Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Despite my newfound love for Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series in my teenage years, I actually saw the third film in the saga during my middle school days. You see, I did not head down to the video store alone every Friday, my family went with me. My siblings and I would pick out something to watch for when our homework was done and we would all pick a movie for the family to enjoy on Friday night.
There were no restrictions on the movie that we rented and before anyone freaks out over the fact that my folks let us kids watch R rated movies in their presence, know that they sent us out of the room when things became inappropriate. But one night we did rent a movie about a man with a chainsaw for a hand kicking ass in 1300 A.D. but it quickly left my memory, until I found out that the sequel to Evil Dead II was the incredible Army of Darkness.
We won't spend much time on the plot because I just described it, in fact we will spend more time on just how excellent this little horror/comedy really is. Taking elements from its predecessor, Sam Raimi brings us the sharpest production of the Evil Dead saga to date with slick jokes, incredible one liners and as always stunning camera work.
Yet those elements only enhance the true draw of this movie, Bruce Campbell as Ash. He finds his groove with the character here, and shows off his versatility by playing not one, but two versions of Ash. Yet while Ash is quite the hero in this film, his act first and think later mentality remains and only enhances the plot.
If by chance you have yet to see this cult classic, make sure you find any edition on regular DVD or Blu Ray that features the alternate ending simply to understand the vision that Raimi had for the film.
It should also be noted that while the Evil Dead saga works as a trilogy, the truth is each film can stand on its own. With the first being a true horror film, the second playing it straight but leaving you with laughs and this picture flat out being a swashbuckling adventure. You'll find creepy moments in this flick, but the action, adventure and jokes truly make it the best of the series.