31 Days of Terror - 'Evil Dead 2'
31 Days of Terror will cover a wide array of horror films leading up to Halloween. We'll be posting our thoughts and feelings on some of our favorites every day for the next 31 days. If your favorite doesn't make it, it doesn't mean we don't like it, so speak up in the comments below!
"Someone's in my fruit cellar!"
Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 is, in my mind, the best horror/comedy put to film. There are so many moments in this little gem that are memorable and absolutely bat-sh*t crazy. Never has there been anybody quite as creative when it comes to this type of horror than Sam Raimi; he just knows the perfect balance between scary and hilarious.
Evil Dead 2 begins with a streamlined recap of the first film and then goes off in its own direction. The movie follows Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend Linda as they visit a cabin in the woods. Things quickly turn south when they listen to a recording of Professor Knowby as he recites a passage from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (Book of the Dead), which unleashes evil undead forces upon them.
Bruce Campbell, also referred to lovingly as "The Chin" is the heart and soul of this film. Without his innate ability to perform physical comedy and perfectly-timed utterances of "Groovy", this film wouldn't be what it is today. There are so many scenes in Evil Dead 2 that simply wouldn't work if Campbell weren't performing in them. My personal favorite is a moment when his hand becomes possessed and starts braking plates over his head, it's just gleefully hilarious in a way I've never seen.
I also love the effects-work in this film. You're never going to think anything you see is convincingly real, but there's a creativity here that is so over-the-top and fun. I love the dancing headless corpse of Linda that then skips away into the darkness. Evil Ash is also very enjoyable to watch, along with his severed hand that crawls around the cabin causing mayhem There's also an abundant amount of gore and other creature effects worth checking out, so long as you're not looking for something that's actually believable.
I could write a short book about all the great things Evil Dead 2 contains, but I'll save that for a time when I don't have fifteen other horror films to write about. Most of you have probably seen this film by now, but if by the off-chance you haven't, find a copy of as soon as humanly possibly and strap in for a groovy time.