Owen Gleiberman
March 12, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Army of Darkness

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Bridget Fonda
director
Sam Raimi
genre
ActionAdventure, Comedy, Horror

We gave it an C+

In the third installment of Sam Raimi’s madly inventive Evil Dead series, the director sends his usual hero, the square-jawed wiseacre Ash (Bruce Campbell), back to the Dark Ages, where he comes on like a smart-ass cross between Indiana Jones and Mad Max. It’s fun to watch Ash treat his medieval hosts, including the monsters, with brazen contempt (”Yo, she-bitch, let’s go!”), and there are a few flashes of Raimi at his black-comic best. Still, there are major valleys between high points; Army of Darkness lacks the insane relentlessness that made the previous Evil Dead films such funny, original rides. C+

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