Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) – Sam Raimi
The reason Evil Dead 2 makes the list over the original is simply because the filmmakers simplified the plot, and re-shot it as the beginning of this film. It also takes a more satirical approach to the absurdity of the genre, combining elements of horror, humor, and slaughter. The film is also a vessel for the then relatively unknown Bruce Campbell to showcase his many extraordinary talents, such as: doing a standing back flip while beating himself up, holding his own for half a movie, regulated by several psychotic outbursts, fending off demonic possession, and being a complete and total (one handed) bad ass. Director Sam Raimi really pulled out all the stops with this film, taking what he learned from the experience of making the first one, and applying it to this film. It is the incorporation of KNB FX and their technical achievements and innovations that really pay off for the viewer in this installment and set it apart from the rest.