Saturday, October 22, 2005

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)

A cross a day keeps the dead away...

Action Horror Fantasy Comedy

Starring: Bruce Campbell (Bubba Ho-Tep; Maniac Cop), Sarah Berry (C.H.U.D. II - Bud The Chud)

Directed By: Sam Raimi (Spiderman; Army Of Darkness)

Overview: A man in a remote cottage discovers ancient and evil magickal research that summons denizens of the infernal deep. Can they make it till dawn?

Acting: The acting is hammy, cheezy, over-directed and utterly, brilliantly delivered. It was GOOD ham, not bad ham, and everyone loves good ham! Mmmmm!
Rating: 8

Cinematography: The chasing camera is a nice touch, and the odd pictures of a panoramic scene like when the bridge is out. The effects on the other hand are top notch. The possessed freaks and the moosehead and the look of the large cottage, really entertaining to watch.
Rating: 8

Script: The script is funny, witty, tacky, cheesy, all of these. Perfect for the action horror comedy. It's not the comic genius of Army of Darkness, but they weren't going for all laughs, so an appropriate and interesting delivery.
Rating: 7

Plot: The story is pretty standard fare, nothing too brilliant, but what an ending! As for the character arc and the growing resolve at survival our hero faces in the light of death and possession is a nice touch. Just the right amount of excitement, comedy and story to keep you glued for more. Good stuff.
Rating: 7

Mood: This is what it's all about. What a fun good time. The first Evil Dead was more spooky than funny, the last one was more funny than spooky. This one throws gore in with laughs in a perfect good old time. Really enjoyable and immersive.
Rating: 9

"HONEY! Warn next time I go down on you!"

Overall Rating: 78% (Killer Good Time)

Aftertaste: I had no idea how good this would be the second time around. What memorabilia. My best friend presented this to me the first time, back when horror wasn't my thing and I begrudgingly went and liked it. Now? My God, it's awesome. If you haven't seen this stand alone film, do it. Any one of the Evil Dead films (including Army of Darkness) are stand alone movies that can be enjoyed all by their lonesome, so don't feel that need to watch em all in order, though they're all good.