Halloween Review – “Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn”

Ash is back, and with a higher budget.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Bruce Campbell as Ash

Ted Raimi as the Witch in the Cellar

Sarah Berry as Annie

Written by Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel

Directed by Sam Raimi

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In what feels like a remake, but what Bruce Campbell
insists is a
sequel, Ash brings a girlfriend to a cabin in the
woods and faces off
against the evil dead.

High Point

The hand fight.

Low Point

If this is a sequel, as Bruce insists, why does Ash
risk heading out
to any cabin only accessible by an old bridge? Why
doesn’t he react
when he sees the book next to the tape recorder? If
it is a remake,
why pick this title? It just doesn’t seem to work
either way.

The Scores

This doesn’t feel very original.
This is a sequel that adds little but some
deliberate, effective
humour. The humour works, but a lot of the rest is a
rehash of the
original, which was a rehash of so many slasher pics
that came before
it. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were lousy. We’ve got jerky
stop motion,
inconsistent blood, and a number of other issues that
need worked on.
I give it 3 out of 6.

The story is very simple, with an obvious
ending. I give it
3 out of 6.

The acting is hammy and over the top, but
deliberately so.
Bruce Campbell delivers some excellent pratfalls,
though. His
physical abilities to act in this movie really sell
it. Very few
could have pulled this off half as well without an
army of stunt
doubles. (He really changes the meaning of suffering
for one’s art.)
I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is strong. This is
meant to be a
comedy, and it is a very effective one. It’s not
particularly scary,
but it keeps me laughing the entire time. I give it
5 out of 6.

The production is stylish on a tight budget.
The lighting
had problems as the original did, but again, it’s
better than they
should have been able to manage on this kind of
budget. I give it 4
out of 6.

Overall, it’s a very amusing little movie,
that’s great to
watch when you want a Halloween themed laugh. I give
it 4 out of 6.

In total, Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn
receives 26 out of 42.

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2 replies on “Halloween Review – “Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn””

  1. Regarding the low point
    It’s been awhile since I’ve watched the series, but I know I figured that it was, indeed, a sequel that took place literally after the end of the first one and RECAPPED the first one in the first 5 or 10 minutes. Kind of like how the whole story is recapped right at the start of Army of Darkness. Sure, it took a few liberties with it, but still covers the basic events from the first movie very, very quickly.

    • Re: Regarding the low point

      Sure, it took a few liberties with it, but still covers
      the basic events from the first movie very, very quickly.

      It’s the number of liberties that gets to me. The number
      of people there, the initial discovery and release of the
      things, the sequence of events, and the resolution are all
      quite different.

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