In 1981, Evil Dead scared (and entertained) audiences when it opened in movie theatres. The horror movie, about a group of college students vacationing in a mysterious cabin in the woods, developed a cult following and kick-started a series of movies.
That series has included sequels, and a reboot, but how many Evil Dead movies are there and what is the best viewing order for all the films? For all the gruesome details and more, read on!
Evil Dead movies in order
To date, there are five Evil Dead films. The Evil Dead films – which were produced between 1981 and 2022 – were released in the following order:
- Evil Dead (1981)
- Evil Dead II (1987)
- Army of Darkness (1992)
- Evil Dead (2013)
- Evil Dead Rise (2022)
Are all of the Evil Dead movies part of the same series?
The Evil Dead movie series is divided into two categories: The original series and the remake.
The original series
Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, and Evil Dead Rise are all part of the same series, and largely focus on the character of Ash Williams, as played by Bruce Campbell.
Evil Dead 2013 is a remake/soft reboot of the series, with new characters. Ash Williams/Bruce Campbell makes a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ cameo during the end credits, but this movie is a separate, stand-alone entry to the previous three films.
Who are the cast of the Evil Dead films?
The cast of the Evil Dead film series largely changes from movie to movie. Notable actors in the series include Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Ted Raimi, Dan Hicks, Embeth Davidtz, Ian Abercrombie, Bridget Fonda, Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Alyssa Sutherland, and Lily Sullivan.
Is the Evil Dead film series the work of the same director?
The Evil Dead series is the work of three directors. Sam Raimi directed Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, while Federico Álvarez directed Evil Dead 2013, and Lee Cronin directed Evil Dead Rise.
What is the best Evil Dead film?
The Evil Dead movie series has a strong cult following, with a strong fanbase. However, Evil Dead II is regarded as the best entry in the series.
According to IMDb the Evil Dead films are ranked as follows:
- Evil Dead II (1987) – 7.8/10
- Evil Dead (1981) – 7.5/10
- Army of Darkness (1992) – 7.5/10
- Evil Dead (2013) – 6.5/10
- Evil Dead Rise (2022) – NOT YET RATED
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