Review by Trylon volunteer Caty Rent
If you haven’t seen Evil Dead or Evil Dead 2 yet, you can still enjoy this zany third installment of the Sam Raimi series. Army of Darkness does a pretty quick and efficient job of explaining what has already happened to the protagonist, Ash Williams. Bruce Campbell masters this role of the one-armed, sarcastic, S-Mart store clerk that finds himself in unsavory situations.
Ash is pulled through a time vortex to 1300 A.D. where he is taken prisoner by Lord Arthur’s men. It is assumed that he is with Henry the Red, the sworn enemy of Arthur. Our hero is thrown into a pit and is able to escape with the aid of his chainsaw hand.
It is discovered that the only way Ash can travel back to his own time if if he goes on a quest for the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (the book of the dead) because he is prophesied as The Promised One. With his shotgun and new title, the townspeople look up to him. He becomes fond of a young woman named Shelia.
In typical Raimi form, there are gruesome creatures and epic skeletal deaths. The filming is on par with the feel of the movie. Crossbow arrow cam is pretty sweet. There are quick cuts, weird angles, shaky screen, and a lot of zooming in. Of course there’s high-pitched screaming and endless amounts of old fashioned slapstick humor. Definitely worth watching on the big screen! – Caty Rent
Army of Darkness screens Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at 7:00, 8:45 and 10:30, and Sunday, October 19 at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:30 at the Trylon. Get your tickets here!