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Army of Darkness (1992) Poster

Trivia

An issue of the magazine "Fangoria" can be seen in the car's trunk. This was director Sam Raimi showing his gratitude for the publication's including the original The Evil Dead (1981) when it initially premiered.
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All three "Evil Dead" films can be seamlessly cut together (which has been done by fans), though some introductory footage in the sequels is lost.
Bruce Campbell says 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.
In the original draft, Ash (Bruce Campbell) lost an eye.
There are several variants of the three words Ash must say when retrieving the necronomicon. Undoubtedly this arises from differing sound quality, people's hearing and incorrect subtitling. The words are "klaatu", "barada", "nikto", an homage to the classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
Originally there was only meant to be one creature in the pit. Sam Raimi was convinced to add the second, dubbed The Pit Bitch by its creators, after being scared by it one day
One of the items visible in Ash's trunk is a copy of "Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special," originally published in April 1991. This comic includes the very first installment of Frank Miller's 'Sin City.'
Bruce Campbell was displeased with the studio's delayed release of the film and its re-editing of it. He stated he wasted a year of his life waiting for the film to get released to cinemas.
During filming the Oldsmobile Delta 88 falling out of the sky was shot twice. During the first attempt, the 25-ton crane lifting the car failed due to mechanical problems and toppled over the edge of a cliff at the quarry location where filming was taking place. Fortunately, no injuries occurred because the crane operator jumped from the cab before the crane went over the edge. Days later a larger 80-ton crane was brought in to remove the damaged crane and re-shoot the car drop. In the final edit, elements of the re-shoot as well as footage from the end of Evil Dead II (1987) were used.
The original script was 43 pages.
S-Mart is a chain of grocery stores in Mexico.
During the final battle between the Deadites and Ash's men, one of the Deadites lets out a war cry that is almost identical to that of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)--a series in which Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell both featured, and which was also produced by Sam Raimi.
First and last studio film Bruce Campbell starred in as the lead.
During filming of the climactic sword fight at Arthur's castle, Bruce Campbell suffered a small gash to his face when a decorative pin on his cape cut him during a stunt. He was immediately taken from the Polsa Rosa Ranch location to see a plastic surgeon to assess the damage. At the examination the doctor had to have the actual injury pointed out amid the myriad special effect scars and cuts Ash's character had accumulated during the story. Campbell was treated and returned to set shortly afterward to finish the scene.
Traci Lords auditioned for the role of Sheila. She would later play the wife of Bruce Campbell's character Autolycus on Sam Raimi's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).
Embeth Davidtz had such a rough time shooting the fight scenes, filming at night and wearing heavy prosthetics, that she contemplated quitting acting.
The entire sequence when Evil Ash grows out of Ash's shoulder starting with an eye is an homage to the Japanese/American "B" horror film The Manster (1959).
When dubbed in Italian, the last words of the movie (Ash says to the girl before kissing) are changed from "hail to the king baby" to the Italian translation of "give me some sugar baby" ("Dammi un po' di zucchero, baby"). These are the same words that Ash says (both in English and Italian versions) to Sheila before kissing her for the first time.
Bruce Campbell appeared in the Spiderman trilogy while Embeth Davidtz appeared as Peter Parker's mom in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
According to Sam Raimi in the book "The Evil Dead Companion" by Bill Warren, Charles Napier was to play Ash's boss in S-mart, but his role was totally cut. Likewise, Bridget Fonda was scheduled to have more screen time as Linda.
The original title for this film was "Medieval Dead".
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The film sat on the shelf for a year due to a feud between Universal Pictures and producer Dino De Laurentiis over the rights to the Hannibal Lecter character from the "Silence of the Lambs" series. The film was eventually recut by Universal after the feud was settled.
Marcus Gilbert was ill with food poisoning when filming one of the major fight scenes.
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On the posters released for the movie, Music credit goes to Joseph LoDuca, but is misspelled as "Joe DoLuca".
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Bill Moseley, who plays the Deadite Captain, and Patricia Tallman, who plays the possessed witch, starred together in Tom Savini's Night of the Living Dead (1990) as Johnny and Barbara.
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Sam Raimi originally wanted to call the film The Medieval Dead, but Universal Studios refused. The title "Army of Darkness" was created by Irvin Shapiro, the uncredited producer of The Evil Dead and executive producer of Evil Dead II, who died two years before this film was made. Raimi then wanted to naturally give it the title Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness, but the studio wanted the film to stand on its own from the rest of the series and the film was just titled Army of Darkness. The film was called Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead for its UK release.
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The first Deadite Ash fights in the pit was known as the "Pit Bitch" to the cast and crew.
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When dubbed in French, Evil Ash is singing "Un chanter saint de garcon" which means "A singing saint boy". The French for Little Goody two shoes is "Petit cadeau deux chaussures".
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Cameo 

Ted Raimi: at least four characters: The cowardly warrior who doesn't want to die, the man who shouts "you can count on my steel", the swordsman with an eye-patch and the S-mart's store clerk.
William Lustig: (director of Maniac (1980), Uncle Sam (1996), Maniac Cop (1988)) makes an appearance as a "fake Shemp".
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Bridget Fonda: As Linda.

Director Trademark 

Sam Raimi: [Oldsmobile] That beat-up Oldsmobile 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 Raimi actually had in his trunk.
Sam Raimi: [The Three Stooges] The skeletons do a classic routine. Ash calls Wiseman Joe "spinach chin", a line from Malice in the Palace (1949).
Sam Raimi: [pov shot] As various missiles such as catapult loads and arrows fly through the air, we see their targets from the missile's viewpoint.
Sam Raimi: [chainsaw] Ash uses a chainsaw attached to his arm to fight the Deadites.
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Sam Raimi: [shemp] Don Campbell and Charlie Campbell, father and brother of Bruce Campbell.
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Sam Raimi: [1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88] makes another appearance.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The original ending was deemed too depressing by test audiences and Universal ordered a new ending involving a shoot out at S-mart where Ash gets the babe.
The alternate ending in which Ash wakes up in a post-apocalyptic England could had been the plot for a fourth film, which would Ash battling Deadites in the post-apocalyptic world.
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Ash screwing up the chant before taking the book of the dead was not the first time he tried to Rememeber something someone told him. The previous case is during the dinner scene in the first evil dead as ash tries to quote something scotty told him during their time as friends
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