The Evil Dead had a budget of less than $100,000 and was essentially director Raimi, his brother Ted and a group of mates ( including star Cambell and then-assistant film editor Joel Coen) making a jokey horror movie set in a woodland cabin. Despite the lack of cash, they produced some great effects as Cambell and pals accidentally unleash abominable demons. (Many of the crew returned five years later to do it all again as semi-remake Evil Dead II-- Budget $3m -- with even more gore and humor. Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness cost $30m. ) Some have complained about the graphic gore (especially the raped-by-a-tree scene ) but no-one can deny that all three are the funniest, most cleverly made horror movies around.
Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Bruce Cambell, Ellen Sandweiss