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). –amctv
Samuel Marshall “Sam” Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series and Drag Me To Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
Raimi became fascinated with making films when his father brought a movie camera home one day and he began to make Super 8 movies with childhood friend Bruce Campbell. In college, he teamed up with his brother’s roommate Robert Tapert and Campbell to shoot Within the Woods (1978), a 32-minute horror film which raised $350,000, as well as the short comedic film It’s Murder!. Through family, friends, and a network of investors Raimi was able to finance production of the highly successful horror film The Evil Dead (1981) which became a cult hit and effectively… read more
Evil Dead 2 does not take itself seriously, resulting a fun watch. There is buckets of blood, no, not buckets more like gallons of blood being sprayed all over the place, most of the time in Bruce Campbell's face. WORKSHED! Once again, Bruce Campbell goes all out in physical acting, smashing plates on his head, doing somersaults through the air all because his hand is possessed. Sam Raimi is inventive as always, love the scene when the whole house is laughing at Ash for breaking through the chair, so great.
Given a bigger budget, Raimi dutifully oversees a production noticeably more up to scratch, one more competently, cogently evocative of the manic atmosphere and horror of his premiere - otherwise nigh unwatchable with its erstwhile production values. A little rough around the edges yet, but this shit still be crazy, only now in more lucid, fluidly feverish, and hence more appreciable follow-through nightmare. Rather a revelation, then; even rather glorious - groovy.