I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised by EVIL ED. I’ve heard people talk about the film for two decades now, and a lot of what was said was negative. But I was always curious about it, and I definitely wanted to give it a look. Thanks to Arrow and MVD, I got the opportunity to do so in HD, and I found the film an absolute joy to experience. As the synopsis mentions below, if you’re a fan of THE EVIL DEAD, RE-ANIMATOR, or DEAD ALIVE, then you’ll certainly want to give EVIL ED a shot!
If you are not familiar with EVIL ED, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Arrow Video & MVD Distribution:
WHEN HIS MIND BLOWS, ANYTHING GOES!
A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the 80s, video rental favourite Evil Ed returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features!
Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the Splatter and Gore department, where he’s forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality with ghastly (and bloody) consequences…
Owing a debt to films such as The Evil Dead, Re-animator and the early splatter classics of Peter Jackson, Evil Ed is a veritable smorgasbord of flying limbs, exploding heads, busty babes and creepy creatures!
I like the discreet homages to classic horror movies that are sprinkled throughout this film. For example, the title, EVIL ED, is a slight play on words from THE EVIL DEAD. Also, Ed’s boss is named Sam Campbell, an indistinct reference to Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell from the DEAD trilogy. Not to mention the NUMEROUS movie posters strewn throughout various scenes. These direct and indirect tributes are one of the many joys you’ll experience with EVIL ED.
EVIL ED is shot well and looks great onscreen. The HD transfer is very tight, and the picture quality is excellent. I got to experience every blood splatter and hacked limb in glorious high definition. Likewise, the sound quality is great as well.
The acting in EVIL ED is very good, with Johan Rudebeck portraying the titular character. Surprisingly, Rudebeck only has a couple of credits on his IMDB page, with this role being the first; he is a great actor, and I’m surprised we have not seen more of him. The rest of the cast is great as well, however nobody really stands out like Rudebeck.
The special effects are superb, and there’s plenty of gore to go around. I am very impressed with the life-like quality the carnage has, and gore-hounds should be pleased with the amount of it. Also, the creature effects are pretty slick; the grotesque Gremlin-like beastie is only in a couple of shots, but it looks great (perfect for a horror comedy).
The storyline in EVIL ED is intriguing and laughable at the same time. It is a big part of what makes the film so much fun. Watching Ed’s decent into madness…just from watching LOOSE LIMBS movies (the fictional SAW-like series he is editing) is at time humorous and humbling. Director Anders Jacobsson made the movie to take a shot at censor boards, and he definitely gets his point across. The result is a vastly entertaining jaunt into humor and gore.
EVIL ED is a major win for me, and I highly recommend it. It’s off-the-wall and campy in some aspects, but it’s 100 percent fun. Part social commentary, part horror, and part downright comedy, this is one of those films you’ll watch more than once, so be prepared! It is available now.
3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• Two versions of the film!
• Original Stereo and 5.1 Audio Options
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
• Collector s booklet with new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
DISCS 1 & 2 (BLU-RAY + DVD) THE SPECIAL ED-ITION CUT
• World premiere of the newly-extended version of the feature [95 min]
• Keep Em Heads Rollin making-of documentary
• Reconstructing Edward featurette on the creation of the Special EDition cut
• Deleted scenes
• Teasers and Trailers
• Still Gallery
DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) THE ORIGINAL CUT [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]
• Original Cut [93 mins]
• Lost in Brainland never-before-seen extended 3 hour version of the making-of documentary
• PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!!!