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Blu-ray Review: Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD 2 Is A Kinetic Live Action Looney Tunes Horror-Comedy - Movies In Focus
Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 is a rollercoaster of cinematic energy. It’s a live action Looney Tunes adventure, a balls-out crazy physical comedy extravaganza which just happens to be a horror sequel. Raimi’s follow-up to 1981’s The Evil Dead, is effectively a remake of that movie with the same rough plot and star (Bruce Campbell). It’s a haunted house in the woods piece, where a young couple discover The Book of the Dead, a tome which unleashes the forces of evil, killing the woman and turning her into a walking corpse. And that’s only the start of things. Evil Dead 2 is filled with kinetic energy. It’s a live action cartoon, where Raimi’s camera is virtually a character that floats, whizzes, flies and shoots through the mysterious woods and creepy cabin. It’s a powerfully assured piece of filmmaking from a director who only had a few films under his belt. It is Raimi’s use of camera work which helps make Evil Dead 2 stand-out from a million other cheap and cheerful 1980s horror films. It’s a technique that would lead to hundreds of millions of dollars and a career as a blockbuster director for Raimi when he helmed the Spider-Man [...]