The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead (1981)

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Continuity mistake: When Cheryl is running through the woods, she is wearing slippers that stay on up until she reaches the cabin door. However, in following shots, she is shown barefoot, and when Ash opens the door her foot is dirty as if she'd been running barefoot the whole time.

00:28:05 - 00:29:10

Revealing mistake: When Ash shoots Cheryl through the door in the head, you can clearly see the hose (not an artery) that's squirting out the blood.


Continuity mistake: When Scotty honks, and the two guys on the side of the street wave their arms, the window of the car is suddenly open (it was closed before, as can be seen by the reflection) and then again is suddenly closed.


Continuity mistake: At dinner, Cheryl starts pouring a drink. It cuts and she's now suddenly unwrapping foil.


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Visible crew/equipment: When the cellar door 'opens itself' look very close, and for a few seconds you can see the arm of a crew member pushing up the cellar door, then quickly pulling their arm back down.


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Continuity mistake: The actors' haircuts change a few times. This is noticeable when Scotty pulls back the bath curtain, and his hair is rather long and thick, but when he turns around, his hair is much shorter. Also, Linda's hair is short and wavy, but when she turns evil and she and Ash are fighting outside, her hair is very curly.


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Continuity mistake: When Ash is about to cut Linda with the chainsaw, you get a close up of her necklace, and it is visible, just under her neck. But in the next wide shot, the necklace is further down on top of her dress.


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Continuity mistake: Evil Shelley wears red and white patterned socks as we see when Scotty pulls her out from the fireplace. Later when Scotty is dismembering her with the axe, he hits her ankles, and the socks are now all-red, thick, woolly socks which are longer in length too.

00:42:00 - 00:45:40

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Continuity mistake: The design on the box that contains the necklace changes when Ash gives it to his girlfriend.


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Revealing mistake: In all the nighttime scenes in the woods where the moon is shown, you can see the clear edges of the matte they used to show the moon. The color of the entire woods set is almost black except for the navy blue "rectangle" around the moon.


Visible crew/equipment: When the people are driving over the bridge at the start, it goes to a shot of the front of the car. To the right of the car you can see a crew member holding a still camera.

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Continuity mistake: The clock in living room of the cabin shows 5:52p (approx.) at the time it stops toward the beginning of the film. At the point that Scott is "re-animated" and attacks Ash in the climactic scene, it shows 3:10 until it restarts at the very end. This change is NOT accounted for by the clock running backwards as Ash is coming up from the cellar with the shotgun shells as the next shot of the clock shows it to again be at 5:52.

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Audio problem: When their car is making a sharp turn at the beginning of the film, you can hear the tires screeching. This could only happen if they were on concrete, not on a dirt road.


Visible crew/equipment: In the beginning when Ash is walking up to the door for the first time you can see the shadow of a boom mike on the back of the swing.

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Continuity mistake: After the recently possessed Cheryl stabs Linda in the ankle with a pencil, she draws back her arm to attack again and her wrist is grabbed by Ash to prevent her from doing so. The shot of the stabbing shows the pencil to be covered with blood,but in the close-up of her being stopped by Ash, no blood on the pencil. The pencil is bloody again in the shot of Cheryl coming after Ash after having tossed him and Linda aside.

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Continuity mistake: When the pipe bursts over him and spills out about a water tower's worth of blood, it covers him, completely soaked him and then when you look at him after the burst, he's cleaner than ever.


Revealing mistake: When Ash is exploring the basement, he only has a lantern that would cast a flickering yellow light for illumination. Instead, all of the basement is lit with strong, steady white light, awfully like stage lights...



Revealing mistake: Watch the part when Ash takes the large wooden cabinet to block the door so Evil Cheryl can't get in. Evil Scotty suddenly sits up, however watch Ash in the background. He jolts, then the shot freezes.


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Continuity mistake: When Cheryl is trying to get in the front door, and Ash is pushing against it, Cheryl manages to get her hand in the door. Ash hits it with the end of his gun, which gets blood all over the side of the door and the wall. But in the next shot, the blood has vanished.


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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.


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

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Continuity mistake: When everyone is eating dinner, the colour of the drink in the blender changes between shots.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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.


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.


Continuity mistake: In the tree rape scene, Ellen Sandweiss' breast is visible at one point, but then in subsequent shots it is covered again.

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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.

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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.


Continuity mistake: When Ash is beating his dead ex-girlfriend with the plank, you can see the plank start to split in half; in the next shot, it's back to its original form.


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!


Deliberate mistake: When they are listening to the tape, Cheryl yells out and shuts it off. Scott says he wants to hear the rest of it, but then deliberately fast-forwards it a bit before starting it playing. If he wanted to hear the rest of it, why does he skip part of it? This allowed Cheryl to shut it off as soon as she finished her line/action, but then Scott could fast-forward it past a mark on the visible reel-to-reel tape so it would start immediately on the chanting rather than in the middle of the lecture where Cheryl stopped it.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, when evil-Cheryl is disintegrating, the hole that was shot in her face moves from one cheek to the other as the shots flash back and forth between her and Ash.


Continuity mistake: When Ash first finds the book of the dead, he opens it, and in a closeup we see he's on a page with many skulls drawn on it. It cuts and the page he is on is different, with one big skull on it.


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Continuity mistake: Just after Ash has defeated the demons by throwing the book into the fire, he realises that it is dawn, if you look outside the window it is really bright outside yet when he actually steps out of the cabin, the sky is orange as the sun is just rising.


Continuity mistake: When Scotty stabs Shelley in the back with the sword, she falls and lands on her back, which should have impaled her, but when she's on the ground the sword is nowhere to be seen.

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Continuity mistake: When Scotty swerves from the truck in the beginning, Ash is standing up behind him, with his head halfway out of the car, yelling at him to turn the wheel. In the next shot both window are up again. It is just seconds before Scotty honks at the fishermen.

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Continuity mistake: When Shelly is possessed, she and Scotty fight and she amputates her own right hand before she goes down. Moments later, she comes back to life and Scotty starts dismembering her with an axe, starting with her left hand. We plainly see the axe come down full-force on her left wrist. However, in two subsequent shots, we see her intact left arm and hand in the foreground, reaching for Scotty as he continues chopping.

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Continuity mistake: When Scotty stabs Shelley in the back with the ancient sword, the wide shot shows him with his arm around her holding the sword. In the next shot, his arm is no longer around Shelley.

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Continuity mistake: When the girls are guessing the cards, the card before Cheryl begins talking is an 8 of diamonds, but in the next shot the card is a queen of spades, with no time to change.

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Continuity mistake: When he is in front of the movie projector, the blood starts dripping, it flashes from back and forth, looking at the projector and the projection over Ash. The blood is dripping in spots all over the lens, but when you look on the wall, its dripping from the top.


Continuity mistake: At the end, Ash shuts the door behind him and we hear it click into the frame. A few shots later, the door is standing open a foot or two.



Continuity mistake: Scotty's shirt changes a bunch of times. His normal shirt is blue-and-white plaid, but when he's in the cellar with Ash, close-ups of him dismembering Evil Shelly, and outside after he and Ash have buried the bits of Evil Shelly, it's a plaid that's mostly red with a little yellow and blue. At the end, when Evil Scotty is in claymation, his plaid is mostly yellow with small red and blue stripes.

00:47:25 - 01:19:25

Audio problem: In the beginning when the group is driving to the cabin the sound of the car mysteriously cuts out. You can hear branches breaking but you can tell they are dubbed because the car drags a large bush behind it with no noise.


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Linda: We're gonna get you. We're gonna get you. Not another peep. Time to go to sleep.



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.