STARRING: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove, Michael Earl Reid, Bridget Fonda   

1993, 80 Minutes, Directed by: Sam Raimi

Description: Officially part 3 in the wild and wacky Evil Dead trilogy. 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.

Army of Darkness is the wild, delirious over-the-top sequel to the two Evil Dead films. Directed with frenetic intensity (all swirling camera movements, etc.) by Spiderman director Sam Raimi it displays a keen sense of irony and black humor absent in some of this director's other efforts like Darkman.

Borrowing a lot from the old Ray Harryhausen classics, especially Jason and the Argonauts, it involves Bruce Campbell getting transported to King Arthur's time in the 14th Century where he raises an army to battle evil. Or something like that.

But much of the film's appeal is because of Bruce Campbell's exuberant performance. Army of Darkness may not be in everybody's taste, but I enjoyed it more than it is probably socially acceptable to admit . . .


Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: Bruce Campbell with a shotgun - and a chainsaw! Third film in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series is way over the top and manic thanks to an exuberant performance by cult favorite Bruce Campbell. Did we mention that it is also very, very funny?


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