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The Best Movies (and Series) in the Evil Dead Franchise, Ranked  

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The first of The Evil Dead films came out in 1981 and frightened moviegoers with a trip to a cabin gone horribly wrong. All of these movies are classics or at least memorable but one of them has to be the best of The Evil Dead movies and series. Will it be the first Evil Dead film or maybe one of the follow-ups in the series such as Army of Darkness that will make it to the top of the list? Or could Ash vs Evil Dead beat them all?

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Evil Dead movies are there? Or which one of The Evil Dead movies is the best? Look below to see all the films and series featuring Ash Williams listed with the year they were released and by popularity, so you can choose to watch them chronologically or in order of best to worst.

Your votes will help determine the best movies and series in The Evil Dead franchise. Vote up the movies you loved and vote down The Evil Dead films you didn't like to ensure the right movie makes it to the top of the list.

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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies (and Series) in the Evil Dead Franchise, Ranked
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Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert Tapert, and stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. Filming took place in Michigan and North Carolina in 1986 and the film was released in the United States on March 13, 1987. It was a minor box office success, achieving just under $6 million. It positive reviews in which critics praised Raimi's direction and Campbell's role as the protagonist. Like the original, Evil Dead II has accumulated a cult following. The film was followed by a third installment in the Evil Dead series, Army of Darkness. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies (and Series) in the Evil Dead Franchise, Ranked
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This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film focuses on five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a remote wooded area. After they find an audiotape that releases a legion of demons and spirits, members of the group suffer from demonic possession, leading to increasingly gory mayhem. Raimi and the cast produced the short film Within the Woods as a "prototype" to build the interest of potential investors, which secured Raimi US$90,000 to produce the movie. ...more on Wikipedia

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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies (and Series) in the Evil Dead Franchise, Ranked
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This show (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy. Thirty years after saving the world, Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) must become a hero for humanity once again. ...more on Wikipedia

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies (and Series) in the Evil Dead Franchise, Ranked
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Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan, produced by Robert Tapert, and stars Bruce Campbell and Embeth Davidtz. Continuing from Evil Dead II, Ash Williams is trapped in the Middle Ages and battles the undead in his quest to return to the present. ...more on Wikipedia

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