Re: Mary Gentle [was Re: The Armageddon Rag]

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From: Eirikur Hallgrimsson (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 21:18:48 PDT

On Fri, 13 Oct 2000, Bill Humphries wrote:
> It's _Ash: Or the Secret History_ by Mary Gentle.

I was so sad to discover (via Amazon) that this is not the story of
Ash (of the housewares dept.) from the film "Army of Darkness."
A of D being pretty cool for its hand-done stop-motion work. It was
re-titled from Evil Dead N (I forget the N) because of the
time-travel bit. It strikes me that I haven't seen a good
evil-dead-genre film in a while. A of D has this Harryhausen-level
animation in spots, but is basically a low-budget horror flick in
which a clerk from Walmart or somesuch is thrust "backward in time"
into a generic barbarian fantasy world. It's pretty funny, though
some parts of it seem to have been intended as being as serious as
generic barbarian fantasy ever gets. I refuse to take seriously any
generic barbarian fantasy that doesn't star either Sandahl Bergman or
the Barbarian Brothers. I've actually seen the good-buddy trucker
film in which the Barbarian Brothers look quite out place and in need
of a broadaxe or two.


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