The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi, 1981)

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

The Evil Dead 
(Sam Raimi, 1981, 85 min, USA, DCP)

Made when the director was just 20 years old, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead quickly earned its place in the horror pantheon with its mixture of extreme gore, sly humor, remarkable artistry, and technical trickery. “The ultimate experience in grueling horror,” the film follows five 20-somethings who make the mistake of holidaying in a lonely wooden cabin.  While there, they find the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, aka “The Book of the Dead”, an ancient tome whose text reawakens the dead when read out loud. After unintentionally releasing a flood of evil, the five friends must fight for their lives or become possessed.

"[T]his unrelenting parade of funhouse terrors and creative low budget effects is one of the most entertaining American horror films of its time." -- Sean Axmaker

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Contact: Hank Okazaki


Sponsor: Duke Cinematic Arts