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Army of Darkness

Posted by: Baconman
Date Submitted: Monday, April 5, 1999 at 10:19:34
Date Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 1999 at 04:12:29

The sequel to "The Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2," you know this has got to be bad. At the end of "Evil Dead 2," Ash is transported back in time, where the medieval people decide that he is the chosen one who must lead them against the forces of the Necronomicon. Ash is very reluctant but sets out toward the place where the Necronomicon is kept. On the way, the evil that invaded his hand grows into a whole clone of Ash and then later about a dozen tiny clones of Ash. He gets the Necronomicon but fails to utter the correct secret words ("Klaatu verata nikto," courtesy of "The Day the Earth Stood Still") so he frees the skeleton armies. So Ash, a twentieth century guy, decides to teach all the medieval guys how to fight medieval style. He ends up uniting two warring kingdoms, killing all the demons and getting a magic potion that allows him to sleep until his own time, so he can go back to work at K-Mart, where he is again assaulted by demons and fires 38 shots out of a rifle.

Response From RinkWorks:

There are actually two different endings to this movie, and both are available on video from what I know. The ending you describe (Ash going back to the department store and blowing away the demons) is the "new" ending, the one Raimi added on because test audiences (or maybe studio heads) found his original ending too downbeat. The original ending had Ash taking too much of the potion and waking up a century *ahead* of his time, so he was in the future with no way back. He comes out of the cave, sees the future world around him, screams at the top of his lungs, and that's the end of the film.

I believe it is the British version of the video that has the original ending -- the American edition has the "happy" ending.

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