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Evil Dead 2
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn / Tanz der Teufel 2

USA 1987
produced by
Robert G. Tapert, Bruce Campbell (executive) for Renaissance Pictures
directed by Sam Raimi
starring Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley, Ted Raimi, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeir, John Peaks, Lou Hancock
written by Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel

Evil Dead, Ash

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Ash (Bruce Campbell) takes his girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) to a remote little cabin in the woods. But instead of giving her hot monkey love right away, Ash turns on a taperecorder he finds standing around, & on the tape an old professor recites an incantation from the book Necronomicon to call some evil demons ... of course, before long Ash's girlfriend has become a demon, Ash kills her, the dead grilfriend comes back from the dead, Ash has to dismember her, and he, infected by some demonic poison as well, has to cut of his own hand (which has developed a life of its own & doesn't stop fighting once seperated from Ash's body. Somehow though, Ash survives the night.

The next day though, the professor's daughter Anne (Sarah Berry), her fiancée Ed (Richard Domeir), & their hillbilly guides Jake (Dan Hicks) & Bobbi Jo (Kassie Wesley) arrive at the house, & they immediately think Ashi is a madman who has kileld Anne's parents ... & they lock ghim in the cellar, where of course all evil hides, in this case the possessed body of Anne's mother Henrietta.Rather by sheer luck than anything else, Ash can escape the cellar, & soon, the others believe his babbling about demons ... but are soon decimated, as Ed is immediately killed & Bobbi Jo, out of fear, heads off to the woods, which are naturally possessed. At gunpoint, Jake forces Anne & Ash to help him search for Bobbi Jo in the woods, but eventually that only gets himself killed, while Ash is temporarily turned into a demon, & only the remembrance of his love for Linda can turn him back.

Ultimately, Ash & Anne decide to look for the pages of the Necronomicon that are supposed to end the horrors, & they are naturally hidden in the cellar (where Henrietta still lives). Sawed of shotgun in hand & his other hand replaced by a chainsaw, Ash descends into the cellar, & against all odds he can retrieve the pages for Anne to recite ... but is he thanked for all of that ... no, he is sucked into the Middle Ages via a time vortex ...

(See Army of Darkness for Ash's further adventures !)

 

The first Evil Dead film was a competent exercise in genre cinema, done definitely on the tongue in cheek-side, with Part number 2 the humourous parts would definitely predominate, despite sdome quite explicite gore ... & somehow this combination of slapstick & gore works just fine here ... years before gross-out humour became en vogue & rather bland. This might be dzue in parts to director Sam Raimi's genuine understanding for the horror & the slapstick comedy genre, a clever use of special effects within the story rather than just showing them off, & then there's Bruce Campbess, who seems to be just born to play the role of the somewhat moronic but generally well-meaning Ash.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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