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Army of Darkness (1992) 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… R Action/Adventure Comedy Horror Bruce Campbell Embeth Davidtz Bridget Fonda
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Army of Darkness (1992)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
C+

Details Rated: R; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror; With: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz and Bridget Fonda

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+

Originally posted Mar 12, 1993 Published in issue #161 Mar 12, 1993 Order article reprints