Evil Dead 2
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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 effects ... not to mention a truly goofy performance by Bruce Campbell. Nearly the entire storyline of the previous film has been re-shot and presented in a drastically condensed form within the first few minutes: rock-jawed but clueless "hero" Ash (Campbell) now visits the mountain cabin only with girlfriend Linda (played here by Denise Bixler).… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Everything a sequel should be in terms of better but distractingly a reboot that means its predecessor should be wiped away. Two versions of the same thing by the same people is too many."
‑ Ashley Norris, HeyUGuys
"Evil Dead II exceptionally blends comedy, thrills, and gore, while also solidifying Sam Raimi as a gifted and innovative director."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"A flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Campbell mugs shamelessly and clearly has a ball as scene outdoes scene in comic thrust and haphazard horror."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Where the first was dark and unpleasant, part two is gut-hurtingly funny."
‑ , Total Film
"First and foremost, [Raimi's] gonzo aesthetics are interested in high-wire kicks, of which there are plenty throughout."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic."
‑ Joshua Klein, AV Club
"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."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"The best horror-comedy ever made."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A masterpiece of B-movie horror-comedy mayhem fueled by Sam Raimi's fast-paced slapstick sensibilities and brought to life by Bruce Campbell's incredible performance."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The Evil Dead remains the stronger film... but this sequel/remake is something of a masterpiece unto itself."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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