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.
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.
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).
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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