Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Story: If battling the Evil Dead in modern times wasn’t bad enough, Ash
finds himself trapped in the middle ages to combat the Medieval Dead and
retrieve the tome that started it all: The Necronomicon Ex Mortis.


Usually when you go into part 3 of any horror movie franchise the average
fan simply crosses their fingers and prays it doesn’t REALLY suck. Well, I
am happy to report that the 3rd chapter of Sam Raimi’s (Spider-Man 1-3,
Darkman, A Simple Plan) Evil Dead series may actually be the best of the
trilogy. The hapless Ash (Bruce Campbell) is once again thrust into mortal
combat with the denizens of the undead, but this time he must do it in the
confines of rural 12th century England. However, this time a Wiseman (Ian
Abercrombie) promises an end to the struggle if Ash retrieves the diabolical
Necronomicon so the Wiseman can recite an incantation contained within
the demonic tome. Unfortunately for Ash, it is never that easy. Previously
titled “The Medieval Dead”, Army of Darkness hits the ground running from
the opening credits and refuses to let up till the end of the flick eighty one
minutes later.

With a mixture of cartoonish violence, gleeful gore (supplied by KNB
Effects) and outrageous humor, Ash plods through the middle ages with
his “boomstick” and razor sharp sarcasm to win the day.There is a reason
for horror and fantasy fans have added multiple quotes from this movie to
the lexicon of our geek speak. Army of Darkness is irreverent, action
packed and downright funny. Although it is more comedy than horror,
Raimi makes a seamless transition between the genres to make this flick
well worth repeated viewings. The only criticism I have is that this movie is
one of the few examples where the theatrical version is better than the
director’s cut. The two endings are dramatically different from each other
and there is a definite division in the fandom ranks about which ending is

For myself, I prefer the theatrical ending. Don’t get me wrong: I still
enjoyed the alternate (original) ending for Army of Darkness (with 15 more
minutes of film), but the theatrical ending was, well, more Ash-like. I
suggest acquiring the 2003 release “Bruce Campbell vs. The Army of
Darkness: The Boomstick Edition” as it contains both versions of the film.
Or, you can always take the least expensive route and pick up the 1993
release which contains the theatrical version or the 2001 director’s cut.
Then again, picking up the latter 2 individually will cost about the same as
hunting down the 2003 release. After seeing this filmic masterpiece, you
too will be saying “Hail to the King, baby!”

Overall: 9/10
Genres: Action, Comedy,
Fantasy,  Horror


Country: USA

Year: 1992

Runtime: 81 minutes

Studio: Dino De
Laurentiis Company


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