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12 October 2011

The Evil Dead 2 (1987) [Horror Marthon] 7#

Directed by: Saim Raimi
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Runtime: 84 Minutes
As a horror sequel theirs more thrills, ore action, higher body count and in this films case, a hell of a lot more gore. “The Evil Dead 2” is a complete splatter fest filled with innovative and surprising effects that will certainly freak you out in some way. Next, to be being a complete gore fest of a film, as unreal as it is, it’s still going to give you some chills and shocks. Here we have a sequel that pairs up with the greatness of it's original, which my friend, is rare.

Ash (Bruce Campbell) who we are familiar with from the previous film now visits a mountain lodge with his girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler). Upon arrival at the cabin, Ash discovers the Sumerian Book of the Dead, the ritual dagger and a reel-to-reel tape containing the professor's translations of the book's hieroglyphics. The incantations summon an unseen, growling spirit from within the woods, which bursts into the cabin and takes possession of Linda's soul. Ash is forced to decapitate her with a shovel, after which he buries her in the forest. After this point you’re in for a gore filled ride.

Ash's demented hand.
The first thing that really surprises me with this film is the visual effects achieved. Whether you wish to call them good or bad, (I think they are impressive), you have to admit they are pretty scary and gross. It's one of the things that make this sequel very worthy and almost up there with the original. We have some sloppy stop-motion and some excellent gore-tastic effects, like the witch. I could not even describe some things that are seen because they are that weird but I have to admit the art and special effects team of this film did a banging job. This is definitely not for the faint hearted, but the splat-stick violence here can be very amusing to some.

One of the film’s only flaws is its immediate start and lack of length. The film definitely could have been at least 10 minutes longer and seemed to be moving too fast at the start. The beginning was breakneck speed, but as the film went, on it got energetic and exciting so it was not much of a problem.

Director Sam Raimi could have made a big mistake with the film being a sequel ans the “self-conscious” state it could have had. Well, he managed to pull off a sequel that many consider just as good or better as the previous film. The editing is stylish, the effects are tremendous and the plot is completely frantic. Giving you no rest, the film is constantly throwing surprises. 



The film almost crushed the reputation the previous film had, which shows just how popular and culturally effective this film was. I feel that this film is about as equal as the original because it's amusing, entertaining and most of all, good gory fun. The film maintains the fun b-movie action that we loved about the first film and throws in new ingredients making a grand blend. 


Bruce Campbell returns and does a flawless job. Some of the acting is mediocre but suits the film. Once more, there has not been a huge budget, but enough to cram some cheap, but impressive visual effects. This is one of the most original horror films there is because of it's unique craftsmanship. If you are looking for a good thrill with a reasonable amount of graphic images, then this film is an ideal choice to watch this Halloween. Filled with splat-stick gore and an outrageous plot, you will be constantly surprised with every minute of violence.  


My Rating: 8.5/10

3 comments:

  1. This is one of my all time favorite horror movies, glad to hear you enjoyed. Great review, very Groovy!

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  2. This is the only one of the trilogy that I actually liked. I'm not a horror fan usually, so it was the humor that made me like it. I ended up being a little disappointed in the third one, since I had heard it was more a comedy than the first two, so my expectations were too high after seeing the second one.

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  3. I'm still not sure about this series, but great review nonetheless

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