Army of Darkness (1992)

Ridiculous in medieval setting and over-comedic, but undeniably intriguing as an indie horror/comedy cult/splatter/fantasy film seemingly abandoning all trilogy conventions while delivering funny gags & bold (plus different) direction. 5.6/10.

Ash is transported back to medieval days, where he is captured by the dreaded Lord Arthur. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the power to summon an army of ghouls.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Most Memorable Moment(s): 1. Trying to remember the incantation, 2. Final scene – zombies in the convenience store, 3. The Pit, 4. Little Ashes in the windmill – writers must have been on some sort of drugs while writing this

Pros: Absolutely ridiculous setting – idea of going back to medieval times undeniably different and respectably ballsy and innovative plus allowing for the comedic half of the series if you’re into that part of it – definitely separates it from the others as a horror film series, absolutely hilarious – Ash has really grown into his comedy role being funny in mannerisms and jokes plus it delivers on that angle (whether thats’ a good or bad thing remains to be seen and is up to you), adding some backstory and exploring the beginnings of how the ED came to be a good decision for the trilogy, surprisingly hard to turn away and not laugh at its utter ridiculousness and seeming acceptance of that ridiculousness like nothing’s wrong with it – fascinating, does have its moments of macabre like the discovering of the necromonicon in the graveyard, Ash’s acting and Raimi’s direction absolutely highlighted here transitioning between genres seemingly every frame and Ash playing many different characters simultaneously – rest of the cast is serviceable too, absolutely hilarious gags like trying to remember the words in the graveyard and slapping by the skeletons, good character development for Ash and overall scoring, stylish direction and camerawork, phenomenal ending with zombies in the convenience store

Cons: Absolutely ridiculous setting – going back to medieval times and the intense comedy and un-coolness makes it hard or even near impossible to take the film seriously as a horror movie, Unnecessary retellings/recaps of the trilogy in each following movie (why would anyone watching not have seen the first two movies if it’s a trilogy?), tone is too goofy and unscary in contrast to that of the first two and which is somewhat disappointing (even though funny) if you’re a horror fan, over-belabored ending at the castle bordering on tiresome

Overall Rating: 5.6/10