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:
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.
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.
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
instruction for demon
resurrection. It was never meant
for the world of the living.
3 INT. CABIN - NIGHT 3
Ash flips through the pages from the BOOK OF THE DEAD.
The book awoke something dark in
4 BOOK OF THE DEAD - CAMERA PANNING STRANGE SCRIPT 4
inscribed on the pages. Illustrations of demonic faces with
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.
It got into my hand and it went
6 CLOSE ON ASH'S POSSESSED HAND6
twisting into a claw, before the flashing thunder clouds.
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.
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.
...I just didn't plan on coming
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
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
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
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
22 WARRIOR #1 22
thrusts his longsword into the air, shouting:
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.
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.
My Lord Arthur, I believe he is
the promised one, written of in
29 ARTHUR 29
Brings his sword down across Ash's chest. Ash cries out in pain
30 ASH'S CHEST 30
is cut. A thin red gash.
He bleeds. As a man bleeds. The
one written of in the Book would
31 ARTHUR GESTURES 31
and CAMERA PANS to four prisoners bound in iron shackles.
Likely, he is one of Henry's men.
I say to the pit with him! If he
is truly the promised one... he
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
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.
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
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.
46 THE FIRST HORSEMAN 46
rides up alongside Ash and swings his Broadsword.
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.
49 ASH 49
ducks as the first horseman swings his blade again.
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
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
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