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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.

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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 #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Reaver
What can I say, but that I love this film?  One of the best things to me about this film is the little details, silly but they really added to the movie, like when Ash's possessed hand saw the meat cleaver and gave a little excited squeak. The scene where Bobbi Jo is entangled and dragged thru the woods to be devoured by a tree is an overlooked example of the brilliant effects in this film.  The branches entwining and even puncturing her flesh were quite convincing, at least to a dumb ole country boy like me. Lastly,  there is no one, in any movie, cooler than Ash.  Nuff said.
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Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by DeaditeDave
Oh man oh man how I love this flick.  Especially all the little jokes.   Like when he cuts off his hand and covers it with the bucket.  Then he puts that book on top of it.  Look at the title of the book, A call to arms. LOL   Then you have the Nightmare on Elm Street poster.  Which as the story goes in Wes Craven's movie the Hills have Eyes(A great flick) there is a ripped in half movie poster of Jaws.  Which was Craven's way of saying if you though Jaws was scary try this.  Well Sam Raimi say that and put a ripped in half movie poster of Craven's flick in Evil Dead to say that Evil Dead topped Hills have Eyes.  Then in Nightmare on Elm Street when Johnny Depp gets sucked into his bed, he is watching Evil Dead.  (Though it could be the first Evil Dead I'm not sure, better go watch em and make sure.)  If you truly love Evil Dead do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the book The Evil Dead Companion.  In it you will find all these little tidits of info.  Like the reason that they flash to Ash's face so often is so they could get it released in theaters, same reason why some of the blood was green.  The game kicks ass, bought and beat it.  Bruce also did the voices in Pitfall 3D and Broken Helix both for PS1.  Also check out old episodes of Briscoe County Junior and Jack of all Trades for more Campbell fun.  Next year Sam's newest movie SPIDERMAN!!!!  Look for Bruce and Sam's brother Ted in it, they have cameos.



Hail to the King baby!  
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Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Marcus
"GROOVY" - that word from Ash (the man, the myth, the legend) is what describes Evil Dead 2 and not to mention the whole damn trilogy! Hilarious from the moment Ash's girlfriend gets decapitated with a shovel til Ash gets sucked back in time through a portal!  The Evil Hand vs. Ash scene is what made me bust my gut laughing.  I had tears rolling out of my eyes in the blood from the wall scenes and the infamous eyeball scene as well.  Overall everything in this movie is worth seeing over and over again!
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Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Hyperion X
This has to be one of the best films in all of creation! I personally think that this is the best Evil Dead movie ever. Heck, if I saw this movie in Kindergarden, and the teacher asked us what we would want to do when we grow up, I would've said, "I want to have my hand to go crazy and I want ta' cut it off with a chainsaw and then make the chainsaw replace my hand." Unfortunatly, in reality, I said ," I wanna be Robocop!"
God, I was an idiot back then. But anyway, this movie should run for President of the USA and win!
But if they make Evil Dead IV, then I hope they don't use CGI. That would suck. FOAM LATEX FOREVER! YEAH!
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Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Swamprat
THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE! Horror shtick movies don't get better than this. Most straight movies don't get better than this! The first Evil Dead was a run of the mill straight to video kinda slop only saved by the incredible presence of Bruce Cambell. This time around we're back and we're armed. Bigger budget, more actors, tighter script, some stock footage, a real makeup kit, and a double-barreled shotgun! Pure pain the first time around. Laughter till it hurt! We're screaming at the characters and cheering Ash on. We all want flying eyeballs to play with! Bruce Cambell is one of the wildest actors to come along in a long time. Just as rubberery and animated as Jim Cary and John Belishi but far more charming. You can't take your eyes of him for an instant. The hand running amuck through the cabin trying to get the drop on Ash is going to be a classic movie moment right up there with Colin Clive shouting "It's ALIVE!" in James Whale's Frankenstien, and Lugosi hissing "Good evening...I bid you welcome." Don't miss this one. Even if you're not a serious fan of horror shlock movies...at least rent this baby. Watch it with as many people as you can cram in you living room...you'll be squirting Pepsi-Cola out your nostrils on each other in no time. The third in the series, Army of Darkness, is fun, but not nearly as good as this one. Terrific flick!
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Luke Bannon
Excellent movie. Perfect mix of horror and comedy. Loved the parts with Ash and his possessed hand, plus it was cool having Ash attach a chainsaw to were his hand was! LOL! If you'd like a film that delivers both laughs and screams, this is for you! 10/10!
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Reply #23. Posted on August 28, 2002, 07:10:41 PM by Kenner
This is a CLASSIC, PERIOD. No gettin around how excellent it is.
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Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Julian
Im a big Evil Dead fan and even though I was young (about 9)when I started watching them I found them so cool,so scary,so...GROOVY.My older sisters are a fan too.Two of my favirote scenes are when Ash screams in the cellar and when he cuts his hand off.." Whos laughing now!!".No other movie comes close to how much I like Evil Dead.ED is pure horror!!ED 2 is a gravy mix of hooror and comedy.AOD is less horror and more comedy but still a good movie.ED:hail to the king is an awesome game (even though I cant get pased Annie).ED:a fistful of boomstick makes it even better!I cant get enough of Evil Dead!!!!!!!!!!!!For gods sake,how do you stop it!!!!OH, and Bruce if you read this your my numero 1 favirote actor and stay GROOVY.
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