Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)

This high-octane semi-sequel to Sam Raimi's cult hit The Evil Dead has nearly eclipsed its predecessor's reputation thanks to an endless barrage of hyperkinetic camera acrobatics, rapid-fire editing and "splatstick" gore… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 4, 1998
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Evil Dead 2's increased special effects and slapstick-gore makes it as good -- if not better -- than the original.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Just when things start getting too grisly, Raimi rushes in with a hilarious, sendup joke to remind us that all this blood and guts is meant in spooky Grand Guignol fun.

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James Berardinelli

Good acting would not have served the material well, since it would have diluted the comedy quotient and made the campy elements seem cheap and cheesy.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

The sequel that "The Evil Dead" needed, and in the end it manages to extend its storyline, without ruining the premise from the first film.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively -- a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream.

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Variety Staff

A flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Campbell mugs shamelessly and clearly has a ball as scene outdoes scene in comic thrust and haphazard horror.

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Joshua Klein
AV Club

Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

The pop-up humor and smirkiness suggest Raimi's aspiring to the fashionable company of the brothers Coen, though on the basis of this strained effort I'd say he's overshot the mark.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The best horror-comedy ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Pretty amazing how universally loved this film seems to be. Upon further inspection from today's point of view it's way too silly to be scary and way… More
Phil Hubbs
Sam Raimi already gave us one of the most iconic horror films ever devised by man so what does he do next? he gives us the sequel which is even more iconic than… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Not really a sequel but more of a different remake of the first one, yet with superior special effects and camera movements - and it is much funnier, especially… More
Melvin White
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Chris Weber
This is the hilarious, campy, brutal, gory, and horrific followup to Sam Raimi's 1981 classic. I did appreciate the humor and campiness, but I was a little… More