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  • Director Trademark: [chainsaw] Ash uses a chainsaw attached to his arm to fight the Deadites.
  • The original script was 43 pages.
  • Director Trademark: [The Three Stooges] The skeletons do a classic routine. Ash calls Wiseman Joe "spinach chin", a line from Malice in the Palace (1949).
  • According to Sam Raimi in the book "The Evil Dead Companion" by Bill Warren, Charles Napier was to play Ash's boss in S-mart, but his role was totally cut. Likewise, Bridget Fonda was scheduled to have more screen time as Linda.
  • An issue of the magazine "Fangoria" can be seen in the car's trunk. This was director Sam Raimi showing his gratitude for the publication's including the original The Evil Dead (1981) when it initially premiered.
  • One of the items visible in Ash's trunk is a copy of "Dark Horse Presents Fifth Anniversary Special," originally published in April 1991. This comic includes the very first installment of Frank Miller's 'Sin City.'
  • During the final battle between the Deadites and Ash's men, Evil Ash lets out a war cry that is almost identical to that of Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)--a series in which Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell both featured, and which was also produced by Sam Raimi.
  • Director Trademark: [fake shemp] Among the listed "fake shemps" are Don Campbell and Charlie Campbell, brother and father of Bruce Campbell respectively (as knights, although Don is also a peasant in one scene), Sol Abrams (one of the knights), Josh Becker (peasant near the pit) as well as numerous people gathered for the S-Mart ending during a re-shoot, including directors William Lustig and Bernard Rose.
  • (Cameo) William Lustig: known cult film director makes an appearance (credited as a "fake Shemp") as a supermarket customer.
  • Bruce Campbell says that in order to make it appear that the chainsaw was always running, tobacco smoke was pumped through a tube that was slid up his right pant leg, up his shirt, and into the chainsaw.
  • (Cameo) Ted Raimi: at least four characters: The cowardly warrior who doesn't want to die (credited), the man who shouts "you can count on my steel", the swordsman with an eye-patch and the S-mart's store clerk.
  • Director Trademark: [Oldsmobile] The beat-up Oldsmobile that goes through time with Ash belongs to director Sam Raimi. He included it in most of his early movies, each time more banged-up than the last. The items in the trunk of the Olds are not product placements; they're what Raimi actually had in his trunk.
  • On the film's posters music credit goes to Joseph LoDuca, but is misspelled as "Joe DoLuca".
  • In the original draft, Ash (Bruce Campbell) lost an eye.
  • Director Trademark: [POV shot] As various missiles such as catapult loads and arrows fly through the air, we see their targets from the missile's viewpoint.
  • (Cameo) Bridget Fonda: As Linda.
  • Marcus Gilbert was ill with food poisoning when filming one of the major fight scenes.
  • S-Mart is a chain of grocery stores in Mexico.
  • When dubbed in French, Evil Ash is singing "Un chanter saint de garcon" which means "A singing saint boy". There is no French word for "goody," the nearest French translation for "Little goody two shoes" would be "Petit 'goody' deux chaussures."
  • Director Trademark: [1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88] makes another appearance.
  • Traci Lords auditioned for the role of Sheila. She would later play the wife of Bruce Campbell's character Autolycus on Sam Raimi's Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).
  • During filming the Oldsmobile Delta 88 falling out of the sky was shot twice. During the first attempt, the 25-ton crane lifting the car failed due to mechanical problems and toppled over the edge of a cliff at the quarry location where filming was taking place. Fortunately, no injuries occurred because the crane operator jumped from the cab before the crane went over the edge. Days later a larger 80-ton crane was brought in to remove the damaged crane and re-shoot the car drop. In the final edit, elements of the re-shoot as well as footage from the end of Evil Dead II (1987) were used.
  • During filming of the climactic sword fight at Arthur's castle, Bruce Campbell suffered a small gash to his face when a decorative pin on his cape cut him during a stunt. He was immediately taken from the Polsa Rosa Ranch location to see a plastic surgeon to assess the damage. At the examination the doctor had to have the actual injury pointed out amid the myriad special effect scars and cuts Ash's character had accumulated during the story. Campbell was treated and returned to set shortly afterward to finish the scene.
  • All three "Evil Dead" films can be seamlessly cut together (which has been done by fans), though some introductory footage in the sequels is lost.
  • Originally there was only meant to be one creature in the pit. Sam Raimi was convinced to add the second, dubbed The Pit Bitch by its creators, after being scared by it one day
  • Bruce Campbell appeared in the Spiderman trilogy while Embeth Davidtz appeared as Peter Parker's mom in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
  • The entire sequence when Evil Ash grows out of Ash's shoulder starting with an eye is an homage to the Japanese/American "B" horror film The Manster (1959).
  • Embeth Davidtz had such a rough time shooting the fight scenes, filming at night and wearing heavy prosthetics, that she contemplated quitting acting. In a later interview, she acknowledged the hardships she had to endure, but said that over the years, she had come to enjoy all the positive comments she got from fans of the film.
  • The film sat on the shelf for a year due to a feud between Universal Pictures and producer Dino De Laurentiis over the rights to the Hannibal Lecter character from the "Silence of the Lambs" series. The film was eventually recut by Universal after the feud was settled.
  • Bruce Campbell was displeased with the studio's delayed release of the film and its re-editing of it. He stated he wasted a year of his life waiting for the film to get released to cinemas.
  • First and last studio film Bruce Campbell starred in as the lead.
  • Bill Moseley, who plays the Deadite Captain, and Patricia Tallman, who plays the possessed witch, starred together in Tom Savini's Night of the Living Dead (1990) as Johnny and Barbara.
  • The first Deadite Ash fights in the pit was known as the "Pit Bitch" to the cast and crew.
  • Sam Raimi originally wanted to call the film "The Medieval Dead", but Universal Pictures refused. The title "Army of Darkness" was created by Irvin Shapiro, the uncredited producer of The Evil Dead (1981) and executive producer of Evil Dead II (1987), who died two years before this film was made. Raimi then wanted to naturally give it the title "Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness", but the studio wanted the film to stand on its own from the rest of the series, so it was just titled "Army of Darkness". The film was called "Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead" for its UK release.
  • The film was infamous for having four different versions (US theatrical, European, Director's and US TV). Each included deleted/extended scenes as well as scenes that were re-edited in a different order, depending on what version the viewer watched. The one that had the most restored scenes was the 90-minute US TV version. All these versions have been compiled in a boxed set that was released in both the US and Germany.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Ash does not say the words "Klaatu Barada Nikto" (a reputed homage to The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)) but a slight variant in which he pronounces the second word as "Verata." Apparently this is intentional, as the wise man is also heard saying the words this way when instructing Ash on what to do to retrieve the Necronomicon.
  • Much of the film was shot with multiple cameras simultaneously rolling on both wide shots and close-ups, rather than shooting a master first and later a close-up. Because of this, the boom mic had to be kept back further from the subject than would usually produce acceptable audio. For this reason, Bruce Campbell often wore a wireless transmitter, with the microphone pickup concealed in the chainsaw pull-start hook on the strap that crossed his chest, and the transmitter tucked down inside the shotgun holster on his back. Campbell had to be assured that the black foam ball covering the microphone pickup would not be visible on camera.
  • When Ash retrieves his Oldsmobile and opens the trunk, he takes out two books. One is a book on steam power and the other a Chemistry 101 textbook. The name shown as the author of the chemistry book was that of the father of a member of the prop crew.
  • The scene where Ash is thrown into the Pit and battles the two Deadites was a combination of shots from two separate locations. The outside of the Pit, in the castle courtyard, was shot at the Polsa Rosa Ranch in Acton, CA, while the interior of the Pit was shot in a set built on the back lot of Introvision Studios in Hollywood. The Introvision cave interior set consisted of a two-foot-deep pool that was built and flooded, and the cave walls and stalactites were built from pieces of wood lathe screwed together and covered with chicken wire, and sprayed with foam. The dreaded spikes on the moving walls were in reality open-celled foam, painted to look like dark, rusty metal.
  • The words that Ash has to say to get the Necronomicon and to get home later are very similar to the words that have to be said to Gort the robot to make him stop in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
  • Ash uses a lever-action Winchester Model 1892 on a possessed S-Mart customer. Although he doesn't do it exactly the same way, he flip-cocks it and it's reminiscent of how Terminator flip-cocked his shotgun in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
  • At 56:07 one of the Army of Darkness shouts, "Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war". This is a paraphrase of the line spoken by Marc Antony in Act 3, Scene 1, line 273 of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caeser": "Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war."
  • Released in Japan as "Captain Supermarket".
  • During the scene where Ash is being pelted with rocks, fake rocks were used, but to get a more realistic reaction out of Bruce Campbell (and partially as a prank), director Sam Rami pelted him with potatoes. This cut was used.


  • The original ending where Ash' attempts to return to his original time causing him to end up in a post-apocalyptic England was deemed too depressing by test audiences. Universal ordered a new ending, which involved a shoot-out at the S-mart where Ash gets the babe. This version was shown in theaters, while a longer Director's Cut that included the "bad ending" was released simultaneously. However, the TV series Ash vs Evil Dead (2015) continues the story of the theatrical version, which is therefore considered the canon version.
  • The alternate ending in which Ash wakes up in a post-apocalyptic England could have been the plot for a fourth film, which would have had Ash battling Deadites in the post-apocalyptic world.
  • Ash screwing up the chant before taking the book of the dead was not the first time he tried to remember something someone told him. The previous one was during the dinner scene in The Evil Dead (1981) as he tries to quote something Scotty told him during their time as friends.
  • The words Ash is meant to speak to take the Necronomicon from the graveyard safely are "Klaatu, Verata, Nicto". If you listen carefully during his attempt to bluff the words, he actually says the words correctly. You can't make it out exactly from his coughing.
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