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How to Watch the Evil Dead Movies in Order

Here’s how stream, rent, or buy the Evil Dead movies—including Evil Dead Rise, director Lee Cronin’s groovy take on Sam Raimi's cult-favorite horror franchise.

We’ve seen Evil Dead Rise, director Lee Cronin’s groovy reboot of Sam Raimi’s culty Evil Dead franchise, twice since it hit theaters last month. As of last Wednesday, the freaky film is available to watch at home via video-on-demand (VOD) outlets. Here’s how to watch Evil Dead Rise, which has earned over $100 million globally, along with tips on where to stream, rent, or buy the other Evil Dead movies.

A possessed woman leans over the edge of a bathtub in Evil Dead Rise.

“Mommy’s with the maggots now.” (Photo: Warner Bros.)

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What are the Evil Dead movies?

Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) is an utterly terrifying, extra-gory supernatural horror film about five people who awaken evil spirits by reading from the Necronomicon (The Book of the Dead). The film launched the career of actor Bruce Campbell and birthed a rabid cult following. The franchise now encompasses four other films, a TV series (Ash vs. Evil Dead), a musical, video games, comic books, and merchandise.

Six years later, in 1987, Raimi essentially remade The Evil Dead with a bigger budget. Evil Dead II (a.k.a. Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn) again scared the bejesus out of audiences but also made them laugh. ED2 also landed Campbell’s character Ash Williams in medieval times, setting up the 1992 film Army of Darkness, which made us laugh more than tremble.

A Deadite tries to break out of a cabin basement in Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead.

“JOIN US!”

In 2013, Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Álvarez (Don’t Breathe) rebooted/reimagined The Evil Dead with Evil Dead (2013), which some fans love and others hate. The film is ultimately best known for using 70,000 gallons of fake blood.

Now, 44 years after shooting the original film, comes another reboot, Lee Cronin’s Evil Dead Rise. With an entirely new cast and story, Evil Dead Rise uses what worked in the original The Evil Dead—fast action, clever camera work, a sense of isolation, ace sound design, buckets of gore—to crowd-pleasingly freaky effect. The film also ratchets up the terror by adding character depth and mostly eschewing the series’ trademark black comedy.

List of Evil Dead movies in order

  • The Evil Dead (1981)
  • Evil Dead 2 (1987)
  • Army of Darkness (1992)
  • Evil Dead (2013)
  • Evil Dead Rise (2023)

How to watch Evil Dead Rise

At the time of writing, you have two ways to watch Evil Dead Rise: in theaters or by renting or buying the film from video-on-demand (VOD) retailers.

The film comes to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on June 27, 2023. We suspect Evil Dead Rise should hit HBO Max™ around the same time.

How to watch the Evil Dead movies in order

It’s hard to find all of the Evil Dead movies on streaming services right now—we’re guessing it’s because Warner Bros. wants us to get our Deadite fix from Evil Dead Rise. These are your (currently slim) options.

Where to stream the Evil Dead movies for free

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Evil Dead movieStreaming free on
The Evil Dead (1981)
  • AMC+

  • Apple TV+
  • Evil Dead 2 (1987)
  • IndieFlix
  • Army of Darkness (1992)Not currently streaming
    Evil Dead (2013)
  • Tubi
  • Evil Dead Rise (2023)
  • In theaters now

  • Rent or buy digitally

  • Buy on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD (June 27)

  • Eventually streaming on HBO Max
  • Data as of post date. Offers and availability are subject to change.

    Public service announcement

    Don’t let bad advice keep you from a uniquely terrifying experience. If someone tells you to skip The Evil Dead (1981) and start the series at Evil Dead II because “it’s basically the same movie,” don’t do it. While ED2 is a bigger-budget do-over of the original film, there is no substitute for the original The Evil Dead.

    Pro tip: Wondering how to watch the Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series? All three seasons stream on-demand via STARZ, DIRECTV, and Spectrum on Demand. (Amazon Prime Video has the first season.)

    How to rent or buy the Evil Dead movies on demand

    Wanna rent or buy the Evil Dead movies digitally? We’ve compiled rental and purchase pricing from leading video-on-demand (VOD) retailers.

    Rental and purchase pricing for the Evil Dead movies (VOD retailers)

    Amazon Prime Video AMC Theaters on Demand Apple TV+ Google Play Movies Microsoft Store Redbox VUDU YouTube
    The Evil Dead (1981) Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $14.99 (4K)
    N/A
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    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $12.99 (HD)
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    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $12.99 (HD)
    N/A
    Evil Dead 2 (1987) Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $4.99(4K)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $8.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $7.99
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $7.99
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $7.99
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $7.99
    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $4.99 (4K)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $7.99
    Army of Darkness (1992) Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $11.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $13.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Evil Dead (2013) Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $13.99 (4K)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $13.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $13.99 (4K)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $13.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $13.99 (4K)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $14.99 (HD)
    Evil Dead Rise (2023) Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $24.99 (4K)
    Rent: N/A

    Buy: $24.99 (HD)
    Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $24.99 (4K)
    Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $24.99 (4K)
    Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $24.99 (4K)
    Rent: $19.99 (HD)

    Buy: $24.99 (HD)
    Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $26.99 (4K)
    Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $24.99 (4K)

    Data as of post date.
    Resolution data from JustWatch.com; some information unavailable.
    CableTV.com uses paid Amazon links. Amazon Pricing as of 5/10/2023 at 2:58 p.m. Mountain.

    Renting every Evil Dead movie will cost $36, regardless of quality and outlet. Purchasing digital copies of all five films via video-on-demand (VOD) costs $68–$81, depending on the retailer and desired video quality.

    Necro-economicon: The cheapest way to rent or buy the Evil Dead movies

    Best value—rentals: $35.95
    Rent the first four movies from any of the above VOD retailers. Amazon Prime Video, the Microsoft Store, and VUDU have the first four films for $3.99. Evil Dead Rise rents for $19.99 everywhere.

    Best value and best quality—rentals: $35.95
    Rent from Prime Video and VUDU, which have every Evil Dead movie in 4K except Army of Darkness (HD is the best streaming quality available) for $3.99 (again, Evil Dead Rise is $19.99).

    Best value—purchases: $68.95
    Buy Evil Dead from the Microsoft Store or VUDU ($12.99). Get Evil Dead II from Prime Video or VUDU ($4.99), Army of Darkness from AMC Theaters on Demand ($11.99), and Evil Dead (2013) from Prime Video, Redbox, or VUDU ($13.99.) And Evil Dead Rise is $24.99 from every retailer but VUDU ($26.99).

    Best value and best quality—purchases: $73.95
    Get everything (except Army of Darkness) on 4K from Prime Video.

    Pro tip: Some VOD retailers offer films in SD, HD, and 4K. If you don’t have a 4K TV, buy the films in HD. You’ll save a few bucks, and when you do buy a new 4K TV, it should be able to upscale your HD file to near-4K quality.

    You can also rent or buy the Evil Dead movies through cable or satellite TV providers like DIRECTV and Spectrum.

    Rental and purchase pricing for the Evil Dead movies (TV providers)

    DIRECTV Spectrum
    The Evil Dead (1981) Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $12.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: Unavailable
    Evil Dead 2 (1987) Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $10.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: Unavailable
    Army of Darkness (1992) Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: $12.99 (HD)
    Unavailable
    Evil Dead (2013) Rent: $3.99 (4K)

    Buy: $12.99 (HD)
    Rent: $3.99 (HD)

    Buy: Unavailable
    Evil Dead Rise (2023) Rent: $19.99 (4K)

    Buy: $24.99 (4K)
    Rent: $19.99 (HD)

    Buy: Unavailable

    Data as of post date.
    Resolution data from JustWatch.com; some information unavailable.

    Pro tip: Watching every Evil Dead movie in order will take 7 hours and 26 minutes.

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