Army of Darkness (DVD, 1998, Widescreen)
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- kosar19Sep 12, 2009by
Tongue in cheek horror that is sure to please!
Army Of Darkness (AKA: Evil Dead 3) is the final chapter in the Evil Dead saga. All 3 film are very loosely tied together. In fact, 1 & 2 are just retellings of the same story, but I digress. The films became campier with each one & this is by far the campiest of the bunch. But it still has it's moments of pure terror as well.
AOD picks up where #2 left off, sort of. Ash (Bruce Campbell) is back in the real world working at his job at "S Mart". He tells a hot fellow employee a tale about a terrifying adventure he has had. We switch to Ash being led with other medieval soldiers, chained together prisoners of Lord Arthur, a medieval warlord. Obviously, we are back in time just as the 2nd film left us. But instead of being a hero as the 2nd film led us to believe, Ash is just a prisoner. He redeems himself & is set free. He goes on a quest to find The Book Of The Dead, which medieval wizards have told him will send him back to his own time. The bumbling Ash of course screws this up & releases The Deadites, who lay siege to Arthur's castle. If they get the book, the world will be plunged into darkness.
Campbell is of course ultra cool throughout the film, even when he is screwing things up. He offers forth many quips & catch phrases that are part of everyday life know. The film bounces back & forth between true terror & tongue in cheek silliness worthy of the old 3 Stooges. In fact, many of the gags are straight from The Stooges.
Campbell is supported by a solid cast of no names who play along with him well for the length of the film. The only real name player is Embeth Davidtz who plays love interest Sheila. Probably one of the most interesting facts about this film is that it lists Bridget Fonda as a star. In fact, Fonda only makes the briefest appearance at the beginning of the film, as Ash's girlfriend Linda, while Ash is retelling his tale. Other than that, she plays no part in the movie. It is unsure why she even bothered to do this, her career was already well underway?
Another interesting point concerning this film is that this is the original theatrical version. There is a director's cut available with a far different beginning & ending to it that really changes the whole scope of the film from the whimsical theatrical version to a much more somber director's version. I much prefer the theatrical.
Despite the humor, which will be way over their heads anyway, this is really not a film for young viewers as it features plenty of violence & adult language & situations. Fans of the legendary Bruce Campbell already have this film in their libraries, but for those of you teetering on the fence, this film will show you what all the excitement is about! As Campbell says in his lectures, there will NEVER be another Evil Dead sequel so this is it people! For fun & fear, it just doesn't get any better than this! Remember; "Shop Smart, Shop S Mart!"Read full review
- nightsayniMar 02, 2012by
Classic campy comedy - a must see.
You were not a fan of the Evil Dead series of horror movies?...Don't worry - you don't need to be to like this movie. Actually, if you'd rather watch campy comedies like Airplane and Naked Gun, you will definitely LOVE Army of Darkness. You will be quoting lines from this movie forever, just like quotes from Seinfled episodes. This movie deserves more than 5 stars.
- ljbear1Dec 11, 2010by
Probably my least favorite of the series.
I had to buy "Army of Darkness," because it is part of "The Evil Dead" series. It isn't my favorite of the three films, but I just couldn't buy "The Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn." It is a trilogy therefore I had to have all three. It's a great movie if you are into cheese-tastic special effects and side splitting one-liners!
- dmuch17Jan 12, 2007by
Army of Darkness is Amazing
Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness is one of my all-time favorite Low-Budget horror films. It's B-Level Movie at it's absolute best. With a bigger budget the special effects and costumes are a lot better than the first two Evil Dead films but the element of cheese is still there.
Bruce Campbell delivers one of the best performances in cinematic history and really solidified himself as one of the Baddest Men on the Planet.
Army of Darkness is hilarious, action-packed, and a little freaky at times. Army of Darkness is a classic and it belongs in everybodies DVD collections, right next to Evil Dead 1 & 2.
Rent or Buy?: A must buy, along with Evil Dead 1 & 2.
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- niceoduncanNov 26, 2008by
Army of Darkness, Bruce Campbell
If you want an action movie with a horrific twist and great comedy, Army of Darkness is it. Also recommended are Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, the two movies that set up Army of Darkness.
In this movie Ash goes back through time and space to a time where evil is running amuck so its up to him and his chainsaw for a hand to save the day. Unfortunately, Ash has a tendency to screw things up when he pays more attention to women then his mission...
If you're a fan of the late 80s and early 90s film era, this movie is a must!