Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Labyrinth' or 'Evil Dead II'? | The Tylt
Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Labyrinth' or 'Evil Dead II'?
In this round, we’re looking at a magical if somewhat uncomfortable musical fantasy versus a wacky, campy horror comedy. Don't forget to click on the bracket below and cast your vote for our other '80s cult film matchups!
One of the high water marks of '80s fantasy, “Labyrinth” (1986) launched the career of Jennifer Connelly and introduced David Bowie to a new generation of fans. Jim Henson and Brian Froud collaborated on 1982’s “The Dark Crystal,” and teamed up again, this time with Monty Python’s Terry Jones, to create the other-dimensional realm of the Labyrinth (an obvious tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” and Maurice Sendak). The relationship between teenage Sarah (Connelly) and the ageless Goblin King Jareth is either darkly romantic or problematic and disturbing, depending on how you interpret the film. Though “Labyrinth” did poorly at the box office, it’s a fan favorite, especially with cosplay enthusiasts.
Part sequel, part remake, “Evil Dead II” (1987) focuses on the brash, off-kilter hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) who fights demons, cuts off his hand, fights his own hand, fights an old lady and ends up getting sent back in time. Basically, it’s completely bonkers. The mix of gory horror and comedy earned positive reviews in general, and good box office numbers relative to the small budget. Writer/director Sam Raimi went on to direct the three Toby Maguire-led "Spider-Man" films as well as produce “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.”