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Army of Darkness, created by Sam Rami: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Ash has been transported back to the Middle Ages by the powers of the Book of the Dead.  When he arrives, he is taken prisoner by Lord Arthur, suspected of being part of Henry the Red’s army.  After all his weapons are confiscated, he is thrown into the Pit, the wiseman rightfully returns his chainsaw as he is attacked by more of the dead he had just escaped from.

As he climbs from the pit victorious yet again, Ash is told the only way for him to get home is to go and retrieve the Book of the Dead for Lord Arthur.  They set out on a quest of the Book.  Arthur and his men leave Ash with the simple words to get the book and save them all from ultimate destruction.

Will Ash remember the spell?  Will he be able to retrieve the book?  Or will an Army of Darkness fall upon the land?

General Information:

-Genre: Comedy Horror

-Creator: Sam Rami

-Length: 81 minutes

-Rating: R (mild sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, moderate scary and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), STARZ (with subscription), DVD, Blue-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Glibert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

I’m really not sure what to say about this.  Its basically 80 minutes of one-liners.  With a general plot (I guess?) holding it together.  There isn’t a lot of continuous dialogue, the majority of the film is absolutely ridiculous, and the whole thing is just plain silly.

I enjoyed it overall but am quite glad it at least had enough money in the budget for some killer effects (for the time) and lots of explosions otherwise I’m not sure I could have made it through the film.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
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Evil Dead II, created by Sam Raimi: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Two Michigan State University students decide to take a long weekend at a remote cabin in the woods.  When they arrive, the cabin is more rustic than they had anticipated and as they explore the property, they find a variety of different items that leave them less than comfortable.  As they settle in for the night things begin to go haywire after listening to the recording of the cabin’s former owner reading from the Book of the Dead.

During the night the dead arise…and our valiant students must fight the oncoming spirits or die trying.

General Information:

-Genre: Horror Comedy

-Creator: Sam Raimi

-Length: 84 minutes

-Rating: R (for mild sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, moderate profanity, and some frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Verry, Dan Hicks, Denise Bixler, Richard Domeier, John Peaks, Lou Hancock, William Preston Roberston, Ted Raimi, Snowy Winters

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

Basically, the comedy version of Evil Dead.  Less characters, comical take on horror…generally great.  Not sure where the next movie is going to go.

Overall, solid.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Evil Dead, created by Sam Raimi: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Five Michigan State University students decide to take a long weekend at a remote cabin in the woods.  When they arrive, the cabin is more rustic than they had anticipated and as they explore the property, they find a variety of different items that leave them less than comfortable.  As they settle in for the night things begin to go haywire after listening to the recording of the cabin’s former owner reading from the Book of the Dead.

During the night the dead arise…and our valiant students must fight the oncoming spirits or die trying.

General Information:

-Genre: Supernatural Horror

-Creator: Sam Raimi

-Length: 85 minutes

-Rating: X/NC-17 (for extreme horror violence and gore, some moderate sexual content, mild language, mild use of alcohol and smoking, some intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, YouTube, DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library!

-Main Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeMannicor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

 So… I’m glad I finally watched this.  As a horror buff I’m surprised I had never delved into the series.  This one was a fascinating look into what was considered inappropriate when the film came out.

For today’s standards we would find this film tame but for the times it was completely unique. I can see why it earned the rating NC-17/X.  Between the dark story line, the insane amount of violence and the sexual content its unsurprising that Evil Dead became one of the first mainstream films to earn this rating.

To be honest I found the whole film slightly comical.  Wonderfully done with what they had available at the time.  I can see how this became an influence on later films and one I’m glad is now in my repertoire.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.