Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
Directed by Sam Raimi. US. 1987. NR. 85 minutes.
Fri., August 7, 2009
The First Friday Fright Nights have been going strong for over a year now and this Friday will be the best one of them all. Showing at the Colonial for the first time ever is Sam Raimis 1987 classic Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. However this will not be just any screening of the film Variety calls More an absurdist comedy than a horror film. The Colonial will not only screen the film on 35 mm but it will be introduced by Richard Domeier who played Ed Getley (aka Demon Ed) in the film. This will be a great treat for all of our First Friday Fright Night Fanatics and a true treat for the Colonial.
“Bruce Campbell unwittingly unleashes an ancient forest demon that terrorizes him and a handful of demon fodder in a secluded mountain cabin. Raimi is one of the most deliriously kinetic directors around, and this new widescreen edition [refers to 2002 dvd release] amply shows off his dizzying style. He fills Evil Dead 2 with rapid-fire cartoon violence, his colorful and copious gore a hyperbolic rainbow of red, black, blue, and green splatters, as if Jackson Pollock were in charge of the special effects. Raimi also peppers the movie with treats for film buffs, like explicit references to Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel and stop-animation wizard Ray Harryhausen. The slapstick-and-carnage formula of Evil Dead 2 clearly inspired such recent horror spoofs as Dead Alive and From Dusk Till Dawn, and Raimi himself couldn’t resist an even goofier second sequel (1993’s hilarious Army Of Darkness, originally titled Medieval Dead). But Evil Dead 2‘s rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.” (Joshua Klein, The Onion A.V. Club)
Evil Dead was previously listed as being shown on DVD, but we’ve found a 35mm print to screen!