2.16 – EVIL DEAD II and Comedy

It’s a ‘month of scare’ special! Hot on the heels of our discussion of the first film in the franchise, we take a look at the 1987 sequel: EVIL DEAD II. Sam and Rob are in definite agreement about the film itself (if not a certain other director), and we talk about innovative cinematography, Sam Raimi’s knowledge of film, and — strangely enough — comic subtlety.

This Week’s Watching
METROPOLIS (1927): Fritz Lang, Alfred Abel, Gustav Frölich
PARKS AND RECREATION (2009—15): Greg Daniels, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones

Recommendations
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012): Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon, Kristen Connolly
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (2010): Edgar Wright, Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
THE EXORCIST (1973): William Friedkin, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990): Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder

Footnotes
Not many references this week, but these are all worth diving into (slash descending into an internet-hole over). The IMDB page for the film has an interestingly long list of filmic connections, pretty much none of which we mention (though we did talk about a fair few others): www.imdb.com/title/tt0092991/movieconnections. The fan page also has some interesting filming and post-production references, like the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET/HILLS HAVE EYES/JAWS link at the end: evildead.wikia.com/wiki/Evil_Dead_II. Finally, Rob mentions the various videos about Edgar Wright’s camerawork and visual comedy; this is a great one, by the same bloke Sam mentioned when talking about Jackie Chan the other week: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOzD4Sfgag.