A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
Release Year: 1992
Rating: 7.6/10 (69,670 voted)
Critic's Score: 57/100
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
In this sequel to the Evil Dead films, a discount-store employee ("Name's Ash. Housewares.") is time-warped to a medieval castle beset by monstrous forces. Initially mistaken for an enemy, he is soon revealed as the prophecised savior who can quest for the Necronomicon, a book which can dispel the evil. Unfortunately, he screws up the magic words while collecting the tome, and releases an army of skeletons, led by his own Deadite counterpart. What follows is a thrilling, yet tongue-in-cheek battle between Ash's 20th Century tactics and the minions of darkness.
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill
Michael Earl Reid
Second Supportive Villager
(as Theodore Raimi)
Pit Deadite #1
1 Man, 1 Million dead, The odds are just about even.
Deadites Online – Official Fan site |
Release Date: 19 February 1993
Filming Locations: Acton, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $4,424,000
(21 February 1993)
Did You Know?
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.'
The sun is rising when the reinforcements arrive, but soon after it is dark again (caused by re-editing the sequence, which was originally written differently).
My name is Ash and I am a slave. Close as I can figure, the year is thirteen hundred A.D and I'm being dragged to my death. It wasn't always like this, I had a real life, once. A job.
[now Ash is in a flashback]
Umm… Hardware aisle twelve, shop smart, shop S-Mart!
[back to monologue]
I had a wonderful girlfriend Linda. Together we drove to a small cabin in the mountains. It seems an archeologist had come to this remote place to translate and study his latest find: Necronomiconexmortis. The Book of the Dead. Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, this ancient Samarian text contained bizarre burial rights, funeral incantations, and demon resurrection passages, it was never meant for the world of the living. The book awoke something dark in the woods, something evil.
[something crashes through the window of the cabin and Linda screams]
It took Linda. Then it came after me, it got into my hand and it went bad, so I lopped it off at the wrist.
[Ash is seen cutting off his hand]
But that didn't stop it, it came back big time.
[Ash gets pulled into the vortex holding onto the doorway]
For God's sake how do you stop it?
Not for the pretentious
Most people would say you can check your brain at the door before you
watch this film, but I beg to differ. This is genuinely intelligent
here folks. The director, Sam Raimi, reminds us in this film what it is
like to have fun. From the film itself, as well as the DVD featurettes,
is apparent that Mr. Raimi is having a blast doing what he does best. It
shows too. Granted, there is not much in the line of plot or theme, but
these would be totally gratuitous in this escapist piece. Instead, we
given a fantastic adventure, appropriately tongue-in-cheek special
and an ode to The Three Stooges. The facial expressions of Bruce
alone make this film well worth its 80 minutes. I don't want to give
single joke, because the experience is just too much fun. So, do
favor. Watch this film without being so hard on yourself. Yes, you are
allowed to laugh. There can be non-sardonic humor in modern day America.
Sam Raimi proves it.