Evil Dead II
Plotline: Ash (lone survivor of the original Evil Dead) is back in the cabin where all the demonic craziness went down, and finds himself battling demons yet again, this time with the professor's daughter.
Scariness factor: It's spooky, in a going-crazy-type way (with a little peppering of campiness thrown in for good measure).
Gross-Out Factor: Not quite so much pus as in the original, but it still has its campy gross-out moments.
Complaints: The ONLY thing that bothers me about this movie is why Ash is back at the cabin. I mean, you had a REALLY bad time the first time around. All your friends got killed off. You battled demons. So why the hell go back again?
High Points: This Evil Dead film marks the dawning of the Ash we all know and love. We get to see the transformation from the meek Ashely to the bad-ass, chainsaw-arm, shotgun-wielding, one-lining Ash, and boy is it fun. Seriously: this film is all Bruce Campbell. I mean, I'd say 80% of the movie consists of shots focused on his crazed slapstick, and the boy is BAD-ASS funny. His pratfalls, his hamminess, his chin: all of these are what make all us Evil Dead geeks love him so much. He's just so much fun to watch. And granted, the premise is basically the premise of the first movie, but this time it's directed in such a way that you feel as though you're just watching Ash's mental breakdown from the inside-out, and it's crazy-ass wild. The special fx are still a delightful combination of claymation, green-pus, and talking deer-heads, and you can't beat that either for Friday-night entertainment. Good stuff.
Overall: Bruce Campbell is bad-ass cool. And this movie is all Bruce-Campbell, all the time. Good good stuff. If you've not hit up the Evil Dead trilogy, get your ass to the video store.
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