Dead 2 is a strange little movie. Actually, that's a bit of an
Evil Dead 2 is more than just a strange little movie. It's
a fun, scary and purely gross way to spend 85 minutes of your life.
Dead 2 (1987)
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, and
Why I am reviewing a sequel before the original? Well, this is basically
an improved remake of the first movie with humor added in heaping quantities.
You don't need to see the first movie to understand what's going on in
Evil Dead 2 at all.
OK, so what's it all about?
Basically, Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend, Linda (Denise Bixler),
decide to spend a night in an isolated cabin. After
exploring a little, Ash finds a tape recorder with a somewhat ominous
looking book next to it. By playing the tape, he listens to the words
of a professor who was transcribing the ancient "Book of the Dead." The
words on the tape unleash the demons that the book is meant to control.
Suddenly, an evil force attacks and possesses Linda, causing her to attack
Ash. From that point on, it's non-stop guts, blood, slime and spewing.
If this movie was not obviously intended to poke fun at the horror genre,
it would be entirely in bad taste. However, director and co-writer Sam
Raimi, along with the talents of fellow writer Scott Spiegel and the acting
of Bruce Campbell, provides the movie with just the right amount of charm
and wit to keep things from grossing anyone out to the point of vomiting.
You'll find yourself laughing at things like flying eyeballs and severed
hands and not feel the least bit odd in doing so.
Although the movie starts to sag towards the end, Raimi manages to tie
everything up fairly well without ruining anything. (If you wish to follow
the further adventures of Ash, rent Army of Darkness.)
Dead 2 is a joy after watching endless horror slasher movies
that take themselves way too seriously.
glove like that of Freddy Krueger hangs on a wall in the basement
of the cabin. This is a reference to the fact that the original Evil
Dead could be seen in the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)