• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Sam Raimi
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 4, 1998
  • Rosebud Communications Releasing


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Evil Dead 2 Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Campbell mugs shamelessly and clearly has a ball as scene outdoes scene in comic thrust and haphazard horror.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2013
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 1, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2013
Joshua Klein
AV Club

Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.

Full Review Source: AV Club

October 1, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The best horror-comedy ever made.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

April 28, 2013
Ashley Norris

Everything a sequel should be in terms of better but distractingly a reboot that means its predecessor should be wiped away. Two versions of the same thing by the same people is too many.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2013

Total Film

Where the first was dark and unpleasant, part two is gut-hurtingly funny.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

October 9, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

A masterpiece of B-movie horror-comedy mayhem fueled by Sam Raimi's fast-paced slapstick sensibilities and brought to life by Bruce Campbell's incredible performance.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 10/10

January 29, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Evil Dead II exceptionally blends comedy, thrills, and gore, while also solidifying Sam Raimi as a gifted and innovative director.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

First and foremost, [Raimi's] gonzo aesthetics are interested in high-wire kicks, of which there are plenty throughout.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

March 29, 2010
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

The Evil Dead remains the stronger film... but this sequel/remake is something of a masterpiece unto itself.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: A-

October 28, 2007

Empire Magazine

The gaudily gory, virtuoso, hyper-kinetic horror sequel/remake uses every trick in the cinematic book, and confirms that Bruce Campbell and Raimi are gods.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

September 21, 2007


The best in the series and one of the top horror movies of the 1980s.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 21, 2007
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Maximum visceral impact is what this film is all about -- and it delivers.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 21, 2007
Variety Staff
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A flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 21, 2007

Time Out
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Delirious, demented and diabolically funny.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Best slapstick seen in a horror flick. If Charlie Chaplin were alive today and into terror, he'd be directing this movie. Okay, maybe not -- but at least he wouldn't be dead.

Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum | Original Score: 9/10

October 14, 2005
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

Evil Dead 2 is a grade-A masterpiece of morbid mayhem. Find me a horror geek who doesn't agree and I'll take a chainsaw to a body part of your choice.

Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Original Score: 5/5

October 4, 2005
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Full-on gore slapstick, more Tex Avery than Dario Argento.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2005
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