Before taking the time to tackle the Evil Dead remake, I took a sit-down with the original Evil Dead trilogy. Parts 1 and 2 were just as excellent as ever and I ended the evening with this terrific cap-off. Though not as frightening as its predecessors, it doesn't try to be anything like them. Army of Darkness is a flat-out comedy with horror elements and a damn good one at that. I really think my main hook to this entry is the character of Ash himself. Ash went through hell and back via the first two entries and has progressed into one major badass here. He threatens the authority, swoons the ladies, nails the one-liners, and is so high on himself. Quite the opposite of the quivering/frightened Ash I knew so well in the original Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell gives his best performance as Ash here, full of confidence and dry wit. His stance within the genre is stapled and he is the star here. Amazing. Embeth Davidtz back up Bruce well and does what is asked of her. Marcus Gilbert took the role very seriously and that made him all the more hilarious in his shenanigans. Ian Abercrombie gave the movie some levity as the Wiseman. Richard Grove doesn't show up much but when he did, he ruled. Bridget Fonda shows up in a small role as the third Linda in yet another re-enactment of the first flick. Raimi doesn't calm down after two of these already and is just as nuts with the camera. The POV of the demon is there, as well as tons of weapon POV shots. The pace is lightning quick, the creative shots are present and the energy doesn't subside. Hail to the King... Now, even though this one doesn't have much fear bits attached, the elements are there and the comedy that's attached is hilarious. If you love the character of Ash, you'll love what's to come because it's all centred around him. Fighting his doppelganger, contemplating a puzzle with getting 'the right book' or warding off the townsfolk/spirits with his super-macho attitude. All was a sight and a hoot to watch for 2/3 of the flick. The only issue I had was with the final battle. In all its build up and hilarious bits, I expected it to be more grandiose or epic in some form. Instead we get some bad stop-motion/green screen effects and a lot of collapsing bones. Where's the bloodshed? Where's the demons(a few, but hardly enough to satisfy this guy)? Where's the intensity? Where's the one-liners? I guess I was underwhelmed a little bit. Once was all said and done, the movie ended with a bang on left me on a very high note. This is an excellent round I had with one of the best trilogies in the horror genre and ever. Try a marathon or if horror isn't your thing, have some beers and watch this one alone in all its cheesy glory. Your call!