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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)



Critic Consensus: Evil Dead 2's increased special effects and slapstick-gore makes it as good -- if not better -- than the original.

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This sequel is better, funnier, scarier and superior to the first indie gore-fest. Never before has there been such an originally funny and unique horror film that never for a moment takes itself seriously. Lots of fun!

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Bruce Campbell
as Ash, Ashley J. Williams
Sarah Berry
as Annie Knowby
Ted Raimi
as Possessed Henrietta
John Peakes
as Professor Raymond Knowby
Richard Domeier
as Ed Getley
Snowy Winters
as Dancer (Dance sequence)
Josh Becker
as Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel
as Fake Shemp
Sam Raimi
as Knight
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Critic Reviews for Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (16)

Even with Raimi's prowess, it's hard to picture any of the Evil Dead movies succeeding without star Bruce Campbell.

December 29, 2021 | Full Review…

Just when things start getting too grisly, Raimi rushes in with a hilarious, sendup joke to remind us that all this blood and guts is meant in spooky Grand Guignol fun.

October 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively -- a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream.

October 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.

October 1, 2013 | Full Review…
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First and foremost, [Raimi's] gonzo aesthetics are interested in high-wire kicks, of which there are plenty throughout.

March 29, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The gaudily gory, virtuoso, hyper-kinetic horror sequel/remake uses every trick in the cinematic book, and confirms that Bruce Campbell and Raimi are gods.

September 21, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn


A very strange and gory horror, comedy. This was made quite a few years after the first but feels very similar, although the technology for the effects has greatly improved during that time, it really shows in some scenes. It has a very similar story line as well to the first, so if you liked that you should like this.

Dean King
Dean King

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Not really a sequel but more a different remake of the first one with superior special effects and camera work, and it is definitely a lot funnier, with a more bizarre physical humor that includes a squealing possessed hand and a hysterical Bruce Campbell stealing the scene.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

There are no words for how much I hate these stupid, ugly looking movies.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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