The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead (1981)

57 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: After the dead possesses Cheryl to draw the book of the dead in her sketch pad, in the last shot of the pad as Cheryl lifts it up, the drawing has additional and extended lines and smudges have appeared/disappeared. (00:08:35)


Continuity mistake: In several scenes Ash is completely covered in blood yet seconds later he is almost totally clean.


Continuity mistake: The purple bruise on Ash's face near the end of the movie goes from very large to small, and changes from light to dark throughout shots.


Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, Ash gets blood splattered over his face, covering it entirely (when Evil Cheryl explodes.) Then in the next shot the blood is just partially dripping down his face. (01:17:40)


Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, after all of the evil dead have finally been destroyed, Ash's face is covered in blood. But when he gets up from the floor, you can see the two patches where the blood from around his eyes has been wiped away. (01:18:25)


Continuity mistake: When Ash is burying his girlfriend, he cuts off her head, and he gets blood all over his face. He runs back to the house, and suddenly the blood is gone.

Revealing mistake: When Evil Cheryl is being forced into the cellar with the butt of the axe, you can blatantly tell that it's a dummy. It's also obvious that when Cheryl gets her hand stuck in the cellar door, that it is a fake rubber hand, because it wobbles. (00:37:40)


Continuity mistake: At one point in the movie, evil Cheryl thrusts her arms through the door, grabbing Ash, and creating two holes in the door. The size of these holes changes- compare them at the part where Ash is putting a bureau in front of the door (to keep Cheryl from getting in) to the part at the end where Ash is walking out of the cabin. (01:15:40 - 01:22:25)

Revealing mistake: When Ash is leaving the cabin at the end, you can see the holes made by Evil Cheryl were obviously cut by saws: the left one is almost a perfect pentagon and they're cut cleanly all the way through.

Revealing mistake: When the blood filled light bulb explodes it is obviously not a real light bulb. When the mantle explodes you can see a small light bulb inside it. (01:11:05)

Continuity mistake: When Evil Shelley scratches Scotty's face, you can see her fingernails are very long. But when Shelley and Scotty are fighting by the fireplace, notice that in some shots her fingernails are much shorter, and in other shots they have totally disappeared. (00:41:30)


Revealing mistake: When Cheryl is being attacked by the trees, the branches are wrapping around her. You can see that, in the close-up shot of her right arm, the branch going around her arm is actually twisted yellow rope twine, NOT a branch! (00:24:15)

Plot hole: Ash makes an effort to keep both the back and front doors closed so Cheryl can't get in, but nothing is stopping her from using the two broken windows.


Visible crew/equipment: When Scotty enters the cabin for the very first time, he walks around for a moment. As he passes a window look into the reflection. You can barely see a man dressed all in black holding the camera. His brown equipment belt is very visible. (00:06:20)

Continuity mistake: As Cheryl is wacking Ash on his back with the fireplace poker, she is holding it with the pointed end away from her. When Ash burns the "Book Of the Dead" in the fire, Cheryl is holding the poker to hit him again but loses her grip. The rounded, knobby end would have struck the floor next to Ash's head, not the pointed end as shown in the shot, as it would have been pointed towards the ceiling.

Continuity mistake: Before everyone listens to the tape, you can see that Ash is sitting to the left of Linda, but in the next shot, Ash is by Linda's right. (00:15:40)


Revealing mistake: When the girl chews off her own hand, when she pulls her face up, you can see the line where the makeup/mask ends and her normal skin begins. (00:45:30)

Continuity mistake: The necklace around Linda's neck disappears from the time when she wakes up as Evil Linda to when Ash chains her down in the shed. (00:51:45 - 01:01:05)

Continuity mistake: When the blond guy goes into the cabin in the beginning, it goes from day when he's walking in, to completely dark once he's opened the door and gone in. (00:06:00)

Voice on Recorder: I know now that my wife has become host to a Kandarian demon. I fear that the only way to stop those possessed by the spirits of the book is through the act of... Bodily dismemberment.

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Trivia: When they are preparing and listening to the tape you can see a bit of smoke in the air. There had been an extended scene where they had been smoking pot and joking around. However, they used real pot when filming and much of what was shot ended up being unusable as a result. This is according to Bruce Campbell's Commentary to the DVD.


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