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  • Summary: Bruce Campbell stars as Ash, a hapless housewares clerk time-warped back to the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-gauge double-barreled S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-bitches,Bruce Campbell stars as Ash, a hapless housewares clerk time-warped back to the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-gauge double-barreled S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-bitches, a diabolical Evil Ash and the relentless hordes of the medieval dead in the most outrageously spectacular horror comedy every made. (Anchor Bay Entertainment) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Raimi offers all the fantasy, camp and hardcore horror you devoured in the comics. You can feel the pen-and-ink drawings coming to life. Dipping wittily into myth, the macabre and the modern, it's an effervescent adventure that's as amusing as it is genuinely gripping. [19 Feb 1993, Weekend, p.n38]
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    80
    Few American directors would dare to show as much over-the-top glee in their chosen craft as Sam Raimi does in Army of Darkness. [19 Feb 1993, Style, p.c7]
  3. 75
    No matter what your opinion is of the movie, you're unlikely to be bored.
  4. By the time Army of Darkness turns into a retread of "Jason and the Argonauts," featuring an army of fighting skeletons, the film has fallen into a ditch between parody and spectacle.
  5. Fans of ultraviolent sword-and-sorcery nonsense will have a good time; others will head for the exit. [19 Feb 1993, Arts, p.10]
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Gingold
    50
    Raimi is a master at pacing this kind of material, however, and never allows it to become redundant.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    The movie runs just 80 minutes, but it's enough time for doldrums to set in when nifty special effects and funny verbal exchanges are out grabbing a smoke. [19 Feb 1993, Life, p.5D]

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  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. DesmondL.
    Aug 5, 2009
    10
    I don't care the reviewer say worst or boring. This is totally funny, scary and epic movies ever. Recommended for big fan of dark fantasy.
  2. Apr 12, 2013
    10
    One of the most hilarious movies ever made! Some may not appreciate the slapstick humour and twist on the franchise, but I think it worksOne of the most hilarious movies ever made! Some may not appreciate the slapstick humour and twist on the franchise, but I think it works perfectly. Ash's character is now fully developed and delivers some of films most quotable lines to date. The final fight is my favourite movie scene of all time. I love Army of Darkness. It may be relatively different from it's predecessors, but that doesn't make it a bad film in any way or form. Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2013
    10
    Army of Darkness is an 80-minute comedy gem filled with witty one-liners, awesome special effects, and a great cast. Though it isn't asArmy of Darkness is an 80-minute comedy gem filled with witty one-liners, awesome special effects, and a great cast. Though it isn't as groundbreaking as the originals, its still a great and overlooked action movie. Expand
  4. j30
    Nov 10, 2011
    9
    This was my introduction to the Evil Dead Series, so it holds a special place in my heart. It's flat out hilarious, slap-stick humor withoutThis was my introduction to the Evil Dead Series, so it holds a special place in my heart. It's flat out hilarious, slap-stick humor without the scares. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    7
    The cheesiness may sometimes be too much and make you cringe, but overall it's very enjoyable and had me hooked since the first scene.The cheesiness may sometimes be too much and make you cringe, but overall it's very enjoyable and had me hooked since the first scene. Although I didn't laugh much it's successful by way of jokes and the actings decent Bruce Campbell is a satisfying lead. But the best thing is the large amount of brilliant quotes like "Hail to the king baby" and "Maam I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store". Expand
  6. Jan 1, 2011
    6
    After The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, Army Of Darkness should be epic, right? Well, i'm afraid to say that it doesn't live up toAfter The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, Army Of Darkness should be epic, right? Well, i'm afraid to say that it doesn't live up to the previous two installments. Army Of Darkness begins where Evil Dead 2 left off: Ash has time travelled to the medieval times (this is why it was unoffically called The Medieval Dead, a name I love btw) While Evil Dead was mainly horror, and Evil Dead 2 was a mix of horror and comedy, Army Of Darkness is more comedy based than horror based. The film has been given a bigger budget, as can be seen with the films location moved to Medieval times, the Army Of Darkness and Bad Ash. Speaking of which... I liked Bad Ash, as a proper enemy for Ash rather than his cut off hand or some evil force that throws him like a rag doll. He was quite a good villian. Not too crazy on his love interest though. A bit bleh for me. This film has Ash as more of a jokester hero than the serious role he played in the last two films. He pulls off some quality lines "All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. This is my BOOMSTICK!" but I prefered him more serious. As for the ending, I liked the bleak ending "I SLEPT FOR TOO LONG" but I prefered him returning to his time, because it felt kick ass. And it ended brilliantly "Hail to the king, Baby" Ultimately, this film was quite enjoyable, but the choice of comedy over horror made it feel like a bit of a dissapointment when compared to the previous two films. It felt like the right ending to the serious, a bats arse killer way to round off the evil dead story, and I think it deserved it. Expand
  7. Jan 4, 2013
    4
    ...And this is where the ever famous Evil Dead series jumps the shark; What started as a gory horror gem turned into a violent slapstick...And this is where the ever famous Evil Dead series jumps the shark; What started as a gory horror gem turned into a violent slapstick comedy which began it's decent from greatness with the ending of the franchise's second instalment, which leads directly to this film. So how was this film? Not good. Not good at all. All the horror and all the outrageous blood and gore that made it's predecessors memorable are gone; Instead, all we get is 80 minutes of slapstick, corny lines and near bloodless violence. Though those cons were most likely intentional, it was a poor move from Sam Raimi and the film's creative team. This film does have some fun moments, don't get me wrong, but I miss when the film series was actually filled with blood and terror like originally intended. Expand

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