ARMY OF DARKNESS
1992, Universal Pictures, 96 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

The third EVIL DEAD movie sends Ash (Bruce Campbell) back in time to 1300 to battle skeletons with his chainsaw and shotgun. The result is a hilarious, action-packed hybrid of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, the Three Stooges and Mark Twain.


EVIL DEAD II
1987, Rialto Pictures, 84 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Bruce Campbell returns to the woods to battle demons (and his own possessed hand!) in a sequel that tops the original EVIL DEAD for sheer speed and inventiveness.


THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)
1924, Warner Bros., 155 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

Raoul Walsh performs a high-wire act as director and comes out the winner in this magical melange of fantasy and fun. Working with his good friend, actor-producer Douglas Fairbanks, proved a match made in Hollywood heaven. Walsh's fine, realistic tone keeps Fairbanks in check as the actor tries again and again to go for physical hijinks and enough balletic action to take the audience's breath away. There are special effects galore, some of them straight from Walsh's imagination. Production design by the great William Cameron Menzies adds just the right zing to Fairbanks' and Walsh's vision in this tale about a clever thief named Ahmed who steals the heart of a princess and must win her love in the end. It's an Arabian Nights fantasy that Walsh infuses with gusto and bravado. The sets are sumptuous and the characters deliciously entertaining in this landmark silent film, one of the highlights of Walsh's earlier career. Also featuring the seductive Anna May Wong and a beautiful Julanne Johnston. Originally premiered at the Egyptian Theatre!


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