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The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Bruce Campbell
Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell
, Sarah Berry
Sarah Berry
, Dan Hicks
Dan Hicks
Sam Raimi
The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Bruce Campbell
Director: Sam Raimi Cast: Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell
, Sarah Berry
Sarah Berry
, Dan Hicks
Dan Hicks
Sam Raimi

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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This high-octane semi-sequel to Sam Raimi's cult hit The Evil Dead has nearly eclipsed its predecessor's reputation thanks to an endless barrage of hyperkinetic camera acrobatics, rapid-fire editing and "splatstick" gore effects ... not to mention a truly goofy performance by Bruce Campbell. Nearly the entire storyline of the previous film has been re-shot and presented in a drastically condensed form within the first few minutes: rock-jawed but clueless "hero" Ash (Campbell) now visits the mountain cabin only with girlfriend Linda (played here by Denise Bixler). Upon arrival at the cabin, Ash discovers the Sumerian Book of the Dead, the ritual dagger and a reel-to-reel tape containing the professor's translations of the book's hieroglyphics. The incantations summon an unseen, growling spirit from within the woods, which bursts into the cabin and takes possession of Linda's soul. Ash is forced to decapitate her with a shovel, after which he buries her in the forest. At first dawn, Ash tries to make his escape, but is promptly set upon by the spirits, given a solid thrashing and nearly possessed himself, saved only by the arrival of sunlight. Cut off from the outside world, Ash is forced to hole up in the cabin and wait for the next demonic onslaught -- which arrives sooner than expected, led by Linda's rotting corpse. After being bitten by Linda's chatty decapitated head, Ash's hand becomes independent of his body and begins pummeling him repeatedly. The story then jumps to a local airport, where the professor's daughter Annie (Sarah Berry) and her partner Ed Getley (Richard Domeier) have just arrived with the missing pages to the Necronomicon. They employ a cranky pair of local rednecks, Jake (Dan Hicks) and Bobbie Joe (Kassie Wesley), as guides to lead them through the dense woods to the cabin ... where, at that very moment, Ash is removing his belligerent hand with a chainsaw, creating yet another ambulatory foe. Driven to the brink of insanity, Ash fires blindly at a noise outside, unaware that the new arrivals are Annie and company. Bobbie Joe is injured by the gunshot, which incurs the wrath of Jake, who knocks Ash senseless and locks him in the fruit cellar. Believing her father was murdered by Ash, Annie plays the rest of the professor's recording to learn the truth, and discovers her possessed mother was buried in the same cellar -- and not exactly resting in peace. This touches off a string of unbelievably gruesome (and hysterically funny) events, including Henrietta's transformation into a stop-motion creature (reminiscent of a Ray Harryhausen creation), Ed's sudden metamorphosis into a toothy, levitating ghoul, and Ash's climactic confrontation with the forest demon itself. The obvious glee with which Raimi and company present this cavalcade of slime-drenched monstrosities and Three Stooges pratfalls makes it impossible to take seriously as a horror film, but Evil Dead 2 is nevertheless essential viewing among connoisseurs of truly demented cinema. The film's sardonic coda opened the way for a slightly less successful sequel, Army of Darkness.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2016
UPC: 0031398223955
Original Release: 1987
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campbell, cowriter Scott Spiegel, and special makeup effects artist Greg Nicotero "Dead by Dawn" - the filmmakers reflect on the long journey this sequel took to reach the silver screen "The Chosen Ones" - interviews with actors Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Danny Hicks, Ted Raimi, Kassie Wesley, and Richard Domeier "Madman Sam" - cast and crew reflect on working with legendary director Sam Raimi "Dead Effects" - a look at the film's insane makeup effects with creators Mark Shostrom, Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman, Shannon Shea, and others! "Re-Animated" - animators Doug Beswick,Tom Sullivan, and Rick Catizone detail the extensive stop-motion work from the film "Method to Madness" - a close look at the cinematography and production design along with cast and crew memories of some of the most memorable moments on set "Rosebud" - a detailed examination of the film's editing, original release, and eventual cult-classic status "Road to Wadesboro" - an all-new journey back to the original shooting location with property master and filmmaker Tony Elwood "Cabin Fever" - a series of production videos taken on the set of the film by Greg Nicotero Archival featurettes Still galleries Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Campbell Ash, Ashley J. Williams
Sarah Berry Annie Knowby
Dan Hicks Jake
Kassie Wesley Bobby Joe
Theodore Raimi Possessed Henrietta
Denise Bixler Linda
Richard Domeier Ed Getley
John Peaks Prof. Raymond Knowby
Lou Hancock Henrietta Knowby
Snowy Winters Dancer (Dance sequence)
Josh Becker Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel Fake Shemp
William Preston Robertson The Hand
Sam Raimi Knight

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director,Screenwriter
Wendy Bell Makeup
Randy Bennett Art Director
Doug Beswick Special Effects
Andrea Brown Choreography
Bruce Campbell Co-producer
Rick Catizone Special Effects
Kaye Davis Editor
Alex DeBenedetti Executive Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Joseph Lo Duca Score Composer
Philip J.C. Duffin Art Director
Vern Hyde Special Effects
Elizabeth Moore Set Decoration/Design
Irvin Shapiro Executive Producer
Eugene Shlugleit Cinematographer
Mark Shostrom Makeup Special Effects
Scott Spiegel Screenwriter
Tom Sullivan Special Effects
Robert Tapert Producer
Tam G. Warner Choreography
Joseph Winogradoff Asst. Director

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