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Army of Darkness (1992)

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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.


Sam Raimi


Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ash
Embeth Davidtz ... Sheila
Marcus Gilbert ... Lord Arthur
Ian Abercrombie ... Wiseman
Richard Grove ... Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill Timothy Patrick Quill ... Blacksmith
Michael Earl Reid ... Gold Tooth
Bridget Fonda ... Linda
Patricia Tallman ... Possessed Witch
Ted Raimi ... Cowardly Warrior (as Theodore Raimi)
Deke Anderson ... Mini-Ash #1
Bruce Thomas ... Mini-Ash #2
Sara Shearer Sara Shearer ... Old Woman
Shiva Gordon Shiva Gordon ... Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan ... Pit Bitch


Ash is transported with his car to 1,300 A.D., where he is captured by Lord Arthur and turned slave with Duke Henry the Red and a couple of his men. When Ash is thrown into a pit, he defeats two monsters and wins respect of Arthur's army and vassals. The Wiseman points Ash as The Chosen One that will retrieve the Necronomicon but Ash is only interested in returning home. When he learns that the only way to return to his time is using the Necronomicon, Ash decides to travel to the unholy land of the Deadites. The Wiseman advises that he must say the words "Klaatu Barada Nikto" to safely get the evil book. However, Ash forgets the last word and an army of the dead resurrects to attack Arthur fortress and recover the Necronomicon. The battle between the living and the dead is about to start and the support of Henry the Red is the only way to help Ash and Arthur to defeat the army of darkness. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and horror | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Dead 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424,000, 21 February 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (international cut) | (Television Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On the posters released for the movie, Music credit goes to Joseph LoDuca, but is misspelled as "Joe DoLuca". See more »


When Ash crashes through the castle gate with the Olds/Deathmobile, he says "say hello to the 21st Century.." But the car is a 1973 model, and the movie made in 1993 - so it makes more sense for the line to be "say hello to the 20th Century.." 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 »

Alternate Versions

Now available on Region 3 DVD from MGM is the Director's Cut. Now, although this is basically the same as the Anchor Bay version, it is compiled from original source prints and not from a VHS source, as Anchor Bay's was. Not only that, it offers 5.1 sound and the scene where Bad Ash tears off Shelia's dress top has been added back. A must-have for any collector of this film. See more »


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The best one in The Evil Dead Trilogy! THIS IS MY BOOMSTICK!!!
24 October 2015 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Army of Darkness (1992) is in my opinion by far the best one of the "Evil Dead" trilogy! It is my second favorite film of the trilogy, I just love, love this movie to death!!!! It is my personal favorite horror movie in the Evil Dead series. The best one is the theatrical cut the rest versions are pure crap with lameness. The original cut kicks ass!!! Great movie! This movie is so silly, that it's actually funny.

I have always loved Army of Darkness and I always will. I love this film to death!!!! I was watching with my dad this film and even he loved it. So yes I proud to say I love this film and I have enjoyed More than the original The Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)! This film has funny moments, balance, smart genius creativity, great babes, mystic forces and mystic knights in it.

Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun.

Army of the dead who were actually skeletons were fabulous, the fights were awesome and they and they were highly enjoyable. The film was fast paced from the beginning till the end. I am sorry if you guys love Evil Dead 2 much better than this film, I just love Army of Darkness much better, this film is just a great worthy sequel to their predecessors. Ash is like ably hero on screen and he is one of the most popular hero's till it's days. Army of Darkness is a classic. Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, & the special effects masters KNB! You cant ask for more. Great story, funny lines, fantastic looking monsters. I don't care what anyone says I just love this film to death!!!

What we get in here is a hybrid of sorts with Bruce Campbell once again as Ash the reluctant hero fighting ghouls and goblins (well maybe not goblins) in the medieval times. This third chapter goes for more of the laughs rather then the scares and actually offers up a fun take on the genre mix director Sam Raimi tells. The movie is not as annoying as the previous 2 films and closes out the trilogy nicely. They are a lot of talks of an Army of Darkness 2 and I don't want any sequel to this horror/comedy flick. I thought this film closed the trilogy beautiful. There is a lots of comic relief, over the top cuts, BOOMSTICK!!!!!

Army of Darkness is my second favorite movie (Evil Dead II, Dark Knight, ARMY OF DARKNESS) and here's why. It follows the character of Ashley (Ash) J. Williams in his journey to the past that is far better explained in Evil Dead II. He is only able to be sent back to his own time (and his job at S Mart) if he finds the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) which will also free the people who can help him from the attacks of the deadites. Ash has to find the book, get the babe, fight some demons, and get back home...like in the deal. This movie has it all, and some sugar, baby! It is a hilarious, gory, wonderful display of Bruce Campbell's ingenious acting ability, and anyone who says differently is a deadite. It's a film that would make Clive Barker proud. An oddball yet absolutely successful pairing of slapstick Comedy and undead Horror with a medieval setting thrown into the mix for good measure, 1992's Army of Darkness sits proudly near the top of the list of most unconventional yet absolutely entertaining motion pictures in history. Following up on 1981's oft-banned The Evil Dead and 1987's The Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (itself a Horror-Comedy hybrid), Army of Darkness represents the most accessible and audience-friendly of the three. Special effects; gore; humor; and of course, Bruce Campbell's over-the-top antics are Awesome!!! Hail to the king, baby.

Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of the Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan, produced by Robert Tapert, and stars Bruce Campbell (also acting as co-producer) and Embeth Davidtz. Continuing from Evil Dead II, Ash Williams (Campbell) is trapped in the Middle Ages and battles the undead in his quest to return to the present.

Beyond in human flesh, inked in blood-and amazingly hard to pronounce-the ancient "Necronomicon" (Book of the Dead) unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in director Sam Raimi's (Spider-Man) outrageously hilarious sword-and-sorcery epic. Back to do battle with the hideous "Deadites," Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the Evil Dead series as Ash, the handsome, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed department store clerk from S-Mart's housewares division. Demonic forces time warp him-and his '73 Oldsmobile-into England's Dark Ages, where he romances a beauty (Embeth Davidtz) and faces legions of undead beasts, including a ghastly army of skeletons. Can Ash save the living from the dead, rescue his girlfriend and get back to his own time? This movie is personal second favorite movie it is 10/10.

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