Evil Ed (1995)
Directed by Anders Jacobson
Starring Johan Rudebeck, Per Löfberg, Olof Rhodin, Camela Leierth, Gert Fylking, Cecilia Ljung, Michael Kallaanvaara, Hans Wilhelmsson
Back in the ’90s, when the video market was still in full swing, every gorehound was always on the prowl for a film to give them the bloody goods within the 90 minutes or so of the particular movie title. Evil Ed delivered it to those that happened upon the video box, which showed a man with his head being split open with an axe. I mean, with a box like that, how could you go wrong? Granted, it was a cheesy graphic image and not something from the actual movie, but it did get the attention of the aforementioned horror fan. It also shows what could be allowed on box art back then, something that could be seen by any youngster that might be walking down the horror aisle. Ah yes…those were the days.
If you were one of those lucky ones then to rent it, then you got a fun little tale about a movie editor that gets transferred to the “Splatter and Gore Department” of the studio to work on the newly popular Loose Limbs series. But the more our buddy Edward the editor watches the gore sequences in these films, he starts to slowly lose his mind, having graphic hallucinations, even worse when they start to blend into the real world, where he can’t tell them apart.
Made in Sweden, this tale isn’t going to win any awards for acting, screenplay, or anything else, other than maybe the makeup and gore. And for that, it does it quite well. There are plenty of slicing and dicing going on here, gun blasts, weird creatures, and other beasties that are well-crafted and really shows a time before CGI started to take over. And that really is the main reason you’d want to watch this movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty entertaining little film, but it really is made for a particular audience, one that it could find no matter what generation you are from. If you like cheesy gore flicks, then you’ll enjoy Evil Ed.
And now thanks to Arrow Video, you can not only see it in two different versions, but the plethora of extras that come on this release is awesome. You get two different versions of the film, the longer one being about 98 minutes, while the original cut is 93 minutes. Not sure why you’d need both of these, but they are on here. For a film that was shot on 16mm, it actually looks really nice and lets the glorious effects take center stage.
It really is the extras where this special edition goes way overboard. There is the making of featurette called You Keep ‘Em Heads Rollin, which is about 45 minutes, where you get to hear from so many people involved with the film, both in front of and behind the camera. From the director/writer Anders Jacobsson, the co-writer Göran Lundström, actors Johan Rudebeck, to so many others. It amazes me that they were able to find all of these people all these years later for this. It’s a lot of fun. But it doesn’t stop there. There is a longer version of this documentary called Lost in Brainland that is over 3 HOURS LONG!!! You will feel like our friendly editor Ed from the movie by the time you make your way through this epic-length documentary. I think they might have gone a tad bit overboard on this, but on the same token, kudos to them for wanting it all to be archived somewhere! There are other features, which are thankfully much shorter, on what the creative team was doing both before and after the film came out.
The bottom line is that if you enjoy the cheesy foreign horror films of the ’90s, then I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get a real hoot out of this one. If you’re looking for a serious fright film, then keep looking. But for gorehounds that like their wacky humor, I think you’ll love this one. And then just try and sit through the 3-hour documentary and see how sane you are afterwards!