Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 75
    The grubby, low-budget intensity of the film gives it a lovable quality that high-tech movies wouldn't have.
  2. In many ways even more hellish and stylish than its predecessor... A horror cult classic.
  3. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn never lets up, continually introducing new characters and adding new thrills and chills right up to the last frame… A terrific trip, although admittedly not one that everybody would enjoy taking. [13 Mar 1987, Calendar, p.6-14]
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Best scenes: Campbell pondering whether to squash her dismembered head in a vice, and a later quandary when he must shotgun his own dismembered hand. Moral: Pimples aren't the worst thing that can happen to your body. [11 Sept 1987, Life, p.3D]
  5. 75
    Evil Dead 2 is, pardon the expression, consistently lively--a ghoulish splatter comedy that uses wildly excessive gore to provoke the kind of shock that lies between a laugh and a scream. [10 Apr 1987, Friday, p.M]
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Zoss
    100
    Thanks to Sam Raimi’s inventive style and Bruce Campbell’s hysterical performance, the horror-comedy genre has grown into a legitimate genre, but Evil Dead 2 will forever be the king.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    70
    A deliriously cinematic experience for those with a taste for Grand Guignol, this is a relentlessly energetic nightmare world where quite literally anything can happen--and does.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    80
    But Evil Dead 2's rampant inventiveness and manic energy have ensured that it will endure as a cult classic.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    60
    More an absurdist comedy than a horror film, Evil Dead II is a flashy good-natured display of special effects and scare tactics so extreme they can only be taken for laughs.
  10. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    50
    Its ideal audience would be full of Three Stooges fans with streaks for grotesque humor. [13 Mar 1987, p.C18]
  11. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    50
    The acting is straight out of '50s B movies. The exposition is clumsy, the sound track corny, the denouement silly. Then again, who said bad taste was easy? [13 Apr 1987, Style, p.b4]
  12. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    30
    The effects are just as delirious this time around, but the nightmare poetry has vanished, along with the sense of archetypal purpose and narrative inevitability that held the jack-in-the-box original together.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Jan 30, 2013
    7
    Honestly, I thought it was a pretty enjoyable movie. Funny at times and it doesn't take itself too seriously. Only thing I have to say that's bad about it is that the last 20 mins or so are rather boring, Not much in terms of originality when compared to the original even though it is a sequel/remake. Still, An enjoyable watch imo. Full Review »
  2. j30
    Nov 9, 2011
    10
    Horror films don't get much better than this. Perfectly balances slap-stick comedy and horror. It's hard to believe the director of Spider-man Sam Raimi got his start here. My favorite horror movie by far. Full Review »
  3. Apr 7, 2011
    10
    This movie is possibly one of the wackiest and hilarious films ever released. Sam Raimi returns once again to the horrors of the Book of the Dead, along with star Bruce Campbell, the king of B-movies. The plot is pretty much the same as the original; Ash and his girlfriend Linda venture to a cabin in the middle of a dark and unidentified forest. Ash finds a strange looking book and when he recites passages from it, he ressurects a dark spirit in the woods, and summons all kinds of crazy demons and monsters. The blood flies in some very imaginative ways. Heads get lopped off, demons get blown up and numerous people get zombified. It also has a focus on comedy thats just adds to how entertaining this movie really is. In sum, a great movie to watch on Halloween night an one of the most unique horror films around. Full Review »