GROOVY! Our Director of the Month: Sam Raimi series is ending in a big way with a triple feature of his cherished cult horror classics: The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness!
The Evil Dead introduces us to Ash Williams, a college student who is vacationing with four of his friends in an isolated cabin in rural Tennessee. From the second they step foot on the premises, inexplicable demonic terrors begin to send waves through the group until they find the Naturom Demonto, a Sumerian version of The Book of the Dead with a tape recorder full of demonic incantations. Once played, all hell breaks loose until Ash is the only one left standing.
The Evil Dead 2 places Ash back in a cabin for a romantic vacation with his girlfriend, Linda. Ash plays a tape from the archeologist who previously inhabited the cabin—reciting passages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis and unleashing the Kandarian Demon! Ash must once again battle the evils of hell in order to escape the clutches of doom and does so by falling into a vortex that lands him in The Middle Ages!
Army of Darkness (which should have been titled The Medieval Dead) kicks off with Ash being captured by Lord Arthur's men, who suspect him of being a spy. After proving himself a hero, Ash finds out that the only way to return to his own time period is through the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, which is buried deep inside a haunted forest. By messing up the incantation, Ash has unknowingly united the deadites into an Army of Darkness, which must be defeated before he returns to the present day!
Grab your trusty chainsaw and get ready for a fun night of Raimi terror!
“It remains stunning, almost forty years later, how much of that sort of spectacle Raimi and company managed to achieve amid such a fledgling production.” – Andrew Bloom, The Spool
“What do you get when you cross George Romero with The Three Stooges by way of the director of A Simple Plan and The Gift? Something offbeat, to be sure. Something grotesque, without a doubt. Something... groovy.”- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
“The special effects in 'Army of Darkness' are ingenious and a lot of fun. The makeup is state of the art. So are the severed limbs, geysers of blood, etc.”- Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
- Rating NC-17
- Running time 250
- Released 05-28-2022
- Genre Horror