Neil's Review of Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
While Evil Dead 2 retains the wacky camera work and some of the horrors from the first movie, Sam Raimi decides to take a more comedic approach to the series, focusing much more on the humor.
The first 7 minutes of the movie are a recap of the first movie. However, Raimi apparently lost the rights to the first movie and couldn't use any footage of it for a flashback. Therefore, the events that are shown in the recap are completely retconned, showing only the essential as well as different events that have relevance to the sequel. It seems that continuity errors persist throughout the movie for added humor.
I believe that the changes made for Evil Dead 2 were for the better. They give it the purpose it deserves, along with more memorable Bruce Campbell moments that truly sculpts his character Ash into the iconic horror-survivor, thus making the sequel a superior movie to its predecessor.