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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring:
Bruce Campbell
Embeth Davidtz
Marcus Gilbert
Ian Abercrombie

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Um, some guy named “Ash”, I think, played by some actor with a powerfully prominent chin is transported back in time to the Medieval era and gets caught up in this crazy war between knights and the undead. I believe this is part of some sort of horror trilogy or something?
Is it good movie?
Okay, in case that extremely sarcastic opening plot summary wasn’t enough to give me away, your ol’ pal Mike C. is back writing for AITH. I apologize for the lengthy delay of my transition from article writer to script reviewer, but I’ve just been reeeeally drunk. Anyways, on with the review for ARMY OF DARKNESS (SCREWHEAD EDITION)… and if anyone has any idea why it’s called “Screwhead”, please let me know.

Seriously, is there anyone on the site who hasn’t seen this movie? Though it’s an honor to have this as my first DVD review, is it really going to come as any surprise to learn from me that, of course, the f*cking flick rocks?! I mean, how many times can it be said that ARMY OF DARKNESS is a cult classic? That Bruce Campbell is the ultimate action/horror/humor hero? That nobody does zooming cuts, cartoonish slapstick, and crazy explosions like Sam Raimi?

Well, maybe once in a while we just need a happy reminder of the thrilling things we hold close to our horror hearts. And that is precisely what this latest DVD issue of ARMY OF DARKNESS serves as. An almost non-stop burst of zippy motions and trippy FX that is a clear indication on why Raimi was chosen to helm the SPIDERMAN franchise. The fact that many of his set-pieces, minus the not-yet-ready-for-1992 bluescreen effects, still hold up with the gay Bay-centric opuses of mayhem we see today is another testament to Sam’s visionary knack. The fact that he chooses our beloved genre to deliver the brunt of his unabashedly fun fare, is merely the “popped” cherry on top.

Another reason that makes it tough to put down this ARMY is that the flick clearly understands it is nothing more than a whacked-out B-movie. If a line of dialogue sounds a little silly or a skeleton Three Stooges bit seems a tad over the top, you can bet your boomstick-blasting ass that Raimi intended it to be that way.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, with Spanish and French subtitles

The Extras
A little sparse for an allegedly "Special Edition". Maybe "Screwhead" means you're getting screwed out of a large number of extra features? Anyways, here we go:

The flick's Trailer.

The infamous Alternate Ending with Ash waking up too far in the future is appropriately silly.

Lastly is a featurette called Creating the Deadites which is actually pretty informative and funny. I always wondered how the "pit bitch" came about.

Last Call
You should already know what you’re getting into with the flick. As a DVD, this "Screwhead Edition" really ain't packing too much in the extras department (as opposed to the previous "Boomstick Edition"). However, if you don't own ARMY OF DARKNESS yet, here’s your chance to grab the newest incarceration… or wait a couple years for the inevitable Give Me Some Sugar, Baby Edition.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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