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Evil Dead 2

 
 
Film Information
 

Plot: A young couple unwittingly unleash an ancient horror in an isolated cabin in the woods.
Release Date: 4th March.
Format: 4k ultra HD, blu-ray, DVD & digital download.
Director(s): Sam Raimi.
Cast: Bruce Campbell, Roc Sandstorm, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Theodore Raimi, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, John Peaks, Lou Hancock, Snowy Winters, Sid Abrams, Josh Becker, Scott Spiegel, Thomas Kidd, Mitch Cantor, Jenny Griffith, William Preston Robertson (voice), Sam Raimi.
BBFC Certificate: 15.
Running Time: 85 mins.
Country Of Origin: USA.
Language: English.
Review By: Paula Hammond.
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Film Rating
 
 
 
 
 
5/ 5


 

Bottom Line


Evil Dead 2 may not be the best horror movie on the block but it is the grooviest.


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Posted February 25, 2019 by

 
Film Review
 
 

Back in 1981, an unknown indie film-maker called Sam Raimi and his mate, Bruce Campbell, released a film called The Evil Dead. Made on a shoe-string budget and under tortuous conditions, it never-the-less became an instant classic. Known for its monumental gore and ground-breaking sound and visuals, The Evil Dead would become the template for its parody sequel Evil Dead 2—released in 1987. 

The film is little more than a remake of the original, with more ambitious effects and less backstory, but it proved to be the movie that kickstarted Raimi and Campbell’s careers and spawn spawned a franchise.

While, in many ways, the archetype of all cabin in the woods films that followed, there’s nothing quite like Evil Dead 2. Campbell and Raimi mostly play it for laughs but it takes real skill to balance the slapstick, over-the-top set pieces with genuine shocks. The POV shots, in which the viewer hurtles through the woods, seeing everything from the ‘evil’s’ perspective, are hugely effective and while me may sniff at stop-frame horror effects today, they were considered so unnerving at the time that—even with an X rating—many were cut. In fact, the British Board of Film Censorship didn’t allow an uncut version of the film to be screened until 2001.

StudioCanal’s brand new restoration is a joy to see, and accompanied by an audio commentary and (on blu-ray) a whole disc of behind the scenes extras. 

Evil Dead 2 may not be the best horror movie on the block but it is the grooviest.


Paula Hammond - Features Editor

 
Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com


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