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Bruce Campbell Finally Settled the ‘Evil Dead 2’ “Sequel or Remake?” Debate

Yes, this is a thing horror fans have been hotly debating for years.

Is 1987’s Evil Dead 2 a sequel to Evil Dead, or is it actually a remake in disguise? Of course, the number “2” in the title would suggest that it’s a clear cut sequel, but why then does Ash Williams return to the cabin in the woods and go through the same motions he went through in the first film? It’s because of this that many fans view the film as Sam Raimi’s remake of his own movie.

So what’s the real answer to the question posed in the headline of this article? It totally slipped past us when it hit YouTube late last year, but Bruce Campbell definitively answered that question in a video chat with Bay at the Moon Productions back in November. During the interview, Campbell provided an in-depth explanation of this whole mess, which video clips were added to.

Long story short, Evil Dead 2 is a sequel. Well actually, in Campbell’s own words, it’s a “requel.” Trust me, his explanation is way less confusing than it sounds. Check it out below.



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48 Comments
  • Jailton Rocha

    The beginning of the movie it’s a little remake of the first one. Sam Raimi take off the friends and some details to focus Ash and his girlfriend. But after the sun scene, it’s a sequel.

  • Jimmy Cthulhuhan

    Duh. Never understood why this was a debate. I mean, I know it’s kinda dumb the way they went about it, but it’s not hard to figure out.

    • ToryK

      Yeah, at the start, you get a recap that changes a few details, and then you move on to the rest of the story. I understood this at 12. There are really people who couldn’t follow what was happening?

    • Vohtrake

      It was always “obvious” to me even 27 years ago but not right away. Now to play devil’s advocate and look at it from another view I can see that if someone was a child/teen back in the 80s/90s with just VHS and no information/internet I can see it being indeed confusing the first or second time watching it.
      You see him back at the cabin with a girl and not a group of friends like the first one and he looks insane for going “back”. If you were around back then it was normal that not everyone viewed it as a full on sequel and thought he went back to the cabin like an idiot as an improved/continuation of Evil Dead 1 or a remake of sorts in a tongue in cheek sort of way. I’m not sure what you’re negativity and seriousness is all about but I’m not sure why you feel the need to insult fellow Evil Dead fans and say people are VERY dumb for thinking something that is understandably confusing.
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  • Ryan

    “this is a thing horror fans have been hotly debating for years.” Really?

    • Grimphantom

      It’s as ridiculous on who shot first, Han or Greedo……

      • Max

        Well that question has some merit to it. At least from a story telling perspective. Solo was portrayed like a guy that does things just for the fuck of it(and money) so when he shoots Greedo, before Greedo gets a shot, you believe it was something that Solo would do. Lucas having to “justify” Greedo’s killing by having Greedo shoot first and Solo dodging it(by the worst looking head movement ever) before fireing is just stupid.

    • Weresmurf

      It actually is believe it or not.

    • Darkknight2149

      I know right. Horror sequels change things all the time, yet people always have to make this stuff more complicated than it is.

      The opening of “Evil Dead II” is just an intentionally watered down version of the first film. The end. Nothing to debate.

  • Grimphantom

    Really?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1aaf7e200d22eb28c70fbf5ed5b582bd84564e01f4359862efbc2b6739095b4.gif
    I feel sorry those who wasted their lives debating on something pointless

    • Creepshow

      Same thing with the people who argue over who’s the best meat-head Jason.

      • Dr. Carrion Crow

        It’s obviously Kane Hodder. The man almost died being Jason.

      • Darkknight2149

        Most people have their favourite (with Kane Hodder rightfully being the most popular choice), but I’ve never seen it turn into a full blown argument, except when someone says that Derek Mears is the best.

  • Wil McMullen

    There was absolutely no time that i was ever confused about Evil Dead 2 being a sequal to the first. I was a bit confused as to why the story left some components out that happened in the first, but it was explained they didnt have the rights to the original- so that cleared that up for me.

  • Khy

    Sigh. Can we just get a straight serious sequel to the remake please?

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      Seconded.

    • Darkknight2149

      There was going to be one, but it went into development hell. There were also talks for “Army of Darkness 2” and a crossover between the remake and Ash.

      Now, our best bet is probably having the remake’s protagonist guest star on “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”

  • Please, someone needs to produce a great sequel for the remake!

    • Darkknight2149

      There nearly was. They were also considering “Army of Darkness 2” and a crossover between the remake and Ash. Ultimately, the “Ash vs. Evil Dead” television series is what ended up happening. Maybe the remake protagonist will eventually guest star, who knows?

  • Darkknight2149

    It’s a sequel with continuity errors. “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Friday the 13th”, and Universal’s “Frankenstein” did the same exact thing.

    • Tan Shearer

      No it’s a sequel with a remade recap. Back to the Future 2 did it too.

      • Darkknight2149

        Thereby making it a continuity error, as the sequel still shares the same continuity as the first film.

        Regardless, the point is that these horror franchises change things in the sequels all the time (just watch “Texas Chainsaw Massacre III”, “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf-Man” or any of the “Friday the 13th” films). “Evil Dead II” really isn’t any different.

        • Tan Shearer

          That’s not what a continuity error is. It might be different actors but they’re still playing the SAME characters. The intro is a recap on what happened before nothing more and the sequel starts after that. They didn’t change anything they simply remade the ending to the first film because they didn’t have the rights to use the original. Why is that so hard to understand? It’s common for different actors to portray characters in sequels, doesn’t make them continuity errors just means someone else is playing the part this time.

          • Darkknight2149

            Because the recap, in its attempt to give the audience a short rundown of what happened before, actually made changes to the events of the first film (rather than giving an exact summary of the original with newly shot footage). Same goes for the beginning of the third “Evil Dead” film, “Army of Darkness”.

          • Gordon Freeman

            While Raimi and Campbell have stated that Evil Dead 2 was intended as a
            direct sequel, there are continuity issues between the two movies – for
            example, the Necronomicon is destroyed in a fire by Ash during the
            conclusion of The Evil Dead, yet is intact in Evil Dead 2. There are
            also no traces of the bodies of Ash’s friends from the first movie, and
            Ash attempts to escape via driving over a bridge which had previously
            been destroyed, which he appears not to remember. The cabin itself
            appears intact, despite having been ruined during the events of The Evil
            Dead (e.g. the cellar trapdoor, having been ripped off its hinges by
            Ash’s possessed sister, is now back in place). “from wikipedia”

  • Weresmurf

    He was, but then the TV show happened.

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      But what if we has both?

      • Weresmurf

        We should : I wants boths. I wantses em now.

        • Dr. Carrion Crow

          I’m all for slamin on some deadite skulls.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    What surprises me even more is the amount of people wanting a sequel to the remake…

    It was alright, I’ll give you that. But come on, do we really care about an unnecessary remake that was better than it should have? We have a goddamn TV-SERIE now! With the original lead!

    • fannypack aficionado

      Call me crazy, but I’ll take all the Evil Dead I can get. You even said the remake was better than it should have been. Why not see more of that story, too? It sure was a hell of a lot better than 98% of the other shit horror that comes out.

    • Max

      Yes, yes we do. Movies>Tv Shows.

    • Dr. Carrion Crow

      The remake had such a manic energy to it, I’d love to see more of that kind of thing. It was so over the top and violent and Jane Levy is amazing.

  • Vesuvian Villain

    What was explained in the documentary I saw, which I’m pretty sure is straight from Sam Raimi, is that Evil Dead 2 officially starts when Ash gets knocked into the trees. Every thing before that is kind of a sum up of the first movie. So if you were to edit 1 and 2 together to one movie, it’s the end of 1 to the tree thrust of 2.

  • Demented Daniel

    Who gives a $#!t? When it comes to Evil Dead, the gore the merrier!

  • Bran

    Just reading the script explains its a sequel. They originally were going to use footage from the first film. Sad they couldn’t…

  • ArmitageX

    The original ends with “the entity” coming through the cabin at Ash. “2” begins with a newly-shot, brief rundown of the events of the first…and then “the entity” comes for Ash again – THAT’S where the sequel (yes, it is one) begins. What’s so hard to understand?

  • Darkknight2149

    They were considering the remake sequel and “Army of Darkness 2”. Instead, the TV show happened.

  • Matt

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  • tay evans

    Flipboard+homepage

  • FreddyKruegerWithSunglassesOn

    This isn’t new information.

  • Carl Chrystan

    OK. Debate over. New debate: Which is the better ending of ‘Army of Darkness’: the ‘badass’ one or the ‘downbeat’ one? For me, it’s the downbeat one. It fits so well with Ash as anything never goes right for him.

  • Tan Shearer

    I see it as a sequel with a remade recap so it’s only partially a remake and most of it is a sequel.

  • Craig Forshaw

    It’s a sequel. Basically, one of the major themes of the Evil Dead series is however the last film ended, they basically completely ignore it and do their own thing next time around – Ash possessed and attacked after his friends and sister died? Now, he’s just going to the cabin with Linda. Being hailed as a hero in the Middle Ages? Now, he’s been captured and threatened with death by those same people. Teleported to the future/saving entire supermarkets from Deadites? Living alone and hiding out in a world that has no real idea that the Necronomicon exists. Even season one to season two does something similar, with Ruby completely in charge, dismissive of Ash and all powerful, to being completely out of control, hunted down, and desperate for Ash’s help. Heck, the next season will probably start with Ash living with his daughter, Kelly, in the cabin.

    • Keep repeating…”It’s only a movie..only a movie…only a movie…” 🙂

  • Campbell isn’t telling me anything I didn’t know 30 years ago here, on watching Evil Dead II when it came out. How the HELL could people think it was Ash taking a new group of people up to the same cabin? I have genuinely never heard such utter idiocy in my entire life!

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    “Finally” ? Every Evil Dead fan knows this since… Forever ?

  • Vohtrake

    It was always “obvious” to me even 27 years ago but not right away. Now to play devil’s advocate and look at it from another view I can see that if someone was a child/teen back in the 80s/90s with just VHS and no information/internet I can see it being indeed confusing the first or second time watching it.
    You see him back at the cabin with a girl and not a group of friends like the first one and he looks insane for going “back”. If you were around back then it was normal that not everyone viewed it as a full on sequel and thought he went back to the cabin like an idiot as an improved/continuation of Evil Dead 1 or a remake of sorts in a tongue in cheek sort of way. They should have just hired cheap actors/friends at least to just represent the group from the first movie and I bet most of the “confusion” would not have happened in these last 30 years hahaha
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