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The Evil Dead has a charm all its own, but Dead by Dawn wins out for being so senselessly over-the-top. Very little beats Bruce Campbell with a chainsaw for a hand.
The Evil Dead has a better latter half, while Evil Dead 2 has a better first half. The first time I saw Evil Dead 2, I was blown away by how the movie took off like a rocket of insanity and never let up... that is, until the rest of the characters show up at the cabin. I had so much fun watching Bruce Campbell's one-man show that adding more people to the mix seriously brought the movie down for me. In the case of The Evil Dead, the movie picks up considerably about midway through after a less entertaining first half, which I prefer. The Evil Dead is also much scarier than Evil Dead 2, which becomes far too cartoonish. (NOTE: I was disappointed with Army of Darkness because it takes Evil Dead 2's goofiness to even more annoying extremes. I've always wished that the whole series was more like the original.)
I agree with kingofpain. The Evil Dead is the better movie.
No doubt about it - the second one, although played for laughs, is superior in almost every way.
The Evil Dead is the better movie. Evil Dead 2 is just a slapstick comedy remake of the original. At least the original is creepy and not just silly.
Today, the effects of the original Evil Dead have aged to the extent that they are no longer truly scary. This makes the Evil Dead series much more watchable as camp, comedic films than straight-horror. Evil Dead 2 offers much more in this department, and so it's a better film.
Evil Dead 2 all the way.
The first one actually builds up an atmosphere (2 has someone getting possessed in the first three minutes or so, doesn't it?), the humor is subtle and cruel rather than slapstick, and there are actual scares, camp factor notwithstanding. I love the light absurdist elements near the end, too. I don't get the hype surrounding 2. "Badassing" Bruce up into some cult idol always felt forced to me, and I always used to get tired and turn it off when those plot devices--err, I mean--those rednecks appeared. Oh, and that one chick--"EEEEEE! EEEEEE! EEEEEE!" So yeah, the first by far.
Evil Dead 2 is far superior to the original. More so with Campbell's slightly goofy character change....
Evil Dead 2 was funnier and better, the original wasn't so scary
on Apr 7
I just watched them both for the first time and was surprised how much I enjoyed them. The second one does a nice job continuing the story of the first, but I prefered the tone of the first film. The characters are better in the first one and it is also creepier and more disturbing than the second, The Evil Dead wins.