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Insane laughter.

  • May 14, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****

I've been raised to believe that recycling is a very good thing, and indeed it is. I never would have imagined that such a word as "recycle" could apply to a film, but here you go; "The Evil Dead 2" is good at recycling. The film is considered a sequel- or perhaps even a remake- or Raimi's previous film, "The Evil Dead". What a fantastic film that was; wonderfully ghoulish, deviously demonic, and hilariously awesome in just about every way possible. If the word "rehash" means anything to you, then you might want to see "The Evil Dead 2".

Sam Raimi is really, really good at taking old material and an old premise and turning it into something almost entirely new. Here, he has taken the concept of his little directorial debut, yet here he has more money to spend and less blood to shed; still making that PLENTY of the red, red kroovy. The film does what it wants to do very well, and that alone makes it a rather strong recommendation.

Ash and his girl go to a cabin in the woods for a few nights. The film pretty much re-sets the clock and adds new events to "The Evil Dead" story, and we might as well count the first film as "non-existent" to this universe and its little tale. Anyways, a sound recording and a devious little book turn things from good to bad in an instant, and Ash's love gets possessed. He is forced to kill her early on, and things don't stop there.

The whole film is taken up by slap-stick gags, gore-gags, and plenty of other insane humoristic elements as well. So "The Evil Dead 2", like the film that started all this twisted madness, is less about its story, but more-so about what happens, and how admirably crazy it all is. "The Evil Dead 2" is certainly less gruesome and twisted when compared to "The Evil Dead", but that doesn't mean that it lacks the elements of fun and surprise.

There are some good scares, some really good laughs, and moments where there's actually some really good writing going on. If you can accept humor in the form of gore and particularly demented slap-stick, which was required to enjoy the first film, then here's a film that you should watch. I still think that, in spite of the lack of connection between the two plots, you should watch "The Evil Dead" before you watch the sequel. If you can observe both films and see them as art-since that's probably what they are-then you'll get a good feeling for Raimi's artistic vision.

As for Ash, his role is reprised by Bruce Campbell; the guy with the awesome chin. Of course, Campbell is in full "Bruce Campbell: Action Hero" mode here, and has a few really memorable quotes/lines. His campiness has somewhat improved, since camp is the focus of the film rather than gruesomeness, which is OK. I like Campbell's roles in which he knows not of his comedy, yet he knows he kind of sucks. He's gone on to do self-parodies, which are always good for actors such as him, right?

So while "The Evil Dead 2" is no "Evil Dead", it's still a damn fine movie. The entertainment is consistent, and I had a lot of fun with the movie. It's a film with one joke; demons. But what Raimi does with this joke...that's what's interesting and worthy of watching. Without the humor, these movies would be nothing; they would be forgettable. But what makes the first two "Evil Dead" films so memorable is their uncanny ability to actually charm a certain audience. Horror can be both frightening and hilarious, now can't it? That's why we invented "camp". Sam Raimi is one of the more influential "campy" directors out there, and his work is almost impossible to NOT like. So if you like Raimi, or the "Evil Dead" series, then "The Evil Dead 2" is by all means worth seeing. It has not aged a bit, as far as horror sequels go, and I really do appreciate the fun and recycling skills that it demonstrates. See, kids: recycling is good after all. It's also groovy, as Ash would put it.

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Horror comedy directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Sam Raini and Scott Spiegel. Starring Bruce Campbell
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Director: Sam Raimi
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Release Date: March 13, 1987
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Scott Spiegel, Sam Raimi
Runtime: 1hr 24min
Studio: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
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