Army of Darkness (1992) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Army of Darkness (1992)

Army of Darkness (1992)

  • Release Date:  1992
  • Genre:  Comedy, Zombie
  • Director:  Sam Raimi
  • Screenwriter:  Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi
  • Cast & Crew: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove, Timothy Patrick Quill, Michael Earl Reid, Bridget Fonda, Patricia Tallman, Ted Raimi, Deke Anderson, Bruce Thomas, Sara Shearer, Shiva Gordon andBilly Bryan

Army of Darkness (1992)Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;
  • Ronan = 7.5 / 10;
  • Simina = 9 / 10;
  • Andrew = 8 /10;
  • IMDB = 7.6/10.

Army of Darkness (1992) Synopsis:

Ash is accidentally time-wrapped in medieval time where he is believed to be the one that will help to fight the army of darkness and retrieve the famous Book of Dead.

Army Of Darkness Deep Dark Thoughts

Army of DarknessThereee had to be a sequel to Evil Dead 2. No one was going to tell me that this series was going to end with the second installment. I had even read in Fangoria an interview with Bruce Campbell on the set of ED 2 in which he discussed plans to make Evil Dead 3. I started to countdown the days from the first mention of this sequel. I probably haven’t been this excited to see any movie in all my life. I really got frustrated when they kept pushing back the release date from late summer of 92 to the beginning of 93. I kept saying to myself “Will this movie ever be released?” Finally, about a week before its released, I started seeing TV ads and I was so psyched. I took the day off from work and was the first (well, the only one) person in line at my local theater. I saw the movie and found it very funny, but not what I expected. Before I could even blink, AOD was out of the theater.

I would have done some things a little different. First, I had hoped that AOD would go back to the horror standards of “Evil Dead“, but rather moved more to the comic standards of the Three Stooges. Second, where was the marketing for this movie? Sure, there were tons of Fango articles, but TV ads a week before the release? – give a break!  It just wasn’t fair. Third, I would have definitely made this a summer movie. No one goes to see movies like they do in the summer.

I think the video release has done wonders for this movie and that is why out of any of the ED movies, AOD has the most web pages dedicated to it, probably because it has some of the coolest one liners. I definitely recommend this movie, but please be prepared for more of a comedy that a horror film.

As always please e-mail me if you have anything you can add to this page, or if you have any comments, criticisms or suggestion.

Army of Darkness Story:

Often referred to as “The Three Stooges vs. The Evil Dead”. This the third and hopefully not the final installment in the Evil Dead Trilogy. We find our hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) sucked into a vortex which sends him back in time to 1300 AD. The Wiseman John knows that Ash is the one written about in the Necronomicom , “he who is sent back to deliver them from the evil deadites”. But King Arthur suspects he’s one of Henry the Red‘s men.

After doing battle in the pit, we get a glimpse of Ash’s sensitive side. He is able to strike a “deal” with Arthur that if he retrieves the book, they will send him back to his own time. He is instructed that he must say three little words before retrieving the book. If said wrong….he would release the Army of Dead.

While traveling to retrieving the book, he has a little run-in with his evil side. When he finally happens upon the book, he tries to say the words right, really. But, as you can probably surmise from the title, the dead march. Along the way, Ash must do battle with his possessed medieval girlfriend, the Army of Dead, and even himself (as Evil Ash and little Ashes). The end battle scene is a laugh a minute. Complete the trilogy, rent this movie.

Army of Darkness (1992) Review:

The last episode of The Evil Dead Trilogy is now totally a comedy, only one that is built around a great horror framework. Comedies are not what I like best, but don’t get me wrong, Army of Darkness this still an awesomely good movie! Hilarious from beginning to end, it features numerous great villain/monsters and epic battles. The character of Ash is, of course, as cool as usual. I heard many people that liked this movie more than the two first ones, but I guess that hardcore horror fans don’t. In any case, the movie is once more a gem that demonstrates the ingenuity and inventively of Sam Raimi’s mind (and his brother this time!).

Army of Darkness Frightful Facts:

  • Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.”
  • Working title on the set of Evil Dead 2, “Evil Dead 1300AD” and also “Medieval Dead”.
  • Have you heard of an alternative ending? Well, it does exist. The alternative ending is available on the Japanese laserdisc and a recent UK boxset release of the trilogy. It involves Ash taking drops of a magic potion that will allow him to sleep until the present. Too bad for our hero, because he takes too many drops and oversleeps the end of the world. It now appears on Anchor Bay’s SE release of the DVD. I myself, prefer the S-Mart ending.
  • Evil Dead cost about $300K to make, ED2 about $3M, and Army of Darkness about $13M.
  • Dan Elfman from Oingo Bongo wrote the “March of the Dead” for the AOD soundtrack. You can Buy the soundtrack at
  • Look for an issue of Fangoria in the trunk of Ash’s car.
  • A TV version of “Army of Darkness” on the Sci-Fi Channel included some added footage never before seen on any release.
  • Checkout DVD Review’s examination of the new “Army of Darkness ” DVD. Click on the banner for more info.
  • The new Special Edition DVD with added footage, the alternative ending, and much more is out of print from Anchor Bay. It is scheduled to be re-pressed with only the director’s cut (i.e. disc 2 of the SE) in July.

Army of Darkness Frightful Merchandise

Also Read:



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here