31 Days of Horror: #2 – Army of Darkness
Your daily bitesized guide to the films you should be watching this Halloween season…
Directed by Sam Raimi
Written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Bridget Fonda
Evil Dead had tree rape, Evil Dead 2 had better SFX but basically the same premise, and Army Of Darkness throws caution to the wind by stranding poor Ash in the middle ages and giving him full use of his chainsaw arm, to mostly awesome effect. Perfect for a Halloween party, because it doesn’t require too much attention to be paid, Army Of Darkness is the definitive Evil Dead film for those of us who fell in love with the trilogy when we were still a little bit too young for it.
It’s the funniest, most ridiculously camp instalment and it has so many quotable lines that it’s almost unfair to choose a favourite. The ending is the source of some debate, as Raimi’s preferred cut features Ash oversleeping and waking up in a dystopian future, while the forced theatrical end finds Ash resuming his normal life and being attacked by a Deadite while mid-shift in S-Mart. Thankfully, we can now watch both and decide for ourselves but, really, either ending works because Army Of Darkness is balls-to-the-wall crazy anyway.
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