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Army of Darkness

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Sam Raimi
  • 84 mins
  • 15

Summary

Fantasy horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell and Embeth Davidtz. The second sequel to the original Evil Dead finds Ash back in medieval times and desperate to return to the present. But to do so, it means having to take up arms against an army of familiar old foes.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

As a loose remake of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court filmed in the style of the Three Stooges, director Sam Raimi's hopelessly juvenile effort just about scrapes by as a humdrum knockabout parody. As the second sequel to his classic Evil Dead, however, it's a vapid exercise in watered-down horror kitsch that betrays the whole ethos of the sublime original. After a recap of the first two movies, Bruce Campbell battles with pit monsters, sword-wielding skeletons and his evil clone to find the sacred "Book of the Dead" that will help him escape the Dark Ages and return to the present. This cardboard comic-book fantasy has plenty of in-jokes for the discerning horror buff but little actual horror, while the second half of the movie is nothing more than an endless battle full of interminable head-banging and skull-smashing. The only unexpected shock here is how dull and ordinary it all is.

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Credits

Cast

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Ash / Evil AshBruce Campbell
Sheila / Evil SheilaEmbeth Davidtz
ArthurMarcus Gilbert
WisemanIan Abercrombie
Duke HenryRichard Grove
Gold ToothMichael Earl Reid
BlacksmithTimothy Patrick Quill
LindaBridget Fonda
Possessed witchPatricia Tallman
Cowardly warriorTed Raimi
Fake ShempIvan Raimi

Crew

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DirectorSam Raimi

Details

Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
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