2.17 – ARMY OF DARKNESS and Genre Mashup

The ‘Evil Dead’ franchise continues, but not after Rob mourns the passing of a cultural touchstone from our screens. Then things take a lighter turn: the usual disagreements, versions of Sam Raimi’s vision, and nostalgia for the early days of stop motion.

This Week’s Watching
THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF (2010–): Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry
RED (2010): Robert Schwentke, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman

Recommendations
SHAWN OF THE DEAD (2004): Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL (2003): Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush
CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981): Desmond Davis, Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier
GALAVANT (2015—16): Dan Fogelman, Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson

Footnotes
Here’s a reminder of that Edgar Wright video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOzD4Sfgag. (And, while we’re on the subject of action comedy, RED makes it to a respectable number 7 on this list: http://filmschoolwtf.com/action-comedy-movies.) Again, the fan wiki for this film is interesting http://evildead.wikia.com/wiki/Army_of_Darkness, and there are a few more good bits of trivia here: http://www.ifc.com/2014/09/things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-army-of-darkness. Finally, after Rob mentions him in his recommendations, here’s a fun list of some of the creations of the late Ray Harryhausen: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/17987/the-top-10-ray-harryhausen-creatures.