5 Favorite Moments From ‘Army Of Darkness’!!!

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If you looked at my Evil Dead Month Rankings, you’ll notice that Army Of Darkness came in last. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love it! I recently watched the film again (which still loses me at that damn windmill scene) and the stuff that works for me works just as well as it ever did. So in the spirit of Evil Dead Month, I figured I’d catalogue what worked for me (like I did in my 5 Favorite Moments From Evil Dead 2 piece).

As I said in the rankings, “While Army Of Darkness regains its footing towards the end with its massive battle, it never fully learns how to make the medieval setting engage Ash in an interesting way beyond its initial “fish out of water” conceit. Again, I’m not slamming the movie. I’m just saying that what starts out as an “A+” effort eventually ends up as more of a “B-”.”

Let’s find out what those A+ scenes are! Head inside for my 5 Favorite Moments From ‘Army Of Darkness’!!!

THE OPENING VOICEOVER

My name is Ash, and I’m a slave.” Such an economical way to get both the idea and tone of the film across. Taken on its own it’s not that impressive, but Campbell’s delivery and its placement RIGHT AT THE FRONT catches the audience off guard with its matter-of-fact frankness. I remember going to see the film in theaters, unaware that it was a sequel, and being immediately thrown off balance and engaged.

FROM “WELL HELLO, MR. FANCYPANTS” TO “THIS IS MY BOOMSTICK!”

This one sort of explains itself. An imperfect film that’s light on actual horror, Army Of Darkness lives or dies on its humor. Here, it lives. Of course the delivery is key, but it reads well enough regardless. “I am Henry the Red. Duke of Shale, Lord of the Northlands and leader of its peoples” “Well hello, Mr. Fancypants. Well, I’ve got news for you pal, you ain’t leadin’ but two things, right now – Jack and sh*t. And Jack left town.” This also falls closely in line with the pit deadite scene, another bonus with geysers of blood and the semi-aquatic demon. It also leads into the “This is my boomstick” scene – which is arguably the film’s most memorable quote. Basically this 10 minute or so stretch of film is Army Of Darkness at its’ strongest.

ASH BEING PAMPERED

You may notice that many of these entries occur during the first act, which is easily the strongest part of the movie for me. The film loses me at the windmill, but then I get reinvested afterwards for the main battle. This is such a small moment, but I love the image of the boorish hero being fed grapes and turkey leg by beautiful women. In the interest of being able to include stuff from later in the film here too, I’ll go ahead and file “Give me some sugar, baby” under this moment. After all, that’s Ash being pampered in another way.

FORGETTING THE WORDS…

Much more than the insufferable windmill scene, this is Ash at his core. A flawed, arrogant, ineffectual hero who lies to the people he’s promised to protect about the efficacy of his efforts. And we love him for it anyway! “Klaatu Barada N… Necktie… Neckturn… Nickel… It’s an “N” word, it’s definitely an “N” word!” This being after he defiantly asserted that he would need no help whatsoever in reciting the words.

BACK TO S-MART

While the climactic battle at the castle is a lot of fun, it also thrives on jokes the film already essentially made in the 1st act. The anachronistic use of the Oldsmobile as a battle instrument just doesn’t work as well for me as the Knights trying to stab it at the beginning of the film. But the return to S-Mart is a breath of fresh air. Never mind the fact that his coworkers seem to not be impressed by his steel hand, Ash finally gets a chance to prove himself on his home turf when he defeats a particularly acrobatic deadite and gets himself a new girl. “Hail to the king, Baby“.

 
  • doomas10

    Army of Darkness is a classic for me! My personal favourite:

    “Well, I’ve got news for you pal, you ain’t leadin’ but two things, right now: Jack and shit… and Jack left town”.

    Fucking classic mate!

  • horrorking95

    I haven’t seen Army of Darkness and unfortunately don’t have much interest in seeing it either. I’ll watch it when it comes on TV, but I hold little hope, giving that I hated Evil Dead 2

    • Scorpionsy

      You are in for a completely different movie and tone with AOD buddy…forget Evil Dead 2…this movie isn’t even close to what ED2 was…it ups the humor…and tones way down the horror/scare elements..and your are left with a bastard child hybrid of Evil Dead 1 and 2. But watch it for what it is a fun adventure movie with funny moments and lines. :)

  • djblack1313

    i wish i liked this movie. i just hate it. i watched it once in theaters and have regretted it since! LOL. i love the first EVIL DEAD or only kinda sorta-ish like ED 2 but once it went 3 Stooges/3′s Company i was out.

    • Scorpionsy

      This movie was a HUGE disappointment for me…it was NOT Evil Dead in my books. It was a comedy/adventure movie…sort of like a Medieval Indiana-Jones Rip-off. Sam Raimi HAS SHAMED ME (like the Gypsy said in Drag Me To Hell…haha) when he made this movie and butchered all what Evil Dead stood for. I really liked the movie as a standalone adventure movie…but unfortunately we must accept it as the final chapter of the original trilogy as it has some type of closure for the original story (basically introduced in Evil Dead 2 anyway).

  • BabyJaneHudson

    Its a cheesy movie, but it was my first introduction to the Evil Dead world as a kid and I’ll always view it fondly for that reason. @EvanDickson, I think you’ve hit on all the classic moments – I especially liked the return to S-Mart. I’m also fond of the stop motion skeleton army – its like watching old sci fi films where you can see the string on the flying saucer – outdated, yes, but you know someone spent a long time hand making those fellas.

  • Aaron Emery

    Definitely the weakest of the series and the furthest from the original’s tone. There’s still some great lines and memorable moments though, that turkey leg!
    I agree, the windmill scene is near unbearable.

  • Robcbh

    WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA WHOA!!!!! When i clicked on this link i expected, the pit scene when the Wiseman calls down to Ash ” Strange one…Strange one!” tosses the chainsaw down into the pit, ash lands a punch on the Deadite, jumps, and in the most beautiful scene in cinematic history connects perfectly with the chainsaw mid air, lands and proceeds to kick ass. To not have it number 1 is debatable, to completely omit it form your list is damn near blasphemous.

  • Necrogeddon666

    I guess I’m the only one that enjoys the windmill scene:D

    • Scorpionsy

      Nope…see my comments below :)

  • Scorpionsy

    @EvanDickson – You forgot two very famous scenes and lines from the movie (and I haven’t even watched AOD in ages but I still remember them):

    1- In the Windmill Scene…when Ash swallows on of the tiny Ashes (who leaps down his throat)…Ash picks up a kettle of hot boiling water and starts pouring it down his throat trying to kill the tiny Ash saying something along the line of “How do you like that you little sucker!?? How do you like that now!!?? (while screaming/laughing in pain from swallowing the boiling water).

    2. After Ash ingests the Tiny Ash…the Ash inside him pops up and Eye..that develops in a Head…then a Siamese-joined twin Ashes…then they split up into two seperate Ashes. Evil Ash then starts taunting Good Ash saying stuff like…”I’m Bad Ash…You’re Good Ash”….”Your a Goody Two-Shoes”…while kicking him and poking him in the eye.

    3. Good Ash had enough with Evil Ash…Blows his face off with his Boomstick…and says a classic AOD line: “Good…Bad…I’m the Guy with the Gun!” CLASSIC!!! :)

    How could you miss that last line, Evan??? ;)

  • dirtyghettok

    Hilarious movie. If you take this one seriously then don’t watch any of the Naked Gun films. You’ll be horribly disappointed. My personal five fav’s are;

    1. “You know your shoelace is untied.” Then uppercuts the knight right when he starts to look down. Love how it has no barriers, like a knight or anyone from that time knows what a shoelace is. Just awesome… Ok, limit the babbling.

    2. “Oh thats what we call pillow talk baby.”

    3.”Hey uh,, whats that you got on your face?” Anti hero Ash then shovels dirt on Evil Ashs’ face right when he’s about to answer him. I’m laughing out loud thinking about that one right now..

    4. The graveyard scene when the skeletons have him held on the ground on his stomach

  • dirtyghettok

    oops, but yeah they start to go all three stooges on and him right when he laughs blocking the last one, skeleton fists come from all directions and punch him in the face.

    5. Any of the times he said “Groovy”