The Evil Dead II (1987)

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS LIFE -

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 ....

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