Parents' Guide to

The Evil Dead (1981)

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Horror masterpiece is gory but silly; violence, drugs.

Movie NC-17 1983 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 27 parent reviews

age 15+

Nudity not necessary

It’s a good not too realistic gore or blood with some nudity that I think is not needed in the movie but it’s not too bad it’s a 5 seconds of seeing a Brest it’s not too bad
age 13+

Great movie

Evil dead is my second favourite movie ever just below hot fuzz. Evil dead is just gory as shit and it's great as mentioned it's gory and bloody as hell but it has minimal swearing from what I remember and doesn't have much nudity although I do recommend younger people like me to skip the "tree rape" scene as it's quite upsetting if you're even just a tiny bit sensitive. Altogether Evil dead is a great movie and if you watched it and enjoyed it watch all the other ones to.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (27 ):
Kids say (79 ):

This low-budget wonder shows a major director, Sam Raimi, emerging fully-formed, pouring imagination and energy into every frame of his feature debut. No other genre movie at the time moved quite as well as this one, with creepy, wide-angle shots, crazy movement within the frame, razor-precise editing, and an eerie, nightmare-inducing sound design. It also upped the ante on movie gore, cheerfully throwing in gallons of gushing, spewing blood, twitching, severed body parts, chainsaws, axes, shotguns; and he stopped the show with a truly horrifying sequence of a woman raped by a tree.

Aside from that sequence, The Evil Dead has a deadpan silliness that was new to the otherwise dark, foreboding horror genre. It's equal parts Three Stooges and Night of the Living Dead. It made a cult star out of Bruce Campbell, whose stoic, yet rubbery face and body seemed to follow the unique rhythms of the movie itself. It's streamlined, ageless, and undiluted, unquestionably a drive-in masterpiece. It's just not for kids!

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