in about 100 words or less
US 96m (Director’s Cut), Colour
Director: Sam Raimi; Cast: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove
As the third film in The Evil Dead franchise, Army of Darkness is one of the funniest horror/fantasy films yet made and the best of the three in terms of special effects, production values and art design. In reprising his role as the Ash, the not-so-clever Oldsmobile ’88 driving, one-armed shotgun toting reluctant-hero and S-Mart employee finds himself transported back in time to the Middle Ages, where his boomstick, chainsaw and his way with the ladies set him apart from all other men. In a film in which all but one of its characters are playing serious roles, it is Campbell’s hilarious posturing and wild facial expressions as a would-be hero which is the main source of the film’s extensive comedic elements (Klaus Ming June 2011).