Monday, July 09, 2007

Army Of Darkness - Bruce Campbell sticks out his giant jaw and delivers a ton of one liners in this classic. It's a perfect Sunday Afternoon, nothing on tv, cable station classic, which blends action and comedy with a little wink wink-nudge nudge to the campy ccinema traditions of old. Sam Raimi directed this cult classic and its predecessors, Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. Watch those two flicks first. Evil Dead is a pure horror film, and really unsettling if you watch it at night in someone's basement. Creepy. Evil Dead 2 is brilliant in that Raimi might have pulled a great trick on his entire cast and only Campbell was in the know. Watch it closely. It appears that Raimi told Campbell to play the movie as a comedy, but told the other actors to play it as a drama. Evil Dead 2 throws the action to Army of Darkness, and the comedy gets kicked up about 10 notches.

The picture to the right is of the famous "boomstick" line. This scene might be the highlight of the entire movie. I do not want to sell any of the other segments short, but the sequence of Ash being forced to march to the castle as he narrates his story allt he way to the boomstick line is hard to match in the comedy-action hall of movies. The amount of one liners in this movie that are quotable is extremely high. There are so many that my wife and I even exchange lines, "Shop smart, shop S-mart" or "you ain't leading bit two things: jack and shit... and jack just left town". I do not want to gush over this movie anymore, but I recommend that y'all watch it for a good laugh.

"Sure I could have stayed in the past, could have even been king... but in my own way, I am king. Hail to the King baby"

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