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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>

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film sat on the shelf for a year due to Universal Pictures and producer Dino De Laurentis feuding over the rights to the Hannibal Lectar character. The film was eventually recut by Universal after the feud was settled. See more »


When Ash uses his belt to escape the pit, he is seen in one shot with his hand wrapped around both the belt and the chain. In the close-up of him losing his grip, his hand only grasps the belt. 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 »


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User Reviews

Not for the pretentious
4 April 2001 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Most people would say you can check your brain at the door before you watch this film, but I beg to differ. This is genuinely intelligent stuff here folks. The director, Sam Raimi, reminds us in this film what it is like to have fun. From the film itself, as well as the DVD featurettes, it is apparent that Mr. Raimi is having a blast doing what he does best. It shows too. Granted, there is not much in the line of plot or theme, but these would be totally gratuitous in this escapist piece. Instead, we are given a fantastic adventure, appropriately tongue-in-cheek special effects, and an ode to The Three Stooges. The facial expressions of Bruce Campbell alone make this film well worth its 80 minutes. I don't want to give away a single joke, because the experience is just too much fun. So, do yourself a favor. Watch this film without being so hard on yourself. Yes, you are allowed to laugh. There can be non-sardonic humor in modern day America. Sam Raimi proves it.

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