Army of Darkness

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Army of Darkness is a madcap adventure worth taking thanks to Bruce Campbell's hammy charm and Sam Raimi's acrobatic direction, although an intentional lack of shocks make this a discordant capper to the Evil Dead franchise.

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3rd Evil Dead movie. Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval times. He must quest for the Necronomicon, a book of evil which can return him to his time. Unfortunately, he releases the evil trapped inside the book and unleashes an army of the dead.

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  • May 03, 2016
    It's stupid, campy and silly - but that is exactly what Army of Darkness was aiming to be in the first place, and succeeds thanks to it's charming special effects and wonderfully fun performance by Bruce Campbell.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2015
    My main issue with Army of Darkness is that the humor just didn't fully work with me, despite being similar to Evil Dead II. There's just way too much camp and ridiculous dialogue under a very poorly designed medieval setting that looks like crap in 1993. I know that's part of the charm of the series, but I couldn't help to feel that this could've been way way better.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2014
    Though it still holds some entertainment value as a pulpy cheese-fest, most of Army of Darkness' moments of intended comedy and excitement have been lost with age.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2014
    First off, this review is based on the unrated director's cut. I had seen the theatrical cut years ago and to say I loathed the finished product is an understatement. With the added value of hindsight and a new, unfiltered version of the film, I can safely reassess the film and declare it to be the same drek as before. Of course, the 'Evil Dead' trilogy has metamorphosed and retconned from a gruesome splatter flick to a fish-out-of-water farce in this entry. I've never been a huge fan of anachronistic humor and scenes of Bruce Campbell bewitching the humbled medieval citizens with tales of his "boomstick" shotgun don't persuade me in favor of it any further. Quite honestly, Bruce Campbell's self-deprecating overacting is too overblown and one-dimensional for belief (he is abused by a variety of malevolent spirits and demon hordes). For the majority of the film, Ash is a chauvinistic jerk (Sheila slaps him and a moment later, he arrogantly asks her to "give me some sugar"). In most of Raimi's films, the aesthetics can be stirring, but the shaky-cam she-bitch confrontations are gusty eyesores. Comedy is subjective but the acrobatic Three Stooges slapstick with the Lilliputian Ash clones is tremendously unfunny and it should've been excised entirely. At one point, the Necronomicon book assaults Ash and it is the umpteenth variation on the Passion of Ash. This is a meretricious parody of what the 'Evil Dead' series has become and even the foul 2013 remake is superior.
    Cory T Super Reviewer

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