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EVIL DEAD 2 - 4 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1987 Rosebud Releasing Corporation
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ash - Complete BADASS! Evil spirits beware when this man has a chainsaw or shotgun.
  • Annie - Daughter to professor Knowby, she is almost constantly screaming during this movie. Stabbed by the Hand.
  • Jake - Backwoods redneck with bad teeth. Turned into puree by the Henrietta Demon.
  • Bobby Jo - Jake's woman who is a little on the flighty side. Eaten by a tree.
  • Ed - Blonde dude who seems pretty normal until he's possessed.
  • Linda - Ash's woman and the first possessed. Demon form is decapitated with a spade.
  • The Henrietta Demon - Annie's possessed mother who was locked in the cellar. Chopped apart by Ash.
  • The Hand - Ash's possessed hand which he cuts off, it crawls around and causes mischief. Fate unknown.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Here is one of the great bad movies! A legendary artwork from the genius of Sam Raimi and beloved of myself. Terrific sight gags, a lean and mean Bruce Campbell as Ash, and soul swallowing demons! Ash and his woman Linda want some time alone so they shack up in a deserted cabin. Unfortunately it was being used by professor Knowby while he translated "The Book of the Dead" and when Ash plays the recording evil spirits are summoned. Having to chop up your girlfriend makes you a little loco and when demonic forces are screwing with you it just gets worse. About half the film chronicles Ash's struggle against insanity and the unholy terrors. When everyone else arrives they misunderstand the situation of course, heck - there's some maniac with a bloody chainsaw and shotgun in the Knowby's cabin. They learn soon enough Ash isn't perfectly sane but right on track with his assessment of the situation. Unfortunately the newcomers aren't the hardy breed though, and they fall one by one. In the end Annie is able to recite the passages to dispel the evil with her dying breaths but Ash is dragged through the time warp and into the medieval past. I really love this movie, the Hand is a riot! More movies should use the idea of the main character's hand becoming possessed and menacing them. Like... ..."Dirty Dancing!" Now what if Swayze's hand had become possessed and he was trying to deal with that while doing the Tango or something. Hey, what about "Forest Gump?" Hehehehe! (Say this in a Gump voice.) And mah hand was acting all funny like, it even tried to stab me. Momma never said nothin bout no hand trying to stab me so that jus didn't seem right. What it boils down to: If you have not seen this film you are missing out.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Sex isn't interesting enough to put down a book bound in human skin.
  • Tape recordings can summon evil spirits.
  • Evil spirits make sounds vaguely akin to a distorted motorcycle engine.
  • Watching your rotting, decapitated girlfriend perform erotic dance is NASTY.
  • Cutting off your possessed hand with a chainsaw is pretty messy. Plus then it's free to wander around, drop it in a garbage disposal or something.
  • Duck tape is underutilized for first aid.
  • Demonic hands have to look out for rat traps.
  • Evil spirits like to eat hair, explains a good deal about haunted castles in Europe huh?
  • The human body contains about twelve gallons of blood.
  • Cheap jewelery repels demons.
  • Never tell the man holding a double barrel shotgun, "I'll swallow your soul!"
  • When opening a space/time vortex you need to know beforehand how to close it.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 5 mins - Oh sure, something drags your girlfriend out a window and you go looking for her without a weapon.
  • 9 mins - Ash has got to have some serious prune toes.
  • 19 mins - Ash, that decapitated head has teeth, it's going to bite you. Told you so! Hit it or something, yes against the wall! With a book! How about the tool shed?
  • 20 mins - Chainsaw is missing, not good. Oh HECK!
  • 26 mins - Ash's hand is possessed. And it's kicking his ass!
  • 28 mins - Round two with the hand and it's still winning. Look out! It's going for the meat cleaver!
  • 33 mins - Isn't shooting your hand with a twelve gauge overkill?
  • 35 mins - Now this is a mad house.
  • 41 mins - The famous "Eyeball Popping Out and Flying in the Screaming Girl's Mouth" scene.
  • 65 mins - Yikes, better take the ax away from wigged out girl.
  • 66 mins - Attaching the chainsaw to the stump of his hand and sawing off the shotgun. Awwww yeah!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note evildeadii1.wav Prof Knowby: "It is through the recitation of the book's passages that this dark spirit is given license to possess the living."
Green Music Note evildeadii2.wav Linda Demon: "Even now we have your darling Linda's soul, she suffers in torment!"
Ash: "You're going down!"
Green Music Note evildeadii3.wav Ash's reflection: "We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw."
Green Music Note evildeadii4.wav Henrietta Demon: "Someone's in my fruit cellar."
Ash: (Screams)
Henrietta Demon: "Someone with a fresh soul."

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Video Clipevildeadii1.mpg - 2.4m
Here is the legendary eyeball popping out scene. I still find it to be one of the funniest things I have ever witnessed, even if it is just latex.

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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #1. Posted on February 07, 1999, 07:56:07 PM by MermaidAmI@aol.com
This is a great KICK ASS movie!!  Bruce Campbell is the best! And with Sam Raimi who now does Xena (his brother Ted who plays Joxer was the possessed mother), and a lot bigger budget, this movie can't possibly be a bad movie!  Of course Army of Darkness is awesome too!
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #2. Posted on February 10, 1999, 08:56:59 PM by Warren H.
The scene where "the evil" or whatever it was chased Ash around the house, and he's running backwards and articulating like a street mime, is the funniest thing I've ever seen in any movie!  Classic!
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #3. Posted on April 10, 1999, 11:37:12 AM by NetFrog Alpha
And on the eighth day... "Evil Dead 2" was created. And the people did celebrate for thousands of years. This is one of the best. Clearly a remake of the first "Evil Dead," this is probably one of the most hilarious things to ever be put on film. Besides, how can you argue with a movie with a guy who has a chainsaw for a hand? Buy it, caress it, and watch it with someone you love.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #4. Posted on April 11, 1999, 02:35:49 AM by not_nolan@hotmail.com
Many people thimk that this movie is a remake of the first,but it isn't. The begining clearly is, but once the motorcycle, I mean Evil runs him down it continues the story. The reasond that they do this is because ED2 was made by a different company than ED and all the actor had moved on to other things, so they didn't have the origianal footage.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #5. Posted on August 03, 1999, 02:53:27 PM by Cedb@globetrotter.net
Evil Dead2 is one of the greatest (if not simply the  best) horror movie I have seen. The plot is thin, but who needs one when it's really entertaining at the point that almost any other gore film can stand the comparison. Most lines are funny and Bruce Campbell is is better than real. Also, I chainsaw(saw, get it?) Army of Darkness, who even if I did not found it as good as the previous(sincerely, I think the whole time travel idea sucked hard) but still it had many awesome moments. Will there be a sequel to Ev.D3?  
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Son of Godzilla
When I'm old and gray and on my death bed I'm going to gather all my friends around and we'll have a b-movie fest with all my favorites. It will go on for days. Pizza, beer, popcorn, candy. And at the end for the grand finali we'll all lean back and watch the best of the best. Evil Dead 2.  The lights will go down and a hush will go over the crowd.  We'll all sit back with a smile and enjoy the sheer genious and poetry of it all.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #7. Posted on February 02, 2000, 03:26:57 PM by Paul H.
Yep this is one of the best movies of all time.
So What can I really add.  The problem is,  Now too many people have seen this movie and it pretty much lost it b-movie status.  It's no longer a secret gem.  This film was really cool ten years ago when a first saw it, but now everyone has seen it.  To bad I haven't found anything nearly as cool in the last ten years to wow my friends with.  Well off I go to find more gems.  For other B-moovie experts trying to entertain friends try _Hybrid_ for sci-fi comedy, _Black Mask_ for martial arts, and _Jonny got his gun_ because not many people have seen this almost perfect film.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #8. Posted on February 05, 2000, 10:14:12 PM by adam435@webtv.com
I saw this at the local mall during Spring Break 1987 with my 2 brothers and my Mom.I really did not know what to expect.this movie kicked my ass.f**k Phantom Menace.For me Army Of Darkness was the most eagerly awaited sequel(prequel?)of all time.
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