Saturday, October 30, 2010

Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn

(1987) *****

Continuing along on my "everybody has seen this but me" theme leads directly to Evil Dead 2 Dead by Dawn. Finally, all those halloween haunted trails with the one handed chainsaw welding bruce campbell wanna-be's make sense! Man I've been missing out....

So who wants to join in on a romantic weekend getaway in a remote cabin in the woods? Sounds like a good idea right? Not if you're Ash/Bruce Campbell and his girlfriend, Linda (Denise Bixler). After Linda's wonderful dance number, (not quite Alvin Ailey), Ash finds the cabin owner's (Professor I-recorded-my-translation-of-the-Necronomicon-pages-that-resurrect-evil-forces) tape recorder. Ash hits play and learns that something evil is out there, and whoops, its not only out there, but now its in here!

In fact its in his girlfriend! Ash kills his girlfriend, buries her,

then kills her again as her decapitated body comes after him with a chain saw.

Oh what's that you say? From those haunted trail walks at Balboa Park, you thought Bruce is supposed to be the chain saw wielding one? No worries, as a few more people (professor's daughter, boyfriend, and hick trail guides/baggage carriers) show up to the cabin, Bruce becomes bad ass #1 and is no longer left with just that axe. He's the axe wielding, shot gun slinging, chainsaw handed hero who's gonna save us all.

This movie is just awesomely great fun.

First 5 minutes: Oh my god, Bruce Campbell can't act. 20 minutes later: Scratch that, the man is a genius!

My favorite bit.

The only thought going through my head afterwards, "Why didn't anyone get me to watch this with them earlier?


Catfreeek said...

"The only thought going through my head afterwards, "Why didn't anyone get me to watch this with them earlier?" ~ Shame on them Tami.

50PageMcGee said...

i'm a bad friend -- there we were, same city, and me with a copy of this in my collection.

Trevor (Tami's friend) said...

Oh Tami, if you're willing, we can show you LOTS of great horror films. You up for watching the Ring the next time we get together?