DARKMAN is a deliriously energetic comic-book movie from Sam Raimi, the young mastermind behind the uproariously funny and gory EVIL DEAD movies. While the press doted on the likes of David Lynch and the Coen brothers (Joel worked as an assistant editor on THE EVIL DEAD) in 1990, this
cutting-edge independent filmmaker came to Hollywood with a relative lack of fanfare to make this ambitious, hallucinatory adventure. Though relatively low budget, the manic cinematic virtuosity on display here would have been welcome in BATMAN. DARKMAN's only weakness is its rather hokey and
disjointed screenplay. But why carp? At its best, the film suggests a Universal horror film o...