The one and
only Bruce Campbell stars as Ash, a hapless housewares clerk time-warped
back into the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed
with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-guage double-barreled
S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-bitches,
a diabolical Evil Ash and the relentless hoards of the medieval dead in
the most outrageously spectacular horror comedy ever made. Get ready for
some sugar, baby.
"You ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and Shit, and Jack left town."
Ash is back, literally.
Trapped back in the middle ages, the Evil Dead
hero must not only
do battle once again with the merciless deadites, he must also take on
the savage Army of Darkness
returns as Ash, the only surviving member of the first two Evil Dead
movies. This story pretty much takes up where the last one left off, with
our hero trapped in the dark ages. Only instead of being revered as a hero,
Ash is beaten and shackled by an army of men who believe him to be a member
of a rival army. Quickly Ash is put to the test by once again doing battle
with an evil deadite when the army throws him in to a pit. However, what
they didn't expect was for Ash to defeat the deadite, which he does, and
thus they render him a salvation. Our hero is then brought back to their
town, and asked to journey out in search of the illustrious Necronomicon,
so the evil can be destroyed once and for all. Reluctantly he agrees, but
just like Ash, instead of finding the book and destroying the evil, he
finds the book and not only creates an evil Ash, but an entire army of
undead skeletons. Now the real battle begins and it's up to the living
to stop the dead.
Army of Darkness
stars the excellent Bruce Campbell in the role that was tailor made for
him, and once again, he does his job perfectly. Watching the punishment
this poor man takes is really a reason to rent this movie in itself. He
is really the main focus, and there isn't a lot of screen time for anyone
else, except for Ash's maiden love interest played by Embeth Davidtz. But
to the fans of these films ,I'm sure that's just the way they like it.
is Sam Raimi the director/writer who has carved his name in Hollywood with
these movies. This is a great re-telling of sorts of the Jason and the
story, only with a little more schlock, however in some scenes,
like the skeletons giving Ash three stooges treatment, there is a little
too much schlock. Don't get me wrong though, the film is funny and does
have some great one-liners, such as Ash introducing his sawed off shotgun
as his "boomstick", and calling some of the men "primitive screw-heads".
The effects are great, and the direction is superb, especially scenes of
the Army of Darkness riding horseback and attacking the castle.
a huge fan of zombie movies, I was hoping to see a few more deadites and
a few less skeletons. Although I know Raimi did this on purpose so he could
put a different spin on his story and keep it original. Of special note,
on DVD there is the actual original ending that was not shown in theaters.
It's a great ending that keeps a little more in tow with the story, and
does an interesting job of setting itself up for a sequel.
issue of the magazine "Fangoria" can be seen in the car's trunk.
magic words Ash must use to claim the Book of the Dead are "Klaatu, Barada,
Nikto", the same words used to command the robot Gort in The Day the
Earth Stood Still.
Sam Raimi shot two different endings. One ending has Ash battling a she-demon
in a department store in the present. The alternative ending has Ash imbibing
a secret potion that would make him sleep one century for each drop of
the potion he drinks. He then goes to a cave to sleep. However, he drank
one drop too many and wakes up to find a barren post-apocalyptic landscape.
The final shot is Ash screaming in rage at a red sky. The Great Britain
video version shows the "potion" ending, and the version shown in U.S.
theaters showed the "she-demon" ending.
beat-up Olds that goes through time with Ash belongs to director Sam Raimi.
He included it in most of his early movies, each time more banged up than
the last. The items in the trunk of the Olds are not product placements;
they're what Sam Raimi actually had in his trunk.
of Darkness was originally given a NC-17 rating.
"S-Mart" ending was seen on the movie's original theatrical run in the
UK, but the original, better ending (Ash oversleeping and waking up in
a destroyed world) was used for the video release.
Campbell said that in order to make it appear that the chainsaw was always
running, tobacco smoke was pumped through a tube that was slid up his right
pant leg, up his shirt, and into the chainsaw.