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Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick Review

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Groovy? Maybe next time.

★★★★★

With Sam Raimi currently at the helm of Spider-Man 2, his mooted Army Of Darkness follow-up won’t be arriving any time soon. And if you think that’s disappointing, don’t get excited about the latest Evil Dead video game.

On the surface, A Fistful Of Boomstick does a fair job of capturing the gritty style and outrageous action of Raimi’s gory flicks and, with Bruce Campbell providing the wise-cracking voiceover, it feels like a genuine part of the Evil Dead series. Unfortunately, the game itself is devastatingly dull. Although it’s initially satisfying to dismember Deadites with a chainsaw, the action quickly becomes tedious and repetitive.

On a more positive note, A Fistful Of Boomstick comes bundled with the sublime Evil Dead 2 on DVD, and a bonus documentary about the game that features interviews with a rather decrepit-looking Bruce Campbell (now sporting a wispy moustache — by far the most horrifying thing about this package).