Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written By: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 24 min
Crazy. If you liked the first film but wished it to be a little less gory, not as scary and more funny, well, this is what you get! In fact, it’s pretty much the same as The Evil Dead but re-shot with a larger budget. The camera movements and staging, along with the sound effects are even more adventurous and in your face than the first. Its epic scope is ultimately outstripped by the limited effects of the time, but it has so much energy and moves so quickly that it’s never a problem.
Don’t take it seriously, don’t question the stories logic or the characters decisions! It’s as silly and nasty as it is unbridled fun and insanity. Funny as hell too.
Best viewing format:
It’s much better looking than the first so perhaps a normal size TV. Surround sound will amuse you as it gets very over the top in the sound department!
Best moments for me:
It’s a tie between a screaming woman suddenly gagging on a flying eyeball or Ash (Bruce Campbell) convincing his possessed hand he is unconscious; only to impale it and then scream in delight “Who’s laughing now!?” whilst cutting it off with a chainsaw and getting splattered in blood. As, I said: Crazy.
Stewart’s two cents:
Bruce Campbell was born to play Ash. He just gets the crazy nature of these films, and delivers the perfect performances to match.