Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness is one of the most important “gateway” horror films, which opened the door for many of us into the genre. In fact, I often see people mention that they saw Army before they even knew The Evil Dead or its sequel existed. No matter what order you experienced Sam Raimi’s trilogy, it’s one of the best and most popular horror franchises.
Army of Darkness came out in 1992, and ever since us horror fans have been clamoring for an Evil Dead 4. An unofficial sequel was once announced, and star Bruce Campbell even tried to appease fans with his 2007 meta-horror My Name is Bruce. And after the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, which revealed Ash in the post-credit sequence, it became clear that he would be returning in some way, shape or form. That would be the television series, “Ash vs Evil Dead,” which completed it’s inaugural run and is now filming a second season for a fall debut.
Sure, “Ash vs. Evil Dead” isn’t called Evil Dead 4, but it’s clearly a followup that lives in canon to the previous trilogy (and from what I hear, even the 2013 remake). Raimi even acknowledged that a lot of the series was intended for the fourth Evil Dead. With that said, “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is basically Evil Dead 4, a really, really long version.
Weirdly enough, I asked a friend to cut down the series into a manageable viewing length, and while he has yet to do it, a Bloody Disgusting reader has taken a different approach.
Josh Allwein contacted me to share his “VHS Cut” of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” which has been run through a VHS filter. In addition, the intros have been edited out and the demon voices have been edited to sound more like the original films.
Below is his art piece that has me wishing a professional editor would trim this down to film-length so we officially have our Evil Dead 4.