original Evil Dead was started on shoestring budget of $50,000
by the 23-year-old writer/director Sam Raimi (Joel Cohen of
the infamous Cohen Brothers was assistant editor on this film).
Started in 1979 and shot on 16mm, this original and surprisingly
successful movie spawned two sequels and the career of Bruce
The story is about a group of five students who vacation
in a remote and creepy mountain cabin. They discover the "Necronomicon"
in the basement along with a tape recording and, not being
intelligent enough to leave well enough alone, play back the
recording (a resurrection passage translated from the Necronomicon)
and unleash an Evil force from the woods. Soon, one by one,
the students turn into "deadites," and the survivors learn
the hard way that the only way to kill a deadite is by dismemberment.
Eventually only brave Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) survives.