Laughing at Chaos
“Evil Ed” opens with a scene of Edward Svensson (Johan Rudeback), a film editor sitting in front of an editing machine. He seems to be having some sort of mental breakdown and when the head of the movie studio, Sam Campbell (Per Lofberg), enters the room to tell him to knock it off, the editor puts a grenade in his own mouth and pulls the pin. After being covered with gore, the studio head promptly fires the deceased editor. (You might want to reread that sentence).
The studio head realizes that he needs his movie – (the latest in a franchise called Loose Limbs) and hires mild mannered Ed to do the final cut. Disgusted by the displays of graphic violence in the movie, Ed removes the most offensive parts until his boss screams at him out for getting rid of the best parts of the movie. Now Ed has to repeatedly view those scenes over and over and he begins to lose his mind.
Ed becomes evil and delusional and begins to take cues from the movie’s killer and begins to recreate his own murderous scenes in real life. During his psychotic rampage, he terrorizes the studio’s employees, the studio head’s family, a couple of thugs that pick the wrong time to break into his house, several doctors and a few members of a special commando force.
The plot starts promisingly enough, using the first twenty minutes to establish Ed as a character and detailing his eventual dive into madness. But once Ed loses it, the movie becomes a bunch of loosely connected scenes that serve to both honor and parody older horror films.
“Evil Ed” is distasteful and executed badly but it is great fun. It becomes a very bloody skit that reflects filmmakers’ zeal for the horror genre but that also clearly exceeds their grasp of dramatics or satirical wit. It was made by people who have an obvious affinity for gore and manages to both poke fun at the genre while delivering a stylishly clever little film that’s heavy on bizarre creatures and dismemberment.
When Ed spends his days and nights gore, these disturbing images are having their way with his mind, causing him to experience rather horrific hallucinations involving deformed mental patients, wild-haired psychos, and adorably grotesque creatures that reside in his refrigerator. When his boss stops by to check on Ed’s progress, things get a bit out-of-hand and Ed has completely lost it. Chaos ensues with a lot of black humor.
I love this movie especially its tongue-in-cheek approach to 80’s horror. Ed himself is a riot and watching his descent into madness is both harrowing and hilarious (It reaffirms what countless parents told their kids regarding horror films: “They’re gonna rot your mind.”) Ed’s mind certainly rots, resulting in his somewhat jaded mission to rid the world of those who would enjoy such debauchery. The violence is bloody and raw but never disturbing and is actually hilarious. There is a lot of gory jokes to keep us laughing. It is a love letter soaked in blood to the horror films of the 80’s and it has now been released in a three disc special edition.
Special Features include:
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
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!!!