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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Army of Darkness

Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.

Here is the finale to the cult classic Evil Dead series. Army of darkness (1993) was also released under some other names including:

Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror
Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3
Bruce Campbell Vs. Army of Darkness (UK) (video title)

Either way, Army of Darkness is the third and last part in of the Evil Dead trilogy masterminded by the genius director Sam Raimi. Once again, starring Bruce Campbell as the punished hero Ash. A quite ordinary guy who works as a clerk in a store called "S-Mart". Per the ending of the second film, Ash gets sucked into a evil vortex and ends up in medieval England, equipped only with a shotgun and a chainsaw along side his beat-up Oldsmobile.

There he must retrieve the now classic Necronomicon from an ancient graveyard in order to create a passage back to his own time. Unfortunately he fails to correctly pronounce the spell that unlocks the curse over the book, which results in the awakening of an army of undead warriors You say you’ve heard those words before? Right! from the film The Day The Earth Stood Still, Raimi borrows the words “Klaatu Barada Nikto” as the spell which Ash must recite. This movie has some hilarious scenes as Campbell delivers his unique slapstick style against the Deadites, and even against a split off evil twin. Greg Nicotero returns to deliver the special effects goods as Ted Raimi also cameos once again.

I have heard about an alternate ending where Ash drinks the magic potion to send him back to his own time, but ends up sleeping 100 years too long. When he awakens, the world has been devastated by nuclear holocaust. The futuristic holocaust ending was supposedly Raimi's original intended ending but studios wouldn’t allow it. The powers- that-be decided that the general public would not be happy with an ending that showed destruction and left things unfinished. Therefore, the happier ending was used for most cinematic releases. The alternate ending is available on the Japanese laserdisc titled Captain Supermarket and on the Australian video released as Army of Darkness: Special Edition. I have not been able to verify if the alternate ending is also on the American 2003 release titled Army of Darkness: Boomstick Edition.

Hail to the king baby.

Also, for my birthday I did get to see the final episode of Geroge Lucas' epic saga.
Perfect! That was the first word that came to mind at 10:20pm Tuesday night 5/24 as the credits rolled following the ending of "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith"

"Hey hey hey!
But I like it when that lightening comes
Hey hey hey!
Yes I like it alot
Hey hey hey!
Yes I'm jumping like a jumping jack
Dancing screaming itching squealing fevered
Feeling hot hot hot!!!



Blogger Giggling Ghost said...

I love the fact that they called the army of dead the "Deadites."

LOL...something funny about that in and of itself.

Sunday, June 05, 2005 4:07:00 PM  
Blogger Chica said...

I love the Army of Darkness series. Not scary, to me, at all.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 7:10:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Great movie! :-)

Great series all over.

Monday, June 13, 2005 4:34:00 PM  
Blogger Lost LItle Girl said...

Do you know where you can get the second one? I can;t find it, and thusI cannot watch Army of Darkness.

Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Soleil said...

Now, Army of Darkness is a horror movie I can get behind. Bruce Campbell rocks!

Friday, July 01, 2005 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Rowan said...

I own these movies....the one thing I never understood though, was that the first 2 movies in the series seemed to be an attempt at serious horror, but the 3rd they went with this because the trilogy was becoming rediculous at this point and so the creators went with it? In any case, all 3 are wonderful, but sadly the finale lacked any sort of scare factor.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 7:25:00 AM  

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