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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


1 Man, 1 Million dead, The odds are just about even. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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?


Bridget Fonda:  As Linda. See more »


After Ash climbs out of the pit we see that the holster for his shotgun is empty. Then moments later Ash uses the shotgun to shoot Arthur's sword. But it's quite likely his rescuers retrieved the shotgun separately (and in the Director's Cut, you can see one of the locals handing it to him). 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

One the funniest movies I've ever seen!
13 May 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I remember when this film just came out in the theater, I didn't know anything about the Evil Dead films and in fact hadn't even heard of them. From the previews I had ZERO desire to see this film. The years went by and in late 2000 or maybe 2001 I finally decided to watch it, cause I'd heard so much about it and just couldn't take it anymore, I had to see what the fuss was about. I was NOT disappointed! This is probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen!!!

This movie is definitely not for everyone though. The comedy in this film is VERY odd, so I could understand if someone didn't find it funny at first. First thing you need to keep in mind is that this movie IS NOT trying to be serious, and most definitely doesn't take itself seriously. The movie is just plain weird, but that's what makes it so great. You really can't explain this movie to someone that hasn't seen it, you just need to see it for yourself.

Also, if you didn't already know this, this is the 3rd installment to a series. Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 are the first two installments, then Army Of Darkness. You don't even need to see the first two to understand what's going on or anything like that. In fact, to this day I still haven't seen Evil Dead. When I watched Army of Darkness, I hadn't seen either Evil Dead or Evil Dead 2. Since then, I have seen Evil Dead 2, but neither film is a prerequisite for this film.

Also this film has an enormous amount of quotable lines. Bruce Campbell is THE MAN! The way he says stuff is just great!

Well, I truly hope that you'll watch this movie. But watch it with an open mind and remember that this IS a STUPID movie, but it's supposed to be. Thanks for reading,


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