Movie Title: Evil Dead II
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 24 min.
Who did I watch with?: Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Home
Evil Dead II is a remake of the original Evil Dead with a budget. Evil Dead II is in many ways superior to the original. Yes, the original gave us the character of Ash Williams played by Bruce Campell, but Evil Dead II gives us the version of the character that we know and love. In the original he was terrified to inaction for large portions of the movie. That is not an issue in this one and the pace moves rapidly. He takes his girlfriend up to the cabin, tries to get busy, discovers the same tape as the original, and she is dead inside 10 minutes. Things get worse from there.
Evil Dead II is great because Bruce Campbell did a great job and suffered for this role. Just looking at his possessed eye contacts make me want to rub my eyes. That is not to mention all the makeup, rubber prosthetics, and crazy setups that happen in the movie. He is the character of Ash. When he puts a chainsaw on his amputated arm, locks and loads a shotgun, and then just says “groovy,” you know the rest of the movie is going to be a trip.
The movie is funnier and more intense than the original thanks to an expanded budget. Not to spoil too much, but the creatures are very creative. The first one is decapitated naked woman’s corpse that attacks our hero with his own chainsaw that is driven through her own torso. After which, Ash’s hand gets infected by the Necronomicon plague and he has to cut it off because it is trying to kill him. A deer head mounted on a whole comes back to life to laugh at it him and gush blood into his face. What more could you want?
Evil Dead II is a horror classic and the best of the series. The original is not required viewing for seeing the sequel, but it is also a damn good movie in its own right, so I recommend it. See it.
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