This Day in Halloween: Sam Raimi's low-budget classic "The Evil Dead" premieres in Detroit in 1981. / Illustration by Allison Jimenez
The Evil Dead premieres in Detroit in 1981. The low-budget horror comedy classic written and directed by Sam Raimi and stars childhood friend Bruce Campbell. Buzz at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and a rave review from Steven King leads to mild success in the U.S. and great success internationally. The film was followed by two sequels, a TV series, a remake, a video game and comic book. It’s now considered a highly influential cult film.