The Evil Dead II (1987)
You might say the Evil Dead movie that opened in theatres on Friday is the second remake. Evil Dead II, a sequel in name only, saw director Raimi essentially starting from scratch with original star Bruce Campbell reprising his role of Ash. The reason: Raimi was trying to get his Hollywood career back on track after a 1985 attempt at a studio film, Crimewave, proved to be wholly unsatisfying.
This time, Ash visits the remote cabin with only his girlfriend. She is possessed. He takes steps to destroy his now demonic squeeze by cutting off her head and burying the body. The daughter of the cabin’s original owner shows up (with three other people) to look for her dad and realizes pop’s research into the occult has taken a ghastly turn. More possessions follow.
This film uses lots of latex-constructed demons, which gives the movie a more cartoony quality. Campbell’s performance is more overtly comic, especially by the film’s exciting conclusion, which sees Ash transported (along with the giant forest demon) to the Dark Ages, leading the way to ....