“Good, Bad. I’m the guy with the gun.” - Ash Williams
While I was looking up YouTube videos to use in this review, I came across this trailer for the new Ash VS Evil Dead TV series.
The first thing I thought was, wow that is a wild trailer.
The second thing I thought was, Is the Evil Dead franchise really still popular enough for Sami Rami to create a TV show?
The third thing was, Why is the Evil Dead so popular in the first place?
I was pretty young, like seven years old, when I first saw Army of Darkenss, and all I remember was being dreadfully scared of the film. I watched most of the film through the slits of my hands. The deadite makeup by Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger really gave me nightmares back then.
When I was a bit older, maybe fourteen, I saw the movies again, and I remember thinking wow, this movie is pretty dumb. No longer scared of the deadites, the movie was a quick 81 minutes of cheesy silliness.
So today, after I finished watching Army of Darkness for the third time, I finally got it. The Evil Dead franchise isn’t popular because it is super scary, or because its super cheesy, it is a cult classic because it is a mixture of both of those things, plus a big pinch of WTF is happening, topped off with a truly great comedic performance by Bruce Campbell.
So when you watch the new Evil Dead TV series you know what you’re gonna get, a lot of blood, a lot of laughs, a lot Bruce, and a lot a lot of What The Fuckyness!
Army of Darkness is the third movie in the Evil Dead trilogy, taking place directly after Evil Dead 2. Ash has just been transported to the middle ages and is captured by the dastardly Lord Arthur, who quickly sentences him to die. Ash, unarmed, must now survive the Pit of Death.
After besting the kung-fu deadite, Ash becomes a hero. Unfortunately, being a hero doesn’t get you back to moderns times. So Ash sets off to find the Necronomicon, an evil book with magical powers, that may be able to send him home.
Finding the book wont be and easy task, it will take a treacherous trek through the evil woods, a battle with a horde of deadites, and even a fight with an evil version of himself. Good thing Ash brought his Boomstick.
Ash finally finds the Necronomicon, but he can’t remember the last of three magic words he needs to say to safely open it.
The magic words are actually Klaatu Barada
Noddle Nikto a reference to the film, The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Army of Darkness really isn’t a film, it is closer to a moving comic book. It lives in a world where anything and everything can happen, and boy does a lot of crazy shit happen. Still, just because anything could happen doesn’t mean it can, but director Sam Rami and the special effects team will sure as hell try. After watching Army of Darkness again, it is easy to see how the film’s uncontrollable silliness and biting horror continue to convert new fans today. I am definitely excited to enter the Evil Dead universe again, bring on Ash VS Evil Dead!!
In a sentence
Army of Darkness while brief, is a hell of a good ride, filled with blood, guts, guns, swords, skeletons, witches, knights, grocery stores and whatever else it fucking wants.
Rotten tomatoes: 70%
My Rating: 4.0 Boomsticks Of 5
“You can escape purgatory, but you can’t escape Hell.” - Priest in My Left Foot
This has been day 27 of 30 VHS In 30 DAYS. My journey to the center of VHS Hell. Special thanks to I Luv Video in Austin, The World’s Largest Video Store, for being my spiritual and literal guide through VHS purgatory.