Army of Darkness (1990)


Co-Produced & Directed by: Sam Raimi

Written by: Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi


Bruce Campbell .... Ash Williams / Evil Ash
Embeth Davidtz .... Sheila
Marcus Gilbert .... Lord Arthur
Ian Abercrombie .... Wiseman
Richard Grove .... Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill .... Blacksmith
Michael Earl Reid .... Gold Tooth
Bridget Fonda .... Linda

Special Appearance:

Patricia Tallman .... Posessed Witch
Ted Raimi ....
Cowardly Warrior/Second Supportive Villager/S-Mart Clerk
Bruce Thomas .... Mini Ash 3
Bill Moseley .... Deadite Captain

Release Dates: Avoriaz Film Festival: January 1993 (France) , Fantasporto Film Festival: February 1993 (Portugal). Theatrical: July 18, 1990.




Ash (Bruce Campbell) is transported, from his cabin in the woods, into 1300 AD with his car, shotgun and chainsaw and is stranded there but then is invaded by vikings.
Soon he is discovered and thought to be a spy for a rival kingdom and is taken prisoner.
He is thrown their pit down at their castle and battles deadly creatures down there as he uses his own weapons and survives by killing them. He also proves to the people there that he is powerful with his weapons and is treated like a king and requests to be taken back to his own time.
However, the evil spirits have followed him to this time and so he decides to help the kingdom retrieve the Necronomicon (which will also help him return to his own time), which they need to battle the supernatural forces at play in the land.
Ash accidentally releases the Army of Darkness when retrieving the book, and a fight to the finish ensues as a woman from the viking castle named Sheila (Elizabeth Davidtz) is taken hostage and transformed into a demon and Ash and the viking gang must rescue her and bring her back to her normal self.


We hear a narration by our beloved Ash character as to what happened before which seemed necessary as well as showing him chanied up as a slave as this looked interesting to watch here. Also perfect effects with fog showing the opening credits which is an attention grabber as well.
We have someone being forced down into a pit and when he falls there's sudden silence and everything is still for quite a while as this makes you wonder as to what will happen next here. There's neat effects with blood splattering out as it makes you wonder even more as to what is down there. Also we have people being nasty to Ash and suddenly spot one of the people suiddenly turn into those demonic forces which is a nice surprise here. Also we have Ash falling into the pit and spot an evil force hitting him in a slapstick fashion offering both the horror and goofy comedy into one which works out incredibly well here. This ferocious demonic being does some flips and suggested martial arts movements which can make you chuckle a bit. There's perfect shots on a chainsaw falling into the pit and then landing on his cut off wrist in which there's good energetic moments swinging this thing.
Alot more slapstick moments when he is treated with royalty being fed in which he gorges out and acting arrogant as the timing on here seemed to be in a nice pace for people who like more slapstick type of comedy into a plot taking place in the very past.
There's some good liners with the main woman in the film named Sheila trying to be nice to him and offering him a wardrobe with him getting nasty in which this looks believeably disturbing spotting someone acting like a total jerk and wondering if this woman will lose it on him. Yet the story looked good and solid when he acts romantic to her later on with a kiss to her. This moment will be fondly remembered to anyone who has seen this.
We have the fast action camera shots zooming around the forest in which we know that this is the evil force trying to chase after Ash like we have seen in Evil Dead. It's good to know that we still have this happening since that's what drew in some attention here and fondly remembered by the fans of the film in which we knew if it caught anyone they would turn into those evil beings. It looked perfectly energised when Ash tries to run away from this making the moments suspenseful here.
There's some neat special effects after Ash smashes a mirror into tiny pieces and then mini evil Ash's crawl out and try to hurt him and taunt him as this kinda looked cute in a dark comedy type of fashion here along with good comedic one liner's from Ash himself on finding some way to snuff these little beings.
Then more silly one liners with Ash facing a full sized evil Ash which confuses you while watching as who the real Ash is but then it looks fun when the evil Ash taunts him with a childish type of attitude as well as trying to hurt him. All of this seemed greatly entertaining to watch as well and done in a nice fashion too. There's also great clear camera looking up on Ash after using a saw and then burying this evil Ash and then placing a tombstone on like we spot in Evil Dead. Yes folks Sam Raimi still gave it that typical tradition here.
Another nice horror feel to the story is when Ash tries to return to the castle and we spot skeletal corpses rising from the ground to grab him and then the comedy comes into this with them poking him in the eyes and other situations like that in which blends in both with the horror and comedy making this both working in perfectly.
We have some neat special effects with a flying demon grabbing Sheila and taking her away.
There's even a good conry one liner from the Evil Ash rising from the grave with his cold words that he is back along with neat special effects on skeletons rising up and planning to do a battle in which there's more funny one liners with them talking about the mission. Also there's great dark camera shots on all of this. Plus a good shot on Sheila now a demonic force which looked impressive with the close up shot on her.
Alot of terrific and energetic battling movements with the people at the castle against these skeletal beings as well as a great moment with Ash turning his vehicle into an army force here. Alot of funny one liners here and there when these moments occur as well as good effects on an explosion too.
The story does get serious when there's a romance between Ash and Sheila at the end of the battles in which this was well focused and brought together nicely since most horror flicks have these moments which works in nicely.
There's a great ending with Ash in his warehouse store when we spot a customer turning into those dmeonic beings and does away with this force which looked slapstick and very heroic like too. For any fans of the Evil Dead flicks will take a nod to this making this a perfect ending here.
Bottom line is that this story is extremely more comedic than in Evil Dead 2 which this film is the third party of the Evil Dead sequels.
It also has a better plot than the first two and hilarious dialogue scenes. Altogether I enjoyed this flick as it was alot of fun to watch and is a must for all people who enjoy slapstick comedy with their horror films.
Every little bit of this film is overly entertaining made on the biggest budget than any of the Evil Dead flicks and excellent special effects too which is the film's plus.

The acting is terrifically performed with plenty of laughs. Bruce Campbell (Ash Williams / Evil Ash) delivers a great performance for this role for the third time at being aggressive and comedic at the same time. He does well with his blocking and terrific energy while using a chainsaw or any kind of weapon to battle away the evil forces and really getting into all of this along with acting believeably funny with his one liners too and great growly insane type of speaking too. He also does a great job by behaving arrogant and having a spoiled type of behavior in certain scene's. Plus he does well with his charming behavior and coming across as perfectly romantic too. He shows a nice versatality as the evil one in which he does nicely with his cold speaking as well as acting like a dork and stupidious behavior on his commandments. All of this was perfectly brought together almost making you think that it was another actor from time to time.
I also enjoyed Embeth Davidtz (Sheila) role in the film too she had alot of great characterisation in her role like you'd see in a Shakespearean performance.
She does well having anegative behavior in the beginning of her performance acting believeably nasty. Then she shows a nice soft like behavior and trying to act nice and generous in which this came across well too. She shows some nice blocking movements too like slapping someone in the face and showing good energy within all of this. Plus she does a great job when she becomes an evil force with her expressions as well as going crazy which shows a nice turnaround for her and coming off greatly here.
Ian Abercrombie
(Wiseman) was magnificent as a leader of the group in his castle having a good stern and serious type of behavior as well as coming across clearly with his no nonesense personality. Plus he had the right looks for all of this too adding it a plus here. He does well with his demanding attitude for the book he needs to ward off the evil in which he gives his lines a perfect energetic and dramatic mode here. I always found that he does a good job with whatever he does in a flick. A true character actor. Bless his soul.

This film mainly focused on the special effects than on the gore unlike on the first two films but there is the odd moment of graphic violence like some creatures in a pit being sawed in half by a chainsaw
An evil clone of Ash's face gets scarred and then a body part of his head is revealed while Ash bury's him.

Danny Elfman composed the "March of the Dead" scene and the rest of the music was composed by Joseph LoDuca. Both of these composers have worked with Raimi numerous times. We hear alot of perfect chanting and operatic harmonising which sounded good and smooth for the fantasy moments used in the film. There's also great violin and trombone orchestral playing which sounds perfect and claer. Definetely very mainstream sounding like the other films done by Universal Pictures. There's also good and peaceful composing for the romantic moments too.

Ash: Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.

Ash: It's a trick. Get an axe.

Sheila: I may be bad... but I feel gooood.

Ash: See this? *This* is my *boom stick*! The 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. *You got that*?

Duke Henry: You're not one of my vassals... who are you?
Ash: Who wants to know?
Duke Henry: I am Henry the Red. Duke of Shale, Lord of the Northlands and leader of its peoples.
Ash: Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I've got news for you pal, you ain't leadin' but two things: Jack and shit... and Jack just left town.

[Sheila wants to apologize to Ash]
Ash: First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow.

[In a passionate moment of romance]
Ash: Gimme some sugar, baby.

Sheila: But what of all those sweet words you spoke in private?
Ash: Oh that's just what we call pillow talk, baby, that's all.

Ash: [to the Witch] Yo, she-bitch! Let's go!

[Upon getting the powered glove in place of his right hand]
Ash: Groovy.

Ash: Don't touch that please, your primitive intellect wouldn't understand things with alloys and compositions and things with... molecular structures.

Ash: Clatto Verata Nicto.
Wise man: Again.
Ash: Clatto Verata Nicto.
Wise man: Again.
Ash: I got it, I got it. I know your damn words, right?

Ash: Clatto Verata N... Necktie... Nickel... It's an "N" word, it's definitely an "N" word!

Arthur: Are all men from the future loud-mouthed braggarts?
Ash: Nope. Just me baby... Just me.

[as undead Ash stands triumphant on catapult]
Ash: Buckle up Bonehead. 'Cause you're goin' for a ride!

Demon Lady: I'll swallow your soul!
Ash: Come get some.

Ash: Lady, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave the store.
Possessed woman: Who the hell are you?
Ash: Name's Ash.
[cocks shotgun]
Ash: Housewares.

Arthur: How will we stop an army of the dead at our castle walls? How will you fight that? With more words? Most of our people have already fled. We are but sixty men.

Sheila: You found me beautiful once...
Ash: Honey, you got reeeal ugly!

Ash: All right, you primitive screw-heads, listen up!

Ash: Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun.

[as an evil Ash begins growing out of his shoulder]
Ash: Oh, dear God, it's growing bigger!

[when Sheila walks into the blacksmith's shop to talk to Ash]
Ash: What? Were you raised in a barn? Shut the door! Probably was raised in a barn, along with the other primitives.

Evil Ash: I got a bone to pick with you.

Evil Ash: You're pissing me off, you ugly son of a bitch!

Evil Ash: [Admiring Sheila] Well aren't you the sweetest little thing?

Sheila: [Being handled by Evil Ash] Don't touch me! You foul thing!
Evil Ash: Your gonna learn to love me, missy.
Sheila: The Promised one will come for you.
Evil Ash: Darlin' I'm gonna save him the trouble.

Ash: Keep your damn filthy bones outta my mouth.

Skeleton: Let's get the hell out of here!

Old Woman: Into the pit with those bloody-thirsty sons of whores!

Ash: London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling doown! *steps on a nail held by the mini Ashes*
Mini Ashes: My fair lady ha!

Evil Ash: You're going down!
Ash: I'm going up!

Ash: Oh you little bastards! All right, I'll crush each and every last one of ya! I'll squash you so hard you'll have to look down to look up!
Mini Ash: Hey dumbass!

Ash: Now I swear the next one of you primates even *touches* me...

Ash: Maybe. Just maybe my boys can protect the book. Yeah, and maybe I'm a Chinese jet pilot.

[after Ash chops up Evil Ash with a chainsaw and throws him into a hole]
Evil Ash: You'll never retrieve the Necronomicon! You'll die before ya get it!
Ash: Hey! What's that you got on your face?
Evil Ash: Huh?
[Ash throws dirt on Evil Ash's face]

Ash: Now whoa whoa whoa right there spinach chin!

[from Director's Cut]
Ash: What are you? Are you me?
Evil Ash: Whad are do? Are do be? HAHAHAHAHAH! You sound like a jerk!
Ash: Why ya doin' this, huh?
Evil Ash: Oh, you wanna know? 'Cause the answer's easy! I'm BAD Ash... and you're GOOD Ash! You're a goody little two-shoes! Little goody two-shoes! Little goody two-shoes!
[begins to sucker-punch Ash]
Evil Ash: Goody little TWO-SHOES! Goody little TWO-SHOES! HEHEHEHEHE!
[honk honk honk]
Ash: [cocks shotgun and points it under Evil Ash's nose]
[nods head]
Ash: [BLAMMO!] I ain't that good.

Skeleton: [dragging topless wench] We got plans for you, Girlie-girl!

Ash: That's it, go ahead and run. Run home and cry to mama!

Skeleton: I'll cut off your gizzard.

[stabbing at Ash's car]
Soldier: What a piece of armor this is!

[to his skeleton minions, who are digging up corpses in a graveyard]
Evil Ash: Dig, damn you! Dig faster! I shall command every worm-infested son-of-a-bitch that ever died in battle!
Skeleton: Thank you, sir!

Ash: [trying to kill a small ash that has jumped into his mouth and into his stomach, he gets a kettle of boiling water] OK, little fella, here&rsquos a little
Ash: hot chocolate for ya! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

[last lines]
Ash: [narrating] Sure, I could have stayed in the past. I could have even been king. But in my own way, I *am* king.
[Ash grabs girl close]
Ash: Hail to the king, baby.
[Ash kisses the girl]