Thursday, February 23, 2017

200 Items Or Less: Evil Dead 2 (1987)

A few thoughts: One of the most over-hyped, over-the-top, desperate movies of the 1980s, this cult sequel to the far superior original Evil Dead tries way too hard way too often, and winds up being pretty annoying and unfocused as a result. I can appreciate the effort put into this movie on the parts of everyone involved, but there's quite simply far too much going on in this movie for it to ever feel like any more than just a pile of half-baked nonsense. The makeup and practical effects are solid but lack the subdued, creepy charm of the original, and while Bruce Campbell gives it his all and transforms Ash into the iconic hero most people know him for, the level of self-awareness in his performance reaches critical mass and he no longer seems like an actual character anymore - just an extension of Campbell's own ego. It can be fun to watch in small doses, but it winds up becoming far too much and without much narrative focus, left me feeling surprisingly ambivalent.

Who would I recommend it to? A lot of people seem to love it, so I wouldn't tell fans of comedic horror *not* to see it. I'd personally recommend the original over this any day.

My grade: C-

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