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There’s Something About ‘Evil Dead 2’

There’s Something About ‘Evil Dead 2’ (photo)

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What is it about Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn that makes it so darn good? On paper Sam Raimi’s 1987 cult comedy horror film sounds ridiculous. A couple retreats to a cabin in the woods where a recording of the Sumerian Book of the Dead causes an evil spirit to possess the girlfriend and her boyfriend, Ash (Bruce Campbell), is forced to kill her. The next day she re-animates and tries to kill him again. Then his hand gets possessed. It sounds like a cut-rate slasher flick, right? But it’s not. Well, it is, but there’s just something about Evil Dead 2 that people love. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives Evil Dead 2 a 98%; Casablanca only got a 97%.

The film is a sequel of sorts to 1981’s The Evil Dead, and was followed by the 1993 film Army of Darkness. While Army of Darkness is great, shoving Ash into medieval times (not the restaurant) to battle the evil of the past, it is not nearly as well loved as Evil Dead 2. One reason may be that by the time Army of Darkness rolled around, director Sam Raimi was able to cash in on his success and the movie was properly funded. Evil Dead 2 was made for $3.6 million, given by none other than producer Dino De Laurentiis at the encouragement of Stephen King. De Laurentiis stuck with Sam Raimi and became executive producer of Army of Darkness. There is something about the low-budget nature of Evil Dead 2 that makes it incredibly sincere. That sincerity imbues the film with a sense of lovableness that a fine Hollywood sheen can’t match.

The other factor that cannot be overlooked when assessing the awesomeness of Evil Dead 2 is Bruce Campbell. His performance makes the movie. He manages the perfect combination of earnestness and silliness to make Ash Williams the quintessential hero who will stop at nothing to save his life and, just maybe, the world. Watch this scene where he fights his own hand and tell me he doesn’t deserve some sort of award:

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn airs on IFC at Midnight as part of Indie Screams

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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