Army of Darkness
Title: Army of Darkness
Release year: 1992
Country: United States
Genres: Comedy, Horror
Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
Rating: 4/5

When Ash Williams is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., he must retrieve the Necronomicon and battle an army of the dead in order to return home.

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The Evil Dead
1981
Evil Dead II
1987
Evil Dead
2013
Evil Dead Rise
2023
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Shop Smart, Shop S-Mart: A Groovy Review of "Army of Darkness"

2024-01-14

Hail to the king, baby! Buckle up for a review of Sam Raimi’s 1992 cult classic, “Army of Darkness,” where Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams chainsaw-shreds his way through time, medieval mayhem, and one-liners so cheesy they belong in a S-Mart deli cooler.

This ain’t your standard horror flick. This is a delirious cocktail of slapstick, gore, and B-movie brilliance, with Ash, our boomstick-toting hero, tumbling headfirst into 1300 A.D. Armed with his wit, his trusty chainsaw, and a boomstick that speaks in shotgun blasts, Ash faces an army of undead skeletons, possessed witches, and the occasional sarcastic shopkeeper.

Campbell owns the screen with his manic energy and impeccable comic timing. He’s the ultimate everyman hero, facing the apocalypse with a quip and a shotgun, whether battling skeleton hordes or having philosophical debates with his own severed hand. The supporting cast, from Embeth Davidtz’s feisty Sheila to Marcus Gilbert’s pompous Lord Arthur, adds a touch of medieval flavor to the madness.

Raimi crafts a visual feast, throwing stop-motion skeletons, buckets of fake blood, and inventive practical effects at the screen with gleeful abandon. The movie’s a roller coaster of laughs and scares, from the iconic boomstick showdown to the hilarious S-Mart shopping montage. But don’t mistake the comedy for shallowness. “Army of Darkness” cleverly skewers horror tropes while exploring themes of self-reliance, facing your fears, and choosing the right kind of boomstick.

Is it perfect? No. The plot twists like a pretzel, and the humor can veer into groan-worthy territory. But that’s part of the charm. “Army of Darkness” is an unapologetically goofy, over-the-top experience that embraces its B-movie roots with a wink and a chainsaw.

So, should you shop smart and pick up this groovy flick? Absolutely! If you’re looking for a laugh-a-minute horror comedy with a hero who’s as charming as he is chainsaw-happy, then “Army of Darkness” is your groovy jam. Just remember, shop S-Mart, don’t shop S-Mart. You wouldn’t want to run into any shoplifting skeletons, would you?

RM
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