Evil Dead II
Kiss Your Nerves Good-Bye!
Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body.
Now this is groovy.
The difference between The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II reminds me of the difference between A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More; the initial film is a rough cut - a prototype - hampered by its budget and a director searching to find his style. The follow-up is fully realized, supremely confident, and trimmed of all fat - so much so that it's hard to believe both films in either set were directed by the same person. Evil Dead II is all the best parts of The Evil Dead, and, as it borrows liberally and literally from the first, its retakes on some of the so-so or hokey parts from the first…
Foregoing the creeping dread of the first film, Evil Dead II, is a frenetic and non-stop splatterfest of bravura filmmaking. Although featuring strikingly similar plots the two films couldn’t be more different. Where the first unsettles the audience with its wonderfully warped atmosphere the sequel is far more playful and confident with a kinetic energy more commonly associated with slapstick comedy than traditional horror. Yet this sequel still possesses the same independent spirit and exuberant inventiveness of the first whilst being bigger in scope and budget.
Following a brisk recapping of the first film, Raimi, wastes little time in re-establishing the world before putting Ash through one hellishly entertaining night with a host of new houseguests. There are few films…
We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound "fine"?
I love this film unabashedly. To get it out of the way upfront, I do prefer it over the original Evil Dead, but it is a ridiculously close call. The fact of the matter is I find it hard to compare the two films because I don't think they belong in the same "sub-genre". I won't argue with anyone who prefers the original though, because I think it's a perfectly valid opinion. I will question you however if you claim that Army of Darkness is the best of the three.
After the horrible experience making Crimewave and it's subsequent failure at…
Few things in life are certain. But one thing that is, is that Bruce Campbell is the only man alive, or indeed dead, that could have played Ash. He delivers a tour de force, one man acting class. Portraying every emotion a human can muster, and some emotions that us mere mortals are yet to discover, he does most of these in every scene. He is phenomenal to watch.
In truth, Evil Dead is the only film series that could really have a successful Bruce Campbell lead. The exciting direction of Sam Raimi proving the perfect partner for Campbell's exciting acting. This is one of the most visually inventive, relentless and truly original films ever made.
Evil Dead 2 proves that Raimi and Campbell are gods.
It is a bonafide masterpiece of modern cinema.
One of my absolute favourites. What can one say that hasn't already been said? Suppose I'll just tell you how I saw this for the first time.
Back in my schooldays, I would convince my amazing nan to rent me horror videos and I had a particular penchant for sequels. This would probably explain my embarrassing early fascination with Police Academy films. On one glorious Sunday afternoon, I persuaded her to get me the amazing looking EVIL DEAD II box from off the shelf. I didn't know what Evil Dead was, I'd not seen the original. I just wanted to see Part 2. I would've been around 13 or 14. Maybe younger. Yeepers.
So back at my grandmothers bungalow while…
I really, really, really like that bit between the opening and the closing credits.
It's probably the case that I'm too old to watch this for the first time; while the over-the-top gore and cartoony (but still effective!) monsters and effects had some charm, I'm pretty sure I'm not in the film's target demographic anymore.
Yesterday I watched all three Evil Dead films in a row, two for the first time. In order to save your time, I have made a review of the trilogy, rather than going after each one at a time.
Never has a trilogy transformed so thoroughly by the end. It starts, in The Evil Dead, as a traditional horror film. Five teenagers go to a cabin and are attacked by some kind of supernatural killer. One, however, in a bit of a twist, lives and becomes the hero of the series, and, in the opposite of the usual horror movie trope, becomes the one continous character for the trilogy.
The second film, creatively titled Evil Dead II, follows more in…
Μικρός, στις απόκριες, ήθελα να ντυθώ Ash με το αλυσοπρίονο στο χέρι και την κοντόκανη πίσω στην πλάτη αλλά ποτέ δεν κατάφερα να βρω τέτοια «στολή».
Where do I begin? This is my favorite movie of all time! The acting is great , for 1987 great special effects and most importantly, a great story. I loved the first Evil Dead but I thought this combined three genres, action, comedy and horror. Brilliant! watch this!
Talk about improvement. Instead of wimpy Bruce Campbell surrounded by his arsehole friends and some goofy practical effects, we have awesome badass Bruce Campbell mostly on his own and some goofier practical effects. But the last bit is good, because it's meant to be goofy. I mean, there's a bit where a deadite does a dance without a head naked. That's how you use over the top, practical gore!
Bruce Campbell is bloody epic and instantly one of my favourite actors now, even though it is a shame he hasn't starred in much else. He's wise cracking and a bit of dick, but so goddamn likable. I…
I prefer this sequel over the first film, even though there is little difference between them. I was a little disappointed that the story line was basically the same.
I feel like this is a cleaner, more well rounded version of Evil Dead.
This, my friends, is groovy.
Ramping up the comedy and toning down the actual horror, Evil Dead II uses the first film as a jumping off point to explore the concept further. This feels like the movie Raimi wanted to make at first but didn't have the money/resources/time to, and so put all his ideas in this one. The complete retconning of the events of the first Evil Dead is confusing at first, but gradually grew on me, as it seems this film's version is much better than what was actually in the original.
And since I'm talking about Evil Dead, I simply must talk about Bruce Campbell. He's much…
Talk about a perfect sequel Sam Raimi's high spirits sequel to the cult classic The Evil Dead did the impossible. It improved and perfected a genre that was perfected by its predecessor.
The Exorcist made you feel respect and fear to the Devil. Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II makes fun of the Devil and demon possession. Although there are some really scary scenes, there are some really twisted funny situations that would leave you wondering "what the f*** just happened?!". The movie is funny for the wrong reasons. I normally don't laugh when a man is breaking himself dishes on the head. I don't think it's funny when a man is repeatedly beaten up by grotesque characters. I would never…
A sequel in which Sam Raimi explores his mother issues...
This movie. Wow. I'm flabbergasted at Raimi's boldness. The Evil Dead was a great horror where direction and make up starred. The lack of characterization was a joke, in the best sense of the word. In the sequel, Raimi's maturity as a film maker is evident, and he allows Bruce Campbell to take center stage and make Ash one of the best characters in cinema history.
There's less frights here than in the first, but the humor is so dark and gruesome (headless dance, anyone?) that it doesn't matter.
The hand. The fight seen with the hand. Stunning.
I can't imagine watching this for the first time, not knowing that Army of Darkness was on the horizon. I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally watch these films.