What's a horror film without a bit of comedy mixed in? Army of the Damned is The Breakfast Club with crazed demons and carnage. Written and directed by Tom DeNucci, Army of the Damned stars Sully Erna (Godsmack), Tony Todd (Candyman), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Jackie Moore (Pernicious), Nick Principe (Laid To Rest), Joey Fatone (Inkubus) and Maria Kanellis (Penance).
Sully Erna is best known for being the front man of the metal band Godsmack, but he has real potential as an actor. Unlike other musicians that have attempted the leap into showbiz, Erna is a natural. He is not the only musician turned actor on the roster, Joey Fatone of the 90's boy band NSYNC also gets some screen time. Army of the Damned is not Fatone's first venture into horror, he also starred alongside Robert Englund and William Forsythe in Inkubus. He too is a natural, he is a great fit to the amazing cast; he is 50% of the comedic relief of the film.
Army of the Damned has some newbies to the game, but they are aided by some of horror's most recognized veterans, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd and Nick Principe. Seeing the three of them in the same film, all playing somewhat "good guy" roles is pretty phenomenal. In films like this, the big names often times don't share screen time, but in this film, they do and it is magical. Nick Principe plays the lovable criminal Donald, and he is not short on comedic lines. It is refreshing to see someone that has become synonyms with being the big bad in films flex his comedic muscles.
Even Candyman himself, Tony Todd, gets some funny lines, and he and Principe share some more than amusing banter with one another. Todd is the perfect jerk cop, you know, the one that you're hoping gets taken out, yea, that one. Michael Berryman is nothing less than awesome in his hero role, it's great to see him in the "hero role".
Films like this tend to go either 100% cornball or become a jumbled mess in an attempt to marry horror and comedy together, but Army of the Damned gets the equation right. Just the right amount of cornball is smoothly blended with the elements of horror that makes your stomach turn and your date cling to you more than a polyester shirt on a hot day. The whole time you're laughing, someone's being torn apart and carnage is flying across the screen. What's not to love?
With Sully Erna as a part of the cast, one would assume that the soundtrack is going to be pretty awesome, well, it is. The music chosen fits the film's flow perfectly. If you're a fan of Godsmack, you're going to love it.
If you're looking for a movie that will leave you both laughing and cringing this weekend, Army of the Damned is just what you need.
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