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Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 10/02/2007 Run time: 91 minutes Rating: R

Writer-director Sam Raimi's extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn't really a sequel; rather, it's a remake on a better budget. It also isn't really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humor. The plot alone is a genre clich¨¦ right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods--miles from civilization--find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the theaters, the film has since become an influential cult-video favorite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. --Dave McCoy

Customer Reviews:

  • A VERY FUNNY HORROR COMEDY AND A VERY GOOD SEQUEL
    This is an awesome sequel with great makeup and special fx and gore , Bruce Campbell's second funniest film , highly recommended....more info
  • one-of-a-kind entertainment
    Is it a horror movie with some very, very funny elements? Or is it a comedy with some very, very scary elements? (I'd say it's the first one.) Either way, it is over-the-top gory and terrifying and hilarious and entertaining. I've seen it probably 20 times, and it still shocks and delights every time. ...more info
  • This movie rocks!
    I loved this movie when I first saw it when I was 17, and I love it even more now. The main character, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, is iconic in his hilarious idiocy. The creatures are lovely, the plot is very entertaining, and lots of people die in creative ways, and/or are tormented by an evil detatched hand. Don't watch this movie expecting complete slasher action, though. The blood content is high, but the direct gore factor is much lower than in the first one (and fortunately, there are no tree-rapes). I also recommend watching the behind-the-scenes mini-film, "The Gore the Merrier," for an entertaining look at what went into the film. Fans of the series will definately enjoy this film (I actually saw "Army of Darkness" first, and worked my way back). Also, fans of actor Bruce Campbell, or director Sam Raimi will enjoy this film. Also, if you're a hard-core Ted Raimi fan (like I am), you'll probably enjoy watching him struggle around in a full monster body suit as the possessed Henrietta (the poor thing). All in all, a great horror movie, with more than a bit of dark comedy, and all around great fun to watch....more info
  • YOU GAVE ME THE WRONG ONE
    I ordered this...Evil Dead 2, right? NO. I got the first one, and I'm not happy about this. I mean yeah, it's good, but the fact my order is screwed really makes me angry. So yeah, thanks, you bloody twit....more info
  • This movie Rules
    What a great film. One of the best movies of all time. Funny - Scary - Great to make out to. Highly reccomended....more info
  • A Classic
    This is one of the best films ever made.

    I should end the review there, but I guess I'll add a few other remarks, since that line alone would strike many as preposterous. Ok, first I should clarify: this is one of the best films ever made if you like the horror genre (and especially the comedy-horror sub-genre). Obviously if you hate horror films you won't think this is very good. That's fine. Usually when I see those "Greatest 100 movies" type lists, I don't like more than 2 or 3 on the entire list. Everyone has an opinion, and opinions are of necessity subjective. So if you don't like horror... run from this page, run very quickly.

    Still here? Great! Anyway, I'm not going to go over all the great stuff in the film, most people have covered that pretty well. There's gore, there's slapstick, there's a ton of sight gags and wonderfully corny lines and catch phrases. It also has some interesting characters, especially the heroic fool Ash. This is just a damn fine movie.

    The packaging is certainly... interesting. The artwork inside is nice, though a depiction of the skull on the original cover would have been nice (especially since there are two blank pages). The commentary is great, with lots of entertaining stories, tons of insights and things to watch for in the movie, and some bad jokes (as one would expect). I wish they would have added another commentary or two, as there seems to be (based on what I've read) quite a bit more that could be said about this film, but I guess one will have to do. The other extras were also pretty interesting, with even the picture section (a narrated slide show) being engaging, which is a first....more info
  • Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn
    What can I say. Bruce Campbell makes this series of films come alive. Owning all 3. Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, and a bunch of Bruce Campbell collectable's that people admire in my Theater Room. Ive own the VHS copy then the DVD copy and Now the Blu Ray copy and the picture is awesome. This scary and slap stick comedy will make a feel funny and scared at the same time. Bruce's talks about a possible Evil Dead 4 but a script still isnt in the cards, but if Sam Raimi has anything to say is that if this happens the cabin must be destroyed....more info
  • Groooooovy movie!!!!!! Not so grooooovy UMD!!!
    Sam Raimi's horror masterpiece is possibly my favourite of Raimi films, and horror films ever made. It's full of 80's gore, cheese, and one-liners. So when i saw it available on UMD, i just had grab a copy ASAP.

    Picture:
    As far as the PQ on the UMD disc, it's quite rough on the edges. We get a pretty standard transfer, complete with all the blemishes and grain seen on it's dvd counterpart. It also suffers from some nasty smearing seen on certain UMD's like Spider-man. But, apart from that,it was what I expected.

    3/5

    Sound:
    Hmmmm.......This UMD is a strange one on the sound front. I recommend watching this movie on "Full Volume" from the start (as it's quite soft) and then turning it down when the action and chaos ramps up (it gets pretty loud towards the end...Beware!!).
    It serves it's purpose and I still enjoyed what it had to offer.

    3/5

    Extras:
    None.

    0/0

    Overall:
    Even though it's a pretty sub-standard UMD with no extras and average PQ and Sound, i still recommend it to any fan. I've watched it over 5 times since purchase, and that ain't a bad thing.

    3/5

    Hail to the king baby!!!!!

    -zallapo...more info
  • dark comedy mixed with gore
    this is just as good as the 1st but this one has alot of dark comedy which works very well with this film. they even tried to change the color of the blood too try and escape an NC-17 rating
    very funny and very dark...more info
  • excelent edition!
    Hola. Este dvd de evil dead 2 es altamente recomendable para cualquier fan de los DVDS o cualquier fan de EVIL DEAD. Es un lujazo de edicion y se lo recomiendo a todo el mundo....more info
  • A VERY FUNNY HORROR COMEDY AND A VERY GOOD SEQUEL
    This is an awesome sequel with great makeup and special fx and gore , Bruce Campbell's second funniest film , highly recommended....more info
  • dont bother
    Stupid i fied retelling of a decent horror film ( THE EVIL DEAD)
    Why do film directors think that the addition of third grader slapstick humor will improve a film!
    Please Bruce Campbell, stay out of movies!...more info
  • The Dawn of Splatstick
    Shaun of the Dead. Undead. Dead & Breakfast. Bubba Ho-Tep. Without Evil Dead II, it is more than likely that none of those films would exist. This film really did usher in a brand new form of both horror and comedy. A form that is now lovingly referred to as "splatstick".

    Before I even begin the plot summary, I will say that if you have not yet seen The Evil Dead, DO NOT watch Evil Dead II. By no means is it a stand-alone film. That said, the story is of Ash (Campbell), the hero from the first film, who, like in the first film, must do battle with evil demons summoned by the ancient "Book of the Dead". That's really about it.

    So what is it that makes Evil Dead II so special and so different from The Evil Dead? What makes it more than a cheap rehash? The answer is simple: humor. The Evil Dead was a low-budget classic of frightening, gory horror, and while there are certainly some very funny moments of extremely black humor (it somehow manages to make a man decapitating his girlfriend with a shovel seem hilarious), it was a rather intense and horrifying ride. Evil Dead II, however, is just the opposite. It has moments of frightening horror, but it is really a screwball comedy reminiscent of The Three Stooges (whom director Sam Raimi is an avid fan of). Gags include a projectile eyeball flying into someone's mouth, guffawing possessed furniture, a possessed headless corpse putting a chainsaw in its own neck, and my personal favorite, a sequence involving a possessed severed hand and a copy of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms. Trust me, it all sounds much darker in writing than it is in the film; it's all quite light-hearted (as much as possible considering the subject matter, anyway). This type of bloody macabre humor would come to be known as "splatstick", and would be utilized in many more films to follow.

    Yes, there were a few splatstick films prior to Evil Dead II (Re-Animator comes to mind), but what really sets II apart is its sheer inventiveness. Everything just feels so fresh and exciting, even today, as the film is approaching its twentieth anniversary.

    And of course, no review of this film would be complete without at least one reference to B-movie icon Bruce Campbell's performance, which can only be described with the word "awesome". He's not quite achieved the level of badass-ness he's at in the second Evil Dead sequel, Army of Darkness (which is in a class all its own), but he's getting there.

    Evil Dead II's influence is widespread and undeniable. While it is personally my least favorite of the Evil Dead series (I look to The Evil Dead for horror and Army of Darkness for comedy; II feels like a slightly diluted mix of the two), it is still a classic and essential viewing for any self-respecting horror fan.

    8/10...more info
  • Horror Movie Played For Laughs; Extremely Entertaining
    This is one of the few horror movies I truly enjoyed, because the film offers a great combination of horror and comedy. It adds up to a very entertaining 85 minutes.

    There's a lot to like in this kinda-goofy movie: nice visuals; good humor to counteract the scariness and gore of a horror story and some totally outrageous scenes. They include a woman's head loose and then biting a man's hand with the rest of her body running around with a chainsaw; a hand with a mind of it's own, monster-type grandma and grandpa in the cellar, chase scenes through a forest with trees coming to life and attacking people, on and on....wild, wild stuff.

    My main complaint is that there are not enough lulls. There is too much action, and it's so intense it's almost too much to watch in one continuous sitting even with its fairly short length. One needs a break once in a while!

    Whatever, I think most of this is played for laughs more than horror. Bruce Campbell suffers physical damage that would have killed a person many times over but within seconds, he's back to normal. Campbell, by the way, must have set the all-time record for making wild faces in a movie, more than Jim Carrey. However, this movie certainly isn't one to be scrutinized for realism. You have to look at it, with all the gory scenes and shocking violence, as mainly a tongue-in-cheek satire on horror movies. At least that's the way I saw it.

    Now that's out on Blu-Ray, I have to check it out again.
    ...more info
  • Paying Homage at the Altar of Raimi; This One's for Me.
    My friends and I have spent a lot of time this Halloween season trying to dig up hidden horror gems for each other. It's been a fun ride and an expensive diversion for sure. But as the bewitching hour draws near, it is time to stop digging for a minute and pay proper respects to a film that is so widely loved that this review will simply get washed away with the tide of reviews from its adoring masses. I give you "Evil Dead II" (imagine trumpets blaring)!!

    -"TURE HORROR FANS" CAN BITE MY ASH!!
    Oh yea, I'm coming after you people!! It's time to open up a can of reality woopak on you!! Those of you who say a horror/comedy is not horror at all are living in some self-defined fantasy world of limited thinking. Most people in their right mind will tell you that half the fun of horror movies IS THE FUN!!! "Evil Dead II" might be the most fun normal people will have while still getting a little bit scared. So, "true horror fans", you can take your constipated narrow view of horror and drop it in the trash can man. Sorry for that tantrum. But honestly, there are so few really good, completely serious horror films that I'd die of boredom watching the same ten films over and over again. Now that's "true horror".

    Indiscriminate Spoilers Ahead!!

    -STAY OUT OF THE CELLAR!!
    I've seen this film so many times and yet, every time Ash goes into the cellar I get a little creeped out. So yea, this film is still scary. It's not so dark with black, shere terror that you'll have trouble going to sleep at night, but it still gets a few chills from me. In fact, there are many elements in this film that set the standards for creepy camera work. Sam Raimi was very inventive here. When you see the camera (evil spirit) chasing after Ash, just think about how difficult that shot was. Never mind the scene with the trophy animals and the c.lock on the wall laughing at him; way creepy camera angles!! As creepy as this stuff is, it's all done brilliantly with a light hearted wink from Raimi.

    -HOLD ON TO YOUR HEADS AND TAKE A BOW.
    I need to honor the cast for making this one of my all time favorites. I tend to neglect actor for the most part. So, here's the role call.
    -Bruce Campbell = Ash: Campbell and Raimi clearly have a love for the 3 Stooges and are certainly Moe schmoes. As the main man, Campbell might have the most expressive face this side of Jim Carrey. Needless to say, he is great at slapstick and has made being a horror klown, art.
    -Denise Bixler = Linda: Next to Ash, Linda is the most memorable role. Even though she technically dies very early, she spends a lot of time as a head. Though hardly the queen of B movies, Denise gets huge respect for all the nastiness she endures in this classic.
    -Ted Raimi = Possessed Henrietta: His price for nepotism; spending hours in a ridiculous amount of latex! What a trooper. This is a pretty darn creepy character too.
    -Sarah Berry = Annie Knowby: She has the distinct honor of being the last woman in this realm that Ash lusts after. She gets pretty messy in the worst ways too. Raimi was just brutal on these people.
    -Kassie DePaiva = Bobbie Joe: She's so sweet and helpful in this film. It also turns out she's a tree hugger, well, they hug her anyway.
    -Dan Hicks = Jake: Dan gets to be meat.
    -Rick Domeier = Ed Getley: Rick gets to be meat too.

    These people didn't always distinguish themselves but will always have a place in the hearts of "Evil Dead II" fans for making this such a treat.

    -IF YOU HAVE D' TIME SON, I HAVE D'WIL SON.
    Well son, or daughter, or "bro" or "sis" or whatever your position in life may be, I suggest that if you haven't seen this film yet then you either don't have the time (so why are you reading this?) or the will. Get off your butt and watch this all you fans of horror!! Bruce Campbell is no George C. Scot, man. However, he is quite brilliant in this standard-bearing comedic/horror classic. You can spend your Halloween all wet while you Bob for apples, and count to 22 or you can watch one of the most entertaining films a true fan of the genre could ever hope for.
    Sorry J. I couldn't figure out how to fit a single letter into this mess!!
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  • Everything a horror comedy should be
    Evil Dead II is a sequel/remake to the Evil Dead, but it's much more entertaining, because of its creative comedy. This is everything a horror comedy should be and even if it's labeled as a B-Movie, I think it competes with even the A-list horror of today. In fact, a lot of the A-list horror today is crap compared to this genius. Bruce Campbell portrays Ash like you've never seen him before and he's stuck inside of the same creepy cabin with deadites everywhere, which isn't exactly for the faint of heart. Don't worry, this isn't as scary as the first one. The first half of the movie is Ash struggling to keep the Evil Dead from possessing his body. The second half has newcomers arriving at the cabin, only to find out the horror of what has happened. Everything gets possessed in this movie at least once (including inanimate objects and excluding three people). There are also actual antagonists such as Henrietta and Rotten Apple head. It's one ride that you don't want to miss if you're looking for a good time. Bruce Campbell deserves another comeback....more info
  • Let's carve ourselves a witch!
    A chainsaw-wielding, shotgun-shooting enforcer of evil...enough said. Although the first Evil Dead had it's share of slap stick humor and gore, this sequel is definitely an upgrade over its predecessor. The gore is so over-the-top, you can't help but to laugh at the Kool-Aid spewing and syrup-spilling madness. The scene where the severed hand gets caught in the mouse trap and then flips off Ash is classic! A must own for any B-movie horror fan, or any horror fan for that matter....more info
  • Groovy
    The series takes a left turn towards comedy in this sequel to a straight out horror film, not to say there is no horror to be found. There are plenty of scenes that will make you jump if you don't know what is coming, but there is a lot of laughs as well. In one word, the movie is fun. Bruce Campbell carries the film since it really does focus on his character and changes Ash from a quiet person into this explosive action hero that you can't help but cheer on! Every time I think of my favorite scenes, the majority of them involve Ash, which is what makes him such a great character. The big scene I immediately think of is when he fights his own hand, you'll just have to watch to see that for yourself.

    A bigger budget was used in the making of this movie, but some B qualities still can be seen in the movie. Such as you can see there is no roof to the cabin when Ash is trying to out run the deadite spirit following him into the house. Another instance being when the eye pops out of the deadite, you can see the little black piece of plastic making the eye fly. Small things like that do not effect this movie, the story is compelling and you will ignore anything that seems cheesy. There is too much good about the movie and will always win over anything bad that can be said about this movie.

    People kept asking after watching the first movie, why wasn't Ash every possessed in the first film when all of his friends were? Well, he gets to be possessed in this film in more than one occasion, so it goes to show that even he isn't immune. Overall, this is another MUST SEE! I have watched the movie many times and this is definitely something that will never get old.
    ...more info
  • Horror Movie Played For Laughs; Extremely Entertaining
    This is one of the few horror movies I truly enjoyed, because the film offers a great combination of horror and comedy. It adds up to a very entertaining 85 minutes.

    There's a lot to like in this kinda-goofy movie: nice visuals; good humor to counteract the scariness and gore of a horror story and some totally outrageous scenes. They include a woman's head loose and then biting a man's hand with the rest of her body running around with a chainsaw; a hand with a mind of it's own, monster-type grandma and grandpa in the cellar, chase scenes through a forest with trees coming to life and attacking people, on and on....wild, wild stuff.

    My main complaint is that there are not enough lulls. There is too much action, and it's so intense it's almost too much to watch in one continuous sitting even with its fairly short length. One needs a break once in a while!

    Whatever, I think most of this is played for laughs more than horror. Bruce Campbell suffers physical damage that would have killed a person many times over but within seconds, he's back to normal. Campbell, by the way, must have set the all-time record for making wild faces in a movie, more than Jim Carrey. However, this movie certainly isn't one to be scrutinized for realism. You have to look at it, with all the gory scenes and shocking violence, as mainly a tongue-in-cheek satire on horror movies. At least that's the way I saw it.

    Now that's out on Blu-Ray, I have to check it out again.
    ...more info
  • Evil dead II wax fest.
    I did a blind buy on the Blue ray version, and its a good thing that I'm a fan of the movie (but then who else would buy this in any format) because the DNR makes the faces smooth and washes out most of the detail, its so clean it looks unnatural. This should be a $10 catalog buy....more info
  • The Book Of The Dead
    I have to say that Evil Dead 2 is a great movie in popculture history, like Star Wars or the Blues Brothers. It is a great dvd to have in any collection, and in this awsome dvd case you get so much for your money. Its not only the DVD but the Necronomicon. its pages have special incantations that can be translated. the book is covered in a prosthetic rubber so it has that halloween smell to it and if you press its one good eye it screams. this is a great buy...more info
  • I'll swallow your soul!
    One of the funniest horror movies of all time. I love evil dead 2. I think it's the best of the 3 movies. Ash rules. He goes to the woods with his lady to her family's log cabin. Demons were released when someone read from the necronomicon (the book of the dead)and ash has to battle them through the whole movie. Theres a few locals who show up and of corse get killed off then turn in to deadites. great movie. I never get tired of it....more info
  • Who Says Horror Sequels Can't Be Better?
    THE EVIL DEAD was a cult hit when it came out on video, thanks to word of mouth and great camera work and special effects. It was also good thanks to the acting kitsch of Bruce Campbell and company, but Campbell made the cut. Now with the idea that another 'Dead' movie would follow, could it match up to the kitsch and scares of the first? You bet!

    EVIL DEAD 2: Dead By Dawn is ultimately more a campy, funny, and scarier re-make of the first film (although it is a sequel, it's more a reinvisioning of the first film with better elements). It even approaches a sort of "looney tunes" type status with some of its scares, especially the moment where Ash's girlfriend spins out in front with her head popping off and then back on (this is after ash decapitated her and buried her out front).

    Back to the woods we go, for another round. Ash comes to the cabin (or cottage, whatever you want to call it) with girlfriend Linda (not the same one from the first) for a relaxing getaway, and ultimately finds an device and plays the tape in it and incantations once again summon our evil spirit fiends from the woods. The real beginning of the film is terrific, with the "force" plowing through the woods, the cabin, through the front door and, ultimately, to our hero, possessing him until the rise of the sun. A new group of people decide to visit the cabin themselves, and then the mayhem ultimately proceeds to ensue, with one of the funniest being mother locked in the basement (remember the creepy moments in the basement in the first movie? those are nothing compared to the moments in this one), trying to trick her daughter into letting her out. The best moments of the film come when Ash's hand decides to take on a mind of its own after his hand gets bit by one of the possessed newcomers, and Ash hacks it off and links his hand-less arm to a chainsaw (could that be an homage to Texas Chainsaw? Nah!). This movie has more laughs than the first one does, but it still does have its very creepy moments, with the frenzied camera angles returning; the possessed woods capturing a woman and, near the end, ultimately coming to life to batter the cabin while Ash and one person struggle against the forces in the woods; the big giant scary, but really quite amusing, face that appears in the doorway before being sucked into the portal, which ultimately sucks our hero into another time, leading into the camp ARMY OF DARKNESS, which is by all means a true completion to this ever scary but truly fun trilogy. It, like its predecessor, has a great ending...you will truly appreciate the work Raimi put into this film, with Bruce Campbell (now one of my favorite actors) back in top form with his manic and frenzied performance.

    DEAD BY DAWN is the ultimate follow-up to a cult favorite, and the third and final installment of the series would very much end the series on a campy note. Would this be the last we hear from our buddies Campbell and Raimi? Definitely not. Was ARMY OF DARKNESS the last EVIL DEAD? Only time will tell. Is EVIL DEAD 2 worth your watch? Absolutely....more info
  • Simply the greatest film of all time.
    If you have not seen this film, do yourself a favor and watch it at least five times. ...more info
  • Awesome!!
    Tangerine is by far the best tasting Jelly Belly of them all.
    Not only do you get the sugar high from eating this bean but it really tastes like the fruit that it's named after.

    It's way better than that tuitty fruity flavor that everyone talks about. I don't know what's up with that flavor, it tastes more like 'bubble gum' flavor than anything else, there's no way there's any fruit flavoring in that bean. Plus, the tuitty fruitty bean just looks fruity, you have to be pretty fruity to be eating a bean that looks like that.

    Also check out the Harry Potter 'grass' flavored jelly bean, it's really not bad like it's supposed to be. Sardine, on the other hand, will really make you want to throw up.

    Jelly beans are great to eat while watching Evil Dead 2, a movie that will turn any sane person insane. Believe me, I know... I've never had a jelly bean in my life.
    ...more info
  • Scary,Funny,or Both
    If you have never seen a evil dead movie you are in for a treat. What you take from the movie is all up to you. Some may find it scary and some funny.I see it as a fine creative/artistic work of film. It is worth checking out or buying,if your sick like me:)
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  • It's even better a second time around...
    Okay, I saw the movie on TV. Sadly, It failed (as I said in my AOD review) but that's because all the good stuff was cut out. Then I rented it the movie, and I loved the original uncut version. Truly amazing! A great sequel.

    STORY: Ash returns to the remote cabin with his girlfriend. The stay at the cabin turns into a nightmare. The next morning, He gets attacked by the unseen evil, and because of that, he unleashes Evil Ash. He tries to escape, but the bridge has been destroyed! Now, his hand goes all bad, which turns him into a one-handed zombie killer, and when people find him in the cabin, they dislike him at first. But when they learn what has happened to them, they must tam up with Ash.

    OPINION: Awesome sequel! More gore, more excitement, and I love the ending. Waves the atmosphere ready for Army Of Darkness.

    So go rent this sequel!...more info
  • Surrealistically Bizzare
    Though this was not the first modern horror film to use parody (Dawn of the Dead, An American Werewolf in London are examples), the lengths to which is goes are wildly imaginative. Just like Re-Animator spoofed the sci-fi/horror genre, Evil Dead 2 takes on the slasher film genre and sends it up way before the Scream/I Know What You Did Last Summer/Scary Movie cash cows. For those who liked the "tree" sequence in the first Evil Dead movie, imagine it being magnified over and over again. Using the stop motion animation technique in a deliberately crude fashion, Evil Dead 2 is still wildly imaginative. A person tries to fight off their own severed hand. Visions appear from nowhere. The first sequence in speeded up time is dizzily unnerving. If you don't like slasher films (believe me this is a hell of a lot better than any Friday the 13th film, take your pick) or if you're one of those old blue haired types ranting about "video nasties" then stay away. However, if you want a good, gorey and even sometimes scary descent into madness then Evil Dead 2 is for you. For real film fanatics, one might note (though on a far more intellectual level)the sense of the world collapsing and turning against the protagonist(s) of the film can also be found (albeit much more arty and far less gorey) in the films of Jan Svankmeyer. As for the casual horror buff, Evil Dead II is a classic of the subgenre of splatter films with a sense of humor which would be taken to new heights with Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects". Leave the lights on....more info
  • Groovy.....another cult gem
    Here we are again,the eveil dead 2.if youve read my reviews for evil daed and army of darkness you should know im a big fan of this series.evil dead 2 is just like the first one with the thrills and chills we have come to love and expect.this time around ash has more dark humor and one liners(much like army of darkness)and that helps to lighten the tone a bit but by no means does it take away from the movie.all the bllod and gore you remember from the first is back,as are the deadites.overall if youve enjoyed the first part then your sure to love this one and army of darkness.and if not give a shot another because this movie is another MUST OWN for horror fans,diehard or not....more info
  • Evil Dead Rocks
    Classic horror film sequel/remake. Did not realize that this was basically a "do-over" of the first Evil Dead. Extras were interesting and normally I pass over them. Now I MUST see Army of Darkness to see how it all ends!...more info
  • Fun and Gory
    Loved this movie when it came out in the 80's. It's not scary as much as gory. Crazy chaotic evil fun. What the devil can happen to this guy next? Good for making the date squirm in her seat. There is something somewhere that will gross out just about anyone. The FX are old school but the story is a fun rollercoaster ride of demented evil. Enjoy!...more info
  • bloody funny
    Sort of a sequel but more of a remake or even a satire of the original, Evil Dead 2 benefits from a better budget, a more streamline plot, and the good graces not to take itself seriously in the slightest bit. Because this is sort of a sequel, there's not a great deal of exposition on the Book of The Dead, and not a great deal of set up for the circumstances. It assumes you've seen the first movie and don't need to have that part repeated. We get a smaller cast, but the same cabin, the same woods, the same 15-feet-of-American-Steel car, and of course Bruce Campbell returning for the role of Ash.
    While I enjoyed the first Evil Dead, I loved this one. Bruce Campbell is spectacular in his intentionally over the top portrayal of Ash. I couldn't help but wonder what the possibilities could have been if he and Ed Wood had gotten to work together. The other members of the cast are good, but are primarily there for zombie-fodder. There's buckets of blood in assorted colors, claymation special effects, and the best use of a chainsaw since...well maybe the Texa Chainsaw Masacre.
    Though be warned, If you're expecting to be scared by this movie, you will be disappointed, this is a complete shlockfest; expect to laugh....more info
  • Piece of crap
    Stranded in a cabin in the woods, Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend accidentally invoke a spell that causes the Evil Dead to rise and kill! As a lone man pitted against hordes of walking corpses, can Ash survive until the safety of sunrise? Director Sam Raimi's whip-crack direction and Campbell's uncomedic terrible skills induce hair-raising boredom and gales of retardation.

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  • Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn
    What can I say. Bruce Campbell makes this series of films come alive. Owning all 3. Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, and a bunch of Bruce Campbell collectable's that people admire in my Theater Room. Ive own the VHS copy then the DVD copy and Now the Blu Ray copy and the picture is awesome. This scary and slap stick comedy will make a feel funny and scared at the same time. Bruce's talks about a possible Evil Dead 4 but a script still isnt in the cards, but if Sam Raimi has anything to say is that if this happens the cabin must be destroyed....more info
  • Excellent sequel!
    The first Evil Dead film was pure horror. The third is pure comedy. Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead II" is a mixture of both horror and comedy - which is why it works so well. The film manages to make you go "Urgh! Gross!" AND laugh at the same time. Here's an example: in one scene there's a zombie trying to get out of a cellar through a trap door. Two men try to keep the trap door closed by standing, lying and jumping on it. But the zombie's head sticks out at the same time they're jumping on it. Whaddya get? A squashed head. And whaddya get when that happens? An eyeball that pops out of the head - one that goes flying across the room and goes straight into a screaming woman's mouth!!! HAHAHAHA. This film is hilarious! And the "possessed hand" scene is awesome....more info
  • Evil Dead 2
    I bought this item for my son. He absolutely loved it. It played great. Now he wants Army of Darkness. He has the vhs tapes, but the dvd offers so much more. Absolutely funny....more info
  • evIL DeAd 2......still stands tall in 2009.
    This is actually one of my top 10 favourite horror movies of all time.
    My top 10 horror movies are movies or even movie sequels i have selected which i consider to be better then the original's, evil dead 2 : dead by dawn is one of them. Not only is it better then the original 1981 film, but it uses a bigger budget more technology and special effects.

    1987's Evil dead 2: dead by dawn in my opinion is a remake/sequel, remake because it starts off by ash and linda driving up to the cabin. QUESTION "Where are the college freinds from part 1?" anyway linda gets killed off a second time and the sequel then starts when ash is thrown in the air by the forces of the forest. Displayed after that is a good continuation of a movie i have ever seen! (TIP: i normally watch evil dead part 1 - then go straight to the scene where ash is thrown around in the air, in evil dead part 2, and there you have an even greater evil dead movie experience, it avoids the confusion the begining of part 2 had when you dont see the college students. I don't want to give to much away with the story, but expect to be entertained in a surreal kind of way. This movie also has a tendency to make you laugh and blood and gore fans wont be dissapointed.

    I can't understand why they are making or have already made the remake to evil dead which will be out this year. Remakes tend to give viewer's a diiferent frame of mind towards the series. And remember there is only one "ash j. williams" who was played well by bruce campbell. "Groovy!......" ...more info
  • YOU GAVE ME THE WRONG ONE
    I ordered this...Evil Dead 2, right? NO. I got the first one, and I'm not happy about this. I mean yeah, it's good, but the fact my order is screwed really makes me angry. So yeah, thanks, you bloody twit....more info
  • I'm a horror/dvd in general collector and this belongs on everyone's shelf who appreciates good flicks.
    Okay here's the poo! I'm 23 and as previously stated collect movies(DVD mostly) and this is a classic.If you want to know what it's about scroll down and there's a hundred reviews explaining it. That being said this is a classic!!. Horror,comedy,and Bruce Campbell what more should be said, but seriously this has some of the most twistedly funny scenes I've ever seen plus it's modern history this is one of the top ten cult classics ever,If you don't believe me about it being twisted check out dead linda dancing or the moose/hand scenes it's beautiful gore/comedy at it's artistic finest.I am NOT some dumb punk kid,I'm educated and a public servant (City Employee) so don't write my views off.For as cheap as this is especially on amazon used or new,it SHOULD be purchased.This movie does not dissapoint(although a little demented!!).Thanks for your time,Now buy this sucker and JOIN US! (deadites that is). ...more info
  • brillant film funny as hell
    great film very hard to get on r2 to in uk but was thrilled to find it here the 3rd and final film in the siries gr8 stuff...more info
  • FAKE SHEMP
    I will not comment the story, everyone should know it by now /my opinion:nr.2 is the best of all 3 movies/, let us get to the packaging of this book, I found the design of the first one better, but this second one has a voice chip integrated into the left eye, activated by poking the eye, than a scream comes out at you /similar thing to what Shrek2 had as a Spec.Ed.dvd/. The first book had a pvc seethrough cover with a paper top with description on it, second one comes only in wholesize paper cover, with no seethrough cover.
    Both books together are scheduled for release Novem./
    Decemb.2005 in one paper package /same paper pack. as the second book/ as a gift set edition.
    I also recommend you to get a bootleg /30minutes/ of the original short movie WITHIN THE WOODS starring THE CHIN himself Mr.BRUCE CAMPBELL, I got it, the quality of vhs/dvd transfer was poor of course, but still a major thing for the hard deadite fans.
    The 2005 region2 /United Kingdom/ re - edition of The EVIL DEAD 1 /1982/ - BOOK OF THE DEAD1 was released as a 2dvd set including an extra dvd put alongside with the booklet with a film starring B.Campbell called Running Time /1998/, it had English DD2.0+DD5.1+DTS5.1,no extras.
    So keep your fingers crossed for The EVIL DEAD 4, Campbell,Tapert and RAIMI should reunite again for this movie, and now Sam Raimi being a Hollywood big shot because of a Spiderman1+2 succes, he should be able to come with a budget that could deliver The BIGGEST Evil Dead EXTRAVAGANZA ever, I would very much like to see a rating on that movie, probably a new classification would be needed. So long ASH fans, enjoy this BOOK OF THE DEAD 2 as it is written on the cover, it is definitely worth buying. One word subscribes it best:GROOVY....more info
  • Absolute Comedy/Horror Standard
    Allow me to preface this review with a helpful fact. A few years back when Spin Magazine was writing about the films they felt were the greatest of the 20th century, they chose to include Sam Raimi's sequel to his very first film; which was a small independent horror called The Evil Dead. The Evil Dead was a great film in it's own right, however, the editors at Spin wanted to give Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn the recognition they felt it deserved. So they placed it at the top of their list...that's right, they felt that it is, in fact, the single greatest cinematic achievement of the 20th century.

    Evil Dead 2 follows Ash Williams and his girlfriend into a small creepy Michigan cottage where they stumble upon some recordings that contain readings from an ancient relic called the book of the dead, and by playing these recordings they unleash demonic supernatural forces that quickly haunt and possess everything from the trees outside and Popeye's lamp to Ash's hand and his girlfriend's severed head. The shenanigans unfold and Ash is more game than perhaps anyone to take on these evil forces as best as he can, but some sort of defeat is consistently inevitable.

    As a reader I hope you are not anticipating my rebuttal to Spin Magazine here. I just so happen to concur 100% with Spin's gutsy assertion. On the surface of Evil Dead 2, we are seeing vintage 80s shock horror but it certainly isn't presented deeply enough to qualify amongst the failures within that genre. Evil Dead 2 is microcosmically structured like classic slapstick and macrocosmically it functions as pure satire. In this sense it's budget is used firmly to it's advantage and runs together with the theme of making a select audience laugh, first and foremost. Those who are both distinctly either disturbed by gore or preoccupied by gore as a strength in horror, should take keen note that gore in this film is applied almost exclusively for physical slapstick comedy. Those who hate gore will hate it here and those who love to be immersed in gore may not understand or appreciate it's use in Evil Dead 2.

    We get to see a chubby fruit cellar witch's soul-swallowing head extend via shoddy stop-motion effects. We get to see an eyeball pop out of her head and shoot across the room into some chick's mouth. We get so see blood spray humorously and pretty consistently out of the walls and floors of the cottage. We get to see Ash fight his hand, cut it off, and add a chainsaw to where his hand once was. We get to see him kill his girlfriend and fight both her severed head and headless body in a tool shed at the same time. We get to see Ash get clumsily chased around the house by a force of evil we never see. We also get to see the volume of slapstick comedy increase as the film goes on and finally we get to see a conclusion that still makes me kind of wish they never made a sequel (even though Army of Darkness is in and of itself a very good movie).

    Evil Dead 2 may require a deeper degree of movie history appreciation, perhaps more specifically to exploitation and horror films. I know I sound like a movie snob saying that but the film does offer some fun and fitting tributes or references to past films. I think it is definitely fair to say that Raimi has a great appreciation for movies in general and we can plainly see that he has so much fun making them. Evil Dead 2 for me is fun, affable, and carefree; it is all the things it shouldn't be on it's surface, and it is perfect for that fact alone. ...more info