There had to be a sequel to Evil Dead 2. No one was going to tell me that this
series was going to end with the second installment. I had even read in Fangoria an
interview with Bruce Campbell on the set of ED 2 in which he discussed plans to make Evil
Dead 3. I started to countdown the days from the first mention of this sequel. I probably
haven't been this excited to see any movie in all my life. I really got frustrated when
they kept pushing back the release date from late summer of 92 to the beginning of 93. I
kept saying to myself "Will this movie ever be released?" Finally, about a week
before its released, I started seeing TV ads and I was so psyched.
I took the day off from work and was the first (well, the only one)
person in line at my local theater. I saw the movie
and found it very funny, but not what I expected. Before I could even blink,
AOD was out of
I would have done some things a
little different. First, I had hoped that AOD would go back to the horror standards of
"Evil Dead", but rather moved more to the comic
standards of the Three Stooges. Second, where was the marketing for this
movie? Sure, there were tons of Fango articles, but
TV ads a week before the release? - give a break!
just wasn't fair. Third, I would have definitely made this a summer movie. No one goes to
see movies like they do in the summer.
I think the video release has done
wonders for this movie and that is why out of any of the ED movies, AOD has the most
web pages dedicated to it, probably because it has some of the coolest one liners. I
definitely recommend this movie, but please be prepared for more of a comedy that a horror
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Often referred to as "The
Three Stooges vs. The Evil Dead". This is the third and hopefully not the final
installment in the Evil Dead Trilogy. We find our hero Ash (Bruce
Campbell) sucked into a vortex which sends him back in time to 1300 AD. The
John knows that Ash is the one written about in the
"he who is sent back to deliver them from the evil deadites". But King Arthur
suspects he's one of
Henry the Red's men.
After doing battle in the pit, we
get a glimpse of
Ash's sensitive side. He is able to strike a
"deal" with Arthur that if he retrieves the book, they will send him back to his
own time. He is instructed that he must say three little words before retrieving the book.
If said wrong....he would release the Army of Dead.
While traveling to retrieving the
book, he has a little run-in with his evil side. When he finally happens upon the book,
he tries to say the words right, really. But, as you can probably
surmise from the title, the dead march. Along the way, Ash must do battle with his
possessed medieval girlfriend, the Army of Dead, and even himself (as Evil Ash and little
Ashes). The end battle scene is a laugh a minute. Complete the trilogy, rent this movie.
"Trapped in time. Surrounded
by evil. Low on gas."
Working title on the set of Evil
Dead 2, "Evil Dead 1300AD" and also "Medieval Dead".
- Have you heard of an alternative ending? Well, it does
exist. The alternative ending is available on the Japanese laserdisc and
a recent UK boxset release of the trilogy. It involves Ash taking drops
of a magic potion that will allow him to sleep until the present. Too
bad for our hero, because he takes too many drops and oversleeps the end
of the world. It now appears on Anchor Bay's SE release of the DVD. I
myself, prefer the S-Mart ending.
Evil Dead cost about $300K to
make, ED2 about $3M, and Army of Darkness about $13M.
Dan Elfman from Oingo Bongo wrote
the "March of the Dead" for the AOD soundtrack. Buy the soundtrack at
Look for a issue of Fangoria in
the trunk of Ash's car.
A TV version of "Army of
Darkness" on the Sci-Fi Channel included some added footage never before seen on any
Checkout DVD Review's examination of the new
"Army of Darkness " DVD. Click on banner for
The new Special
Edition DVD with added footage, the alternative ending, and much more is
out of print from Anchor Bay. It is scheduled to be re-pressed with
only the director's cut (i.e. disc 2 of the SE) in July.
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