Sam Raimi

‘Army of Darkness’ is the great outlier in the Evil Dead franchise, and maybe its most important entry

To say that Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness came off the heels of Evil Dead II would be inaccurate. The truth of the matter is that the Evil Dead films are like the Alien movies insofar as their individual releases are several years apart. 6 years separate the first two entries, and another 6 between the latter two (officially speaking, Army’s premier was in 1992, a cool 5 years after the second picture). That’s an amazingly long time between films, especially in a genre such as horror, which has the nasty little habit of cranking out sequels like it was nobody’s business.

Horror-Comedies: Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead 2’

One of the best at blending the two genres is Sam Raimi, whose answer to the question of why horror and comedy go together is his Evil Dead trilogy, which crackles with the energy of a mad scientist’s concoction.The Evil Dead II is largely considered the best of the three, taking the camp, gore, and over-the-top situation from the original and cranking it up past eleven.

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