The Evil Dead movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Considering it was created and released in the early 80s, The Evil Dead is an extremely violent, bloody and gory horror movie. It may be old and sometimes ridiculous, but it is still reasonably entertaining; for older teens and up!


A group of five friends travel to an isolated cabin in the woods where they discover an old book that causes them to unknowingly awaken demons.

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Movie details

Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly
Writer: Sam Raimi
Release Date (Australia): 23 June 1983
Runtime: 85 minutes/1h 25m
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

The film contains demonic possession and a scene in which a woman is sexually assaulted by a demonically possessed tree.

Violence (R18+)

The film contains multiple scenes of explicit supernatural horror violence, including depictions of stabbings, dismemberment, decapitation, shootings and sexual assault, accompanied by very large spurts of blood and graphic depictions of bloody gore.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes infrequent mild coarse language, including use of the words “s**t”, “bastards” and “hell”.

Nudity (PG)

The film includes a brief viewing of the side of a woman’s breast.

Sex (M)

The film features a brief scene of sexualised violence, including a woman being raped by a demonically possessed tree.

mpaa rating

NC-17 (for substantial graphic horror violence and gore)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Evil Dead is a low-budget horror classic packed with ridiculous-looking demons, extreme blood and gore, some decent scariness and just some other terrible elements that result in it gaining respect. This movie is old, violent and ridiculous fun for older teenagers craving for those exact three words. It’s definitely not perfect for today’s expectations and there’s big flaws, but they’re all overlooked and this movie is just for entertainment.

To put it clearly, The Evil Dead is completely stupid and purely dumb… but wait, that’s not at all a bad thing. The reason this film is a lot of fun to watch is specifically because it seems a bit mindless, which is a result of inferior acting, crazy-laughable demonic possessions and an overall lack of sympathy for the story and characters. The possessed characters look very much like ghouls or zombies, and living up to the stereotypes, the characters make extremely poor decisions.

But for an early 80s movie, Sam Raimi has also achieved receiving one of the highest MPAA adult ratings due to how bloody, gory and violent it is. This film sprays blood and flesh all over the place, making a big mess and wild fun. The Evil Dead kind of feels related to other horror classics involving Leatherface and Jason Voorhees in certain directions, but it’s more fun, more violent and better!

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