up and special effects are laughable at best, the budget was microscopic, and it's obvious that most of the original cast left the project long before its completion, thus leaving a long list of "fake Shemps" to stand in for those who had left. (The term "fake Shemp" - as explained in Bruce Campbell's autobiography If Chins Could Kill - Confessions of a B Movie Actor - refers to the period of time when the actor who played Shemp in The Three Stooges left and was briefly replaced by a stand-in who looked nothing like the original actor.)

Still, the film has a certain low budget charm to it that makes it enjoyable to watch and has earned it cult status.

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Rated NC-17 (MPAA)
2 Stars
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