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Listen Up, You Primitive Apes
May 16th, 2005 6:25AM

Over the weekend, I picked up the Boomstick Edition of Army of Darkness, despite the fact I've never dug the flick. I'd seen the theatrical cut years ago on VHS, and the director's cut a few years back on DVD. Neither did anything for me. My primitive intellect couldn't understand it, I guess.

I bought the Boomstick because it was cheap, plus the kickassness of Bruce Campbell compelled me to give it one last shot.

For the first time ever, I genuinely enjoyed it.

Here's the thing: each of my previous viewings had followed closely on the heels of watching the first two Evil Deads. Army is so different in tone, budget, focus, everything, that I had trouble switching gears, finding the movie's unique rhythm. Sure, the one-liners were funny, but the movie itself came off as weak.

I still consider Evil Dead II the best of the trilogy. It's visually magnificent, and it has a low-budget charm without being as shoestring as the original. But II's greatest asset is that it doesn't mix comedy and horror so much as it is somehow hilarious and horrifying at the same time. It's a brilliant little movie, just about perfect.

Army of Darkness is a completely different animal. Separated from its predecessors, I found it laugh-out-loud funny. It's all about The Bruce, and there's sure as hell nothing wrong with that.

Yep. Saturday morning, Army of Darkness finally gave me some sugar. I'm better off because of it.


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