Army of Darkness
(1993, Dir. by Sam Raimi.)
Why It's Here:
Are you freakin' kidding me? Any list of any kind of movies that has to do with me has to include Army of Darkness. It's pure, unadulterated, awesomeness. It's pretty much the most fun movie to watch. Ever. I don't really have to explain Army of Darkness, at least not to myself.
The Moment That Changes Everything:
When that chainsaw gets tossed into that pit and Bruce Campbell leaps into the sky and everything clicks into place...well, that's when my soul really starts dancing. Of course, there's about 97 moments in the short film that create the same feeling, but that's the first one that comes to my mind tonight.
It Makes a Great Double Feature With:
Well, there's two films that OBVIOUSLY go so well with this one - but I just might end up talking about them later in this list. So, if we're gonna pair something else up with Army of Darkness, we're gonna need something funny, exciting, monstrous, and good looking. Something like....Tremors. Yeah.
What It Means To Me:
I think I've written about my evolving favoritism in regard to the Evil Dead series before, and how my appreciation of each film differs by the year. (Yup, I have.) But Army of Darkness has always won me over as the most accessible film of the trilogy, the kind of flick I could put on even with my least horror-friendly friends and still get plenty of smiles and laughs. It's gotten me through a lot of bad moments, too, and no amount of age and recognition of the film's lesser qualities will ever take that from me.