Army of Darkness

February 19th, 1993


Army of Darkness

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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.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 7.6/10 (69,670 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Sam Raimi

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert

In this sequel to the Evil Dead films, a discount-store employee ("Name's Ash. Housewares.") is time-warped to a medieval castle beset by monstrous forces. Initially mistaken for an enemy, he is soon revealed as the prophecised savior who can quest for the Necronomicon, a book which can dispel the evil. Unfortunately, he screws up the magic words while collecting the tome, and releases an army of skeletons, led by his own Deadite counterpart. What follows is a thrilling, yet tongue-in-cheek battle between Ash's 20th Century tactics and the minions of darkness.

Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi

Bruce Campbell - 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
Patricia Tallman - Possessed Witch
Ted Raimi - Cowardly Warrior / Second Supportive Villager / S-Mart Clerk (as Theodore Raimi)
Deke Anderson - Mini-Ash #2
Bruce Thomas - Mini-Ash #3
Sara Shearer - Old Woman
Shiva Gordon - Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan - Pit Bitch

Taglines: 1 Man, 1 Million dead, The odds are just about even.


Official Website: Deadites Online - Official Fan site |

Release Date: 19 February 1993

Filming Locations: Acton, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,424,000 (USA) (21 February 1993) (1387 Screens)

Gross: $21,500,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (director's cut)  | UK: (approx)

Did You Know?

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.'

Continuity: The sun is rising when the reinforcements arrive, but soon after it is dark again (caused by re-editing the sequence, which was originally written differently).

[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: Necronomiconexmortis. The Book of the Dead. Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, this ancient Samarian text contained bizarre burial rights, funeral incantations, and demon resurrection passages, it was never meant for the world of the living. The book awoke something dark in the woods, something evil.
[something crashes through the window of the cabin and Linda screams]
Ash: It took Linda. Then it came after me, it got into my hand and it went bad, so I lopped it off at the wrist.
[Ash is seen cutting off his hand]
Ash: But that didn't stop it, it came back big time.
Ash: [Ash gets pulled into the vortex holding onto the doorway] For God's sake how do you stop it?

User Review

Not for the pretentious

Rating: 9/10

Most people would say you can check your brain at the door before you watch this film, but I beg to differ. This is genuinely intelligent stuff here folks. The director, Sam Raimi, reminds us in this film what it is like to have fun. From the film itself, as well as the DVD featurettes, it is apparent that Mr. Raimi is having a blast doing what he does best. It shows too. Granted, there is not much in the line of plot or theme, but these would be totally gratuitous in this escapist piece. Instead, we are given a fantastic adventure, appropriately tongue-in-cheek special effects, and an ode to The Three Stooges. The facial expressions of Bruce Campbell alone make this film well worth its 80 minutes. I don't want to give away a single joke, because the experience is just too much fun. So, do yourself a favor. Watch this film without being so hard on yourself. Yes, you are allowed to laugh. There can be non-sardonic humor in modern day America. Sam Raimi proves it.


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