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The Evil Dead Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 11, 2016
...a striking debut from a filmmaker who would go on to much, much better things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Keyes
October 10, 2015
The movie plays like an entry point into the infectious minds of ambitious overachievers, who do exactly what they want and offer no apologies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2013
Director Sam Raimi burst onto the horror scene with this crude cult favourite that's short on story but long on excessive gore and innovative camerawork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
April 15, 2013
One of the shining lights of the horror genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 14, 2013
A great, genuinely unnerving horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Josh Larsen
March 30, 2013
...certainly notable as the announcement of an eager talent, but I'd have a difficult time praising the picture as much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 6, 2013
A cult classic of the highest order, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is the rare 80′s movie that actually feels worthy of its lofty reputation; relatively, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Jamie Graham
Total Film
October 9, 2012
Sam Raimi's visceral debut remains a benchmark of modern horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
May 27, 2011
It's Raimi's keen eye (and ear) for audiovisual intoxication that makes this creeper a home run.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Scott Weinberg
January 9, 2011
Everyone tries to make a horror flick this way. Few succeed like Raimi did.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
The films strength lies within Raimi's innovative filming techniques, especially in regards to his now patented manic camera angles, POV shots, and ferocious tracking shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Clive James
Observer (UK)
July 6, 2010
Doubtless The Evil Dead was meant to be a sort of spoof. But in every genre by now there are too many dud movies claiming spoof status.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 27, 2010
In the league of "Night of the Living Dead" and "Jaws" where it continues to be immortal and outlive other horror classics in the face of changing movie going sentiment...
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 25, 2010
No serious subtext to be found here, just vigorous love and respect for the simultaneous horror and humor inherent to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 5, 2009
An inspired gross-out horror pic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Lucius Gore
June 20, 2008
No, they don't make 'em like this anymore, folks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 20, 2007
Director Sam Raimi attacks the movie with a brutal kind of kinetic creativity, moving the camera in truly unique patterns.

Empire Magazine
September 24, 2007
If you can overlook the mostly lame-o acting, cheeseball effects and fumbling drama, there's enough fledgling genius here to fill another thousand horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2007
Energetic, original and icky, Raimi's splat-stick debut is a tight little horror classic that deserves its cult reputation, despite the best efforts of the censors.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2007
Sam Raimi directed this 1983 horror feature fresh out of film school, and his anything-for-an-effect enthusiasm pays off in lots of formally inventive bits.
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