The following recommendation lists are based on 2000 horror movie reviews. They were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is an online “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the adaptation and transformation of tangible concepts into empirical games. Not unlike sport publications, fantasy leagues and role-playing games, the Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics, facts, ratings and opinions. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted from best to worst according to their overall score. Some lists are sorted by pertinence. Our classification method uses genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are as follows: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, gimmick, and rewatchability. We sometimes use the “creepiness” factor when populating certain lists.
A new dimension in fantasy horror!
Army of Darkness is both the sequel and a spin-off of The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. Both can be considered some of the best horror movies ever made, so the bar is high. The last scene of Part 2 had the hero, Ash, be sucked into a portal and sent to medieval times. Army of Darkness picks up the story there, and injects elements of fandom fantasy and adventure into it.
From the original film to this one, Ash, again played by Bruce Campbell, has gained an incredible amount of self-confidence in only a few hours. Now one of the most iconic horror movie protagonists in history, he is the best thing about this film. He is an increasing caricature of himself, and engages in more elaborate fights. He eventually fights an army, as the title implies.
Army of Darkness attempts practical skeleton animation but appears behind its time. The demons of Part 2 were better designed. The make-up was better, too. Pet peeves aside, and as a stand-alone film, this comical epic depicts demons and the living dead in a manner similar to role-playing or video games. It’s also a nod and gift to the hardcore fan of horror and therefore of this franchise.