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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, 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 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 as groundbreaking as the originals, its still a great and overlooked action movie. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    this is one of thoose rare gems . its a bold , funny over the top , action packed , and full of more one liners then you can imagine. theres nothing like the Army of darkness . this is one of thoose rare films where ive talked to 100s of people who have seen it and not one of them didnt like this movie .every one loved it . i dont think i can think of one other film ive seen that not atleast one person i talked to about it could have a agreement about if it was good or bad. this is that one movie every one agrees on. the humor is almost cartoony and very much 3 stooges at times. the special effects pretty cheesy . the one liners abit corny , the acting abit hammy ... but you know what i wouldnt change one thing about this film . its perfect the way it is and i cant say that about many films. it just pulls every thing off some how and im not gona try and figure out why . im just gona enjoy it. if you havent seen this film its a must. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2013
    10
    Fun, Funny, Smart, and at times genuinely terrifying. I don't know if Sam realized how much a brilliant film this is, but I think it should be one of the best films of all time. Expand
  4. Aug 27, 2010
    7
    Sure, it's no Evil Dead 2, but the plot and special effects so over the top and Bruce Campbell is so... well, Bruce Campbell, that it's hard to not be entertained. 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. 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. Dec 8, 2013
    6
    The weakest in Sam Raimi's trilogy (he seems to always be over-ambitious in the third instalments of his franchises). The plot is interesting but the cheap effect makes it look more like a medieval-times restaurant rather than a blockbuster picture. 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 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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