Edward Tor Johnson (Johan Rudebeck) is a mild, mannered film cutter loaned out to his company’s “Splatter & Gore” department to handle the task of editing their popular horror franchise, Loose Limbs. The films are sick, twisted and perverted featuring scenes of gore, dismemberment and beaver rape.
The series last editor lost a few of his marbles and ending up blowing his kibbles and bits around his office after cramming this strange, baseball sized metal ball into his mouth (PSSST…it was a grenade). This, of course, leaves the company in the lurch as European distributors have purchased the series and the head of the “Splatter & Gore” department, Sam Campbell (Olof Rhodin), needs these films recut for the new territory.
Edward begins the job but isn’t able to mentally handle the images that flash in front of him. The screaming, blood and torture begins to weigh heavily on Edward and soon he’s not sure he’s able to even continue editing the series. Sam doesn’t give him much of a choice though and gives Edward a key to an out-of-town home he’s able to stay at in order to get some peace and quiet to edit. It ends up working against Edward though as he begins seeing things from the films he’s cutting. Not only does Edward have to worry about Sam but the delivery boy, Nick (Per Löfberg), who brings the Loose Limbs films to Edward appears to have gotten on Ed’s bad side.
During an intense dream, Edward is visited by the previous editor and he’s not happy. Edward is commanded to start “correcting” people and their wrong minds. The filth in these films is only a small fraction of what really goes on in their heads and Edward needs to set them straight before it’s too late. Upon waking he hears a commotion coming from downstairs so he decides to investigate. He’s shocked to find an overweight Gremlin-like creature living, and eating, in his fridge. After being told to, “Fuck off!” Edward grabs a knife, determined to teach the little guy manners but when the door swings open, he’s no longer there. Did Ed imagine the beast? Before that question can be answered he sees the little beast scuttling away.
What’s a man slowly going insane to do? Well, nail the front door shut! Somebody should have told the filmmakers that nailing boards over a door that swings outward, instead of inward, is a tad silly. Anyhow, Sam comes to pay Edward a visit and check up on the progress. He’s not amused when he finds the newest Loose Limbs film missing his precious “beaver rape” scene. Edward is beside himself and begins to hallucinate, believing Sam to be the Devil trying to tempt him into darkness. Edward decides enough is enough and breaks “The Devil’s” neck. Thus begins his downward spiral. Nick pays Eddie a visit with a new Loose Limbs film and is immediately attacked. Eddie plans to correct Nick but not before being forced to deal with two armed thugs that break in. Heads will roll!
While Eddie is slashing and slicing his way through his home, his Family is at home waiting for him to arrive for a birthday party. Not content to wait any longer, his wife Barbara (Cecilia Ljung) and daughter Emmy (Natalie Kay) head out to retrieve him and inadvertently stumbling into a slaughterhouse with Eddie waiting, knife in hand. Lucky for Barbara there’s a shotgun handy and before Eddie knows what happened he’s on his way to the hospital and psych ward. A straight jacket won’t stop Eddie though when he decides to check in on Nick. When he catches Nick making out with Mel (Camela Leierth), his girlfriend, he believes Mel is corrupting Nick. Will Eddie correct her thinking before the SWAT team show up? Will the SWAT team underestimate Eddie? Will Eddie underestimate Nick?
Evil Ed is silly little homage to such horror films as Evil Dead, The Re-Animator, Night of the Living Dead and even Ed Wood films! Occasionally, we’re treated to Raimi style chase scenes with swooping camera and everything! This Swedish production had me hooked. The filmmakers throw everything at you from gore to boobs to the Devil. The funny thing is that the film almost works as a commentary on modern day media blame games. It works like a reverse Reefer Madness by reveling in its filth instead of warning against it. Before purchasing, beware of poor dubbing.