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ARMY OF DARKNESS - 4 Slimes
Rated R
Copyright 1992 Dino De Laurentiis Communications
Reviewed by Tenchi on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Ash - As bad-ass as they come. S-Mart Employee (an actual store) who gets sucked into the time portal at the end of the previous movie and finds out he's the chosen one who can stop the evil dead. (See Evil Dead 1 & 2 for more details).
  • Shelia - Very beautiful maiden. Hates Ash at first because she thinks he is a member of the army of a rival lord. She later falls in love with him and they have sex in front of a fire.
  • King Arthur - Not THE King Arthur. The leader of the people that capture Ash. He is the real honor and valor type, and doesn't like Ash that much in the beginning because he thinks Ash is a "loud-mouth Braggart" but learns to respect him.
  • Henry the Red - Leader of a kingdom that is a rival to the Arthur's. Ends up helping the King and Ash defeat the Army of Darkness.
  • Wiseman - Your wise old guy type who believes Ash is the chosen one when he falls from the sky.
  • The Little Ashes - Formed when Ash breaks a possessed reflection of himself in a mirror. They screw around with him some and torture him in ways I couldn't take. Despite the size difference, Ash manages to kill only one of them. These guys are funny as hell.
  • Evil Ash - An evil twin formed when Ash swallows one of the little Ashes. Leader of the Army of Darkness. Gets killed by Ash twice, once with a point blank shot with his twelve gauge, and a second time after being shot off of a catapult with a bag of gun powder.
  • The Army of Darkness - A bunch of dead soldiers who arise from the grave after Ash picks up the Necronomicon without saying the proper words to uncurse it.

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The Plot: 

Ash, the hero of "Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead II" gets taken back to medieval times after being sucked into a time portal at the end of the last movie. The soldiers who find him think he is a soldier of the opposing army, while the wizard tries to convince the king that he is the chosen one. Ash gets thrown into a pit with two of the evil dead, both of whom are killed thanks to his chainsaw and twelve gauge, so everyone is convinced he's the chosen one. The wizard tells Ash that he has to retrieve the Necronomicon because it contains the passages that can return him to his own time and stop the evil. Before he leaves, Ash makes himself a new hand from a glove on a suit of armor. On his way to the location of the book, he runs into his evil reflections while hiding out in a windmill. I'm not going to go into detail, but he spawns an evil twin from swallowing a little Ash. After a brief conflict, he kills his evil twin and buries him. Before he picks up the book, he forgets the sacred words he was supposed to say that would uncurse the book and tries to BS his way through it. Big mistake. This causes the army of Darkness, along with his evil twin, to arise from the dead. Ash returns with the book, but when everyone realizes he didn't say the words, they lose faith in him. Sheila even loses faith with him and gets kidnapped by a demon and becomes possessed. Everybody feels like deserting and running from the Army of Darkness, but Ash convinces them to stay and fight. He decides to up the ante by doing things like making arrows loaded with gunpowder and turning his car into a death-tank. They start out pretty well against the Army of Darkness, but once the AoD get inside the castle, all hell breaks loose. Ash is attacked by the possessed Princess, but sticks her with a spear and throws her off of a tower. Eric the Red comes along and finally turns the tide against the Army of Darkness. A truce is made between Henry the Red and Arthur, Shelia becomes unpossessed, and they all live happily ever after. Ash returns to his own time and goes back to his job in the Housewares department, but did he really stop the Evil Dead for good?

Interesting Trivia: In Japan, this movie was titled: Captain Supermarket

There actually is a S-Mart in Texas (Houston I think). If you ask, they'll give you the Army of Darkness tour, which includes the Housewares Dept (Ash's area of expertise), and where they keep the guns.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Time/space portals end at some place in which you will drop about 50 feet. Fortunately, mats will be there to break your fall.
  • There are deserts in England.
  • Don't screw with Bruce Campbell and especially don't whip him.
  • Kill Deadites and women will go from hating you to wanting to bang you.
  • Don't under estimate little versions of yourself.
  • Don't take your aggressions out on a stove pipe, no matter how many times you hit your head on it.
  • It doesn't matter who's bad or who's good, the only thing that matters is who's the guy with the gun.
  • Evil twins are a pain in the ass.
  • When someone tells you to remember some words, you'd better damn well remember them.
  • Your Chevrolet turned death tank isn't worth destroying over your possessed gal.
  • Bruce Campbell is the God of Ass-Kicking, and don't your forget it.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note armydark1.wav Duke Henry: "I am Henry the Red. Duke of Shale, Lord of the Northlands, and leader of its peoples."
Ash: "Well, hello Mr. Fancy Pants! I got news for you, pal. You ain't leading but two things right now: jack and s**t, and jack left town."
Green Music Note armydark2.wav *BOOM!*
Ash: "Yeah. All right you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This is my BOOMSTICK!"
Green Music Note armydark3.wav Ash tries to BS his way through saying the magic words.
Green Music Note armydark4.wav Deadite Sheila: "You found me beautiful once."
Ash: "Honey, you got real ugly."
Deadite Sheila: *SHRIEKS*
Note: most women will respond this way to a similar conversation.

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Ash takes on a Deadite hag.

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Army of Darkness
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BTW
BTW, the lines from the book are from The Day The Earth Stood Still, not Forbidden Planet. And although not certain, Bruce seems to think that it was probably Sam's idea to put it in. Also, an interesting fact; the invisible evil force is actually a camera mounted to a quad motor bike. Even more interesting, at the end of Evil Dead 1 (SPOILER SPOILER!!!!) when Bruce is almost hit by the quad before the camera stops... well, let's just say it wasn't so "almost". BTW, Sam was driving. :)
Army of Darkness
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by TC Clark
Within in all the words many have written few have failed to see the artistry of this film that tells a story needed
to be known, from the Evil dead it came but much to harsh for the children to understand the story, so thus in this way it is told, I find this movie to be my all time favorite
for it tells all of history and time to come in a form that is easy on the eyes with a smile on your face as you veiw
the story of the creation of man and the complex workings of its mind, each showed as the show plays before you.
Army of Darkness
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Reaver
Excellent movie, lots of "tag lines" ( Shop smart, shop S-Mart!) There was actually a store in a nearby city to me that was called S Mart!  Every time I drove past the place I had myself a little chuckle.  Now, my only gripe with the story.....Ash, my man, are you nuts?  Leaving the medieval world and that first-class babe Sheila to come back to the mundane world????? Okay, maybe I'm biased from being in the SCA.  Anyway, the undead effects were great,  the final battle was a hoot, and the supporting cast was pretty darn good.  One question:  what happened to the poor wenches that the Army of Darkness had captured while they were still "recruiting" ?
Army of Darkness
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Thomas Grant
This movie is one of the best movies I've ever seen besides the Godzilla series.I like this movie better then the first two.The first one is just nasty and scary but the second one is funny and scary but the third one is hilarious!Ash is cool and funny.I first saw it when we rented it at the library.My intire family liked it but I loved it!I've only seen the S Mart ending but I don't want to see the other ending because I don't want to see the Earth dersted.Ash did great in Army Of Darkness.I hope there will be a fouth one.Army of Darkness should have a aword.Its funner then most funny movies.My brother Scott has the first two but when I go to Wallmart I'll try and get the third one.It's my favrite Evil Dead movie.I like when he's in the S Mart and the part when he comes out of the pit and I like all of the rest of the funny parts.It's a great movie.You sould see it.
Army of Darkness
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bizz
Ok, kiddies..Here's the rundown.  The first ED was ok.  It was really disgusting when I was twelve and the fact that the hacked parts that moved were random(the wrist, part of the forearm) made me squirm.  It was nothing I celebrated though.  The series became speacial for me with . That was an intense EC comic ride.  Fun from Start to finish.  Idon't even need the first one now.  it truly pales in comparison.  AOD is a romp.  It is the kind of movie I wish had been made when I was in Junior High. A ton of energy and a ton of attitude. Sometimes Fun is Fun.
Army of Darkness
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bobi
This is my all time favorite movie!  I love this movie!  Its campy, its funny, the skeletons are a scream.  Okay, the basic plot leaves a lot to be desired, but its not really a horror film - its SUPPOSED to be funny.  This movie is worth watching just to see/hear what the marching skeletons do and say.  And all the "in joke" references to other old horror movies are fun to look for.  Like the phrase "Klatu Verata Nikto" from "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
Army of Darkness
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ed
AOD is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I own the VHS version with the alternate ending. Probably the best part in the whole movie is when Ash is attacked the the Deadites after screwing up the incantation. Great homage to the Three Stooges!
Army of Darkness
Reply #24. Posted on July 30, 2001, 01:02:40 PM by Chris
I really like this one just as the first and the second one but too anybody Briget Fonda was in the begining not the endding. That was a diffrent girl. So if they do make another one will sign me up!
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