Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Ash: ‘Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn’ Turns 25


In the late 1980’s, the Horror genre came under heavy fire from detractors.  Slasher and Splatter films had become very popular with the teen demographic and seemed to be skewing younger by the day.  The home video market had made such extreme fare more widely accessible to small children than ever before.  Buckling under public pressure, the MPAA began cracking down on envelope pushing horror films.  As is often the case with such crackdowns, certain films were unfairly persecuted.  One in particular suffered the same fate at the hands of the MPAA as far more grisly fare.  This was despite the fact that it was essentially a slapstick comedy.