Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1980s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
Even more blood, sweat and tears than the original!
Evil Dead 2 both follows and remakes 1981’s The Evil Dead, which was inspired by a no-budget short. The Evil Dead was straight horror and this one invests in slapstick humor. The storyline is an expansion of the previous one, but the twists and turns are fresh. The costumes and make-up are refined and more camera-friendly. The practical effects have been enhanced, too.
Ash, the survivor guy and late bloomer from the original film is still played by Bruce Campbell. He is, more than ever, at the center of the story and into his character. Ash’s story arc is more intricate, yet hilarious. He is now both inexhaustible and pissed. This is his descent into madness. The script doesn't take intellectual detours and delivers well-paced terror, gore and fun.
Evil Dead 2 is the product of its initial creator, Sam Raimi, so character design, imaginative cinematography, dialogue, and pacing meet the highest standards. Evil Dead 2 is the quintessential supernatural horror movie and reinforces the “cabin in the woods” cliche that it popularized and arguably founded. It has everything the fan can possibly wish for, and then some!