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Evil Dead 2 (1987)
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Ash survives the last frame of the original Evil Dead and finds himself
alone in the house to face the spirits of the woods. But he’s not by his
lonesome for long. Ash’s right hand keeps busting chops and a group of
outsiders crash the party… possessions ensue. What’s a man to do but
nab the chainsaw and clean house!
Quite a juggling act Raimi pulls off with this sequel. He injects a huge
dose of humor into the film (no laughs in the first one) and still manages
to make it scary. Don’t get me wrong, the film is not the relentless fear-fest the first one
was, but it still kept me on my toes. And it's the wacky, crazy humor/gore
that makes this one’s heart pump.
You can’t get any better than Bruce Campbell tripping the f**k out and
the first half of the film gave me just that. I couldn’t get enough! Ash
fighting his undead girlfriend, Ash going coo-coo in the cabin as the deer
head on the wall and other appliances (the lamp is so cute) laugh it out
with him. And of course, Ash versus his hand. I won’t give too much away
but the sheer brutality of the hand scene is made hilarious by the sight
gags that follow (love the line: "who’s laughing now!"…great
Ash himself evolves as
a character here. In the first flick, he was an average "Joe" put in a
messed up situation. Here he goes totally insane and then Raimi turns him
into a one-liner spitting super hero. With his chainsaw hand and his
shotgun, Ash becomes a no bull action-man! All is handled with tongue
planted firmly in cheek and no actor can communicate that better than
Bruce "the man" Campbell. Go boy!
The movie did lose me a
bit when Ash got some visitors from the real world. Annie (Berry), Jake
(Hicks) and Bobby Joe (Depaiva) are very despicable. I hated them all (the
blonde dude too). They kept on making dumb arse horror movie moves (like
running outside knowing that the dead roam the woods) and spit out
some stinky dialogue. They also slowed the movie down and took the focus
away from lone warrior Ash. I know that their inclusion is there to get
the flick to move in a different direction so it could reach its climax,
but in my perfect world, the film would have been all about Ash and his
fight to get the f**k out of dodge…all alone.
bigger budget, more laughs, extreme gore, a top form Raimi and a pumped up
Ash make this sequel a joyride down horror lane. But to be honest, I dug
the first one better. Evil Dead 2 works on a different level than the
original. The mean streak is softer and the gore is easier to digest since
it's so over the top. Example: the tree-attacking scene here doesn’t cap
off in a very nasty way like in the first one, it’s more humorous. With
this sequel we feel the series heading towards the fantastic, an element
that’s very prominent in the last sequel "Army Of Darkness".
There’s a more cartoonish vibe going on here but that doesn’t mean the
flick is not extremely fun. Swallow this…
This is Bruce Campbell’s (Ash) staple in the genre. This is the
performance that had gore fiends look up and say: this guy is whack! He
pulls it off big time, showing off his physical comedy talents (the hand
stuff is dope), tossing in some kool one-liners and just being an all-around slick dude that takes a beating but keeps on ticking. This is Bruce’s
movie. Sarah Berry (Annie) didn’t convince me and I found myself
chuckling at her clumsy performance. Dan Hicks (Jake) plays his hick part
well…too bad, I didn’t dig the part. Kassie Depaiva (Bobby Joe) is way
hot but her part is underwritten and her top stays on. Richard Domeier
(Ed) has blonde hair. His acting talent, you may ask? Questionable, I
Lots of green gooey stuff (Raimi made the blood green to avoid censorship)
going on here. Some nice body part chopping, some kool stop motion effects
and one really bad claymation bit (no, I didn’t dig the full body
Henrietta shots). Look out for the eyeball gag…fun times!
A naked stop motion corpse dancing around…that’s all folks. Sorry
ladies, Bruce keeps his pants on.
Raimi really goes haywire in the first half of the film. High-energy,
wicked shots, brilliant use of sound and lots of momentum. Since the
second half shows us more (living trees, the invisible creature made flesh…),
Raimi tones it down a bit so we don’t miss the effects. NOTE: I was
thrilled that Raimi reprised that POV shot of the demon chasing Ash (that
steadycam thang). Here it’s even more badass than in the first and it
made my night.
Minimal but when it pops in, it’s very effective.
Not the lean mean horror machine Evil Dead is but an
outrageous, over the top, fun filled horror opus. I’ve seen this sequel
a thousand times and it always holds up. It made Bruce Campbell a horror
icon and paved the way for a new kind of horror: extreme and funny (Peter
Jackson should thank Raimi). All serious gore hounds should have this bad
boy in their movie library. Now I’m going to go play my "Evil
Dead" game on "Playstation". Groovy….
Why is the flashback different than what happened in The Evil Dead? Well,
the rights to show scenes from the original could not be acquired to
re-cap what happened, so they re-shot the beginning to explain how Ash got
to the cabin.
Sam Raimi’s brother Ted Raimi
plays the possessed "Henrietta".
One of the books on the can that
traps Ash's possessed hand is "A Farewell to Arms."
A glove belonging to Freddy Krueger
can be seen hanging above the door of the woodshed. This was
in response to the use of The Evil Dead on a television screen in A
Nightmare on Elm Street.
Professor Knowby's dead wife is said
to be in the "fruit cellar," a reference to Psycho.
Ash's chainsaw appears to switch
hands in one scene. That’s because Sam Raimi decided Ash should walk the
opposite way across the room in that scene, so he flipped the negative.
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