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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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The Sequel To The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror 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

Gross USA:

$5,923,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

The large demonic head Ash battles in the climax of the film, which the crew nicknamed the "rotten applehead", was too large and cumbersome for the crew to carry back to California, so it was left in North Carolina and soon disappeared. Its whereabouts were unknown for a number of years until it was found in a Halloween haunted house attraction just outside the original shooting location of Wadesboro, North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

When Ash chops off his hand, blood sprays all over his face. In the very next shot, the blood is gone. See more »

Quotes

Bobbie Joe: [pointing to an *empty* room] It's in there...
Ash: We'll all go in together.
Jake: Hell no! You're the curious one!
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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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The best Evil Dead movie of all time my personal favorite
24 October 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) is more than a sequel to a cult classic film from The Evil Dead (1981) this film is more of a prequel to the Army of Darkness (1992) that was made 5. years later. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn is my number 1 favorite film best Evil Dead movie in the franchise. It is one of my personal favorite horror movies. I love this film to death and I love it so damn much. I enjoy this film a lot, it is one of my favorite movie's in the trilogy.

This is a great movie fun gory entertaining kick-ass sequel. It has action, comedy and horror mixed together that is why I love this film to death! Bruce Campbell is pure fun bad-ass Ash I absolutely love him in this sequel. I miss the 80's and that really best action gory movies un like they are today.

This sequel to the original movie is the perfect balance between the horror of the original and the silliness of the third installment. It succeeds because it has fun with the "B" movie genre, never claiming to be better than it is while employing witty direction and dialogue. The scene I remember most is when blood splashes on the lightbulb, making the room glow red.

The first time I watch it, this film really confused me a lot because I thought it was sequel to The Evil Dead but it had a lot of changes, which I love that. I have enjoyed a lot of this film, it is one of my second favorite movie's of the trilogy. Bruce Campbell is pure fun and it's witty. Don't get me wrong I love both of Evil Dead films, but I just prefer Army of Darkness more, because it has funny scenes and it has a happy ending, those two films doesn't have happy endings, that is why I love Army of Darkness much better. The film it is just more of the same thing. Literally. But don't take that as such a negative thing. With the success of the low-budget original under his belt, director Sam Raimi re-imagined his first draft and added many elements he just did not have either the time or the money to accomplish on the first pass. On some level, the film certainly works as a nightmare that has to be replayed by our poor reluctant hero Ash. second Evil pairing of writer-director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell doesn't pick up from where the first Evil Dead left off, it instead reinvents some of the same characters from the first film, notably Campbell's daffy hero Ash and putative girlfriend Linda (played by Denise Bixler in this film), and plops them back in the same basic plot setup as the first film, in a kind of horror-comedy Groundhog Day scenario.

Once again Ash visits an isolated cabin in the woods, turns on a tape recorder that has a professor spouting verbiage from the Necronomicon, and the next thing you know, all hell has broken loose, quite literally. Raimi is a director who may not win points for finesse, but he works in a manic, breathless style that is perfectly suited for the outré black comedy of the Evil Dead franchise, and that devil may care, throw caution to the wind spirit is what has made the Evil Dead trilogy (Army of Darkness was the third film, though there's evidently a Raimi-Campbell remake of the original Evil Dead in the offing) such a cult sensation and what continues to draw audiences to the films to this day. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn is an extremely gruesome affair, but it's also laugh out loud hilarious a lot of the time, with Campbell's intentionally arch delivery and wide-eyed crazed, cartoonish performance style making the most of Raimi and co-scenarist Scott Speigel's reinvention of the Evil Dead premise.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn is really a sly, if sometimes sinister, comedy, one blacker than, well, death, but which delivers some consistent guffaws mixed in with the more typical "avert your eyes" blood and guts.

Ash (Bruce Campbell), the sole survivor of THE EVIL DEAD, returns to the same cabin in the woods and again unleashes the forces of the dead. With his girlfriend possessed by the demons and his body parts running amok, Ash is forced to single- handedly battle the legions of the damned as the most lethal - and groovy - hero in horror movie history! Welcome to EVIL DEAD II, director Sam Raimi's infamous sequel to THE EVIL DEAD and outrageous prequel to ARMY OF DARKNESS!

Evil Dead II (referred to in publicity materials as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel (they wrote the screenplay during the production of another collaboration Crimewave), produced by Robert Tapert, and stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams.

I love this film and Army of Darkness!!!!


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