Army of Darkness (1993) – Episode 38 – Decades of Horror 1990s And Beyond

“Alright you primitive screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my BOOMSTICK!” One of many unforgettable one liners that Ash (Bruce Campbell) spouts in Army of Darkness. The third in writer/director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy is the cult favorite. For many, it’s the first film in the franchise they saw. It gave us the most recurring pop culture variation on Ash as a character. The strapping hero with a quippy zinger and a chainsaw hand at the ready. Now, with Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 in full swing, it’s only natural to take a look back at the film that makes many a fan scream “Hail to the King, Baby.”

Decades of Horror 1990s And Beyond
Episode 38 – Army of Darkness (1993)

After the first Evil Dead was made for peanuts and Evil Dead II raised the production up to a modest low budget, Army of Darkness is a true studio blockbuster. Which is pretty odd considering the meager cult status of the first two. Yet, Universal and Dino De Laurentiis allowed Sam Raimi to go hog wild. And hog wild he did go. Pit demons, man eating books and an army of evil skeletons. All while having B movie sharp chin Campbell at the center. Between the surreal imagery and cartoonish slapstick, Army of Darkness is either your favorite of the trilogy or the one where it goes too far.

To debate this very topic, Thomas Mariani counts on the steel of Chad Hunt, Christopher G. Moore and Sam Brutuxan to break it down. Sam initially started with Army of Darkness and fell in love with the over the top comedy of the series. Christopher appreciated the darker roots of the original two and felt Army of Darkness went off the rails. Chad and Thomas just appreciate the weird Sam Raimi fly by the seat of your pants with the whole trilogy. The four ask the important questions about Army of Darkness. How did Ash get so buff within the span of a week in which the trilogy takes place? Does Ash vs Evil Dead carry on the legacy of the franchise well? Do skeletons have sex drives? All the answers are a click away!

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Horror News Radio Episode 69 Special Edition – SDCC 2014

SDCC  (2014) reigns supreme over the weekend of 7-17 through 7-20 where the stars, creators, writers and directors of every active and future project known to nerd was on hand to promote, announce and market their films, TV shows and comics. Comic-con is THE place to be every summer, while the HNR crew could not attend the procedings this year, they are on hand to keep up and report on the news and excitement with this special bonus episode of Horror News Radio.

Co-hosts Doc Rotten and Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr. are joined by award winning director Christopher G. Moore to recap and react to the various horror related news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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 The news this year arrives fast and furious, primarily wrapped around superhero films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs Superman; however, the show manages to contain ample amount of news and tidbits from a wide variety of horror related projects, movies and television programming coming our way in the next few months to the next few years.

  • EVIL DEAD TV: Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi announce intention to do an Evil Dead television show
  • HANNIBAL: All the tasty details on Season 3
  • WALKING DEAD: The trailer and anticipation for Season 5
  • GODZILLA 2: Gareth Edwards officially announced to return for the sequel along with a few well known monsters
  • SKULL ISLAND: King Kong will return to the big screen on November 4, 2016
  • HORNS: Trailer spills the details
  • TUSK: Finally, Kevin Smith fans are rewarded with a trailer for his upcoming horror film

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