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October 3rd, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER | Brew Views
 

Brew Views: Army of Darkness

Here comes the boomstick.

movies_armyofdarkness_3848ARMY OF DARKNESS - IMAGE: Universal Studios

Horror buffs will argue that the moment Bruce Campbell became Bruce Fucking Campbell happened when he fought his own severed, possessed hand in 1987’s Evil Dead II. But the Campbell persona that cult movie aficionados worship today really came into full flower five years later in Army of Darkness. That’s where the iron-chinned adopted son of Jacksonville, Ore., truly evolved into a B-movie Humphrey Bogart, once again stepping into the embattled loafers of iconic demon destroyer Ash Williams and mowing down a horde of medieval skeleton warriors, masticating every ironic one-liner written for him by director Sam Raimi and doing battle with an army of murderous, pint-sized versions of himself. Sure, the film mostly abandoned the horror of its predecessor to cram in more slapstick, but Campbell makes all of it work. Hail to the king, baby.

  • Showing at: Laurelhurst.
  • Best paired with: Lucky Lab Stumptown Porter.
  • Also screening: The Shining (Hollywood Theatre), Psycho (Academy).
 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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