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Army Of Darkness (1992)


Director: Sam Raimi

Writer: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi (Screenplay)

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove, Ted Raimi


Plot: After Ash (Campbell) is transported back in time to 1300 AD he gets stuck into a battle between two kingdoms. One led by Lord Arthur (Gilbert) and the other Duke Henry The Red (Grove). Ash has to help Arthur get the Necronomicon to help them win the battle and transport him back to his own time. Ash doesn’t follow instructions very well and this leads to the undead deadites. The undead army is led by an evil version of himself who wants the book for evil. Can Ash save the day before it is too late?  


Verdict: This is how to make a sequel without ruining anything you have previously created.

Story: This third instalment of the Evil Dead series removes some of the key elements which made the first two great. Normally that would take away from the story, this move only adds to it. We have seen Ash battle the Deadites for two films and now we get to see how they came about in some kind of prequel without it being a prequel using Ash. This is by far the funniest of the three and that gives Ash more time for laughs and keeps serious at the same time. (9/10)


Actor Review: Bruce Campbell – Ash is mistaken for savour from the sky which got hinted at in Evil Dead 2. Ash gets up to much more trouble rather than just fighting evil. A very good performance evolving the character to be more of a hero than ever before, giving him the full status of icon in the horror film genre. Star Performance Award, Iconic Performance Award, They Have the Laughs Award, Favourite Character Award, Kick Ass Award, Smooth Talker Award (10/10)

Actor Review: Embeth Davidtz – The damsel in distress role is filled her after Ash falls for her before the deadites kidnap her. Good supporting role gets to have fun playing both good and evil versions of her character. (8/10)

Actor Review: Marcus Gilbert – From the first moment he sees Ash he doesn’t trust him and this is shown throughout the film until the final battle. Plays the typical leader of a group of people who doesn’t want to let someone else change the way things have been run. Standard good guy stubborn at heart but wants the same as Ash. (7/10)


Director Review: Sam Raimi – Raimi completes his trilogy here and what a brilliant way to end it. Great work showing how good he was going to become. (10/10)

Action: Some good battle scenes mixing modern world equipment with medieval weapons. (8/10)

Comedy: some very black comedy throughout. (8/10)

Horror: Loses some of the horror previously created but still has some good moments. (8/10)

Fantasy: great fantasy world created. (7/10)

Animation: Brilliant stop motion mixing with real world. (9/10)

Special Effects: Great effects showing stop motion can make a great use of than CGI. (9/10)

Believability: Pure fantasy loses any believability created in previous outing. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: Change of setting takes the horror level down but ups the fantasy action and comedy levels. (9/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: It had Graphic novel sequels and current has an idea for Army of Darkness 2 in the pipeline.

Suggestion: I would suggest this to all the series fans and I feel this opens the door for more fan to enjoy Ash’s adventures. It should appeal to all horror, fantasy and comedy fans. You don’t need to watch the first two to be able to pick this up either as Ash fills in most of the back story in the opening sequence. (Watch)


Best Part: Ash’s double grows out of him.

Kill Of The Film: Ash’s battle car does some great kills.

Funniest Scene: The mini Ash’s torments him.

Favourite Quote: Ash ‘Lady, I’m Afraid I’m gonna have to ask you to leave the store.’

Trivia: If you take out the back story bit you can cut all 3 films into one long story.


Overall: Final pieces in the puzzle of perfect


Rating 93%

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