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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ash
... Sheila
... Lord Arthur
... Wiseman
... Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill ... Blacksmith
... Gold Tooth
... Linda
... Possessed Witch
... Cowardly Warrior (as Theodore Raimi)
... Mini-Ash #1
... Mini-Ash #2
Sara Shearer ... Old Woman
Shiva Gordon ... Pit Deadite #1
... Pit Bitch
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Foretold by a mystical book. Forewarned by a wiseman. Fulfilled by a wise guy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | 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

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$11,502,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,502,976
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| (director's cut) | (international cut) | (Television Cut)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of Army of Darkness was filmed with multiple cameras simultaneously rolling on both wide shots and closeups, rather than shooting first a master and later a close up. Because of this, the boom mic had to be kept back further from the subject than would usually produce acceptable audio. For this reason, Campbell often wore a wireless transmitter, with the microphone pickup concealed in the chainsaw pull start hook on the strap that crossed his chest, and the transmitter tucked down inside the shotgun holster on his back. Campbell had to be assured that the black foam ball covering the microphone pickup would not be visible on camera. See more »

Goofs

When they raise the drawbridge, the chains that pull it up have slack in them. The chains should have been taut. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Little Goody Two Shoes
(uncredited)
Written by Sam Raimi
Performed by Bruce Campbell
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Funny and cool!
25 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

At the end of Evil Dead 2 Ash is sucked back in time through a time warp. He returns to medieval times where he is mistaken for the prophesied saviour. He is sent to recover the lost Necronomicon to save the people but also return him to his own time. Typically he makes a mistake when reading the book and he reserectes the army of the undead onto the land. Ash must fight to defeat yet more undead fiends!

The third in the series sees the gore drop off and the comedy step up even more. The previous two were both darkly funny but this is just plain hilarious. The sheer raft of one liners and silly/horror set ups keeps you laughing all the way. The horror is not scary as before – mainly because the gore is gone, however I prefer this as the stop motion stuff gives it an old fashioned feel that adds to the value of it – it's hard to explain but I really enjoy this because it feels like an old Harryhausen film.

Campbell is brilliant – I bet he can't believe hi s luck, the rest of his career he's struggled but Rami seem to love him. And rightly so, he is like Jim Carrey but has so much more talent and is a classic B-movie leading man type. The rest of the cast are so-so but really this is an one man show and he does it really well.

Overall this is a great little film. Fans of the series will love it, fans of comedy should love it and fans of B-movie cheese should enjoy it. And the less gore means fun for all the family (almost).


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