(I doubt people would read a review of the commentary before seeing the movie itself, but just in case…SPOILER ALERT!)
The Evil Dead trilogy is the only series of movies that I’ve watched in reverse order. My dad and uncle introduced me to Army of Darkness sometime in the mid-‘90s, when I was in my early teens, and I loved its mix of horror, medieval epic, and comedy. I didn’t realize it was the third part of a trilogy until sometime later (gimme a break; I didn’t see Evil Dead 3 anywhere on the box, and I thought the opening was just a prologue). When I saw Evil Dead 2 a few years later, I missed the one-liners that were the hallmark of AoD, and I was surprised that the mix of horror and comedy clearly favoured the former this time, but the darkly hilarious scenes – Linda’s reanimated corpse dancing the ballet with (and without) her head, Ash’s hand turning on him, and his laugh-along with the furniture – totally won me over. There’s a special place in my heart for any movie that can take flower power slang like “groovy” and link it to chainsaws.
Evil Dead 2 still seems close to the hearts of Raimi, Campbell, Spiegel, and Nicotero, as well. These guys are so eager to talk about Evil Dead 2 that they skip the introductions and dive right in, Continue reading