Evil Dead II

Evil Dead II ★★★★★

Action!: Three Degrees Of Separation - Sam Raimi & The Slap B Sticks

Growing up, I learned how many people found this sequel to the landmark first Evil Dead jarring and perplexing because it very heavily leans toward slap-stick. And when I saw it for the first time about ten years ago, I could not help but agree with everyone else.

However, what is so great about doing this marathon, is that you get to discover and learn, uncovering lost pieces. For instance, coming from the original to this sequel can be confusing, yes, but if you had already watched Crimewave in between, you would have had a better understanding in the slight tonal shift. Throughout his career, Raimi always had a humorous side but until this point he normally balanced it with other genres. However, by now he has gone full unhinged.

Now, the reason why this movie is so great is because in midst of all that chaos there appears to be a form of structure in the narrative, differently to Crimewave. Yes, the plot is thin as it is basically Ash fighting the demons at the cabin for 90 minutes. But if you pay attention, you will see Raimi putting in an effort as a director with some incredible camera work, turning a simple dutch angle close-up into something iconic. Even amidst all the madness, you can see Sam is thinking about composition and what not. He is aware he is working on a very small budget, so his approach is to treat this as a piece of entertainment rather than as something groundbreaking. Bruce Campbell also helps sell everything by making you think his character Ash is fighting real demon spawns.

All in all, a definite bloodbath, a gorefest, a fun film that won’t be appreciated by those seeking plot or thoughtful stories – but those seeking to be amused will have the time of their lives.

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