DVD 85 mins IMDB 7.8 (19,556 votes)
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Evil Dead II - The Book Of The Dead 2 Limited Edition
Anchor Bay (3/13/1987)
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(8/3/2005 )

John Wood
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
USA  /  English

Bruce Campbell Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams
Sarah Berry Annie Knowby
Dan Hicks Jake
Kassie DePaiva Bobbie Joe (as Kassie Wesley)
Ted Raimi Possessed Henrietta (as Theodore Raimi)
Denise Bixler Linda
Richard Domeier Ed Getley
John Peaks Professor Raymond Knowby
Lou Hancock Henrietta Knowby
Snowy Winters Dancer (dance sequence)
Sid Abrams Fake Shemp
Josh Becker Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel Fake Shemp
Thomas Kidd Fake Shemp
Mitch Cantor Fake Shemp
Kassie Wesley

Director Sam Raimi
Producer Robert Tapert
Writer Sam Raimi; Scott Spiegel
Cinematography Peter Deming
Musician Joseph LoDuca
User Credit 1 Kaye Davis

Writer-director Sam Raimi's extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn't really a sequel; rather, it's a remake on a better budget. It also isn't really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humor. The plot alone is a genre cliché right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods--miles from civilization--find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the theaters, the film has since become an influential cult-video favorite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. The DVD version presents the film in its original 1:85 to 1 aspect ratio, and includes the theatrical trailer. --Dave McCoy

Edition Details
Barcode 013131118896
Region Region 1
Chapters 24
Release Date 7/9/2002
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color THX Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
Purchase Date 8/3/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Kiss Your Nerves Good-Bye!
Links Amazon US
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Trivia: Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [chainsaw]After Ash loses his hand, he attaches a chainsaw to the stump. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Although it is Ash's right hand that is cut off, afterward when he goes down to the cellar to retrieve the pages of the Necronomicon, there is a scene where he picks up a page with his right hand (this may have been a flipped negative). (more)

Ash: [talking to mirror] I'm fine... I'm fine...
[Mirror Ash jumps out of the mirror and grabs Ash]
Mirror Ash: I don't think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound "fine"?

Awards: 4 nominations (more)