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THE EVIL DEAD - 2 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1982 Renaissance Pictures.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ash - Our hero, a little more on the chubby and pansy side than I'd like.
  • Linda - Ash's girlfriend, possessed by the evil spirits and damn annoying with that laugh.
  • Scott - Your standard blonde leader guy, he gets shrubbed to death trying to escape.
  • Shelly - Scott's woman who gets possessed of course. He chops her up with an ax.
  • Cheryl - Artsy-fartsy girl, she gets raped by a tree. I did not think it up, do not yell at me...
  • The Evil Dead - Demons summoned using the Book of the Dead.

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The Plot: 

Overall okay. That's my assessment. Overall okay. Well, you're going to find it a little slow at times but there are a couple of really amusing parts. Especially Scott chopping up his possessed girlfriend as she screams, "No! No! You love her!" How do we arrive at such debauchery you may ask? Heart of the matter is that these kids rent a cabin where some professor had been translating the Book of the Dead. When they play the tape recording of his work it summons the evil spirits, who immediately begin causing havoc. Not only do trees (yes, trees) rape Cheryl, but Linda turns into this giggling pasty face thing. Ash burns the book to dispel the demons, and everything seems fine, we last see him screaming as something rushes out of the forest. Personally I think he was royally screwed. Though you might find this film tepid at best there is solace in the two sequals: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and Army of Darkness.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Before renting a cabin in the middle of nowhere you should look it over.
  • If cellar doors just pop open one should lock them and forget anything happened.
  • Ancient demonic texts written in human blood look alot like ballpoint.
  • Trees can rape women.
  • Evil spirit movies always have some strange dagger hanging around.
  • It's not difficult to chop up the woman you love.
  • Don't smack the dying guy.
  • Possessed people are just full of body fluids - blood, vomit, etc...

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - None of you idiots are worried that porch swing is banging against the house when there is no wind?
  • 15 mins - Shit! Scotty, I am going to kick your ass!
  • 24 mins - Man, that moon is huge! It's going to crash into the Earth! Run! Run!
  • 27 mins - Cheryl getting violated by a tree?
  • 38 mins - Pencil through the ankle, ouch!
  • 55 mins - Just shoot the possessed thing.
  • 62 mins - Yes! Chop her up! No, don't get all mushy about it...
  • 76 mins - This scene has gone on long enough, something grab him through the door. We know it's coming.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note evildead1.wav Professor's recording: "It is entitled Naturan Demanto (I dunno, sue me on the spelling), roughly translated: Book of the Dead."
Green Music Note evildead2.wav Ash: "Cheryl what's the matter with you, did something in the woods do this to you?"
Cheryl: "No, it was the woods themselves!"
Green Music Note evildead3.wav Scott: "I don't care what happens to her! She's you girlfriend, you take care of her. I'm getting the hell out of here, right now."
Green Music Note evildead4.wav Ash: "Oh, you bastards! Why are you torturing me like this? Why?"

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Scott chops up Shelly, at least the body her soul used to inhabit before things got out of hand. Just oogle as he dismembers his girlfriend with a very dull axe, it is amazing what you can make up for in sharpness with weight. I wonder if Raimi had some issues with an old girlfriend by this name?

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The Evil Dead
Reply #1. Posted on January 13, 1999, 06:42:15 PM by David Emery
Good movie, good effects for the budget, but Ash is a pansy. I guess I shouldn't have watched Army of Darkness first, I couldn't believe that Ash couldn't bring himself to chop up his zombie girlfriend. I was so stoked to see the chainsaw, and then...nothing! And that scene where he's walking around the cabin for like 45 minutes stalking the zombies...I found it hard to stifle a cheer when something finally punched through the door at him. Watch these movies in order, they get progressively better.
The Evil Dead
Reply #2. Posted on April 19, 1999, 04:20:41 PM by NetFrog Alpha
Evil Dead is one of the better horror movies out there. It mixes the scary with the funny, the humerous with the peverse, and leaves you feeling satisfied at the end. It's always best to watch the trilogy in order, starting here and finishing with the over-the-top Army of Darkness. Good stuff.
The Evil Dead
Reply #3. Posted on April 29, 1999, 02:55:55 AM by The Vomitstomper
Campbell didn't get a 'rogering' at the end. What he did get was smacked in the mouth with the camera, knocking out most his front teeth. The rest of the series is dissapointing compared to this. Evil Dead 2 might have more gore, but it's a comedy and doesn't try to scare you at all. Army of Darkness is just lame, its a substandard comedy with no gore at all.
The Evil Dead
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ravenbomb
Evil Dead only 2 Slimes? What's the deal with that? No, seriously. I thought this was the best in the series. Army of Darkness was too adventury and Evil Dead 2, while I thought it was very good, was just a remake of this only more polished and comedic. This one was really really good, and as soon as I have any money I'm at Best Buy getting the Book of the Dead special edition.


P.S. Are you going to review Last House on the Left? Or the Baby?
The Evil Dead
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Joe
The DVD has a great commentary - and I beleive Ted Raimi (Joxer and brother of co-producer Sam Raimi, who also produced this summer's Spider-Man film) was part of the crew.
Word has it when this film was released in New Zealand a girl named Lucy watched this film and commented on how sick the producer of this film must have been.
Years later she ended up working for the producer (and with his co-producers brother Ted).
Years after that they married and today she is knows as Lucy Tapert.
Don't get her angry or she'll throw her round killing-thing at you.
The Evil Dead
Reply #6. Posted on August 26, 1999, 07:49:35 PM by legumeman@yahoo.com
  To slime drops is a bit harsh for this movie I think. I would have given it four. I agree that it's not as good as the second but after the first twenty five minutes of relatively nothing this film becomes great. I love it when she chews her hand off, that part really does it for me. This film was incredibly well directed so a rating of two just doesn't seem fair.
The Evil Dead
Reply #7. Posted on December 02, 1999, 10:51:56 PM by prodigy@webjc.com
I think you are pretty hard on Evil Dead. Yes, the story is ludicrous, yes the acting is atrocious, but hey, Sam Raimi does a wonderful job, and shows to all the Sonnenfeld & Shumacher of this world what can be done with little money, talent, invention, and the Coen brothers on your side :) Evil Dead almost invented a new filming style of its own, and certainly kicked some major butt when it was released in 83. Maybe one of the most important horror film of all time with the Exorcist and Dawn of the Dead. Too bad Raimi ended filming Kevin Costner in crappy movies...
The Evil Dead
Reply #8. Posted on February 02, 2000, 03:06:59 PM by Paul H.
Not much to add.  I agree with most of the below messages.  Evil dead 1 is very good.  The most complete of the three films.  It is hard to compare with evil dead2 as they are different visions of the same film.  Evil dead2 is excellent but it should not be compared to evil dead 1. They excell in different areas.  As for Army of darkness, it is fun to watch but it lacks the seamless magic of the first two.
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