Evil Dead 2 follows a grand tradition of horror movie sequels. It has more of almost everything. It has more blood. It has more gore. It has more characters. It has more Evil-Vision™. It has more laughs. About the only thing it doesn’t have more of, is fright. You see, since The Evil Dead found so much success by not being taken seriously, Raimi directs resident ham Bruce Campbell in a slapstick comedy that features tons of laughs, blood and gore. This new formula works very well. The movie is wall to wall cheese, but unlike most intentional cheese, Evil Dead 2 is actually funny.
There’s an alarming trend in Zombie related media these days. It seems that in recent years, Zombies are getting more and more serious. I love a good, serious Zombie story as much as the next Fat Guy With Glasses, and I’ve been around the zombie block enough times to know that all this observation of the human condition that’s been taking place on shows like “The Walking Dead” and movies like “World War Z” is actually the genre returning to its preachy horror suspense roots. None of that, however, keeps me from missing the comedy gore fests that dominated the 80s and 90s.
“Dead-Alive”, or “Braindead” depending on your location, is in this FGWG’s not-always-that-humble opinion, the pinnacle of the horror comedy genre.