This has got to be one of the best horror films I've ever seen. The subversiveness of it all, the sense of humour, the old-school sfx, the dialogue, that camera work, the soundtrack. It's a deservedly cult classic.
Oodles of hilarious, insane gore and brilliant hyper-stylized imagery (Ash battling with his demonic hand is like a lost Svankmajer short) but the sloppy continuity pissed me off from the get-go with Raimi remaking (?) and completely butchering the original in the first five minutes. No matter how cool and inventive the film eventually gets, the opening is just too clumsy and confusing to transcend it.
A cult movie that lives up to the claims of its cult. Grotesque, funny, and even beautiful. Bruce Campbell has a greater range than he is often credited with to do both his sensitive performance in Bubba Ho-Tep and the craziness here where he struggles with his own hand.
It takes what was already excessive in the part 1 and brings it on a new level - where borders between trash horror and comedy are blurred in a colorful mashup that mirrors varied use of prosthetics and švankmajerasque stop-motion. Unlike its predecessor, it relies a lot more on action and less on atmosphere, which robs the movie of the horror that original brought, but what a fun robbery that turned out to be.
Mix Evil Dead with slapstick comedy and gory scares, you get Evil Dead II. Without relying on its previous film, Evil Dead II stands on its own. Laugh all you want, but the Evil will only laugh with you.