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Local Event: “Army of Darkness”

Midnight at the Ken. Groovy.

Above: Bruce Campbell as Ash in "Army of Darkness."

Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! It's time for "Army of Darkness" midnight at the Ken Cinema.

"Army of Darkness" recently came out on Blu-ray and I have to say the transfer looked too damn good. It was so clean and pristine that it almost seemed wrong. Now you have a chance to see it on the big screen in all its splatstick glory and with an appreciative crowd. As my friend Ian Forbes over at Sobering Conclusion pointed out when we were watching "Evil Dead II," no one acts with inanimate objects better than Mr. Campbell. Or with just himself for that matter. He is simply amazing and hilarious. His Ash may also just be one of the most quotable characters in movies.

Sam Raimi's hilarious "Evil Dead" gorefest trilogy is a fine example of "splatstick," a mix of splatter gore and slapstick comedy. Campbell, for the third time, plays Ash and must once again face demons, witches, and assorted undead. The film is a little "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and a little zombie fun mixed together. I wish the Sam Raimi that had such fun putting "Army of Darkness" together would return to filmmaking and give us another comic horror treat. His recent "Drag Me to Hell" showed signs of the old Raimi but was not up to the calibre of the "Evil Dead" anarchy.

Anyway, I just wanted to remind folks to try and make it to this midnight show. You might want to start the evening early with "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead II" before heading out to the Ken. Make it a whole night of deadness. Groovy baby!

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 30, 2011 at 2:27 a.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

I love the fact that 3 parents brought their young kids to the midnight show of ARMY OF DARKNESS. Sharing movies like that is so cool and passes on that passion for film in a very special way.

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Missionaccomplished | January 30, 2011 at 3:17 p.m. ― 6 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, I just hope they didn't have to get up early Sunday morning. LOL. But seriously, after the first two outrageous EVIL DEAD movies, I remember being DISAPPOINTED by this one when it was released. The first thought in my head was if Raimi had run out of ideas.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 31, 2011 at 10:11 p.m. ― 6 years, 1 month ago

It's definitely not as wild as the Evil Deads but it is a lot of silly fun. And it really showcases Bruce Campbell whom I adore.

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Missionaccomplished | February 1, 2011 at 10:42 a.m. ― 6 years, 1 month ago

Did you catch him in Coscarrelli's BUBA-HO-TEP? I missed that one when it played here.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | February 1, 2011 at 1:32 p.m. ― 6 years, 1 month ago

Oh yes! I love that film. He actually came to the screening to do a Q&A and was great. He was also very nice to my son. Make sure you seek it out. Well worth the time.

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