Evil Dead II (Minutes 7 & 8)

Welcome to Dead By Dawn the Evil Dead 2 podcast where we breakdown the classic 1987 film 2 Minutes at a time. 

Today on episode 4 we discuss minutes 7 & 8. It starts with our introduction to deadites in the film, Linda attacking Ash who quickly dispatches her with a shovel.

And it ends after the epic Sam-o-Cam shot when Evil Ash lifts his head from the water! The editing in the opening shots is so quickly paced it feels almost like an Edgar Wright scene.

We include another exclusive clip from special makeup design and creation Mark Shostrom who came up with many of the memorable effects in the film.

 Shostrom has done some of the most iconic makeup sequences in classics like From Beyond, Videodrome, A Nightmare on Elm Street series, Prince of Darkness, Phantasm II and III, and many of the Star Trek properties. Follow him @themarkshostrom

Shostrom has done some of the most iconic makeup sequences in classics like From Beyond, Videodrome, A Nightmare on Elm Street series, Prince of Darkness, Phantasm II and III, and many of the Star Trek properties. Follow him @themarkshostrom

Chris: How much freedom did you have when did the design of the Deadites, Henrietta and all the creatures? Was there a lot of guidance?

Mark: As I recall, I had really quite a lot of freedom and I gave my crew guys a lot of freedom. I was mainly-­‐ I wanted to take on Henrietta. That was my baby but Shannon Shea, I hired him and he’s a great artist. I gave him Evil Ed, gave him most of that to do. And Howard Berger did the Ash makeup. All this under my supervision but I wanted to give the guys a lot of freedom because if I took on all the cool sculptures myself and hired a bunch of guys to just make the molds and run the rubber, they’d be a bit unhappy. So, I wanted to keep my crew happy so I gave everybody a little bit of freedom there.

Chase: Did you work at all with [Tom Sullivan] or get inspiration from him when doing the designs?

Mark: Well, of course, when I got the job, I rewatched Evil Dead several times. Tom had a certain look to the film. And I was aware of that. I wasn’t copying that but I didn’t want to deviate and make it something so off the wall that it wouldn’t fit in with the whole look of the entire film. We were recreating dead people and that had to be a certain consist look. That was mostly in the eyes, the dead eyes. But each character had a look what they were. Linda character, with her doll head and her rotted body, that was the only one that kind of stood out for me. There was a certain visual language to the first one and to Tom’s artistic style and I’d gone in and resisted that and said, “No, we’re gunna do a the zombies with green and yellow eyes.” I didn’t want to deviate from that. It all had to blend together.

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