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Army of Darkness (1992)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1992
Running Times: 81m/96m (Director's Cut)
Length:
Format: 35mm
Colour Format: colour
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby SR


DIRECTION

Director: Sam Raimi


CREW

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica /Introvision International/Renaissance Pictures/Universal Pictures
Executive Producer: Dino De Laurentiis
Producers: Robert Tappert, Bruce Campbell
Unit Production Manager: Eric Gruendemann
Production Co-Ordinator: Anna-Lisa Nilsson

SCRIPT
Script: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi

DIRECTION
2nd Unit Director: Doug Lefler
1st Assistant Director: John Cameron
2nd Assistant Director: Sarah Addington
Additional 2nd Assistant Director: Lennie Appelquist
2nd 2nd Assistant Director: Steve Coatney
2nd Unit Assistant Director: Robert Hume
Script Supervisor: Steve Gehrke

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Bill Pope
2nd Unit Photography: Ken Arlidge, Andrea Dietrich, William Mesa
1st Assistant Camera: Gregor Tavenner
2nd Unit 1st Assistant Camera: Ron Turowski
2nd Assistant Camera: Carolyn Chen
Musco Lighting Technicians: Todd Braden, Tom Webb
Gaffers: James J. Gilson, Joel Unangst
2nd Unit Gaffer: Dante Cardone
Key Grip: Tony Mazzucchi
2nd Unit Key Grip: Mark Gambino
Dolly Grip: Billy Pierson, Jamie Young
Best Boy Grip: Kurt Grossi
Best Boy Electric: John Martens
2nd Unit Electrician: Michael Tolochko
Camera Loader: David Garcia
Video Playback Operator: Troy Stauffer
Stills: Melissa Moseley
Colour Timer: Phil Hetos
Colour: DeLuxe
Camera: Clairmont Cameras

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Post Production Supervisor: Gary Chandler
Editorial Supervisor: Doug Haines
Editors: Bob Murawski, R.O.C. Sandstorm (real name: Bruce Campbell)
1st Assistant Editor: Jody Fedele
Negative Cutter: Dave Parmenter

MUSIC
Music: Joe LoDuca
March of the Dead Theme: Danny Elfman
Orchestration/Conductor: Tim Simonec
Additional Orchestration: Larry Kenton
Choral Conductor: Dennis J. Tini
Soundtrack Producer: Robert Townson
Music Editor: Doug Lackey
Score Mixer: Dennis Sands
Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy
Music Librarians: Greg Buttars, Leslie Buttars
Music Preparation: Gregg Nestor

SOUND
Sound Supervisors: Alan Howarth, Steve Williams
Sound Designers: Alan Howarth, Lance Brown
Dialogue Editors: Rick Freeman, Jim Brookshire
Sound Mixer: Al Rizzo
Sound Recording: Al Rizzo, Rich Gooch, Robert Jansen
Re-Recording Mixers: Gary Gegan, Matthew Iadarola
Sound Editor: Paul Menichini
ADR Supervisor: Craig Clark
ADR Group Co-Ordinator: Burton Sharp
ADR: Brian Risner, Miguel Rivera, Ken Burton
ADR Recording: David Jobe
ADR Re-Recording: Bob Deschaine
Foley Recording: Mark Harris
Foley Mixer: Linda Corbin
Foley Artists: Ellen Heuer, Joan Rowe
Re-Recording: Matthew Iadarola, Gary Gegan
Sound Effects: Lance Brown, Lewis Goldstein, Larry Goodwin, Jason King, Jack Levy, Paul Menichini, George Nemzer
Sound Effects Editors: Tim Gedemer, Larry Goodwin, Jack Levy, Paul Menichini
Boom Operator: Brad Knopf

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up Supervisor: Camille Calvet
Key Make Up: Anne Hieronymous
Assistant Make Up: Karen Keener
Key Hair: Jeri Baker
2nd Hair: Julie Woods
Assistant Hair: Rebecca Alling
Costume Designer: Ida Gearon
Assistant Costume Designer: Leslie Daniel Rainer
Wardrobe Supervisor: Karyn Wagner
Set Dressers: Jonathan Bruce, Julie Hermelin
Horse Dresser: Dena Matranga

SPECIAL MAKE UP EFFECTS
Special Make Up Effects: K.N.B. EFX Group Inc
Special Make Up Effects Supervisors: Robert Kurtzman, Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger
Special Make Up Effects Co-Ordinator: Susan Mallon
Special Make Up Effects Mechanical Department: Mark Goldberg, Jeff Edwards, Wayne Toth, Mark Rappaport
Special Make Up Effects Sculptors/Model Makers: Brent Armstrong, John Bisson, David Smith, Andy Clement, Paul Sciacca
Foam Fabricator: William Bryan
Ash and Sheila Make Up Effects: Alterian Studios
Project Supervisor Alterian Studios: Tony Gardner
Teeth Sculpture: Jim McPherson
Evil Ash Skeleton: Bill Sturgeon
Evil Ash Sculpture and Application: Bruce Spaulding Fuller
Evil Sheila Sculpture: Roger Barelli
Ash Likeness Sculpture: Jim McPherson
Prosthetic Make Up: Garrett Immel
Mechanical Designers: David Penikas, Mark Goldberg
Hair Technicians: Max Alvarez, Becky Ochoa
Fibreglass Fabrication: John Calpin
Moulds: Scary Gary Pawlowski, James Rohland
Foam Cosmetics: Carolyn Oros

Visual Effects: Introvision International
Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard Malzahn
Visual Effects Director: William Mesa
Visual Effects Assistant Director: Heather Ling
Visual Effects Producers: Andy Naud, Linda Landry-Nelson, Nick Davis
Visual Effects Production Co-Ordinator: Laura Lutrell
Visual Effects Cameraman: John P. Mesa

Stop Motion Supervisor: Peter Kleinow
Puppet Creator: Mike Joyce
Sculptor: Dan Platt
Draftsperson: Dan Ross
Motion Control Camera Operators: Nic Nicholson, Les Paul Robley
Model Shop Supervisor: Gene Rizzardi
Model Shop Co-Ordinator: Laura Cram
Model Makers: Glen Harrison, Olivia Rameriz, Carl Bostrom, Ana Ellis, Adam Hill, Zuzana Swansen, Gary Young, Bruce Macray, Omei Eaglerider
Mechanical Effects Supervisor: Vern Hyde
Mechanical Effects: Dave Hettmer
Mechanical Effects Foreman: Gary Jones
Effects Technician : Richard 'Jake' Jacobson
Optical Supervisors: Spencer Gill, Robert Habros
Opticals: Huck Penzell
EMC2 Systems: Preffered Video Products
Title Animation: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Title Effects Supervisor: Richard Malzahn
Title Effects Optical Supervisor: Robert Habros
Title Animation: Sallie McHenry
Ink and Paint: Heather Davis, Judith Bell, LizLord
Book of the Dead Animation/Design: Tom Sullivan
Pyrotechnics: Gary Bentley, Dan Cangemi

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Production Designer: Tony Tremblay
Art Director: Aram Allan
Title Designer: Jennifer Berkowitz
Set Decorator: Michele Poulik
Storyboards: Doug Lefler, Matsune Suzuki, James Mayeda
Lead Scenic Artist: John Snow
Scenic Artists: Kevin Scott Mack, David Snow, Robert Campbell, Simon Addyman, Mark Donoghue, Thomas Bell, Ernest 'Spike' Trevino
Construction Co-Ordinator: Aram Allan
Property Master: Michael Courville

LOCATIONS
Locations: Acton, California; Palmdale California
Location Manager: Steve Garrett

OTHER CREW
Assistant to Loduca: Trisha Hagan
Assistant to Raimi: David Pollison
Unit Publicist: Patti Hawn
Armourer: Brian Thomas
Special Weapon/Armour Designers: Jeff Hedgecock, Vorhut Fahnlein Arms (Dave Hammon, John Hart, Jim Hedgecock, John Kingsbury, Cat Lamson, Nick Petrosino, Eric Ray)
Boss Wrangler: Davey Rodgers
Wranglers: Davey Rogers, Carol Sonheim, Donald York
Set Medic: Bundy Chanock
Transportation Co-Ordinator: Mike McDuffee
Driver: Antonio Molina
Craft Service: Kevin O'Hara
Health/Fitness Consultant/Bruce Campbell's Weight Trainer: Wogbe Ofori

LOCATIONS
Locations: Acton, California, USA; Bronson Caverns, Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Vasquez Rocks County Park, Agua Dulce, California, USA

STUNTS
Stunt Co-Ordinator: Chris Doyle
Stunts: Sandy Berumen, Richard Blackwell, Chuck Borden, Eddie Braun, George H. Colucci Jr, B.J. Davis, Yannick Derrien, Dick Hancock, Bill Hart, Donna Keegan, Maria Kelly, Steven Lambert, Lane Leavitt, Gene Le Bell, Ken Lesco, Jack Lilley, Dennis Madalone, "Wild Bill" Mock, Tom Morgan, Bruce Morgan, Gary Morgan, Keirh Morrison, John Nowak, Janet Lee Orcutt, Christian Page, John Sistrunk, Tim Trella, Christopher J. Tuck, Jack Verbois, Brian John Williams
Swordplay Stunt Master: Dan Speaker
Assistant Swordplay Choreographer: Jan Bryant
Swordfighters: Dana Fredsti, Bridget Hoffman, Julianne Mazziotti, Vaughn Roberts, David C. Speaker, Geoffrey Donne, Ruby Marlowe

CASTING
Casting: Ira Belgrade
Extras Casting: Julie Calman, Diana Carroll


CAST

Bruce Campbell (Ash)
Embeth Davidtz (Sheila)
Marcus Gilbert (Arthur)
Ian Abercrombie (Wiseman)
Richard Grove (Duke Henry)
Michael Earl Reid (Gold Tooth)
Timothy Patrick Quill (blacksmith)
Bridget Fonda (Linda)
Patricia Tallman (possessed witch)
Theodore Raimi (cowardly warrior)
Deke Anderson, Bruce Thomas (tiny Ash)
Sara Shearer (old woman)
Bill Bryant (Billy Bryan?), Shiva Gordon (pit deadites)
Nadine Grycan (winged deadite)
Bill Moseley (deadite captain)
Michael Kenney (Henry's man)
Andy Bale, Robert Brent Lappin (lieutenants)
Rad Milo (tower guard)
Brad Bradbury (chief archer)
Sol Abrams, Lorraine Axeman, Josh Becker, Sheri Burke, Don Campbell, Charlie Campbell, Harley Cokliss, Ken Jepson, William Lustig, David O'Malley, David Pollison, Ivan Raimi, Bernard Rose, Bill Vincent, Chris Webster, Ron Zwang (fake Shemps)

UNCREDITED CAST

Angela Featherstone (girl in S-Mart)
Kevin O'Hara (Deadite)
Sam Raimi (knight in sweatshirt and sneakers/knight who says "I'm Afraid")


PLOT SUMMARY

Having defeated the Evil Dead in the 20th Century, Ash finds himself sucked through a time warp and into medieval England where he is forced into battle with a whole army of renaimated skeletons, flying Deadites and witches.


CAPSULE REVIEW

Played strictly for laughs, this final installment of the Evil Dead trilogy is a disappointment, the franchise completing its reinvention as broad slapstick farce. The gleeful sick humour of the groundbreaking first film had already been watered down by the knockabout comedy of Evil Dead 2 (1987) and by this time, the series had largely given up on the horror and had again thrown continuity to the wind (when did Ash become so grumpy and miserable?). The apocalyptic ending (not seen in all prints) is the most memorable moment.


AVAILABILITY

Canada
Video Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video

France
Le Studio Canal+ (45 6110)

Germany
Theatrical Distributor: Senator Film
German Laserdisc Distributor: Pioneer
DVD Release: EuroVideo (25147)

Japan
Laserdisc Distributor: Towa Video (PILF-7265)

Spain
Theatrical Distributor: Araba Films

UK
Theatrical Distributor: Guild

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Universal Pictures
Laserdisc Distributor: CBS Fox; MCA/Universal Home Video (41603); MCA/Universal Home Video (41288)
DVD Distributor: Universal (20322); Anchor Bay (DV 10952) - Special Edition; Anchor Bay (DV 11230) - Limited Edition; Anchor Bay (DV 10926)


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: M

Finland
Rating: K-16

France
Rating: -12

Germany
Rating: 18

Norway
Rating: 15

Spain
Rating: 18

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 15

USA
Rating: R


AWARDS

1993
Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival

Grand Prize (Sam Raimi) - nominated

Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film
Golden Raven (Sam Raimi) - winner

Fantasporto
Critics' Award (Sam Raimi) - winner
International Fantasy Film Award: Best Film (Sam Raimi) - nominated


TIMELINE

1993
February

Day Unknown: Portugal - shown at the Fantasporto Film Festival
19: USA - theatrical release

April
22: Australia - theatrical release
22: Germany - theatrical release

June
11: Finland - theatrical release
11: UK - theatrical release
18: Sweden - theatrical release

July
30: Spain - theatrical release

August
11: USA - laserdisc release (MCA/Universal Home Video (41603); MCA/Universal Home Video (41288))

1994
January

5: France - theatrical release

March
Day Unknown: Japan - laserdisc release (Towa Video (PILF-7265))

1998
August

18: USA - DVD release (Universal (20322))

1999
October

12: USA - DVD release (Anchor Bay (DV 10952) - Special Edition); Anchor Bay (DV 10926)

2000
July

25: USA - DVD release (Anchor Bay (DV 11230) - Limited Edition)

2002
January

2: USA - television broadcast (on Sci-Fi)


POSTER TAGS

Trapped in Time, Surrounded by Evil, Low on Gas

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

They move. They breathe. They suck.

Sound the trumpets, raise the drawbridge, and drop the Oldsmobile

How can you destroy an army that's already dead?


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Army of Darkness, The - early title
Army of Darkness, the Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror - title in closing credits
Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead - UK advertising title
Medieval Dead, The - early title
Evil Dead III
Army of Darkness: Evil Dead III
Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness
Bruce Campbell vs Army of Darkness
- UK video advertising title
Captain Supermarket - Japanese title
Armee der Finsternis - German title
Armée des ténèbres - French title


LINKS

SEQUEL TO
Evil Dead, The (1982)
Evil Dead II (1987)

SEE ALSO
Aliens (1986)
Amazing Colossal Man, The (1956)
Clerks of Darkness (1999)
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Day the Earth Stood Still, The (1951)
Death: The Franchise (1998)
Duke Nukem 3D (1996)
Evil Dead: Hail to the King (2000)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Kid in King Arthur's Court, A (1995)
Last Temptation of Christ, The (1988)
Manster, The (1960)
Metropolis (1927)
Mummy, The (1999)
Necronomicon (1994)
Nightmare on Elm Street. A (1984)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist II  The Other Side (1986)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Spaceman and King Arthur, The (1979)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Star Wars Episode V  The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Stryker's War (1985)
Suspiria (1977)
Three Worlds of Gulliver, The (1960)
Trollenberg Terror, The (1958)
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
Wizard of Oz (1925)


REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Cinefantastique June 1992 pp.22-23 (USA)
illustrated article

Cinefantastique August 1992 pp.24-53 (USA)
illustrated article

Cinema 25 March 1993 (Germany)
review (by Heiko Rosner)

Première January 1994 p.18 (France)
review (by Eric Libiot)

Shivers 4 pp.12-13 (UK)
review

Sight and Sound June 1993 pp.46-47 (UK)
review

Strange Adventures 46 p.9 (UK)
review

Svenska Dagbladet 18 June 1993 (Sweden)
review (Valpig parodi på skräckfilm by Hans Schiller)

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits


KEYWORDS

battering rams, skeletons, zombies, necronomicon, crossbows, sequels, books, shotguns, time travel, post apocalypse, chainsaws, graveyards, knights, horses, monsters

 


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