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The “Army of Darkness” rises again

The “Army of Darkness” rises again

Christina Stoutenburg



Friday, Nov. 2, anyone walking by the CEM building’s room 201 would’ve swore someone was holding up audience cue cards.

What could bring a room of over 40 people into synch; laughing, clapping, or cheering as a single body?

“Army of Darkness.”

Audience at the “Army of Darkness” Photo Credit: Christina Stoutenburg

The Zombie Defense Council held a special showing of the movie, followed by a question and answer session from Tom Sullivan, a  podcast of the Q and A can be found at esgonline.org under the ESG Podcast tab.

Sullivan created and animated Army’s quested item, the Book of the Dead, also known as the Necronomicon.

Bob Kroll, ZDC’s advisor and an adjunct English instructor for SC4, called the event “wildly successful,” though acknowledging a few “hiccups,” such as some people not picking up popcorn that they had spilled.

What made it such a success?

“The sense that there wasn’t a person, looking at the pictures, looking at everybody’s reactions there wasn’t a single person that wasn’t giddy with childish glee at the end of it all,” Kroll said.

Though not a new movie” Army of Darkness,” released in 1992, according to IMBD’s website, today is considered a cult classic.

Scott Kruss, 37-year-old from Port Huron, attended showing in full make-up with his 10-year-old son Ryden and 8-year-old daughter Liliy. Photo Credit: Christina Stoutenburg

“I’ve seen it before, but it’s been a very long time,” Harrison House, a former SC4 student from Algonac said, “it’s been an experience in having the invitation to come and hang out and get to talk to Tom Sullivan.”

“Army of Darkness” is not the first movie the ZDC has done a showing for, although according to Kroll, Army is the first movie that the ZDC has been able to conduct a Q and A with someone involved with the film.

Concerning any future movie showings, Olivia Jones, 19-year-old SC4 art major from Fort Gratiot, said she would definitely attend future ones.

“We like to do movie showings,” Kroll said, “I’m sure the kids want to do it again. I don’t see why they wouldn’t, whether or not it’s going to be of this scale, that’s another thing entirely. I’m sure we’ll do another one, but at this moment it’s too early to tell.”

If anyone is interested in joining the Zombie Defense Council, they meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the College Center Atrium, or you can contact Bob Kroll at rgkroll@sc4.edu.