Evil Dead II
Even as ’80s horror franchises like “halloween” and “nightmare on elm street” stumbled through underdeveloped sequels, director sam raimi had the gall to carry something definitely clean to the sequel to his breakout cabin-in-the-woods shocker “the evil useless” — punchlines.
As the only survivor of the ghoulish threats from the previous film, bruce campbell’s kooky birthday celebration boy ash returns to the scene of the earlier events, where the great spirits over again hurl themselves at him from every path. As a wild-eyed ash attempts to vanquish the demonic presence surrounding him in the partitions from each attitude, raimi merges the grotesque depth of the splatter style with the surreal comedic heights of a looney tunes cool animated film. Sure, there’s a famous amputation scene that unites ash with his iconic chainsaw arm, but “evil lifeless ii” is extra than only a gory playground. In a single defining second, the digicam veers close to ash’s face as he cracks up in deranged laughter, while everything around him — which include a lamp shade — be part of in. It’s a exceptional illustration of the thin line between comedy and horror that this film walks so well, right up till the surprise twist of an finishing that establishes a 3rd entry in this unique horror franchise that heads in an entire new path altogether. Few examples of the style have burst thru so many expectancies while ultimate enjoyable the entire way thru.