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Army of Darkness (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  19 February 1993 (USA)
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A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcus Gilbert ...
Timothy Patrick Quill ...
Michael Earl Reid ...
Possessed Witch
Cowardly Warrior / Second Supportive Villager / S-Mart Clerk (as Theodore Raimi)
Sara Shearer ...
Old Woman
Shiva Gordon ...
Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan ...
Pit Bitch


In this sequel to the Evil Dead films, a discount-store employee ("Name's Ash. Housewares.") is time-warped to a medieval castle beset by monstrous forces. Initially mistaken for an enemy, he is soon revealed as the prophecised savior who can quest for the Necronomicon, a book which can dispel the evil. Unfortunately, he screws up the magic words while collecting the tome, and releases an army of skeletons, led by his own Deadite counterpart. What follows is a thrilling, yet tongue-in-cheek battle between Ash's 20th Century tactics and the minions of darkness. Written by David Thiel <d-thiel@uiuc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's a 20th century guy, trapped in the middle ages. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and horror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Army of Darkness: The Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$11,501,093 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | | (European) | (Extended Version)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Embeth Davidtz had such a rough time shooting the fight scenes, filming at night, and wearing heavy prosthetics that she contemplated quiting acting. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Ash is being sucked into the portal, the cable that he is suspended from while spinning is visible. See more »


[first lines]
[opening monologue]
Ash: My name is Ash and I am a slave. Close as I can figure, the year is thirteen hundred A.D and I'm being dragged to my death. It wasn't always like this, I had a real life, once. A job.
Ash: [now Ash is in a flashback] Umm... Hardware aisle twelve, shop smart, shop S-Mart!
Ash: [back to monologue] I had a wonderful girlfriend Linda. Together we drove to a small cabin in the mountains. It seems an archeologist had come to this remote place to translate and study his latest find...
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Crazy Credits

Ash can be heard laughing over the beginning of the credits in the original ending. See more »


Referenced in The Animatrix (2003) See more »


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User Reviews

Comedy and horror rolled into one
2 June 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

Okay, maybe it's more comedy than horror, but who cares? Army of Darkness is an awesome movie. Bruce Campbell does an excellent job as Ash, the arrogant and hilarious hero armed with his trusty chainsaw and 'boom stick'. The plot was great and fresh, showing that the people behind the scenes were not trying to do the same thing that made Evil Dead I & II popular. The movie is filled with sword swinging skeletons, kick boxing witches and slap stick. Bruce Campbell has some excellent one liners. To sum it up, Army of Darkness is groovy.

But you can let it end here. Give us another sequel please.

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