|31 Days of Horror: Day 3|
|Pictured: General Ash and PFC Boom Stick|
Army of Darkness stayed true to its acting roots, once again going out of its way to not try to impress audiences with the talent of its cast. This time around, Bruce Campbell got to be even more of a cartoon character, both with his physical humor and with the special effects.
|Following true cartoon logic, shaking his head fixes this disfigurement|
|For the villain, they cast the only man who could hold his own against Bruce Campbell: Bruce Campbell|
Sam Raimi returned as director and co-writer for a third round with Ash and the Deadites in Army of Darkness. By this point, Raimi had just had his first mainstream hit, Darkman, and got a substantially larger budget for this film as a result. With that in mind, a lot of his choices are curious. Why go the Jason and the Argonauts route with the skeleton army? Sure, I guess it looks cool, but it makes the inclusion of non-skeleton warriors --- who suddenly appear whenever there is a castle interior shot --- seem a little out of place.
|None of these brave soldiers make it inside the castle gates|
|A rubber suit, water, a fog machine, with fake moss and rocks still make for fun scenes|
|...or possibly on drugs|
While I would probably categorize Army of Darkness as more of a comedy than a horror movie, it does have enough gross imagery to stay in the horror genre. One of the odder things about this movie, though, is its rating. Army of Darkness is rated "R." For a movie with relatively little gore (aside from some ridiculous over-use of fake blood in the beginning), no sex, and little profanity, that seems a bit harsh. If you just look at the stills, then sure, I can see Evil Ash looking a bit gross and scary.
|In my "R" cutting, Bat-Deadite is touching her boobies|
With its toned-down feel, how does Army of Darkness stack up? As far as horror-comedy blends go, it's one of the better ones. The lines are often corny, but they are classics worth memorizing. That doesn't make it a good horror movie, though. I find myself entertained by this movie every time I watch it, but I'm laughing at the same parts every time, with dwindling results.
|"It's not THAT bad. Throw us a *bad pun*"|