Army of Darkness script
Synopsis: 3rd Evil Dead movie. Ash (Bruce Campbell) finds himself trapped in medieval times. He must quest for the Necronomicon, a book of evil which can return him to his time. Unfortunately, he releases the evil trapped inside the book and unleashes an army of the dead.

1 GRAINY BLACK AND WHITE - CLOSE-UP - A MAN'S DESPERATE FACE 1

This is Ash, mid twenties, square jaw firmly set and a pair of

haunted eyes which dart about quickly in fear. Ash speaks to

the CAMERA with urgency:

ASH:

Why would you say that I am

insane? I wouldn't say that I've

lost my mind simply because I've

heard the voices and seen the

godless things moving in the

woods. If anything, I think more

clearly now than ever before. I

know now that there is such a

thing as a living Evil. A dark

and shapeless thing that lives

not in the spaces we know, but

between them. In the Dark. In the

night. And it wants the exact same

thing as you and I: a chance at

warm life on this Earth. It

doesn't care that is already had

that chance ...once. Now listen

closely because there isn't much

time. Listen and believe, because

it's all true.

DISSOLVE TO:

2 EXT. A LOG CABIN - NIGHT2

nestled in a dark forest. Through the window, we see the tiny

figure of Ash picking up a book from a desk.

ASH (V.O.)

I first saw the damn thing at that

blasted cabin. The Necronomicon.

An ancient Sumarrian text, bound

in human flesh and inked in human

blood. It contained bizarre burial

rites, prophesies...and

instruction for demon

resurrection. It was never meant

for the world of the living.

DISSOLVE TO:

3 INT. CABIN - NIGHT 3

Ash flips through the pages from the BOOK OF THE DEAD.

ASH (V.O.)

The book awoke something dark in

the woods.

SUPERIMPOSE:

4 BOOK OF THE DEAD - CAMERA PANNING STRANGE SCRIPT 4

inscribed on the pages. Illustrations of demonic faces with

white eyes.

5 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 5

We take the point of view of a wind-like demon, swooping low

through the woods toward the cabin. CAMERA rips through the

cabin door and comes upon a SCREAMING Ash.

ASH (V.O.)

It got into my hand and it went

bad.

6 CLOSE ON ASH'S POSSESSED HAND6

twisting into a claw, before the flashing thunder clouds.

ASH (V.O.)

So I lopped it off at the wrist.

7 INT. CABIN - NIGHT 7

ASH severs his hand from his wrist with the chainsaw.

8 BLOOD RED CLOUDS 8

sweep past the moon.

ASH (V.O.)

In order to rid myself of the foul

thing, I read from a passage in

the book that was supposed to open

a hole. A hole in Time that would

send the Evil back. And it worked.

9 A BANDAGED, ONE HANDED ASH 9

recites the incantation from the Necronomicon.

10 EXT. CABIN - NIGHT 10

The Time vortex is created. Trees and a 1973 Delta 88

Oldsmobile are sucked up into the funnel cloud.

ASH (V.O.)

...I just didn't plan on coming

along.

11 EXT. CABIN - NIGHT 11

Ash, now armed with shotgun and chainsaw, is swallowed by the

funnel-cloud of the Time vortex.

12 INT. TIME VORTEX 12

Ash is rocketing through a funnel of swirling clouds. He is

swept away from us, hand over foot, through the dark void of

Time.

13 ANIMATION - A TENDRIL OF SMOKE 13

swirls through blackness as a chorus of women's voices build

to eerie crescendo, from a musical note to a SCREAM. The smoke

swirls, pulls in upon itself, like a thing alive, and forms the

words:

"BRUCE CAMPBELL"

"Vs"

The smoke is wisked away, then reforms as...

"THE ARMY OF DARKNESS"

The title billows past CAMERA REVEALING...

14 INT. TIME VORTEX 14

A GRANDFATHER CLOCK

its hands winding backwards at an insane rate, spins angrily

past, revealing other debris that has been swept up into this

funnel cloud. Tumbling weightless through this void we find...

15 ASH 15

He SCREAMS but there is no sound. No scream. Only the steady

BEATING of his heart.

16 ANGLE ON ASH FRONT SCREEN PROJECTION 16

He shields his eyes from a sudden bright light. The funnel

cloud electrifies.

17 ASH'S BODY 17

RIPS at the fabric of Time.

18 EXT. CLOUDY SKY - DAY 18

All is quiet. Then, an electrical disturbance in the shape of

a human body flashes briefly and is gone. A moment latter, Ash

appears and tumbles from the sky, falling past CAMERA.

19 EXT. BARREN WASTELAND - DAY 19

ASH falls to the dust. His double barrelled shotgun lands

beside him. The '73 Oldsmobile comes CRASHING to the ground

a moment later.

20 ASH 20

looks up from the dust to behold...

21 TWENTY-FIVE MOUNTED HORSEMEN 21

in 12th century armor ride up over a hill. They halt before

Ash.

22 WARRIOR #1 22

thrusts his longsword into the air, shouting:

WARRIOR #1

Hail to him who has come from the

sky to deliver us from the terror

of the Deadites! Hail!

23 ASH 23

stares in confusion at the strange medieval figures.

24 TWENTY-FIVE WARRIOR24

join in the chant and hail Ash, but suddenly stop as...

25 ARTHUR 25

the muscular commander of the group, gallops his horse into

frame, followed by FOUR HORSEMEN who are his lieutenants. Arthur

lifts his iron visor and evaluates Ash.

26 ARTHUR'S P.O.V. 26

The Delta 88 Oldsmobile. The chainsaw, strapped to Ash's back.

The handless stump of Ash's right arm. The Shotgun.

27 A FRIGHTENED ASH 27

waves a shaky hand.

ASH:

Take is easy now chief. I don't

know how I got here and I'm not

lookin' for any trouble.

28 WISEMAN JOHN 28

An elderly man, in a long black cloak, steps forward.

WISEMAN JOHN:

My Lord Arthur, I believe he is

the promised one, written of in

the Necronomicon.

29 ARTHUR 29

Brings his sword down across Ash's chest. Ash cries out in pain

as...

30 ASH'S CHEST 30

is cut. A thin red gash.

ARTHUR:

He bleeds. As a man bleeds. The

one written of in the Book would

not bleed.

31 ARTHUR GESTURES 31

and CAMERA PANS to four prisoners bound in iron shackles.

ARTHUR:

Likely, he is one of Henry's men.

I say to the pit with him! If he

is truly the promised one... he

will emerge.

WARRIOR #2 AND #3

Aye! The pit's a fair test!

GOLD TOOTHED WARRIOR

To the pit with the blackard!

32 GOLD TOOTH 32

charges his horse at Ash. But he is met with the wooden stock

of Ash's shotgun as it swings into frame, cracking against his

jaw.

33 WIDE SHOT - GOLD TOOTH - STUNTMAN 33

He tumbles from the horse.

34 ASH 34

leaps atop Gold Tooth's horse and jerks the reigns.

35 LONG SHOT - ASH'S HORSE 35

rears up, kicking it's hooves into the air.

36 ASH 36

gallops off as Warrior #2 runs at him. Ash kicks him in the face

as he gallops past. The Warrior is sent reeling.

37 TRUCKING SHOT - ASH37

galloping over a hill. He is almost thrown by the horse, but

manages to hang on for dear life.

ASH:

Where the hell they put the

stirrups on this thing!!??

38 CLOSE SHOT - ASH'S FEET 38

grasping at the side of the horse, hoping to find some purchase.

39 LONG SHOT - ASH - STUNTMAN 39

he rides past CAMERA, almost falling from the horse.

40 ANGLE ON ARTHUR 40

ARTHUR:

LIEUTENANTS! Fetch me the blackard.

41 TWO OF ARTHUR'S ARMORED HORSEMEN 41

unsheathe their broadswords and gallop after Ash. The remaining

Warriors watch for sport.

42 HIGH SHOT - TWO HORSEMEN42

They are gaining an Ash.

43 ASH 43

glances behind him.

44 ASH'S P.O.V. - TRUCKING SHOT - TWO HORSEMEN IN PURSUIT44

They diverge to either side of CAMERA.

45 ASH 45

whips his horse.

ASH:

GIDDYPU!

46 THE FIRST HORSEMAN 46

rides up alongside Ash and swings his Broadsword.

WHOOSH!!!

47 ASH 47

ducks the blade.

48 THE SECOND HORSEMAN48

rides up alongside Ash's other flank. He swings and lands the

flat part of his blade along Ash's back.

THUNK!

49 ASH 49

ducks as the first horseman swings his blade again.

WHOOSH!

ASH looks left...

50 THE SECOND HORSEMAN50

winds up for another blow.

51 ASH 51

yanks back upon his horse's reigns.

52 THE THREE HORSES 52

running side by side. Ash's horse drops back suddenly.

53 THE SECOND HORSEMAN53

swings.

54 HIS BROADSWORD54

slams the First Horseman across the face.

55 THE FIRST HORSEMAN 55

is knocked from his steed.

56 TRUCKING SHOT - THE FIRST HORSEMAN56

is moving fast when he hits the ground. His armored form tumbles

end over end in the dust, clanging to a halt against a rock.

57 THE SECOND HORSEMAN57

turns around and gallops back toward Ash.

58 WIDE SHOT - ASH AND THE SECOND HORSEMAN58

ride at one another.

59 TRUCKING SHOT - THE SECOND SWORDMAN AS HE RIDES 59

swinging his Broadsword.

60 TRUCKING SHOT - ASH AS HE RIDES 60

He inserts the stump of his right arm into the female end of

his chainsaw arm bracket.

FOOMP! He twists his stump and the chainsaw bracket locks into

place. CLINK!

He thrusts his chainsaw arm outward, pulling on the starter

cord; PUTT-PUTT-PUTT... The engine won't turn over. He curses

and yanks again.

61 THE SECOND HORSEMAN61

draws close. He leans from his horse and swings his Broadsword

mightily. The flat portion of the blade connects. THUNK!

62 ASH 62

is knocked from his steed. He tumbles to the dust, narrowly

escaping his own horse's hooves.

63 ASH 63

rolls to his feet and spins to the sound of approaching hooves!

64 THE SECOND HORSEMAN64

charges and swings his broadsword.

65 ASH 65

raises his chainsaw. CLINK! He deflects the blow. Ash swings

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Samuel M "Sam" Raimi is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor, famous for creating the cult horror Evil Dead series, as well as directing the original Spider-Man trilogy and the 1990 superhero film Darkman. more…

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