Evil Dead II

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Presented by Starz & ASH VS EVIL DEAD

If there’s any truth to the adage “if you can’t beat em, join em,” Sam Raimi took it to heart with his THE EVIL DEAD sequel / remake, EVIL DEAD II. And while his 1987 collision of splatter, satire and slapstick maybe less visceral than its predecessor it is no less of a film, in many regards it is its superior.

Ash (THE Bruce Campbell) returns to the infamous cabin that turned his friends (and him) into demons possessed by the Book of the Dead. True to form he is joined at the cabin by a hatful of future Deadites and the dreaded Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. Heads, hands and eyeballs fly as Ash wages the ultimate one-man war to save both himself and humanity.

It’s difficult to write about EVIL DEAD II without sounding over the top and full of hyperbole but that’s exactly what EVIL DEAD II: even today, nearly 30 years after its release, it remains the most outrageously-insane-bad-acid-trip-of-a-horror-movie ever made.

Despite everything about EVIL DEAD II playing out to the furthest reaches of excess, not once does Raimi ever let it slip out of his grasp, he is always in control no matter how delirious a decapitated dancing corpse may be. This film doesn’t just show his inventiveness (we saw that in abundance in THE EVIL DEAD and CRIMEWAVE prior), what it really shows is his maturation as a filmmaker. His high wire tightrope walk between horror and humour is the very benchmark of the genre, one that remains unsurpassed to this day.

The debate over which of the first two EVIL DEAD’s is the best will rage for an eternity but what is indisputable is that like it’s predecessor, EVIL DEAD II is a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.

Christian Parkes

Special thanks to Starz

Guests: Bruce Campbell & Edgar Wright In Person

Director: Sam Raimi
Country: USA
Runtime: 84 minutes
Year: 1987

 

“Delirious, demented and diabolically funny.” Time Out

The Evil Dead

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Presented by Starz & ASH VS EVIL DEAD

What can you say about THE EVIL DEAD that hasn’t already been written? It is the alpha, the omega, the mother of all horror movies and one of very the reasons Beyond Fest exists.

You all know the story… Five bubbly MSU students break out to enjoy a weekend in the woods at an isolated cabin. What could possibly go wrong, you ask? Well, the goddamn Naturom Demonto is what could go wrong as it unleashes demonic forces to possess the hapless teens and unleash the most hyper-violent, hyper-gory shocker ever made.

34 years after it premiered at the Redford Theater in Detroit (as BOOK OF THE DEAD), THE EVIL DEAD still stands as a ferocious masterpiece of horror cinema. It also represents a landmark entry in the annals of independent filmmaking.

Sam Raimi made this film with a formula of 10% budget / 90% passion, positioning him shoulder to shoulder with an elite group of never-say-die, guerilla filmmakers whose methods are sorely missing from today’s mire of Hollywood-hyped hacks. Like John Waters, Abel Ferrera, Russ Meyer and George Romero, Raimi didn’t make THE EVIL DEAD because he wanted to, he made it because he HAD to and he did whatever it took to make it real.

Prior to it’s release there was never a film like THE EVIL DEAD and there has never been one like it since. It deserves all the recognition, reverence and respect it receives, every last blood-soaked drop of it.

Christian Parkes

Special thanks to Starz and Grindhouse Releasing

Guests: Bruce Campbell & Edgar Wright In Person

Double bill with EVIL DEAD 2
Director:
Sam Raimi
Country: USA
Runtime: 85 minutes
Year: 1981

 

“To what perverse strains of human nature do movies like this appeal?” People Magazine

“An instant classic.” LA Times