I missed it when Evil Dead 2 was released in theaters back in 1987. To be honest the same was true of the 1981 original. Although when you get down to it…Evil Dead 2 is really more of a remake than a sequel.
I wouldn’t become captivated by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell’s ‘cabin in the woods’ horror series until it hit VHS. Evil Dead 2 was actually one of the first five videos I ever rented. So I actually saw the reboot/sequel before the original film.
When I am in the mood for horror I generally put in that first movie. But you can’t deny the sheer grooviness and fun of Evil Dead 2 – not to mention the increased gore. Having said that I do believe that the second film is better made. Raimi’s incredible camera work is even more unrestrained in the second go around.
I also want to point out Campbell’s performance. His character of Ashley “Ash” J. Williams is still a bit of a coward, that much is quite evident throughout. Evil Dead 2 though is notable for being where we see the seeds of the swaggering buffoon – the only man who can put an end to the Deadites, being planted.
It is with sad heart that I report that the legendary special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen passed away yesterday in London at age 93. Harryhausen worked his visual effects magic on numerous classic sci-fi and fantasy film Many of those films having inspired modern filmmakers such as Tim Burton, Joe Dante, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Stan Winston, Frank Darabont, Sam Raimi, Rick Baker, and John Lasseter. Just a few of the many films that Ray worked on are Mighty Joe Young, 20 Million Miles to Earth, and Clash of the Titans,/em>.
For myself the first time I experienced the wonder of Ray’s stop-motion magic was one Sunday morning in my youth when TBS was showing the 1949 Mighty Joe Young. I had already seen King Kong on TV at that point. This film of just cemented my desire to work in that medium when I grew up. To which I haven’t done professionally but I still goof off with stop-motion animation when I can.
Soon after catching the television broadcast of the 1949 film. there was a re-release of Jason and the Argonauts at my local theater. This was of course a couple of years before the Clash of the Titans release in ’81.Furthermore it was probably around the same time as Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Which coupled with the release of Star Wars that year just completely blew my 5 year old mind and is probably a reason why I love films so very much.
I am very sad that we will no longer have new interviews or insights on stop-motion animation by Ray. However at the very least he has left us movie buffs a treasure trove of effects work to enjoy. I hope that wherever Harryhausen might be, he is talking about King Kong with his lifelong friends Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman.
With the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con one day away from flooding the internet with the latest on movies, games, toys, and thankfully some comic book news, the fine folks over at Ain’t It Cool News have posted this teaser trailer for next year’s reboot of the 2002 Sam Raimi take on the classic Marvel Comic character.
Now to be fair the producers of the film are saying this is not actually a reboot, they are just going back to show us the adventures that Peter Parker had while in High-School. Though from this teaser it seems they are possibly going with the idea that the comic series did, that Peter’s parents were…Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and died during a mission.
Take notice that they are going with mechanical web-shooters in this movie, you can just make it out towards the end of the teaser.
Thanks to Michael Stribling from over on deviantART for allowing me the pleasure of sharing his awesome piece of Shadow artwork. Make sure to follow the link to see more of Michael’s work, he has everything from the God Empeor of Dune to Khan Noonien Singh to the Red Ghost!
When Sam Raimi get time to work on his Shadow motion picture, I can only hope that he’ll use this wonderful piece of art as inspiration!