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Writer-director Sam Raimi's extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn't really a sequel; rather, it's a remake on a better budget. It also isn't really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humor. The plot alone is a genre cliché right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods--miles from civilization--find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the theaters, the film has since become an influential cult-video favorite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. The DVD version presents the film in its original 1:85 to 1 aspect ratio, and includes the theatrical trailer. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Interview with Bruce Campbell, Making of “Swallowed Souls”, Cabin Fever, Road to Wadesboro, Making of "The Gore the Merrier" and Trailer. --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
Product was just as described. I bought this for my boyfriend who has the first one in the "skin" cover for christmas. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Ashley
I forgot how funny this movie is. What a blast from the past. Army of Darkness here I come.Published 3 months ago by Colin
Not recommended for children. Extreme violence. Graphic horror violence. Disturbing content and gory scenes. Brutal violence in this movie.
DON'T OPEN THE BOOK. Read more
A classic ! It's sort of a remake of the first but with more budget. Gory, creepy and funny. It's great to have the blu ray and the dvd ! Read morePublished 6 months ago by William