Evil Dead II – USA, 1987

‘Kiss your nerves goodbye’

Evil Dead II – often referred to on publicity material as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn – is a 1987 American horror comedy feature film directed by Sam Raimi. More than a sequel, it is a reboot of the 1981 film The Evil Dead. Co-written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, it was produced by Rob Tapert and stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams.

Filming took place in Michigan and North Carolina in 1986 and the film was released in the United States on March 13, 1987. It was a decent box office success, achieving $10.9 million. It also received critical acclaim. Watchers praised Raimi for the direction and Campbell for his role in the film. Evil Dead II was eventually followed by Army of Darkness.

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In the US, Evil Dead II was upgraded by Lionsgate to 4K Ultra HD in a Combo Pack that includes Blu-ray and Digital on December 11th, 2018.

4K Ultra HD Special Features

  • New “Bloody and Groovy, Baby!” – A Tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero

Blu-ray Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero
  • “Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead 2” Featurette
  • “Cabin Fever – A ‘Fly on the Wall’ Look Behind-the-Scenes of Evil Dead 2” Featurette
  • “Road to Wadesboro: Revisiting the Shooting Location with Filmmaker Tony Elwood” Featurette
  • “Evil Dead 2: Behind-the-Screams” Featurette
  • “The Gore The Merrier” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries

Plot:

Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) take a romantic vacation in his 1973 Oldsmobile to a seemingly abandoned cabin in the woods. While in the cabin, Ash plays a tape of an archeology professor (the cabin’s previous inhabitant), reciting passages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (or “Book of the Dead”), which he has discovered during an archaeological dig.

The recorded incantation unleashes an evil force which kills and later possesses the body of Linda. Ash is then forced to decapitate his girlfriend for his own safety. After he buries her, a spirit is seen on the hunt for Ash. Ash becomes briefly possessed by the demon, but when day breaks the spirit is gone, and Ash is back to normal. Ash finds little chance of safety, however, as the bridge leading to the cabin is destroyed. To make things worse, Ash is forced to sever his right hand, which has become possessed.

While Ash is dealing with this force, the professor’s daughter, Annie, and her research partner, Ed Getley, return from the dig with more pages of the Necronomicon in tow, only to find the destroyed bridge. They enlist the help of Jake and Bobby Joe to guide them along an alternate trail to the cabin. The four of them find an embattled Ash, who is, seemingly, slowly being driven insane due to his encounter with the demon…

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” …the fact that Raimi and Campbell had begun their career alternating between horror shorts and Three Stooges knockoffs paid massive dividends: this is without doubt the most successful blend of horror and comedy, and a classic in either field.” Tom Huddleston, Time Out

In 2015, British artist and illustrator Graham Humphries was commissioned to provide a new version (above) of the artwork he designed for the original UK release (below).

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