Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Reviews

October 1, 2013
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.
October 1, 2013
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.
October 1, 2013
Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.
September 21, 2007
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.
September 21, 2007
A flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.
September 21, 2007
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.
January 26, 2006
Delirious, demented and diabolically funny.
May 20, 2003
Genuine, if bizarre, proof of Sam Raimi's talent and developing skill.
Top Critic
April 17, 2001
One of the most visually inventive, relentless, and truly original films ever made
January 1, 2000
The acting is straight out of '50s B movies. The exposition is clumsy, the sound track corny, the denouement silly. Then again, who said bad taste was easy?
January 1, 2000
If you know it's all special effects, and if you've seen a lot of other movies and have a sense of humor, you might have a great time at Evil Dead 2.