Written by: John Edward Betancourt
My encounter with The Evil Dead haunted me in all the right ways, simply because I wanted more. I knew at my local video store there was a sequel sitting next to the original and sadly, with school on the agenda I had to wait a week to see where the story went next. How did Ash get out of this mess? Where could they go from here?
So imagine my excitement when Friday rolled around knowing that I could finally get my hands on the surprising sequel; Evil Dead II.
Now I say surprising not because the film was bad, but because I was completely unprepared for the fact that this was a hybrid on so many levels. It was part reboot, part remake, part sequel, part horror, part comedy. Truly, this film was a cornucopia of elements and every last one of them worked. While the plot may seem similar to the original, it really is not. The only remaining elements from the first film are the cabin, Ash and the finding of the Necronomicon. Everything past that point is pure horror/comedy gravy.
Once more Sam Raimi dazzles as director, and Bruce Campbell truly shines as Ash. In fact let's take a moment to talk about the fact that Bruce is an incredible stuntman. For those of you who haven't seen this one yet, you'll be amazed at how much physical abuse he takes in this movie, yet Campbell does it in style. We all know this was likely take after take after take to get the right stunt on camera and Bruce is clearly a warrior. His portrayal of Ash this time around is no longer a mousey college boy unsure of what to do, this Ash kicks plenty of ass.
The fact of the matter is, this movie is a blast. There are scares, there are laughs and incredible one liners that only cement this film's status as a cult classic. There really is something for everyone here and Sam Raimi gets major kudos for not giving us a true "direct" sequel because the end result is original and absolutely incredible.