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MPAA Rating:
[substantial graphic horror violence and gore]

US Runtime: 85 min

Premiere Date:
Oct 15, 1981   [USA]
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi   [written by]
Producers: Bruce Campbell   [Executive Producer]
Gary Holt   [Assistant Producer]
Sam Raimi   [Executive Producer]
Robert G. Tapert   [Executive Producer]
Robert G. Tapert   [Producer]
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Production Company: Renaissance Pictures


Bruce Campbell
Ashley J. Williams
Ellen Sandweiss
Betsy Baker
Sarah York
Philip A. Gillis
Fake Shemp
Dorothy Tapert
Fake Shemp
Cheryl Guttridge
Fake Shemp
Barbara Carey
Fake Shemp
David Horton
Fake Shemp
Wendall Thomas
Fake Shemp
Don Long
Fake Shemp
Stu Smith
Fake Shemp
Kurt Rauf
Fake Shemp
Ted Raimi
Fake Shemp
Ivan Raimi
Fake Shemp
Bill Vincent
Fake Shemp
Mary Beth Tapert
Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel
Fake Shemp
John Cameron
Fake Shemp
Joanne Kruse
Fake Shemp
Gwen Cochanski
Fake Shemp
Debie Jarczewski
Fake Shemp
Bob Dorian
Voice on Recorder (uncredited)
Sam Raimi
Fisherman/Voice of Evil Spirit (uncredited)
Robert G. Tapert
Local Yokel (uncredited)


Don Campbell
production assistant
Joel Coen
assistant film editor
Joseph LoDuca
Carol Valenti
special thanks

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

Arriflex 16 BL
Arriflex 16 S
Color Info:
Cinematographic Process:
Sound Mix:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1
Film Negative Format:
16 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm


  • [Cheryl has been hacked into several pieces]
    Ash: We can't bury Cheryl. She's our friend.
  • Ash: Oh You bastards! Why are you torturing me like this? WHY!?!?!
  • Voice: Join us...
  • [Cheryl has become possessed]
    Cheryl: Why have you disturbed our sleep? Awakened us from our ancient slumber? YOU WILL DIE!!
  • Linda: [singing] We're going to get you, we're going to get you, not another peep, now we go to sleep.


  • Some of the book translates as "Sam and Rob are the hitchhikers on the road", a reference to Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert playing the two men on the side of the road at the beginning of the film.
  • Was one of the first films to be labeled as a "Video Nasty" in England.
  • The cabin did not actually have a cellar. The cellar scenes were filmed in Raimi's garage. For the scene where the students descend into the cellar, a hole was cut into the floor, a shallow hole was dug, and a ladder was placed into the pit.
  • There is a ripped poster of The Hills Have Eyes visible.
  • After completing principal photography in the winter of 1979-1980, most of the actors left the production. However, there was still much of the film to be completed. Most of the second half of the film features Bruce Campbell and various stand-ins (or "shemps") to replace the actors who left.

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