The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2018 Halloween Movie Marathon turns to Ash, as we sit down for Nakea's first viewing of Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987).
First, we're talking briefly about our favorite horror-comedies, and discussing why laughter and terror go hand in hand. Then, we're subjecting Nakea to one of the best examples of the genre: Sam Raimi's cult classic Evil Dead 2, featuring a masterclass in physical comedy from Bruce Campbell.
It's a (re)animated conversation about demon mothers, dismembered hands, and dancing corpses, full of useful survival tips from Nakea like "Never read the Latin" and "Don't walk around in a horror movie with your mouth open."
0:00: Prologue: Scene from High Fidelity (2000)
1:49: Preliminary Conversation: Comedy-Horror Movies
13:39: Original Trailer
14:55: Cultural Osmosis: Pre-Viewing Discussion
25:01: Interlude: Scene from Evil Dead 2
25:46: The Verdict: Post-Viewing Discussion
1:07:14: Outro and Next Week's Movie
Notes and Links
—Movie Reviewed: Evil Dead 2 (dir. Sam Raimi, DEG, 1987).
—Prologue: clip from High Fidelity (dir. Stephen Frears, Touchstone, 2000).
—Articles Mentioned and Referenced: "What Horror and Comedy Have in Common," Wen Powers, Vulture; "Bruce Campbell Finally Settled the ‘Evil Dead 2’ 'Sequel or Remake?' Debate," Jim Squires, Bloody Disgusting; "Read Stephen King’s 1982 Review that Saved ‘The Evil Dead’," Jim Squires, Bloody Disgusting; Review of Evil Dead 2 by Richard Harrison, Washington Post; Rotten Toomatoes; Raimi drive-in article?; "Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead remains a masterpiece in crudity," David Konow, Consequence of Sound.
—The Unenthusiastic Critic's earlier Horror Movie Marathons are available (in prose form) at unaffiliatedcritic.com.
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—Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under CC BY 3.0.