Army of Darkness

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Released 1993

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Director:
Sam Raimi
Released:
1993
Rating:
R

Army of Darkness is the third film of the Evil Dead series directed by Sam Raimi. It is a zany action comedy epic filled with magic and swashbuckling. Ash (Bruce Campbell) is a discount department store clerk who is mysteriously whisked off into medieval times. Thought to be a spy, he is taken prisoner. Ash is in fact a long sought after prophecy-fulfilling hero, who must recover an ancient tome and win the love of a beautiful woman, Shiela (Embeth Davidtz). This Book of the Dead, the Necronomicon, is inked in blood and made of human flesh. His quest to recover the book will dispel evil from the land and return him to his own time. However, the book is incredibly difficult to use and he accidentally unleashes a legion of skeletons and undead monsters. Armed only with his shotgun, a chainsaw and his 1973 Oldsmobile, will he be able to defeat the undead to save his girlfriend, the people and return to the 20th Century?

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  • 60

    Variety

    Blending almost nonstop violence with humorous parody, Sam Raimi's latest excursion into horror-kitsch seems more like an irreverent "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie isn't as funny or entertaining as "Evil Dead II," however, maybe because the comic approach seems recycled.

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Army of Darkness would appeal to small children if it were not also too gruesome for them, since Ash does after all wield a chain saw. [19 Feb 1993, p.C10]

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Supernatural, Classics, Dark Comedy, Creatures & Monsters