Reviewed byzombiesnake17Vote: 9/10/10
The box at my video store is why I rented this one. It looked cool from theguys face axed in half so of course I had to give it a try. I was pleasantlysurprised when I actually watched it being an "Evil Dead" fan. The Swedishmakers must of been fans as well as they included lots of references in thismasterpiece. A criminal tries to break into the house Evil Ed was editingthe movies that ultimately drive him insane in and says "groovy" as he looksat his weapon quite like Bruce Campbell does when he finishes his chainsawhand in Evil Dead 2. There is also many posters of that movie scatteredaround the house and office in the movie. They don't just spoof Evil Dead,as there is a Gremlin style puppet monster that cusses at Ed in hisrefrigerator. My personal favorite is when he chases his wife around thehouse and says "I'm coming to get you Barbra" which in case you did'nt knowis Barbra's brothers main line in "Night of the LivingDead".This movie pretty much has it all good plot, cool characters, funny stuff(Gremlin puppet),scary stuff (demon doctor), excellent effects (explodinghead) and a fair amount of female nudity. I only gave it a 9 because itskind of slow before Ed goes insane but its well worth the wait. So if youliked "Evil Dead 2" or any of the other movies I mentioned above you gottarent and watch it with a freind, and when your done try "Brain Dead" becauseI hear it is similiar to this masterpiece.
Reviewed byCMRKeyboadistVote: 8/10/10
Evil Ed is a Swedish film about a man named Ed (of course)and hiscollapse into total madness after editing a series of B horror filmsknown as "The Loose Limbs" series. Ed becomes so mad that he thinkshe's seeing demons and monsters but in reality they are people he knowsand people that are close to him, such as his wife and daughter.
I first saw this movie back in 1998 and was baffled by what I had seen.To this day, this movie I consider to be one of the darkest comediesout there. As the movie is almost slapstick funny with its gore scenesthere are still a few creepy moments.
This is a cool flick but don't expect anything marvelous. It's simplyjust a fun movie that is good to show some of your friends for somelaughs. 8/10 stars
Reviewed bygavin6942Vote: 8/10/10
Ed (coincidentally an editor) is hired to cut horror films down to befavorable in Europe (where standards are much more rigorous). But hefinds the films very mind-destroying and starts going a little bit mad.Okay, "a little bit" might be an understatement.
When you think of horror films, you may not think of Sweden. And if youare thinking of the goriest ones, maybe even less so. Which is all themore reason why "Evil Ed" exists and why it is both a great gore filmand a brilliant satire. Sweden's State Cinema Bureau existed from 1911until 1996, not officially disbanding until 2011. This made it theoldest film censoring organization in the world. Which explains Ed.While the film takes place in the United States, the job Ed has isclearly a reflection of what censors in Sweden actually did. (TheUnited States has never had an official censorship bureau, though itfeels that way sometimes if you want your film to get a R rating ratherthan an NC-17.)
Regarding the film itself, let it just be said first of all: best.opening. scene. ever. A man in an office who blows up his head with agrenade. His boss then says -- with a straight face -- "you're fired".The entire film does not keep up this level of intensity, but itcertainly tries. And anyone who likes their gore with a heapingspoonful of comedy will be enamored.
Take the shotgun scenes, the decapitation, the clips from fictionalfilm-within-a-film "Lost Limbs" (which one wishes were a real film).The writer-director of "Evil Ed" (Anders Jacobsson) thought up the ideaof a woman who gets raped by a beaver and then immediately after getsshot in the face with a bazooka. That is something you won't find inany other movie (at least, unless there is a scene in "Zombeavers" thatescapes the memory).
This film's biggest flaw is the quality. The picture is not as crisp asa 1995 film should be, and the sound could be touched up (though it isnot bad). Because of the production value, you might feel like you arewatching a 1980s film. Although, this criticism may also be one of thefilm's strengths -- "Evil Ed" also has the 1980s style of writing anddirecting in it: a sense of fun and giving the audience a littlesomething extra over the top. We all miss those days.
The 3-disc Arrow Video Blu-ray is ridiculous, but this is the sort oftitle that deserves it. We have an introduction by writer/directorAnders Jacobsson and editor Doc. An extensive making-of documentaryfeaturing interviews with cast and crew, a featurette looking at theearly filmmaking endeavors of the Evil Ed crew and a companion piecewhere the filmmakers discuss their careers following Evil Ed. There aredeleted scenes and bloopers...
But the real gem here (other than the new, extended cut of the film) is"Lost in Brainland", a never-before-seen extended three-hour making-ofdocumentary. Holy smokes, could there possibly be anything left to sayabout this film after all these interviews and three hours ofinvestigation?
Eddie Tor Swenson is a mild-mannered film editor with a wife, child, and a comfortable job editing art and drama films for a major studio. Following the suicide of their editor, heartless studio exec Sam Campbell transfers Ed to his department, the Splatter & Gore Department, to finish what the original editor was doing: editing the highly profitable but extremely violent Loose Limbs series of slashers. Sam allows Ed the use of his secluded country cottage so Ed can go about his work undisturbed, or so he thinks. The seclusion and the constant exposure to the violent nature and content of the films he's editing start to drive Ed insane. What begins as hallucinations leads to Ed's darker, murderous side emerging, and it puts the lives of everyone around him in danger: whether it be the film-buff studio warehouse man, or even Ed's family...