Evil Dead II
Evil Dead II (referred to in publicity materials as Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn) is a 1987 American horror/black comedy film about Ash Williams being stuck in a cabin out in the woods, and using a shotgun and chainsaw to fight to keep his very soul. It is the sequel to The Evil Dead.
- [First lines] Legend has it that it was written by the Dark Ones: Necronomicon Ex-Mortis ― roughly translated, "Book of the Dead". The book served as a passageway to the evil worlds beyond. It was written long ago, when the seas ran red with blood. It was this blood that was used to ink the book. In the year 1300 AD, the book disappeared.
- [Grappling with the possessed Linda's severed head.] Workshed.
- [Ash's hand gains a life of its own.] You bastards. You dirty bastards. [sobs] Gimme back my hand... GIMME BACK MY HAND!
- [Ash stabs his possessed hand with a kitchen knife, pinning it to the floor.] That's right... who's laughing now? [grabs the chainsaw and revs it.] Who's laughing now? ARRRGHH!!! [cuts the hand off at the wrist.]
- Got you, didn't I, you little sucker!
- [when his sawn-off hand gives him the finger] Son of a...!
- [to his freshly sawn off possessed hand] Here's your new home. [He then places a bucket and a stack of books on it to trap the hand; the top book reads "A Farewell to Arms"]
- Old double-barrel here, blow your guts to Kingdom Come! [staggers backward, voice drops.] See if we don't.
- There's something out there. That... that witch in the cellar is only part of it. It lives... out in those woods, in the dark... something... something that's come back from the dead.
- Then let's head on down into that cellar and carve ourselves a witch.
- [upon gaining the chain saw in place of his lost right hand] Groovy.
- [being sucked into a vortex] For God's sake! How do you stop it?!
- Ash: So, what do you think, kid?
- Linda: I love it, Ash. [about to kiss] I feel funny about being here. What if the people who own this place come home?
- Ash: They're not going to come back. Even if they do, we'll tell them the car broke down or something.
- Linda: Yeah, with your car they'd believe it.
- Ash: Hey...what do you say we have some champagne, eh baby?
- Linda: [chuckles] Sure.
- Ash: After all, I'm a man, and you're a woman...at least, last time I checked.
- Annie: Excuse me. Excuse me. Is this the road to the Knowby cabin?
- Jake: That's right, but you ain't going there.
- Annie: And why not? [sees that the bridge is gone] There must be another way. There's gotta be a road or something.
- Bobby Joe: Sure ain't no road. Why the hell would you want to go up there for anyway? Huh?
- Annie: None of your business.
- Ash: [talking to mirror] I'm fine... I'm fine...
- [Bad Ash jumps out of the mirror and grabs Ash]
- Bad Ash: I don't think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound "fine"?
- Henrietta: [her severed head wobbling on the floor] Hey! I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul! I'll-- [Ash steps on Henrietta's head] ACK!
- Ash: [aims shotgun at her face] Swallow this. [blasts Henrietta's head apart]
- Linda: Even now we have your darling Linda's soul. She suffers in torment!
- Ash: You're going DOWN!
- Possessed Linda: [crying as normal Linda with her head in the vice] Please Ash, please don't hurt me. You swore - you swore we'd always be together. I love you.
- Ash: [In anguish] Noooooo!
- Possessed Linda: [as Deadite] Yes! Your love was a lie, and now she burns in hell!
- Bobby Joe: [pointing to a room whose door opened by itself] It's in there...
- Ash: We'll all go in together.
- Jake: Hell no! You're the curious one!
- Bobby Joe: Honey...you're holding my hand too tight.
- Jake: (looks at her) Baby, I ain't holdin' your hand.
(Bobby Joe looks down at her hand, seeing Ash's possessed right hand gripping it. As she screams, the lantern breaks, and she's gone by the time another one's lit)
- Jake: (looking out a cabin window) We gotta go out there and find her.
- Ash: (looks up from the missing Necronomicon pages) If she's out in those woods, you can forget about it. [turns back to the pages, visibly shaken]
- Annie: What's wrong?
- Ash: Felt like someone just walked over my grave. [points at one of the pages] What's that picture? What is that?
- Annie: In 1300 AD they called this man the... Hero from the Sky. He was prophesied to have destroyed the Evil.
- Ash: Didn't do a very good job... Can you find it?
- Annie: Here it is, two passages. Recitation of this first passage will make this dark spirit manifest itself in the flesh.
- Ash: Why the hell would we want to do that?
About Evil Dead II
- Yeah, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness were two of my favorite experiences, mainly because we were a group of young guys at the time. We didn’t have a care in the world, other than just loving what we were doing. I had loved the first Evil Dead. So when the sequel came around, Mark Shostrom, who I was working for at the time, brought me onboard. I was one of the key artists in the shop and supervising a lot for the film, so it was a great experience, because I was in charge of a lot. That kind of led to us opening our own shop. Greg had been supervising various shops around town, too.
- We had lived together, and we called our place “The home of wayward make-up artists,” because anyone who came in from out of town always flopped on our couch. You’d be surprised how many industry people and notable names stayed on our couch, because when they first came to LA they needed a place to crash…sometimes for months!
- Robert Tapert: Our sales agent, Irvin Shapiro, who handled Evil Dead and taught us everything about getting a movie in front of an audience and get it promoted, he said, "Boys, I want to take an ad out for Evil Dead 2." And we said, "We're never going to make Evil Dead 2." But Sam had the name Medieval Dead. So Irving Shapiro had an artist do an ad. He kept the Evil Dead franchise in the overseas buyers' minds.
- Scott Spiegel: We wrote the bulk of it in Silver Lake. Sam had rented a house with Joel and Ethan Coen. Fran McDormand and Holly Hunter were our roommates. Holly was just getting [her career] started. I'll never forget her in her sweatpants on the floor in her room, reading scripts. We wrote [the character of] Bobby Joe for her, but Rob Tapert said, "We need a babe for that role."
- The Sequel to The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror.
- Kiss Your Nerves Goodbye
- 2 Terrifying. 2 Frightening. 2 Much!
- Bruce Campbell — Ash Williams
- Sarah Berry — Annie Knowby
- Ted Raimi — Possessed Henrietta
- Denise Bixler - Linda