Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987): 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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It’s Ash Wednesday here at 1428 Elm, and we are looking at ten things you might not know about Ash’s second flick, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.

Bruce Campbell has been killing it as the iconic Ash Williams on the Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. But before the TV show, there was the Evil Dead trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi. Today, we’re talking about 10 random facts you may not know about the second Evil Dead film, starting with…

10. The movie is a direct sequel, and not a reboot or remake

Certainly many fans of this series might realize this already. But even so, there’s a commonly held belief out there that Evil Dead 2 is a remake of the first movie, and not actually a sequel. The misconception seems to come from having the ending scenes from the first film reshot for the second, as well as overall having a similar storyline.

However, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have both confirmed that this movie is a sequel, and not a remake. The reason for them reshooting the ending of the first one for Evil Dead 2‘s beginning was because they didn’t have the rights to use the footage.

This does leave some inconsistencies (what happened to the bodies of Ash’s friends from the first film?). But these are merely continuity errors, and the film is definitely a sequel.