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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 

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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Reply #9. Posted on February 20, 2000, 05:35:23 PM by Stefan Robak
I remember watching the first couple parts of this during school lunch last year (we had a cool writing teacher who let us watch stuff like anime at lunch time in his room) and several of us noticed this: Ash (only in this one though) looks a lot like Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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Reply #10. Posted on February 25, 2000, 08:39:46 AM by Chris K.
What in the Holy Hell is this horror clasic doing in the Bad Movies section? This is the very best. Contains some really gory shots and is really freaky. Originaly released in the theaters with an Unrated, it is out on video with a Not Rated and yet the MPAA should say this should br rated R or NC-17 (my ass it should be, that's a joke). And this was made in 1979, not 1982! 1982 is it's release date. Trust me this film is NOT chessy. Followed by EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) and ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992).
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Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by fulcirules
Why was this film only given two marks? That's blasphemy! The gods of gore are frowning upon you. The Evil Dead is the best of the trilogy, and that's saying something! Although I enjoyed the sequels,they seemed to put  humor at the forefront. But we're talking horror movies here. I thought Evil Dead suceeded on every level. I saw this one before the sequels so maybe that's why I thought it was better. But it has a real horror movie element that the sequels just didn't have. I really enjoyed Evil Dead 2 but I have to admit I was a little disappointed with Army Of Darkness. Although a fun film,I felt it took a wrong direction somewhere. I hear they are going to make a fourth installment. I hope they don't pull any punches with it and just let the body parts fly! Have a nice day.
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Reply #12. Posted on May 13, 2000, 10:53:25 AM by Film Geek
For a low-budget (no budget?) film, Evil Dead had some really cool lighting and well set-up shots.  It was a good time had by all who I watched it with, whether they liked the filmmaking or the ridiculous amount of blood, guts, and tree rapes.
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Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chadzilla
I had the displeasure of first seeing The Evil Dead during a theatrical run in Hong Kong in 1983.  I saw it with a bunch a rowdy classmates who heckled and laughed their way through the entire film and, to add insult to injury, almost all of the more flamboyant special effects were cut out.  I came away feeling that it was nothing more than an energetically made and vastly overrated cheap horror movie that was about as frightening as a dime store halloween mask.  During the summer of 1984, while visiting a friend in the states, I watched the film again on video, alone, and it scared me.  Too bad the first time I had seen it it had to be ruined by its "target audience."
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Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Cham
Evil Dead is one of my all-time favorite movies. SO cheaply made, but really a very scary movie. Ash isn't chubby, and he sure as hell isn't pansy. He kicks demon ass in every direction. One of the first horror movies I ever saw and still one of my favorites. I give it a 5/5
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Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Dano
Here's a dissenting opinion: This movie was a big disappointment after all the hype this friend of mine gave me.  She convinced me to watch all three, and in my opinion, they get progressively better.  Army of Darkness was a good, funny comedy-horror movie in my opinion.  Evil Dead was far less entertaining.  It was nothing but gore by the bucketful.  That can be fun, but not all by itself. Evil Dead II seemed like exactly the same movie only better because it had more of a sense of humor.
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Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by The_Cynical_Critic
Isn't everyone a teen when they see this movie? I was.

I thought this movie was great. It wasn't AS gory as I was refered to by it's reputation, but it's better than that. It's very scary. It has an eery atmosphere that kept me in suspense the whole way through.

I'm not necessarily squeemish about gore but one part that got me in this movie (and in HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL) was when Linda got a pencil shoved through her ankle. That just grossed me out.
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