Evil Dead, The (1981) History of Horror

Mike Matei / October 24th, 2007


  • April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I recently got a chance to check out the first Evil Dead via Netflix Instant Stream and I liked it. I’m sure the series looks entertaining and awesome and they’re definitely worth checking out!

  • Doonkoff

    April 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I just did too…. i also just watched the second one but i think its more of a remake that a sequel

  • xenxander

    April 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Evil Dead 2 was supposed to be sequel, however I feel that in trying to be scary, it just appears ‘stupid’. Now this isn’t to say that the movie is stupid.. okay, yeah, it is… but if you take it into perspective, I think it was “supposed” to be that way.

    Over the top to try and trump the first movie. Now “Army of Darkness” which is, chronologically “Evil Dead 3”, however it wasn’t officially titled “Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness” so right there is a screw with the numbering of sequels… ehem.. anyway I got off track.

    I suppose the point is, “Evil Dead 2” is a sequel, but don’t expect to be ‘scared’, more so entertained. It’s worth watching “Army of Darkness” just for the slapstick value.

    • October 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

      I know I’m a bit late, but Evil Dead had nothing to do with Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. At the end of the original Evil Dead, Ashley J. Williams had been killed by the evil forces of the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. In Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, Bruce Campbell plays a different Ash J. Williams who has never been to the camp before Evil Dead 2. Sam Raimi and his brother had purposely made the Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness as a more slapstick horror comedy since the original Evil Dead was not taken as real horror film at the time compared to Halloween, Friday the 13th, Alien, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and many more. That is why they have made a more serious horror remake sequel of the Evil Dead. But they are combining the two Evil Dead universes together in Evil Dead 7.

  • April 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    These movies are just flat out fun. But I wouldn’t let the physical slapstick or the trademark humor overshadow the creepy atmosphere and weird perspectives.

    Have a few beers and watch these with your buddies, but give them nother look when you’re on your own – preferably a rainy, windy night in October. It’s two totally different film experiences.

  • K6CTX

    April 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of Raimi’s work. Evil Dead (and the sequels), are mediocre at best in almost all departments, but Raimi does do some good camera work. Drag Me to Hell just felt like another Evil Dead movie so that gives no respect immediately. The Spiderman movies? They were just a series of fuck ups.

  • April 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I think the best part was, part 2 🙂

  • UcpTeddy

    April 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    The Evil Dead movies & Braindead, to me, they are the best movies ever made, all the blood & gore.. all the “WTF? stuff” .. the effects on the monsters & such wich you cant get with computer animated, and Ofcourse.. The Humor! Great James, that ya like the third movie, i soo love it.. alltho most of the ppl ive told to check it they dont like it..

  • DickyMoe

    May 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I watched the first one as a kid and I was disturbed and admired, Now I´m a fan of the whole trilogy, waiting for the fourth. Will it be good? I don´t know, but I know the fanbase is willing to take the risk to find out.

  • Johnthegamenerd

    May 23, 2010 at 3:01 am

    I so love Army of Darkness,it’s what made me aware of the other Evil Dead movies it’s by far my favorite of the series and the best B movie ever.

  • May 26, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Another one James made me want to watch. Awesome!

  • Murtada

    June 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    giving a 100doller prize to anyone who can crack that code!

  • plugmonkey

    July 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

    The last I heard the remake had been canned and Evil Dead IV was back on the cards.


  • venom 51007

    August 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    i tryed finding something for EVIL DEAD IV but it said that it wasn’t happening but if they make another one wouldn’t that be ARMY OF DARKNESS II instead of evil dead 4 this is why people make fake trailers like ALIEN V coming in 2010 well its 2010 now and no news of alien 5 yet so no alien 5 its just to get peoples hopes up for a movie thats not even coming out so why are people doing this its so crappy well at least it was true that they were making predator3 (or PREDATORS as its called now) .

  • The ACDC dude

    August 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Yo James please read this they made a evil dead get ready for this MUSICAL! Please find and review

  • Sparx Macgyver

    August 30, 2010 at 5:43 am

    The first Evil Dead is pretty good, for being low budget and all. EDII, however, strikes me as a comedy more tahn anything else, but si still enjoyable. AoD on the other hand, just bored me half-way through. I still dinished it, but I found it more boring than anything else.

  • boots electric

    August 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

    ì love the first 2 i actually jumped a couple of times which rareley happens witth new horror films the third one is ok i did laugh but i think that people didnt expect a complete comedy

  • ipood555

    September 27, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    for some reason, Duke Nukem always Reminded me of Ash from Army of Darkness

    • lord lovecraft

      March 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

      in the old nukem, campbell did the voice. im pretty certain of that anyway

  • Torgo

    September 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I watched this when I was in living in a cabin, just one room on 12 acres of lakefront in the middle of absolute nowhere, everything was pitch black and it was just me and my dog. This shit scared the hell out of me, it was freaking awesome. Watched both Evil Dead movies back-to-back, then I had to watch Army of Darkness for a little relief.

  • GialloHorror

    October 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

    This another film that I saw at an early age, but this one didn’t scare me, and I don’t think it’s intended to be scary. But the effects, and gore of this film are fuckign AMAZING! Savini is GOD!

    There was nothing like this before, and there hasn’t been anything like it since, Thank God.

    “Evil Dead” stands alone and I LOVE it!

  • ikensee

    October 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    I just picked up Army of Darkness today in Best Buy, but I can’t find Evil Dead or Evil Dead II. I saw Evil Dead in Walmart, but it was on Blu-ray which I don’t have. If you are going to sell a series sell the WHOLE SERIES! This goes for the Halloween movies and Friday the 13th movies as well. Can’t find all of those!

  • October 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    GROOVEY! deff my favorite trilogy

  • October 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I like this movies a lot !!! But they aer not usually on tv. or dvd on mexico.. That sucks !!!

  • ste022

    October 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

    evil dead featuring 100% more tree rape than any other movie!!

  • linkfan3

    October 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    ive never seen the first evil dead movie and watched the series backwards but i really liked the evil dead movies its chilling atmosphere in the second one and the comedy in the third one.

  • Mustard Tiger

    October 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Within The Woods is a prequel to The Evil Dead. Incredibly rare.

    There is a pretty bad VHS quality rip kicking about on the net.

  • Necramonium

    October 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Saw Army Of Darkness today on SyFy, i still prefer the first two, AOD looked more like a action comedy than a horror movie….

  • November 2, 2010 at 5:23 am

    This and the 2nd one are the 2 creepiest movies I have ever seen. To this day it gives me nightmares.

  • DaBrHe

    December 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I LOVE the Evil Dead series. Ever since I first saw it years ago, I have yet to finish it.

  • nickNESnerd

    January 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    the first one kind of sucked

  • KonamiRulez

    January 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    whats good is that they canceled the remake

  • the Raven 757

    January 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    groovy no remake now make a mother fucking sequal already

  • terrorzone

    March 24, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Hail to the king baby!
    evil dead is awesome!!
    Bruce campbell is my god and evil dead is my bibel!!!

  • supermark64

    July 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Oh god THQ made the games! Do I even want to know…?

  • nella

    July 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    there will be one in 2013

  • linkfan3

    July 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    it sucks to hear that it has been official that there will be a remake of evil dead

  • That Random Asian guy

    July 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    There’s not going to be Evil Dead 4 but a crappy remake of the first one! You know why its going to be crap? Because its all CGI and not stop motion.

  • penpan

    August 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I loooooove these films! Those lines in Army of Darkness are so good, you’ll find yourself quoting them to your girlfriend/colleague/friend 😛

  • ravinspawn

    September 8, 2011 at 5:05 am

    a new part would be awesome but i can tottaly see the remake being mead & i haft to say the films are METAL!

  • StevenArezza

    September 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Wow, I thought the games were just random zombie-ish horror/action games (although I’ve never played them). Now that I’ve seen the history behind them, I’m definitely interested in seeing the movies. Thanks for the review, I now have something new to occupy my time 😀

  • AndrewDavidRiegle

    September 18, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    You know what’s happened since this video was made? Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness and a bunch of other comic books.

  • ShawnCHiLL

    October 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Love the evil dead. But i never did understand why in part 2 its like ash was never there the first time. its like part 1 never happened. but oh well. dam good movies anyway.

  • October 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I love the Evil Dead trilogy. I was confused as a kid as well when I saw Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. It’s like, wait, you mean Ash is going BACK to that cabin, is he an idiot? And…well…yes he is an idiot. At least, that’s what the commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell said. It wasn’t really addressed directly in the films, but the fact that Ash is kind of an idiot about 90% of the time, and an ultra-heroic bad-ass about 10% of the time in the rest of the films, it makes perfect sense that he would go back to that cabin in the woods. I highly recommend to anyone to watch it with the commentary, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have great comedic chemistry together.

  • Riddler

    November 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I hope they don’t fuck up the 4th one, al i know is that Bruce Campbell won’t be Ash!

  • Tekkenfan

    November 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I heard evil dead 4 is on the way and Bruce Campbell was the voice of ash in evil dead regeneration.

  • lw135814

    December 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

    announced evil dead 4 but no fucking ash thats like if they had a simpsons 2 without homer

  • Shadowtheman

    February 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

    There was a ninja turtle in the third movie. No really, they dirtied up one of the original costumes and used it for one of the deadites during the deadite charge. If you look for it and find it you can see its still wearing a bandanna, but you can’t tell witch turtle they used.

  • HorazStCruz

    March 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    The first PS2 game is arguably the worst PS2 game i’ve ever played. Too fucking bad. As a kid, I watched the Army of Darkness movie with my elder cousins and their friends, same people that introduced me to Gn’R when i was like 7 years old..
    Those fucking cool moments you realize is great to have a big family.
    Is there a remastered version of these movies?

  • April 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Easily one of my favorite trilogies of all time.

  • thatepicguy

    July 17, 2012 at 6:26 am

    i love these movies, i can’t even describe how much

  • ejp022791

    September 6, 2012 at 3:39 am

    The entire trilogy is awesome but if I had to pick a favorite it would be 2.

  • Idmndcookies

    September 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    If you haven’t seen 2, go watch it now. If you hate 2, please jump off the nearest cliff.

  • Night-X

    January 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Remember watching these in the VHS age. Can’t say that it’s full bad. Only thing that make it bad is the gun in 1 and 2. In the first one he had a 410ga shotgun one shot then it get the 12ga shotgun two shot. Only reason I know the first movie had a 410ga is because I used to have a 410ga that look the same. Other then that isn’t bad a movie.

  • Idmndcookies

    January 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Remake’s coming, looks like shit. No recognizable actors and it looks like they mixed 1 and 2 together. That and it shows one of the girls cutting her hand off and Ash looks like a pansy. Not happy one bit.

  • January 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I happen to live by the theater where the first evil dead movie was shown for the first time. I know that probably no one cares, but I just like telling people

  • April 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Actually, the remake looks pretty good. I’m going to go see it this Sunday

  • Chris Mazzu

    April 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Curious to see what your thoughts of the remake are. Hopefully you’ll have time to talk about it in the near future!

  • Filip Claesson

    May 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Awesome! Can you review the remake of evil dead from 2013. It´s the best horror movie remake I ever seen and I think you will not be dissapointed! 🙂

  • June 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    James, thoughts on the remake? I haven’t seen it myself, but I have mixed feeling about it already from what fans have said.

  • July 22, 2013 at 8:06 am

    The remake is awesome! If they remake the second one it better kickass, Evil Dead 2 is my favorite! Groovy…

  • Joshua Bradley

    September 23, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Funniest shit ever made hahaha

  • avgnfan370

    October 2, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    There is another movie coming out in the evil dead franchise called Army of Darkness 2 in 2016.

  • Starcraft39

    October 8, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I actually watched the remake last night, and I don’t know if it’s a rumor or not but an Evil Dead 2 (a sequel of the remake) is planned, AND an Army of Darkness 2 is planned, and then supposedly a 7th movie in which Ash and Mia actually meet… Again, I heard this from a friend so don’t ask me sources.

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  • Jack Walsh

    April 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    James are you planning to do a review of the remake?

  • Gary Williams

    June 12, 2015 at 4:41 am

    Starz is making a TV show based on these characters: “Ash Vs. The Evil Dead” starring Bruce Campbell. Stoked for this.

  • sdk2k9

    August 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    So it was 2013 on the night of Halloween I was on my own and I haven’t seen any of the Evil Dead movies. I had this great idea to watch all 3 Evil Dead movies in the dark. Needless to say I enjoyed all 3 of htem and was one of the best Halloween’s I had.

  • Badfish

    September 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Ash vs Evil Dead

  • Deathbringer

    November 5, 2015 at 6:46 am

    So that’s where Earthworm Jim got “Groovy” as a badass humorous catchphrase…

  • naoya ido

    December 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I love all these movies.

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  • September 9, 2016 at 12:17 am

    It’s kind of cool that we ended up with a surprisingly enjoyable remake, AND a sequel series in Ash vs Evil Dead. Sort of the best of both worlds.

  • September 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

    glad we got ash vs evil dead, and season 2 is coming out soon

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