Spotlight // Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

19399864_1701031650201415_7977425102476384610_nThere is a cabin in the woods where a piano plays itself and an empty chair rocks back and forth…

Join the cult revival with CFE’s next offering on July 6th, the classic “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn”. After a recitation from the book of the dead, Ash Williams’ secluded getaway with his girlfriend takes a turn for the worse when all manner of unholy creatures seek to consume them under cover of darkness. The ensuing battle contains some of the most memorable scenes in horror as the cast fight their to way survival at dawn by any means.

After releasing the straight-laced original in 1981, director Sam Raimi wanted to expand his filmmaking skills and began working on a comedy with the Coen brothers. Six years of industry experience later and with greater financial support he reworked the first film and added his new found comedy palette, giving Evil Dead 2 it’s signature flavour that fans went crazy for.

Dead-end roads, hillbillies and yuppies, axes and chainsaws. Raimi’s slapstick direction was lapped up by audiences who loved the campy, one-liner heavy script and ridiculous goriness because it was backed by solid filmmaking. Evil Dead 2 combined impressive camerawork, claymation, puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, a variety of efforts that showed how committed Raimi was to seeing his ideas come alive onscreen. It was the perfect combination of B movie tropes and genuine talent.

The franchise made Bruce Campbell a star and has kept him busy ever since. The cult community’s embrace of the actor continued with another successful sequel in 1992 and the ongoing TV series “Ash vs Evil Dead” in 2015. Ash is well and truly part of the cult cinema furniture and for good reason. Evil Dead 2 is one of the defining horror films of the 80’s because it was unashamedly fun and didn’t care about using cliches; it blew them out the door, chopped off their head and laughed in their face. Not to be missed, if Evil Dead 2 doesn’t entertain you, you better check your pulse.

As always, £5/4 gets you entry to our film themed pub quiz, the film (inc. free popcorn) and the chance to win some groovy prizes. See you there.

Author: cultfilmedinburgh

Edinburgh's monthly cult film screening community.

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