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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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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

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 #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by
I'll start off by saying that the first Evil Dead movie was  not that great, so I was a heisitant to rent the second one. Once I did, I found it to be one of my favorite films that I've ever seen. It's dark humor and memorable lines, 'Groovy,"(Spoken by Ash)  "Someones in my fruit cellar, some one with a fresh soul!" (Spoken by possessed Henreita) are just to name a few. Then there's the factor of the camere placed in the Evils view, very effective. Plus one cannot see the movie without laughing about when Ash's hand is bit by a severed head, thus becoming possessed and beating up Ash. And although diresctor Sam Raimi included a lot of comedy, he still manages to pull a few scares. Most notable when Ash has to go into the fruit cellar to retreive the pages of the Necronomicon. The forced prospectives are great. Evil Dead 2 has to be a five star movie.
And in the Words of Ash:"GROOVY"
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #26. Posted on June 16, 2003, 01:57:04 PM by James Perry
This, along with the others in the series, was the highlight of my yearly Halloween movie month 2002 (at least 3 horror movies a day in October).  I thought this was incredible effective horror comedy.  The fancy camera work was so inspired!  The character of Ash was absolutely first rate.  I watched it several times in a row (DVD commentary).  One would hope there would be more than 3 in this series...But, at least we have these.  And they are among my favorite horror films ever!
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #27. Posted on July 27, 2003, 08:07:18 PM by V
This is simply one of the best B-movies ever made. You can say no more.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by lionel
HELLO!
my name is leon.i live in israel(its the reason my english is not so good).i just want you to know,that i am the bigest fan of horror movies.i allwais says:the goriest the beter.i am travel a lot in horror sites and watch horror movies.evil dead 2 was one of my favorite horror classic movies.in that movie was all what wreal horror fan like my could posabli want:a lots of gore,blood showers,evil spirets,witch in the sailor,and badass hero with a chainsaw.ive seen that movie so meny times,that i know the script bater than raimi him self!this movie just awesom.
but i loved an other horror classic movies to,like braindead,and from dusk till dawn,whitch you horror fans just mast to see.just imajen a crossover of evil dead 2, braindead,and from dusk till dawn.
ash,lionel,father Mcgruder,and set gecco ageinst blood sucking vamps,evil spirits,and a zombies.oh boy... and every one will come with his groovy line.
ash:"come get some"
lionel:"partys over"
father Mcgruder:"i kick ass for the lord"
set gecco:"no thanks,ive alredy was maried"
if you love movies alike,i recomend you to see-tales from the crypt:bordello of blood.you dont regret.bay the way,if you know another goriest movies so let my know,you can wright it here or send it to my e-mail.we horror lovers need take care on each other you know...
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by GreatWasabi
The greatest horror movie with the coolest hero ever.  Thanks, Bruce Campbell, for making big chins and the word "groovy" cool.
Sam Raimi knew what he was doing when he made this movie.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by british jimmi
Firstly, I've got to say your site and your reviewing style has me in stitches.  I used to frequent your site because one of my friends who is into B-movies said you were good; I wasn't into them at all.  Now thanks to your site, I have seen around twenty and own a good ten classics.  The likes of 'Reefer Madness' and Ed Wood's 'Bride of the Monster' have been a joy (with the help of a lot of liquor and a couple of mates).  So, yes.  Thanks for that.


Secondly, I guess a comment on this film would be appropriate.  I loved it; I think it is one of the funniest zombie flicks out there (and that is including the recent British-made spoof 'Shaun Of The Dead' that borrows liberally from it and various others).  Would wonder what you thought about that if you've had the chance to see it?  Bruce Campbell as Ash sawing limbs off, being goaded by his possessed hand, and the one-liner.  Myself and my friends cry with laughter and rewind the tape at 'groovy'.  Every.  Single.  Time.


I'm guessing you are overseas at the moment, so looking forward to when you come back and update the site with some more reviews.  


Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #31. Posted on October 10, 2005, 04:01:25 AM by bb6634
This is the Citizen Kane of b-movie horror.   This is the movie that put Sam Raimi (and Bruce Campbell) on the map.
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by cthulhu
One of the best cheesy movies ever!  Even I (The Almighty Cthulhu) enjoyed it immensly.  The best part has got to be the evil deer head.  Cheese at it's finest.  

Sincerely,
The Almighty Cthulhu
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