Thursday, November 18, 2004

More Connecticut Yankees than you can shake a boomstick at.

I read the news that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are planning a remake of "The Evil Dead". The fact that there's already a remake (it's called "The Evil Dead II") makes yet another one kind of pointless and perhaps a bit blasphemous for fans of the original. Besides, doesn't Sam and Bruce have a third "Spiderman" movie to work on?

Anyway, the story happened to get me thinking about the third film in the trilogy: "Army of Darkness". For those of you unfamiliar, "Army" continues the story of chainsaw wielding Ash as he continues to fight off the undead, this time in the Dark Ages after he was transported there at the end of "The Evil Dead II". Years later, some movie producers used the same formula of transporting a wise-ass American back in time for laughs as he introduces modern concepts to the primitive screwheads he finds himself with. That movie was "Black Knight" with Martin Lawrence.

What am I getting at here? Take a look at the posters for Army of Darkness and Black Knight.

I'm surprised I didn't notice the similarity before. And it makes sense for a group of people making a similar movie to tap into the audience's subliminal memory of the first one. Still, even though I haven't seen "Black Knight", I would have to recommend "Army of Darkness" over it. No matter how many movies with Will Smith he kicks butt in, Martin can never be the badass that Ash is. Hail to the King, Baby.

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