Evil Dead II

Double feature w/The Evil Dead / October 3 | 10:00pm / With Bruce Campbell in Conversation with Edgar Wright In Person
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Presented by Starz & ASH VS EVIL DEAD

If there’s any truth to the adage “if you can’t beat em, join em,” Sam Raimi took it to heart with his THE EVIL DEAD sequel / remake, EVIL DEAD II. And while his 1987 collision of splatter, satire and slapstick maybe less visceral than its predecessor it is no less of a film, in many regards it is its superior.

Ash (THE Bruce Campbell) returns to the infamous cabin that turned his friends (and him) into demons possessed by the Book of the Dead. True to form he is joined at the cabin by a hatful of future Deadites and the dreaded Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. Heads, hands and eyeballs fly as Ash wages the ultimate one-man war to save both himself and humanity.

It’s difficult to write about EVIL DEAD II without sounding over the top and full of hyperbole but that’s exactly what EVIL DEAD II: even today, nearly 30 years after its release, it remains the most outrageously-insane-bad-acid-trip-of-a-horror-movie ever made.

Despite everything about EVIL DEAD II playing out to the furthest reaches of excess, not once does Raimi ever let it slip out of his grasp, he is always in control no matter how delirious a decapitated dancing corpse may be. This film doesn’t just show his inventiveness (we saw that in abundance in THE EVIL DEAD and CRIMEWAVE prior), what it really shows is his maturation as a filmmaker. His high wire tightrope walk between horror and humour is the very benchmark of the genre, one that remains unsurpassed to this day.

The debate over which of the first two EVIL DEAD’s is the best will rage for an eternity but what is indisputable is that like it’s predecessor, EVIL DEAD II is a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.

Christian Parkes

Special thanks to Starz

Guests: Bruce Campbell & Edgar Wright In Person

Director: Sam Raimi
Country: USA
Runtime: 84 minutes
Year: 1987

 

“Delirious, demented and diabolically funny.” Time Out