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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sam Raimi Movie Trivia - Army Of Darkness

Army  of Darkness

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10.  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.

9.  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

8.  Embeth Davidtz had such a rough time shooting the fight scenes, filming at night and wearing heavy prosthetics, that she contemplated quitting acting.

7.  Bridget Fonda: As Linda.

6.  As the defeated deadites are retreating, one skeleton says "Let's get the hell out of here." with a Swedish accent.

5.  When dubbed in French, Evil Ash is singing "Un chanter saint de garcon" which means "A singing saint boy". The French for Little Goody two shoes is "Petit cadeau deux chaussures".

4.  The original script was 43 pages.

3.  S-Mart is a chain of grocery stores in Mexico.

2.  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.

1.  Marcus Gilbert was ill with food poisoning when filming one of the major fight scenes.
On the posters released for the movie, Music credit goes to Joseph LoDuca, but is misspelled as "Joe DoLuca".
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EXTRAS


Sam Raimi originally wanted to call the film The Medieval Dead, but Universal Studios refused. The title "Army of Darkness" was created by Irvin Shapiro, the uncredited producer of The Evil Dead and executive producer of Evil Dead II, 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 and the film was just titled Army of Darkness. The film was called Army of Darkness: The Medieval Dead for its UK release.

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.

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.

When dubbed in Italian, the last words of the movie (Ash says to the girl before kissing) are changed from "hail to the king baby" to the Italian translation of "give me some sugar baby" ("Dammi un po' di zucchero, baby"). These are the same words that Ash says (both in English and Italian versions) to Sheila before kissing her for the first time.

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.

There are several variants of the three words Ash must say when retrieving the necronomicon. Undoubtedly this arises from differing sound quality, people's hearing and incorrect subtitling. The words are "klaatu", "barada", "nikto", an homage to the classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

During the final battle between the Deadites and Ash's men, one of the Deadites 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.

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 case is during the dinner scene in the first evil dead as ash tries to quote something Scotty told him during their time as friends

The original ending was deemed too depressing by test audiences and Universal ordered a new ending involving a shoot out at S-mart where Ash gets the babe.

Director Trademarks
Sam Raimi: [Oldsmobile] That 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.
[The Three Stooges] The skeletons do a classic routine. Ash calls Wiseman Joe "spinach chin", a line from Malice in the Palace (1949).
[pov shot] As various missiles such as catapult loads and arrows fly through the air, we see their targets from the missile's viewpoint.
[shemp] Don Campbell and Charlie Campbell, father and brother of Bruce Campbell.
[chainsaw] Ash uses a chainsaw attached to his arm to fight the Deadites.
[1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88] makes another appearance.
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