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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 overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams
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 ... 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 Josh Becker ... Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel ... Fake Shemp
Thomas Kidd Thomas Kidd ... Fake Shemp
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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In a visual pun, one of the books on the can that traps Ash's possessed hand is Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms". See more »

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When Ash crashes through the front windshield of his Olds, a wire can be seen attached to his body. See more »

Quotes

Ash: [having just gotten hit in the face with a gusher of blood that turns to black goo] Old double-barrel here, blow your butts to Kingdom Come!
[staggers backward, voice drops]
Ash: See if we don't!
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The sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling horror See more »

Alternate Versions

All the Anchor Bay releases are uncut for gore, but the new "Book of the Dead" edition digitally erases wires in several scenes (most noticeably when Henrietta's eye pops out). See more »

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Referenced in Ash vs Evil Dead: Ashes to Ashes (2015) 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) 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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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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