Army of Darkness
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The third in director Sam Raimi's stylish, comic book-like horror trilogy that began with The Evil Dead (1982), this tongue-in-cheek sequel offers equal parts sword-and-sorcery-style action, gore, and comedy. Bruce Campbell returns as the one-armed Ash, now a supermarket employee ("Shop Smart...Shop S-Mart") who is transported by the powers of a mysterious book back in time with his Oldsmobile '88 to the 14th century medieval era. Armed only with a shotgun, his high school chemistry textbook, and a chainsaw that mounts where his missing appendage once resided, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is old-fashioned fun until the climactic battle, which almost comes across like routine bone piling after all the flights of fancy."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Army of Darkness' story is so perfunctory and lame that there's nothing to tether its bits and pieces of loopy madness."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"I'll probably take heat for saying so, but this flick kind of sucks."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"Camp isn't just an undercurrent here--it's the grindhouse force that drives the movie, with Bruce Campbell clearly happy behind the wheel."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"A masterpiece of lunacy and oddball creativity."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A loopy work of imagination that never fails to be entertaining."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Containing less of the blood soaked insanity of the previous two instalments, Army of Darkness comes off as more of an adventure film with a horror element attached to it."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Raimi and his camera never slow down, which is good because many of the gags don't stand up to scrutiny."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Raimi approaches this scenario as if someone had given him a deep pail of Magic Markers and told him to draw the ultimate comic book."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"To watch the movie is to join its chaotic flow of hyperactive energy."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Works in being a spooky and entertaining darkly comedic horror movie..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Raimi turns his back on the horror genre that brought him fame in the first place and delivers instead a cartoonish sword-and-sorcery fantasy, albeit one with some pretty cool monsters and special effects."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"a director, Raimi's strength lies in his manic inventiveness %u2013 which is somewhat in abeyance here, as he tries injecting some traditional plot elements into the old formula."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"A bloody and fairly lifeless witch's brew of medievalism, Jonathan Swift and the Three Stooges."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Army of Darkness s'impose comme un film diablement amusant, un summum dans le genre et à seulement quelques échelons d'Evil Dead II"
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
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