Evil Dead II (1987)

USA, 1987
70m [Swedish video version], 80m [Germany], 81m [Australia], 84m [USA], 7584 ft +14 frames
35mm, Technicolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror comedy directed by Sam Raimi as a sequel to his successful feature debut The Evil Dead (1981).

Premise

Having survived the initial onslaught of the evil dead, Ash is joined by another group of characters who also fall foul of the marauding spirits. Ash is able to open a time-space portal to get rid of them-but can he close it before it sucks him through?

Credits

* = uncredited
Crew
Directed by: Sam Raimi
© 1987 Rosebud Releasing Corporation
Rosebud Releasing Corporation [logo]. Renaissance Pictures presents
Executive Producers: Irvin Shapiro, Alex De Benedetti
Produced by: Robert G. Tapert
Co-producer: Bruce Campbell
Written by: Sam Raimi, Scott Spiegel
Director of Photography: Peter Deming
Director of Night Exterior Photography: Eugene Shlugleit
Edited by: Kaye Davis
Music Composed by: Joseph Lo Duca
Sound Mixer: Tom Morrison
Wardrobe: Vicki Graef
Armor by: Costume Armor Inc.
Make-up: Wendy Bell
Special Make Up Designed and Created by: Mark Shostrom
Cosmetic Contact Lenses: Larry Odean
Animated Dance Sequence and Tree Branch and Rotten Apple Head: Doug Beswick Productions Inc
Art Directors: Philip Duffin, Randy Bennett

Cast
Bruce Campbell (Ash)
Sarah Berry (Annie [Knowby])
Dan Hicks (Jake)
Kassie Wesley (Bobby Joe)
Theodore Raimi (possessed Henrietta)
Denise Bixler (Linda)
Richard Domeier (Ed [Getley])
John Peaks (Professor [Raymond] Knowby)
Lou Hancock (Henrietta [Knowby])
Sid Abrams, Josh Becker, Roc Sandstorm [real name: Bruce Campbell], Scott Spiegel, Thomas Kidd, Mitch Cantor, Jenny Griffith (fake Shemps)
William Preston Robertson [voices of the hand/the dark spirit/the deer head/the enchanted objects]
Sam Raimi [knight] *

Alternative Titles

La casa 2 – Italy
El despertar del diablo 2 – Mexico
Oi diamones estisan horo – Greece
Dood vóór de dageraad – Netherlands
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn – UK
Evil dead 2 – Mort à l’aube – Canada (French video)
Martwe zlo – Poland
A Morte Chega de Madrugada – Portugal
Muerte maldita II – Mexico (DVD)
Nekros tin avgi – Greece (video)
Uma Noite Alucinante 2 – Brazil (video)
Uma Noite Alucinante – Brazil
L’Opéra de la terreur 2 – Canada (French)
Tanz der Teufel 2 – Jetzt wird noch mehr getanzt – West Germany
Tanz der Teufel 2 – Tod bei Morgengrauen – West Germany
Tanz der Teufel II – West Germany
Terroríficamente muertos – Spain
Vahset – Turkey

Sequel to
The Evil Dead (1981)

Sequels
Army of Darkness (1992)
Ash vs Evil Dead (2015-2018)

Extracts included in
The Making of Evil Dead II or, The Gore the Merrier (2000)

See also
Aliens (1986)
Altered States (1980)
Attack of the Helping Hand! (1981)
Blood Simple. (1984)
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
La casa 3 (1988)
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)
The Dead Hate the Living! (1999)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
Evil Ed (1997)
The Exorcist (1973)
From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
From Dusk till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo (1995)
Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon (1965)
Gui da gui (1980)
The Hand (1981)
The Haunting (1963)
Hulk (2003)
Idle Hands (1999)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jungfrukällan (1960)
Kamillions (1989)
Liar Liar (1997)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Man with the Screaming Brain (2005)
The Mummy (1999)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
Profondo rosso (1975)
Psycho (1960)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Ren xia gui (1984)
The Shining (1980)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Spaced: Art (1999)
Spaced: Battles (1999)
Stryker’s War (1985)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Toy Story (1995)
Unmasked Part 25 (1988)
Within the Woods (1978)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

References

Periodicals

  • Melody Maker 27 June 1987 p.32 – review
  • Scary Monsters no.116 (2020 Annual) pp.22-27 – illustrated interview with Bruce Campbell (Dr Gangrene’s mad interviews: Chatting with the chin Bruce Campbell)
  • Video Watchdog no.46 pp.37-39 – article

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.417 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.161 – credits
  • The Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik p.49 – illustrated credits, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.160-161 – credits, review
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.224-227 – illustrated credits, review