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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 #41. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Kooshmeister
A truly awesome movie. Corniest thing I've ever seen, but that's what makes it so fun! This was actually the very first movie in the Evil Dead Trilogy that I saw (I've never seen the original Evil Dead, or the so-called 'fourth' film, Within The Woods, which is actually an embryonic version of Evil Dead, but I *hase* seen Evil Dead 2.) My favorite parts in the movie are Ash's battle against the Deadites in the pit, his quest to obtain the Necronomicon (which covers the creation of Evil Ash to his screwing up the incantation in the cemetary later), and the final battle. I own the "Official Bootleg Edition" of the movie, which has a fun commentary by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and the Human Chin himself, Bruce Campbell, plus some deleted scenes and so forth. I'm told it's virtually identical to a previous Director's Cut release, but I knew I had to buy it when I saw the way the packaging is designed to make it *seem* extra cheap; the keepcase is designed to look like a crumpled paper grocery bag. My only gripe is that they didn't include the alternate ending. Seeing the original ending, with Ash waking up after the apocalypse, was cool, but I really, really loved the other ending where he's back in the present and heroically saves a bunch of people at S-Mart from the sudden appearance of a Deadite. Oh well. It still has the other scenes I love so much.
Army of Darkness
Reply #42. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by (Brian) On:11 - 29 - 2003
Army of Darkness is still one of my favorite movies of all time. I laugh so hard everytime I watch it and I think it's still one of the greatest horror movies. But does anyone know there is also an original beginning?(see Army of Darkness: Boomstick Edition)It was supposed to run parallel with the original ending. It was really dark and spooky wich probobly wouldn't run well with the humor of the movie. It opens with Ash talking to the camera. You can only see his eyes being lighted by a red light. He basically explains everything that happened in Evil Dead 2. The Necronomicon, sawing off his hand, and then shows him making the glove that connects the chainsaw to his wrist (not seen in original). Then it shows him reading the passage in the Necronomicon that opens the time portal, then picks up to where he gets sucked through. All the time this happens there is really creepy music. But still this is a great movie. "Give me some sugar, baby"
Army of Darkness
Reply #43. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Ashleigh
Army of Darkness is a great film! I loved the ending (the S-Mart ending). I own the Boomstick 2 Disk Special Edition. I also own the Special Edition Evil Dead DVD where the case is the Necrinomicon, filled with tons of cool extras! I have Evil Dead 2 on DVD, but did they make a special edition? I remember seeing Evil Dead 2 the first time, laughing my head off at the dancing corpse scene, but when Linda jumps out in Ash's face, I screamed! Then I started laughing at myself. Seriously, I thought Evil Dead 2 sucked. Then, I decided to give it another try. I'M GLAD I DID. AOD was just soooooooooo funny, especially when Evil Ash can't say "forth", and when Evil Ash first appears. My password onto my username (not for my screenname) is raimi, and my desktop pic is Ash! Oh, one more thing..... BRUCE CAMPBELL IS SOOOOOOOOOOO FRIGGING HOT!!!!!!!!!
Army of Darkness
Reply #44. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by VA
This is one of my favorite B-rated movies. Its one of those I can keep watching over and over and not get bored(there is only a few of those). Sam Rami is the best(except for Spiderman) The whole trilogy is excellent. The character Ash is hillarous and has alot of rememberable comments that are great for everyday use, baby. This is definately a movie everyone has to see whether or not they like it. It an experience you just can't miss out on.
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Reply #45. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jackiedee
This movie was one of those that you have to see at least twice before you fully appreciate all of it's splendor and glory...and flat out hilarious lines! I mean, really, "hail to the king, baby"??? So funny.
Army of Darkness
Reply #46. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Austin
Undoubtedly one of the true classics.  I still enjoy Evil Dead 2 a bit more, due to the fact that there's a slightly darker feel to it, but this movie is still in my top 3 favorite movies of all time.  You just can't beat the one-liners ("Hey - you got something on your face.").  If you're not familiar with this movie, then come out from under the rock you've been hiding under and rent it.
Army of Darkness
Reply #47. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by john
Evil Dead .. Godzilla ... Gamera.  this is a great site!  AOD is one of my all tiem fave films.  I'm surprised at the cult that has grown from this film in the past five years or so, especially since there were only three other people at the theater when I origianlly saw this film.
Army of Darkness
Reply #48. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by BoyScoutKevin
What can one say, now that I have seen the film all the way through. Bruce "The Chin" Campbell is probablely a better actor, then some people give him credit for being. And he has a way of getting off a line that few actors have. But . . . the problem I have with his character is that he starts off so unlikeable, and while he gets more likeable toward the end, I never could cotton to him. And consuming oneself is wierd beyond belief.
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