Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written By: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 21 min
From horror, to silly, to super silly! This time round Sam Raimi goes for fun and no scares at all. Bruce Campbell plays up the physical comedy really well as usual and the camera and visuals are strong. It’s not always successful and the effects are just dodgy in places – stop animation is a distraction but considering its limited budget it can be forgiven – mostly. The Danny Elfman theme adds a level of class. There are flourishes taken from the previous two films but other than a couple of cool – over long crowd pan shots, there’s nothing particular new on display here.
This is for those wanting to complete the trilogy and is just plain stupid. But if you’re willing to put your brain away and just want to be distracted – it’s fine. If you want to convince someone to experience an early Sam Raimi but they hate scary films – you can maybe convince them to go for this Medi-evil dead. It does have a quick section at the start to bring you up to speed about why we are in the 13th century!
Best viewing format:
A fairly big screen will help see the effects properly but it doesn’t really matter. There is a directors cut and it’s worth seeing for the alternative Time Machine-esque bleak ending.
Best moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Ash’s epic escape from the demon pit is good fun and ends with – ‘Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my boomstick! ‘