Thursday, October 20, 2011
Movie Review: Army of Darkness (1993)
Release Date: February 19, 1993
Run Time: 1 hour and 21 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure, Comedy
Bruce Campbell is one of my heroes. Why? Because he doesn't take himself seriously, and I think that's fantastic. This is one of my favorite movies ever, and for that reason, it gets an A rating, even though most people don't consider it an A movie.
Horror movies are great. Cheesy horror movies that aren't trying to be serious? Even better. Plot is this. Ash gets sucked into a time warp with his chainsaw hand and has to get the Nercronomicon (please say that out loud, its a fun word to say) to save the people and so they can send him back. Sounds simple, right? Never.
Armed with a chainsaw hand and a shotgun, which he calls his boomstick, he has to defeat the army of the dead. And the army of the dead are these crazy skeletons that come back to life. I'll say that the close ups of the makeup was really great, but the stop-motion skeletons...that was great.
Some of the best things about this movie are the one liners that come out of Ash's mouth. "Yo, she-bitch! Let's go!"
Oh, and "Hail to the king, baby" which was later used in the video game Duke Nukem.
So basically, if you're looking for a horror movie that isn't going to scare the pants off you, but one that you're going to think is PHENOMENAL-ly funny and fantastic, please go get this. And if you haven't seen Evil Dead 1 or 2, go get those first, because those are a little different and a little more scary than this.
But, this is still an A movie. Hail to the king, baby, Bruce Campbell.