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Evil Dead II (1987)

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The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

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Sam Raimi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams
Sarah Berry Sarah Berry ... Annie Knowby
Dan Hicks ... Jake
Kassie Wesley DePaiva ... Bobby Joe (as Kassie Wesley)
Ted Raimi ... Possessed Henrietta (as Theodore Raimi)
Denise Bixler ... Linda
Richard Domeier Richard Domeier ... Ed Getley
John Peakes John Peakes ... Professor Raymond Knowby
Lou Hancock ... Henrietta Knowby
Snowy Winters Snowy Winters ... Dancer
Sol Abrams Sol Abrams ... Fake Shemp (as Sid Abrams)
Josh Becker ... Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel ... Fake Shemp
Thomas Kidd Thomas Kidd ... Fake Shemp
Mitch Cantor Mitch Cantor ... Fake Shemp
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Storyline

Ashley Williams travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda where they find a tape recording of a professor and a book of evil. This unleashes a bunch of evil spirits that constantly terrorize Ash. Meanwhile a journalist comes to the area to study the book of evil. Ash and her end up having to survive this swarm of evil until morning comes.

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Taglines:

"The Comedy/Horror of the Decayed" [Pun: "Decade"] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$807,260, 15 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,923,044
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video) | (TV) | (workprint)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ash's chainsaw appears to switch hands in one scene. This is because Sam Raimi decided Ash should walk the opposite way across the room in that scene, so he flipped the negative. See more »

Goofs

When Ash is reloading his shotgun during the battle scene with his severed hand, the hand gets its thumb caught in a mousetrap. In the next shot, the mousetrap is on the index finger. See more »

Quotes

Annie: [Looking at a picture in the Necronomicon of Ash himself] In 1300 AD they called this man the uh, 'hero from the sky'. He was prophesied to have destroyed the evil.
Ash: He didn't do a very good job...
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Crazy Credits

The sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling horror See more »

Alternate Versions

Some European TV versions of the movie have many additional scenes: 1.Opening credits are longer with narration over names of the actors. 2.Ash and Linda kissing scene is longer,plus it contains some cheesy music. 3.After Linda has been taken by Evil,there is extended scene of Ash searching and calling for her. 4.Additional scene is added after Ash kills Linda.In this scene,he comes back into the cabin and he finds Book Of The Dead.After he throws the book into the fire,Evil goes away from the cabin,while he finds necklace he gave to Linda,and then starts to cry "Oh God!" He then walks out of the cabin. 5.Scene where Ash is carried acoss the woods by Evil is few seconds longer. 6.While driving away from the cabin,Ash is eating some cereals,but he stops when he starts to choke and almost swallows small toy from the box. 7.Scene where Ash is sleeping is extended with few more seconds of Evil moving towards the cabin. 8.Scene with Ash and furniture in cabin laughing their butts off is extended for about 20 or 30 seconds. 9.After Ash and rest of the group manage to defend themselves against cellar witch,scene is extended with few extra seconds where Bobby Joe is trying to spit the eyeball out while tape recorder is working on its own. 10.Scene when Ed turns into demon is couple seconds longer with Bobby Joe falling on the floor and Jake getting angry before he attacks Ed. 11.Scene where everyone enters into room where ghost appears is longer with lousy filmed part where camera goes aound the room. 12.Bobby Joe's death scene is longer,but it doesn't have any extra gore. 13.Extended scene when Jake argues with Ash who is telling him to go searching for Bobby Joe alone,but Jake refuses. 14.Extended scene with demon Ash throwing Jake into tree. 15.Small extra scene where demon Ash is eating a squirell and screming "Annnieeee!" 16.Extended scene of Ash trying to get into cabin. 17.Alternate version of Jake's death scene with no blood flowing out of the cellar. 18.Small scene with demon Ash remembering Linda when he finds her necklace. 19.Extended cellar scene with camera moving around creating tension before Ash picks up pages of book,plus small part where Annie calls for him. 20.Extended,bizarre vortex scene is also added with pictures of newspaper articles about first Evil Dead movie. See more »

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"Come to sweet Henrietta!"
21 September 2001 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn is the sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling terror. Evil Dead II is the definitive cult flick and perhaps my favorite horror film (top five at least). Bruce Campbell takes on the role of Ash once again in this hilariously horrific sequel to a legendary movie. Few sequels live up to the original and fewer still surpass it. This is one of those rare instances. This movie is out of this world. Sam Raimi is a genius with a camera and has gone on to create some damn fine films. He deserves every amount of success he has gained. The script is inventive, highly original, and funny as all hell. It's a mix of horror, laughs, and gore; or splatstick as Campbell calls it. Once again, Campbell's facial expressions alone are worth the price of admission. If that doesn't get you the laughing deer head will. Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn is a true horror masterpiece. A completely original concept, some screwy camera angles, and one Bruce Campbell make for an entertaining combination. If you don't like it, "I'll swallow your soul, I'll swallow your soul."


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