Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)



Critic Consensus: Evil Dead 2's increased special effects and slapstick-gore makes it as good -- if not better -- than the original.

Movie Info

This high-octane semi-sequel to Sam Raimi's cult hit The Evil Dead has nearly eclipsed its predecessor's reputation thanks to an endless barrage of hyperkinetic camera acrobatics, rapid-fire editing and "splatstick" gore effects ... not to mention a truly goofy performance by Bruce Campbell. Nearly the entire storyline of the previous film has been re-shot and presented in a drastically condensed form within the first few minutes: rock-jawed but clueless "hero" Ash (Campbell) now visits the … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 4, 1998
Rosebud Communications Releasing


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Critic Reviews for Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (10)

Just when things start getting too grisly, Raimi rushes in with a hilarious, sendup joke to remind us that all this blood and guts is meant in spooky Grand Guignol fun.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively -- a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
AV Club
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Good acting would not have served the material well, since it would have diluted the comedy quotient and made the campy elements seem cheap and cheesy.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Top Critic

A flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Top Critic

The pop-up humor and smirkiness suggest Raimi's aspiring to the fashionable company of the brothers Coen, though on the basis of this strained effort I'd say he's overshot the mark.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn


Pretty amazing how universally loved this film seems to be. Upon further inspection from today's point of view it's way too silly to be scary and way too gory to be taken seriously. Of course that's all intentionally so. Still, the film did not age well. It still works as a set-up for the awesome third part, but if you really measure this for coherence, character development or dialogs, there is nothing rewarding here. Instead of get a lot of plastic demons and fake blood. Entertaining, but stupid.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Not really a sequel but more of a different remake of the first one, yet with superior special effects and camera movements - and it is much funnier, especially with more bizarre physical humor that includes a squealing possessed hand and a hysterical Bruce Campbell.

Carlos Magalh„es

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