Now it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to me if not many people have heard of this movie. But trust me when I say that it is a classic of modern film. I know what you’re thinking, a movie called Evil Dead 2 is a classic? Yes, it really is. It all starts when a handsome young man by the name of Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend decide to spend a weekend in a hidden cabin in the woods. There they find a mysterious book called the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead. Naturally, the book wakes up the dead and, surprisingly, they are evil.
What ensues is one of the funniest, campiest, and violent movies I’ve seen in a while. Much like Total Recall, this movie puts absurdity above all other factors, including plot, acting, and coherence. Who cares why the dead is back? All I paid to see is some good ol’ fashioned zombie killing. And zombie killing you get. Zombies die a lot, and often. There is no part of this 90 minute movie where I thought, “I’m bored.”
What really makes the movie so awesome is Bruce Campbell, the actor who play Ash. Calling Campbell a good actor would be a stretch. Calling him a decent actor is still a little bit much. That being said, he is the epitome of awesome. By the end of the movie, the guy has a freakin’ chainsaw for a hand, and a shotgun in the other. Plus, he has a chin that could carve granite.
What makes this movie even more surprising is that it is directed by Sam Raimi. If the name doesn’t ring any bells, you may know him as the guy who directed Spider-Man. The same guy who made one of the most expensive and most watched movies of all time made one of the funniest, violent cult movies of all time. This movie has a pretty serious cult following. Like Scientologist serious. These fans love this movie so much that Ash has his own action figure.
In the end, this movie deserves the following it has. It’s one of the best examples of a campy movie done right. It’s so freaking terrible that it’s absolutely amazing.