Campbell mugs shamelessly and clearly has a ball as scene outdoes scene in comic thrust and haphazard horror.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.
The best horror-comedy ever made.
| Original Score: 10/10
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.
Where the first was dark and unpleasant, part two is gut-hurtingly funny.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Evil Dead II exceptionally blends comedy, thrills, and gore, while also solidifying Sam Raimi as a gifted and innovative director.
First and foremost, [Raimi's] gonzo aesthetics are interested in high-wire kicks, of which there are plenty throughout.
| Original Score: B+
The Evil Dead remains the stronger film... but this sequel/remake is something of a masterpiece unto itself.
| Original Score: A-
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.
The best in the series and one of the top horror movies of the 1980s.
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.
Maximum visceral impact is what this film is all about -- and it delivers.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.
Delirious, demented and diabolically funny.
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
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-on gore slapstick, more Tex Avery than Dario Argento.