Monday, November 5, 2007

Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror (1992)

Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written by: Sam and Ivan Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove, Bridget Fonda, Ted Raimi, Angela Featherstone

Surprise! Third and final (to date - I heard a rumour about an Evil Dead 4. Or a remake or something... anyway) Evil Dead movie, taking place in the Middle Ages. Oooh, exciting.

So, in the recap (featuring a new Linda), our hero gets zapped back in time (and presumably moved to a different continent) and finds that they had a bit of an evil dead problem in the 1300s. In order to return to his own time, he must retrieve the Book of the Dead (what's a Sumerian Book of the Dead doing in 14th century England?) and defeat the army of darkness, among other things.

So, higher budget and even more retarded than the first two. It makes me wonder if Sam Raimi actually ever grew up, emotionally speaking. I mean, he did make Spiderman (I will admit I thought Spiderman was pretty cool. I mean... he's a spider... and a man!).

Anyway, that's sort of what makes it more cute and endearing (albeit a little disturbing).

It's got some snappy lines, decent (although maybe a little dated?) FX and that over the top weirdness going on. Plus geysers of blood and some chainsaw/hand related goodness (that thing must be heavy). And Bruce Campbell is weirdly charismatic.

Still, the transition from low budget zombie movie to higher budget medieval action movie (lets call it an epic zombie movie) is a little alarming, and the fact that this doesn't really have that much more plot than the first two doesn't help. It's just a bunch of stuff that happens, kind of like a video game (were they making video games at this point? Yeah, I guess they would have been)

Anyway, it was pretty enjoyable, particularly at two in the morning, revved up on tea, Big 8 cola and surplus Mars bars (I got extra candy this year. Bwahahaha). Man, I'm excited really easily.


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