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

This sequel is better, funnier, scarier and superior to the first indie gore-fest. Never before has there been such an originally funny and unique horror film that never for a moment takes itself seriously. Lots of fun!

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1987
DVD 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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David Keyes

Enjoyment is the greatest of lost sensations at scary movies, and Evil Dead II endures as an obstinate token of those simpler times.

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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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...lives up to its place as a memorably gruesome (and often very funny) splatfest.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Not really a sequel but more a different remake of the first one with superior special effects and camera work, and it is definitely a lot funnier, with a more… More
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Nicki Marie
There are no words for how much I hate these stupid, ugly looking movies.
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
Jens S.
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