I can't be the only film nerd whose mind flashes immediately to moments from the Evil Dead series each year when the religious observance of Ash Wednesday rolls around. How could yours not? Campbell as Ash epitomizes awesome, and my formative years were massively influenced by watching this series repeatedly. I'd even written a special config file for Quake which bound a number of his one liners to the keys for the taunting of my vanquished foes (I'm certain they found it as annoying as I did funny). And so to celebrate this Ash Wednesday right, here are ten clips of Ash being a bad ass. These are in no particular order. How can this magnitude of awesome really be qualified?
It takes a real man to taunt his own hand
Matters not which side you are on
Greeting foreign dignitaries
Recalling a classic
S-Mart's Top of the Line
Paying proper homage to royalty
Here, take two of these
Rambo? No, better
Chuck Francisco is a columnist and critic for Mania, writing Saturday's Shock-O-Rama, the weekly look into classic cult, horror and sci-fi. He is a co-curator of several repertoire film series at the world famousColonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. You can hear him drop nerd knowledge on weekly podcast You've Got Geek or think him a fool of a Took on Twitter.