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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks

     
 

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This high-octane semi-sequel to Sam Raimi's cult hit The Evil Dead has nearly eclipsed its predecessor's reputation thanks to an endless barrage of hyperkinetic camera acrobatics, rapid-fire editing and "splatstick" gore effects ... not to mention a truly goofy performance by Bruce Campbell. Nearly the entire storyline of the previous film has been re-shot and

Overview

This high-octane semi-sequel to Sam Raimi's cult hit The Evil Dead has nearly eclipsed its predecessor's reputation thanks to an endless barrage of hyperkinetic camera acrobatics, rapid-fire editing and "splatstick" gore effects ... not to mention a truly goofy performance by Bruce Campbell. Nearly the entire storyline of the previous film has been re-shot and presented in a drastically condensed form within the first few minutes: rock-jawed but clueless "hero" Ash (Campbell) now visits the mountain cabin only with girlfriend Linda (played here by 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. At first dawn, Ash tries to make his escape, but is promptly set upon by the spirits, given a solid thrashing and nearly possessed himself, saved only by the arrival of sunlight. Cut off from the outside world, Ash is forced to hole up in the cabin and wait for the next demonic onslaught -- which arrives sooner than expected, led by Linda's rotting corpse. After being bitten by Linda's chatty decapitated head, Ash's hand becomes independent of his body and begins pummeling him repeatedly. The story then jumps to a local airport, where the professor's daughter Annie (Sarah Berry) and her partner Ed Getley (Richard Domeier) have just arrived with the missing pages to the Necronomicon. They employ a cranky pair of local rednecks, Jake (Dan Hicks) and Bobbie Joe (Kassie Wesley), as guides to lead them through the dense woods to the cabin ... where, at that very moment, Ash is removing his belligerent hand with a chainsaw, creating yet another ambulatory foe. Driven to the brink of insanity, Ash fires blindly at a noise outside, unaware that the new arrivals are Annie and company. Bobbie Joe is injured by the gunshot, which incurs the wrath of Jake, who knocks Ash senseless and locks him in the fruit cellar. Believing her father was murdered by Ash, Annie plays the rest of the professor's recording to learn the truth, and discovers her possessed mother was buried in the same cellar -- and not exactly resting in peace. This touches off a string of unbelievably gruesome (and hysterically funny) events, including Henrietta's transformation into a stop-motion creature (reminiscent of a Ray Harryhausen creation), Ed's sudden metamorphosis into a toothy, levitating ghoul, and Ash's climactic confrontation with the forest demon itself. The obvious glee with which Raimi and company present this cavalcade of slime-drenched monstrosities and Three Stooges pratfalls makes it impossible to take seriously as a horror film, but Evil Dead 2 is nevertheless essential viewing among connoisseurs of truly demented cinema. The film's sardonic coda opened the way for a slightly less successful sequel, Army of Darkness.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This zany comic remake of the original plays more like a bloody Looney Tunes cartoon than a horror film. Once again, Ash (Bruce Campbell) is trapped in a cabin with demons, but this time they do far more than possess his friends: they possess his hand, the furniture, etc. The hand incident causes Campbell to lop off the offending extremity at the wrist and strap a bucksaw to the stump for his battles with the evil dead. The family who owns the cabin arrives in time for more nutty antics, finding the place trashed and a blood-covered Ash having to save them from the demonic scourge. Director Sam Raimi's camera zooms, pans, and cranes to achieve a frenetic, kinetic effect. At one point he uses a POV shot of a demon's eyeball flying into a woman's open mouth. A batty cross between Dead-Alive and The Mask, this gory funhouse ride is easily the best of the series and is a tremendously entertaining low-budget film.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
UPC:
0012236116301
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
4,491

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campbell, cowriter Scott Spiegel and special makeup effects artist Greg Nictoero; "Evil Dead II: Behind the Screams" featurette; "The Gore the Merrier" featurette; Still galleries; Talent bios; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Campbell Ash, Ashley J. Williams
Sarah Berry Annie Knowby
Dan Hicks Jake
Kassie Wesley Bobby Joe
Theodore Raimi Possessed Henrietta
Denise Bixler Linda
Richard Domeier Ed Getley
John Peaks Prof. Raymond Knowby
Lou Hancock Henrietta Knowby
Snowy Winters Dancer (Dance sequence)
Josh Becker Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel Fake Shemp
William Preston Robertson The Hand
Sam Raimi Knight

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director,Screenwriter
Wendy Bell Makeup
Randy Bennett Art Director
Doug Beswick Special Effects
Andrea Brown Choreography
Bruce Campbell Co-producer
Rick Catizone Special Effects
Kaye Davis Editor
Alex DeBenedetti Executive Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Joseph Lo Duca Score Composer
Philip J.C. Duffin Art Director
Vern Hyde Special Effects
Elizabeth Moore Set Decoration/Design
Irvin Shapiro Executive Producer
Eugene Shlugleit Cinematographer
Mark Shostrom Makeup Special Effects
Scott Spiegel Screenwriter
Tom Sullivan Special Effects
Robert Tapert Producer
Tam G. Warner Choreography
Joseph Winogradoff Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Evil Dead 2
1. The Book/Main Titles [2:01]
2. Raising Hell [3:27]
3. Possessed [1:13]
4. The Ride [3:58]
5. No Escape [6:46]
6. Dance Macabre [2:55]
7. The Tool Shed [2:16]
8. Off His Rocker [5:44]
9. Hell Hand [5:43]
10. Laughing Stock [1:31]
11. Blood Simple [4:33]
12. Henrietta [2:18]
13. Dead by Dawn [3:52]
14. Things From Beyond [5:37]
15. The Woods [1:39]
16. Pages of Prophesy [5:02]
17. Ash, the Demon [7:39]
18. Battle Gear [1:02]
19. The Cellar [4:11]
20. Showdown [2:44]
21. The Evil Summoned [2:17]
22. The Rift [2:18]
23. Hero From the Sky [1:59]
24. End Credits [3:16]

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