Army of Darkness (1992)

USA, 1991
81m, 96m [Director's Cut]
35mm, colour, 1.66:1 [negative ratio], 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English
Reviewed at The

An American horror film directed by Sam Raimi. Although a sequel to The (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987), Army of Darkness tones down much of the horror in favour of more overtly comedic fantasy action.

Plot Summary

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


* = uncredited

Directed by: Sam Raimi
© Dino De Laurentiis Communications
Dino de Laurentiis Communications presents a Renaissance Pictures productions
Co-Producer: Introvision International, Inc.
Produced by: Robert Tappert
Co-producer: Bruce Campbell
Written by: Sam Raimi & Ivan Raimi
Director of Photography: Bill Pope
Edited by: Bob Murawski & R.O.C. Sandstorm [real name: Bruce Campbell.[/mfn]
Music by: Joseph LoDuca
Sound Mixer: Al Rizzo
Costume Designer: Ida Gearon
Makeup Supervisor: Camille Calvet
Key Hairstylist: Jeri Baker
Special Makeup Effects by: Kurtzman, Nicotero & Berger EFX Group
Ash & Sheila Makeup Effects by: Tony Gardner and Alterian Studios, Inc.
Stop Motion Supervisor: Peter Kleinow
“Book of the Dead” Animation and Design by: Tom Sullivan
Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard Malzahn
Production Designer: Tony Tremblay

Bruce Campbell (Ash)
Embeth Davidtz (Sheila)
Marcus Gilbert (Arthur)
Ian Abercrombie (wiseman)
Richard Grove (Duke Henry)
Timothy Patrick Quill (blacksmith)
Michael Earl Reid (Gold Tooth)
Bridget Fonda (Linda)
Patricia Tallman (possessed witch)
Theodore Raimi (cowardly warrior)
Deke Anderson (tiny Ash #1)
Bruce Thomas (tiny Ash #2)
Sara Shearer (old woman)
Billy Bryan (pit deadite #1)
Shiva Gordon (pit deadite #2)
Nadine Grycan (winged deadite)
Bill Moseley (deadite captain)
Michael Kenney (Henry's man)
Andy Bale (lieutenant #1)
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)
Angela Featherstone [girl in S-Mart] *
Kevin O'Hara [deadite] *
Sam Raimi [knight in sweatshirt and sneakers/knight who says “I'm Afraid”] *

Alternative Titles

Armáda temnot – Czech Republic title
L'armata delle tenebre – Italian title
Armee der Finsternis – German title
L'Armée des ténèbres – Evil Dead III – French title
L'Armée des ténèbres – French/French Canadian title
Armia ciemnosci – Polish title
Armija mraka – Serbian video title
Army of Darkness: Evil Dead III – Swedish title
Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead – UK video title
Army of Darkness: The Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror – closing credits title
Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness – full opening title
El despertar del diablo 3 – Mexican title
El ejército de las tinieblas – Spanish title
Evil dead 3 – L'armée des ténèbres – French DVD title
The Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness – UK DVD title
O Exército das Trevas – Portuguese title
Kyaputien supamaketto: Shiryo no harawata III – Japanese title
Uma Noite Alucinante 3 – Brazilian title
Pimeyden armeija – Finnish title
A sötétség serege – Hungarian title
O stratos tou skotous – Greek DVD title
Tanz der Teufel III: Armee der Finsternis – German title
Vojska tame – Croatian title

Sequel to
The Evil Dead (1981)
Evil Dead II (1987)

Extracts included in
30 Even Scarier Movie Moments (2006)
78/52 (2017)
Masters of Horror (2002)
The Men Behind the Army (1999)
The Nostalgia Critic: The Care Bears Movie (2010)
La tomba (2004)

See also
Aliens (1986)
The Amazing Colossal Man (1956)
Batman Returns (1992)
Back to the Future Part III (1990)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Blood (1997)
Clerks of Darkness (1999)
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Death: The Franchise (1998)
Fanalysis (2002)
Final Flight of the Osiris (2003)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
Gulliver's Travels (1939)
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
The Manster (1960)
Metropolis (1927)
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Necronomicon (1994)
New Nightmare (1994)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Planet of the Apes (1967)
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
The Quest for _____ (1998)
Read or Die (2001)
The Simpsons: Brawl in the Family (6 January 2002)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Spaced: Art (8 October 1999)
The Spaceman and King Arthur (1979)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
Stryker's War (1985)
Suspiria (1977)
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Wizard of Oz (1925)


Cinefantastique June 1992 pp.22-23 – illustrated article
Cinefantastique August 1992 pp.24-53 – illustrated article
Cinema 25 March 1993 – review (by Heiko Rosner)
epd Film vol.10 no.5 (1 May 1993) p.30 – illustrated review (Armee der Finsternis by Dietrich Kuhlbrodt)
Première January 1994 p.18 – review (by Eric Libiot)
Prevue vol.2 no.49 (February 1993) pp.44-49 – illustrated article (Behind the Lines with Shockmeister Sam Raimi by Dan Schweiger)
Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992) pp.14-16 – illustrated interview with Sam Raimi (The General by Thomas Nilsson)
Shivers no.4 pp.12-13 – review
Sight & Sound June 1993 pp.46-47 – review
Strange Adventures no.46 p.9 – review

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

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.480
Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.178-180; 224 – review; credits
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.23
Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.207-210
The Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik p.49 – illustrated credits, review
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film , Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.161-162
The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.43-46
Zombie by Allan Bryce (ed) pp.76-87 – illustrated article (Evil Dead trilogy by Allan Bryce)
Zombiemania: 80 Movies to Die For by Dr Arnold T. Blumberg, Andrew Hershberger pp.25-31 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review