20-26 July 2009

July 30 2009 at 7:10 am (The list)

evil_dead_ii_poster1Evil Dead II (1987)

In 2008, Empire magazine’s readers voted Evil Dead II the 49th best film of all time. While this may not be true, it’s certainly an improvement on the original. Writer-director Sam Raimi was unable to secure the rights to use scenes from the first film as a recap so he just re-shot it and stuffed it into the first ten minutes. This being the case, Evil Dead II is much faster than its predecessor. It’s also as much a slapstick comedy as it is a horror – when Ash’s (Bruce Campbell) hand becomes possessed and throws him around the room, Raimi reveals his love of the Three Stooges. The documentary that accompanies the film on the DVD shows how creative Raimi and his cast and crew were with a restricted budget. It’s certainly more inventive than most of the horror comedies that are made today. Groovy.

Rating: 4/5

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