Army of Darkness (Director’s Cut): 2012

21 Oct

It’s a little known fact that my wonderful partner and I are together today in no small part thanks to Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Almost ten years ago now, having struck up conversation Jerry professed his love for all things Raimi, I concurred, and the rest as they say is history. It’s little wonder then that I jumped at the chance to pick up another little piece of the Dead trilogy’s history. This month marks the 20 year anniversary of the release of the final installment Army of Darkness, to celebrate the director’s cut edition has been released complete with the original ending, deleted scenes, and audio commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell.

For those in need of a refresher Army of Darkness sees Ash (Campbell) cast into a time portal that spits him out in the year 1300 AD . Again plagued by Deadites, Ash’s only way back to the 21st century is to retrieve the Necronomicon and  put paid to the pesky undead. Of course nothing goes according to plan and instead the Deadites unite to form the titular Army of Darkness.

The 20th Anniversary addition is as grainy as ever, and the effects are still as bad as you remember but there is no denying that Army of Darkness is a so-bad-it’s-good guilty pleasure. Packed full of the one liners that made it the most quotable films of all time, 20 years later Army of Darkness still packs the same cheesy punch, hail to the king baby.



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