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The Evil Dead Reviews

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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.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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

People Magazine
January 14, 2004
To what perverse strains of human nature do movies like this appeal?
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Steve Grant
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Short on characterisation and plot but strong on atmospheric horror and visual churns.
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
October 15, 1981
One of the scariest, goriest, and (oddly enough) funniest horror movies of its time, and it's every bit deserving of being called a cult classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 15, 1981
To say that the Evil Dead movies are not for everyone is an understatement. A strong stomach is required.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
It is a minor horror classic, a film that combines low-rent camera tricks with impossible energy and an inspired lead performance by Bruce Campbell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
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
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-
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 18, 2002
One of the best horror films of all time
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
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
Rebecca Murray
About.com
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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...
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-
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 24, 2007
While injecting considerable black humor, neophyte Detroit-based writer-director Sam Raimi maintains suspense and a nightmarish mood in between the showy outbursts of special effects gore and graphic violence which are staples of modern horror pictures.
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