Film: Army of Darkness

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Army of Darkness

Director: Bruce Campbell
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Distributor: Universal Studios

A movie that only true horror buffs could love, Army of Darkness is officially part 3 in the wild and wacky Evil Dead trilogy masterminded by the perversely inventive director Sam Raimi, who would later serve as executive producer of the popular syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Raimi’s favorite actor, Bruce Campbell, returns as Ash (hero of the first two Evil Dead flicks), a hardware-store clerk who is magically transported—along with his beat-up Oldsmobile and a chainsaw attachment for his severed left forearm—to the brutal…

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A movie that only true horror buffs could love, Army of Darkness is officially part 3 in the wild and wacky Evil Dead trilogy masterminded by the perversely inventive director Sam Raimi, who would later serve as executive producer of the popular syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Raimi’s favorite actor, Bruce Campbell, returns as Ash (hero of the first two Evil Dead flicks), a hardware-store clerk who is magically transported—along with his beat-up Oldsmobile and a chainsaw attachment for his severed left forearm—to the brutal battlefields of the 14th century. He quickly assumes power (who else in the Middle Ages packs a shotgun and a chainsaw?), and unites his band of medieval knights against the dreaded Army of the Dead. Raimi gleefully subverts almost every horror-movie cliché as he serves up a nonstop parade of blood, gore, and vicious sword-bearing skeletons—an affectionate homage to animator Ray Harryhausen’s classic Jason and the Argonauts. The frantic action is fun while it lasts, but even at 80 minutes Army of Darkness nearly wears out its welcome. You know that Raimi can maintain the mayhem for only so long before it grows tiresome, and fortunately this madcap movie quits while it’s ahead. —Jeff Shannon

Barnes and Noble

Despite the occasionally weak mainstream effort like For the Love of the Game, maverick director Sam Raimi still holds a special place in the hearts of cult film fans. This third installment in Raimi’s anarchic Evil Dead series finds the always-mugging discount store employee Ash (Bruce Campbell) hurled back into the Middle Ages, where he mistakenly opens the legendary Necronomicon and releases the titular Army of Darkness—several divisions of bloodthirsty skeletons. While Raimi’s typically frenetic camera work is toned down here, the movie is rife with quick-witted comedy, bizarre anachronisms, and surefire catchphrases, such as “Give me some sugar, baby!” And Campbell’s Ash, even in these strange environs, remains a bumbling if effective one-armed warrior. Tony Nigro

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