New Line Cinema | Release Date: April 24, 1983 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 10 Critics
Positive:
8
Mixed:
1
Negative:
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Unquestionalby it's an instant classic, probably the grisliest well-made movie ever. [26 May 1983]
50
Although idiotic, The Evil Dead at least is propelled by energy and enthusiasm. It's scarier than many a more pretentious effort, and not everything in it is borrowed. [8 Oct 1983, p.Arts1]
25
Too bad it's hog-tied by a ridiculously familiar plot, uneven direction and characters of such dizzying simplicity that you wish the demons would get to them just to smack some sense into their heads. [26 Sept 1983, p.D3]