Why is Army of Darkness such a great movie?

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  1. Artur Meinild

    Artur Meinild Screenwriter

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    Just watched this again today, and it cracks me up every time. Even though it's fairly low-budget, and pretty silly at times, it has a certain drive and energy to it... And the music is awesome!
    IMO, it's a perfect mix of comedy, horror and fantasy, I wish there were more movies like this... [​IMG] And it has the worlds coolest closing line:
    "Hail to the king baby!" [​IMG]
     
  2. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    I think you answered your own question, Artur. For me, it is the defining film of not taking itself seriously. It must have been a blast to make and the film certainly shows the entertainment that went into it. Just a hip, hip film.

    Bruce
     
  3. Artur Meinild

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    Yeah, I guess it became sort of a rhetorical question... [​IMG]
    But I would still like some other opinions!
     
  4. Jason Seaver

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    Because Sam Raimi loves this stuff.

    Also, despite the oft-proffered description of "not taking itself seriously", I think it does, to a certain extent. Even when producing a silly Harryhausen homage, Raimi (along with his family and friends) still pays attention to his craft, and makes a movie that, while irreverant, isn't laughable. It's not like a soulless spoof, or something slapped together quickly because films of this genre make $X and can be made for $X-Y... I wouldn't say it's a labor of love, but it's definitely a labor of likes-a-lot.
     
  5. Dome Vongvises

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    I'd venture as far to say that movie snobs could never enjoy movies like this. Army of Darkness simply rules.
     
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    "Yo she bitch, let's go!"
    Bruce Campbell is a god. [​IMG]
     
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    Just send me back to my own time, today, pronto, chop chop....
    Bruce Campbell and his one-liners absolutely make this film. It's the best of it's kind (adventure comedy), and though not quite up to Evil Dead 2 (horror), it's still rewards multiple repeat viewings.
     
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    Bruce Campbell IS a god. The Evil Dead films are amazing! [​IMG]
     
  9. Chuck Mayer

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    AoD IS a labor of love. While Raimi and Co. didn't take the story so seriously, they certainly took the filmmaking seriously. Bruce Campbell, as stated before, is a TITAN among mere actors (by the by, read his book...it's a lot like him) and it is a shame we don't see more of him.

    I love it because it is tremendous fun. And I actually prefer the theatrical cut (much tighter), but I am glad to have both.

    And maybe I'm a Chinese Jet-Pilot,

    Chuck
     
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    Because of one line: "Okay you primitive screwheads, listen up. This...is my BOOMSTICK!"
     
  11. Brett Hancock

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    "You ain't leading but 2 things right now. Jack and Shit. and Jack just left town."
    Damn right Bruce Cambell is a god. I can't wait until March 5th [​IMG]
     
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    "Gimme some sugar baby!"

    It's true, Bruce Campbell is a god.
     
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    Actually I prefer

    "Good, Bad, I'm the guy with the gun."

    Bruce could almost work the Cary Grant angle I think. He has the looks yet the ability to play various types of humor, both sarcastic and condesending to others, yet self-depricating as well. Add his ability to do slapstick and it very much reminds me of the comedic range of Cary Grant.

    Just think Arsenic and Old Lace or Monkey Business for Grant. Bruce is in that realm I think. I wish we had more work like that for him. It's great fun.
     
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    My favorite is: "You can count on my steel."

    When I saw LOTR and John Rhys Davis says something like, "You can have my axe," I was reminded of that line and laughed aloud.

    ~T
     
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    "Alright, who want's some?
    Says my 18" Ash Movie Maniacs figure that I have guarding my HT room.[​IMG]
    I love Ash because he's just so damn cool! He represents the everyman who dreams of being the hero, getting the girl, the one he didn't cut up with a chainsaw that is, sawing off his own possesed hand with a chainsaw, smashing dishes over his head, has a shotgun with unlimited ammo, can fasion weapons out of common house/barn products, and has an EXTREMLY HIGH tolerance for pain!
    He's like a funnier goofier version of Bruce Willis' John McClain charactor from the 'Die Hard' films, and in true Warner Looney Tunes fasion, gets messed up real bad, but turns up with nary a mark on him.
    I can't wait for 'The Book of the Dead Editon' of 'Evil Dead'!
     
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    And since we have so many Bruce Campbell lovers out here, I suggest his book:
    If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor
    And yes, it is signed!!!
     
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  19. Nate Anderson

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    The intersting thing with A Simple Plan is that is seems to take itself more seriously than his other films, and rightly so since the film wouldn't have worked nearly as well if he hadn't.
     

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