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Evil Dead II (1987)

X  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  13 March 1987 (USA)
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The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

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Sarah Berry ...
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Bobby Joe (as Kassie Wesley)
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Possessed Henrietta (as Theodore Raimi)
Denise Bixler ...
Richard Domeier ...
John Peakes ...
Lou Hancock ...
Snowy Winters ...
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Sol Abrams ...
Fake Shemp (as Sid Abrams)
Josh Becker ...
Scott Spiegel ...
Thomas Kidd ...
Mitch Cantor ...
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Storyline

A young man, named Ash, takes his girlfriend Linda to a secluded cabin in the woods where he plays back a professor's tape recorded recitation of passages from the Book of the Dead. The spell calls up an evil force from the woods which turns Linda into a monstrous Deadite, and threatens to do the same to Ash. When the professor's daughter and her entourage show up at the cabin, the night turns into a non-stop, grotesquely comic battle with chainsaw and shotgun on one side, demon horde and flying eyeball on the other. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

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13 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn  »

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$3,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,923,044 (USA)
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Many scenes were deleted from the movie and according to official reports, all of them and original version of the movie are lost. Some of these scenes are;
  • Henrietta is in her rocking chair while the professor reads the incantations when she rocks into the light revealing her demonic eyes


  • Linda's severed head throws up black bile on Ash when it's trapped in the vice (which is why black slime suddenly appears around her mouth in the final scene)


  • Linda's severed head puts its long snake-like tongue into Ash's mouth when he's sitting in the rocking chair


  • alternate longer take of the "blood flood" with green and yellow blood


  • after hitting the possessed Ed with the ax the scene continues as a "half-headed" Ed runs after them and eventually is chopped to pieces and body parts flop on the floor


  • possessed Ash eating a squirrel as he runs after Annie


  • Ash's demonic face morphing into normal after he takes his dead girlfriend's necklace...


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Early in the film, as Ash is fleeing from the cabin, he encounters the utterly-destroyed bridge, and he howls in despair. As the sun rapidly sets, the Evil Fog emerges on the far side of the bridge and crosses the bridge in pursuit of Ash. The bridge planks are entirely intact. See more »

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Horror Movie Played For Laughs; Extremely Entertaining
31 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few horror movies I truly enjoyed, because the film offers a great combination of horror and comedy. It adds up to a very entertaining 85 minutes.

There's a lot to like in this kinda-goofy movie: nice visuals; good humor to counteract the scariness and gore of a horror story; a small amount of ridiculous theology compare to what usually is offered in this genre, and some totally outrageous scenes. They include a woman's head loose and then biting a man's hand with the rest of her body running around with a chainsaw; a hand with a mind of it's own, monster-type grandma and grandpa in the cellar, chase scenes through a forest with trees coming to life and attacking people, on and on....wild, wild stuff.

My main complaint is not enough lulls. There is too much action, and it's so intense it's almost too much to watch in one continuous sitting even with its fairly short length. One needs a break once in a while!

There is no credibility in here, but that's okay since I think most of this is played for laughs more than horror. Bruce Campell suffers physical damage that would have killed a person many times but within seconds, he's back to normal. Campell, by the way, must have set the all-time record for making rubber-faced wild faces in a movie, more than Jim Carrey. However, this movie certainly isn't one to be scrutinized for realism. You have to look at it, with all the gory scenes and shocking violence as not much more than just tongue-in-cheek satire on horror movies. It's great fun.


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