The Evil Dead (1981)

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Horror masterpiece is gory but silly; violence, drugs.

NC-17 1983 85 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 19 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 69 reviews

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age 15+
This Movie was really good but expect your hand to be tired after cover your kids eyes! The movie has a tree rape scene so I took my kid out the room and waited for it to be over. Also this movie has heavy amounts of blood and gore. So watch it with if your teenagers.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+

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