Evil Dead II

Dead Before Dawn

A favourite of horror and gore fans everywhere, and virtually a remake of the first film as Ash again finds himself trapped in a house in a solitary forest which becomes overrun with zombies and deadites. It seems that the Necromonicon up to it’s old tricks! Campbell again steals the show, one of the most under-used and underrated actors around. Raimi keeps the film moving at a quick pace, and some of the camera work, including the chase shots through the house as doors explode off hinges, lots of strange POV shots etc etc show his flare as a director if not as a storyteller. But the main selling point is the gore, of which there is lots, and the set-pieces involving a flying eye and a possessed hand. Again the effects are good by today’s standards-with today’s technology, stop motion could be very effective. This sequel is much more of a comedy than the first film, and while it does have a few scares it relies much more heavily on humour than the first film did. This does not detract from the quality of the film though, and it is a must-see for horror fans. The extras here are ok, with a good commentary and making of.

Feel free to leave your comments on the movie- is it better than the first? Did Bruce deserve an Oscar?

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