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Army of Darkness (1993)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Army of Darkness (1993)

In director Sam Raimi's third installment in the Evil Dead trilogy - an offbeat horror spoof:

  • the opening flashback of stranded-in-time, unbalanced hardware store S-Mart clerk Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), who remarked that he once was a clerk at an S-Mart store: "It wasn't always like this. I had a real life once. A job" - but was compelled to chain-saw off his own possessed left hand in a cabin's living room, and was then propelled or transported in a whirling timewarp (with his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88) back to medieval times of 1300 AD England, where he was captured and enslaved by Lord Arthur (Marcus Gilbert)
  • the sequence of Ash thrown in a demon-infested death pit of Deadites (where he saved himself with his retrieved chainsaw which locked onto his arm); he battled against the first pit Deadite (Shiva Gordon) and lopped off the Deadite's head; a second threatening Deadite was impaled by a spike-wall, as Ash pulled himself up to the rim of the pit, and then challenged Lord Arthur and anyone else: "Who's next, huh?"
Deadites - and Ash's "Boomstick"
  • Ash's intimidating speech about his "boomstick": ("This is my boomstick! It's a 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line...")
  • the sequence of Ash's confrontation with another old hag Pit Bitch Deadite (Billy Bryan) that attacked several guards and screamed: "You shall never obtain the Necronomicon"; Ash first challenged ("Yo, she-bitch, let's go!") and then vanquished it by shooting the monstrous creature over his shoulder with his boomstick
  • Ash's seeking of refuge in a windmill, where he crashed into a mirror, and the tiny reflections of himself in shards of shattered glass emerged - he struggled against tiny, mischievous versions of himself in a funny Gulliver's Travels-like segment set; he also fell onto a hotstove when he had to use a spatula to remove his face
  • Ash's struggle against his own full-sized doppelganger evil self (that sprouted from his own shoulder after he swallowed one of the shard pieces), ending with his dissection of the double with his chainsaw and its burial
  • in the graveyard scene, he faced a dilemma regarding three look-alike books - and chose the wrong Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) -- the erroneous book, with a turning, 'black-hole'-like center, vacuumed him into itself, until he literally had to pull himself out with an elongated face
  • the scene of his recitation of the wrong magical words (forgetting the final word in the incantation: "Klaatu, Barada, Nikto" from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)) - he substituted mumbled N words: "necktie," "nectar," and "nickel," etc. for the real third 'N' word ("It's definitely an 'N' word")
  • the inadvertent unleashing and emergence of skeletal Deadite 'army of the dead' (similar to Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion creatures in Jason and the Argonauts (1963)) from the ground, led by Ash's resurrected, zombie-doppelganger self, that grabbed his face repeatedly
  • after vanquishing the deadites (he drank a potion and recited the three words exactly) and returning to the present time, the scene of Ash defeating one more She-Demon (Patricia Tallman) in the Housewares Department of S-Mart - afterwards, an impressed, a sexy red-headed co-worker (Angela Featherstone) embraced him, as Ash mused in voiceover: "Sure, I could have stayed in the past. I could have even been king. But in my own way, I am king." He then told the girl before he passionately kissed her: "Hail to the king, baby!"

Ash's Chainsaw Arm

Removing Face From Hot Stove


Elongated Face

'Army of the Dead' Skeletons

"Hail to the king, baby"


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