5. Army of Darkness
Okay, before you jump down our throats about this film not being number one, it wasn’t ranked that way on IMDb either. Honestly, and this is subjective, Evil Dead 2 is a better film. Yes, there are some very enjoyable moments in Army of Darkness.
The dueling Ashes, Williams’ interactions with the “primitive screwheads,” and of course, his snappy dialogue which gave us such classics as “Give me some sugar, baby” and “That’s just what we call, pillow talk,” make this last addition to the Sam Raimi Evil Dead franchise memorable.
However, after seeing Raimi’s original dystopian ending where Ash takes the wrong amount of elixir and wakes up to a destroyed London, it feels right. This is what the director preferred and also what Campbell preferred as well. Instead, the S-Mart, feel good, hero wins is what we ended up with because the studio wanted a traditional Hollywood ending where good triumphs over evil.
Sure, it is rousing and it is fun to see an old Western type shoot out at the store with Williams wielding his boomstick blowing away a Deadite. But there is something to be said for Ash being left alone in a decimated world.
The rest of our modified rankings 6 through 10 are as follows:
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Replaces Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- Spider-Man 2
- Sky High
- The Evil Dead
- The Hudsucker Proxy: In lieu of Oz The Great & Powerful
We welcome your choices for top 10 Bruce Campbell films in the comments.