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Army of Darkness

Director Sam Raimi's third installment in "The Evil Dead" trilogy.

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Good, Bad, I'm the Guy With the Gun.

  • May 31, 2000
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+5
Pros: Special Effects, Script, Bruce Campbell, Direction (by Sam Raimi)

Cons: Campy, Corny, & Cheesy

A user on here, mas13, introduced me to this film during the summer of 1994. He and his three friends stayed at my house during a road trip they were taking, and they brought this movie. Now, I'm not into any sort of horror movies, but this one was hysterical!

More of a comedy than a horror film, Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash from the Evil Dead films. This film is the third in a trilogy, and it is absolutely hilarious. If you like slapstick humor, than this is definitely the show for you.

After visiting a house in the woods, Ash accidentally opens a portal to an ancient time by reciting from the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead). Ash gets sucked into this portal and transported to a time where evil, in the form of Deadites, ruled the land. With two rival armies fighting each other, Ash needs to save the living from the evil dead, rescue his girlfriend Shiela (played by Embeth Davidtz), and get back to his own time.

Directed by Sam Raimi (who also did Darkman), this movie has some terrific special effects and a cast of thousands... including an entire army of skeletons! It's very campy and very funny. A lot of classic lines come from this film. ("This is my boom stick!")

I highly recommend this movie to you if you like to laugh. I watch it whenever I get the urge. It's definitely the best of the trilogy.



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Quick Tip by . December 09, 2010
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Army of Darkness has undeniable camp value and is definitely the most enjoyable out of the three, and more outgoing/silly. Bruce Campbell's Ash is classic!
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
Instant cult classic, a favorite with all Deadite hunters and trans-dimensional heroes.
Quick Tip by . September 24, 2010
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The comedy and fantasy is amped up in this flick, but it defines the archtype of Ash.
review by . February 15, 2009
Boomstick edition
Originally released in Spring, 1993, ARMY OF DARKNESS only lasted for a week and a half in theaters--not enough to creep into box-office success. After a few years in the back of the shelves, the film has attained "cult status" and had acquired a permanent spot in the books of popular culture. The "Boomstick" Dvd edition has both the 81 minute theatrical cut and the 96 minute director's cut in two discs, both anamorphically enhanced for HDTVs. Sam Raimiā€˜s "Army of Darkness" is one of the most brilliant, …
review by . December 16, 2008
This absurd cult classic starring Bruce Campbell is not nearly as violent as the previous two films but somehow I can't get enough of the move. I've seen this movie multiple times and each time I see it I find a new reason to love it more! The comedy is what I would expect from a movie of such...calibur...and the cheap special effects that I usually contribute to a lousy movie actually improves my attraction to this movie. The plot, although not uncommonly rediculous for an early 90s movie, is a …
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Director: Sam Raimi
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: February 19, 1993
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi
Runtime: 81 minutes (US theatrical cut), 89 minutes (UK cut), and 96 minutes (director's cut)
Studio: Universal Studios
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