Directed by: Sam Raimi
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Runtime: 77 Minutes
I didn’t expect much from this but I must say it is wild, crazy and very stupid. Sam Raimi returns to his Evil Dead series after a few years and takes the character Ash in to a completely new setting. Raimi could have done whatever he wanted here in terms of were Ash ended up seeing he is teleported and the film is completely ridiculous in what happens. Following past gags and making a joke out of Bruce Campbell, this third instalment is a good enjoyable fun flick, but is overwhelmingly silly.
Taking off where the third film left, Ash has been warped in to a different time zone due to evil from the book of the dead and appears to be stuck in Med-Evil times. In fear, the people send him to ‘the pit’, were he encounters some zombies. He eventually gets his chainsaw for a hand and shows them the power of Ash. Now that he is respected by the primitive people, he is now on a journey to get home, and he must go on a conventional colle3cting quest, being to find the Necronomicon (the book of the dead) When he finds this book, evil is unveiled which causes a war between people and the living dead. Will he make it home?
No doubt, you will get some good laughs out of the film and it would be good to watch with friends. The idea is absurd, but is a heap of fun. There are no limitations to wait Raimi could have done and the possibilities were endless. If you can look past the sheer stupidity, I think you can see “Army of Darkness”, simply as a good comedy film. In addition, you can consider it a film on its own rather than a direct sequel.
The gore has been toned down greatly which is partially disappointing but we still have many great innovative effects used, such as stop-motion animation and puppetry. With the all the film's kooky mayhem it reminds you of some sort of comic book that has been mixed with horror.
The film’s fatal problem is its reliance on the character Ash. It seems Bruce Campbell was prepared to do anything, even say “Groovy” one more time. The film makes a lot of comedy with this character and is definitely, what it falls on a lot. Overall, “Army of Darkness” is a plainly stupid comedy that has some minor bits of violence, but can be a good bit of fun to watch. Although, fails in the long-run to be a faithful successor.
My Rating: 6.5/10