Film / Evil Dead 2

Evil Dead 2 (1987) is the second movie in the Evil Dead franchise. It is a partial sequel and remake to the original The Evil Dead (1981).

Ashley J. Williams survives the possession of his girlfriend and, along with some new arrivals, manages to fight back the evil demons possessing the house. This film leads straight into Army of Darkness.

This film provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: The film's first act was a partial remake of the first film, showing the basic story (people going out to a cabin to have a good time), but boils it down to only two characters (Ash and Linda), removing Cheryl, Scotty, and Shelly from the narrative entirely.
  • Adaptational Badass: Ash Williams was a competent fighter in the first movie, but he took twenty levels in badass for the second film.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Ash is turned into a Deadite twice during the film. The first time is when the evil corrupts him after he buries Linda (continuing from the first film left off), but the sun coming up cures him. He gets possessed again later on when he's knocked out by Jake, but eventually rids himself of the evil for good when he spots Linda's necklace, the reminder of him losing her allowing him to retake control of his body.
  • Asshole Victim: Jake, anyone?
    • Bobbie Jo as well.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Professor Knowby records the first incantations on a tape recorder. Then uses it as diary for the horrifying results.
  • BBC Quarry: It wasn't shot in England (though the story does take place there), but Ash's arrival in the Middle Ages at the end was filmed at a very similar-looking North Carolina rock quarry.
  • Bloody Hilarious: You better believe it.
  • Butt Monkey: Bobby Joe seems to suffer the most injuries and grievances out of the other four main characters.
  • Ceiling Smash: When Ed is possessed, he grabs Jake by the face and throws him vertically into the ceiling where he smashes a lightbulb.
  • Chekhov's Gun: "Hush Little Baby"
  • Dodge This!: "Swallow this." *BOOM!*
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ash's evil reflection makes a brief appearance in the mirror, then returns as a full-fledged villain in Army.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The creature that appears in the end.
  • Flipping the Bird: By Ash's own possessed, chainsaw-severed hand, no less.
  • Forging Scene: Ash creating his chainsaw hand.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Just as Ash is about to use the chainsaw on Deadite Linda's head, this trope is invoked - showing blood splattering on the walls and shadows rather than the actual act. The DVD commentary points out the irony of this.
    "Why are you not showing that part? You've shown everything else."
    • Played with when he cuts off his own possessed hand: we don't see the actual amputation, but do see Ash's face getting drenched in the spray of blood.
  • Helping Hands: Averted. Ash's severed hand comes back to cause trouble.
  • Hope Spot: It looks like Annie has succeeded in banishing the evil, except she died without closing the door through time and space, so it sucks Ash in too.
  • Immediate Sequel: Following a short recap of the first movie's events, the story picks up from the exact moment the Evil seized Ash at the end of the original film.
  • Laughing Mad: After everything in the cabin comes alive and decides to laugh at Ash. Ash joins along... and laughs at the camera, deep in insanity.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Ash preparing his chainsaw and shotgun.
  • Locked into Strangeness: When Ash first sees the Eldritch Abomination at the end, he gains a white/grey stripe of hair on the side of his head from fright as a stop motion effect. However, this seems to disappear in Army of Darkness.
  • Long Neck: One of the Deadite sprouts these, but that just makes it easier to decapitate.
  • Madness Mantra: "WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?"
  • Never Found the Body: Professor Knowby's exact fate is never revealed.
  • The Power of Love: Ash sees the locket he'd bought for Linda lying on the floor which reminds him of the love he had for her which in turn allows him to break free of the Deadite possessing him.
  • Slave Mooks: The first deadites in the film.
  • Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror: The movie teeters on this scale a lot.
  • The Smart Guy: Annie Knowby; the creators joke in their DVD commentary that, had she been in Ash's situation from the beginning, she would have solved the whole thing in about 30 minutes.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Jake. Athough it happens mostly off screen, and we only see his remains later.
  • Taxidermy Terror: The house is full of creepy stuffed trophy heads who laugh at Ash.
  • To Serve Man: Happens to Jake. He's dragged into the cellar and devoured, leading to a spectacular shower of blood. See Stripped to the Bone above.
  • Visible Invisibility: When the bodiless entity in the woods chases Ash from the Broken Bridge back to the cabin, it smashes through the back window of his car rather than going around it. This demonstrates to the audience how very relentless and violent it is.
  • Visual Pun: Among the books Ash stacks atop his possessed, recently cut-off hand is "A Farewell to Arms".
  • When Trees Attack: Once again, the evil possesses the trees around the cabin and uses the branches like tentacles to attack a young woman. The nudity and rape from the first film aren't present, but it's just as terrifying.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: After taking constant abuse from his Evil Hand, Ash invokes this trope (even the title word-for-word!) with the help of a nearby chainsaw.