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Bruce Campbell expects if Evil Dead 4 happens, it would really be Army of Darkness 2

Mar. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

When news broke that Sam Raimi is potentially working on an EVIL DEAD 4, I was extremely excited. Everything I have seen regarding the EVIL DEAD remake has me happy that the series is returning to the big screen, but my heart will always reside with the Bruce Campbell trilogy. So, to get an EVIL DEAD 4 was something I long had dreamed of.

While our expectations have been tempered since the initial story, it has not stopped everyone from asking those involved with the franchise about their feelings regarding continuing the classic series. Bruce Campbell himself was recently asked about it by Geek Tyrant and he had this to say.

EVIL DEAD IV, ARMY OF DARKNESS 2... however you want to slice it. Its random ideas in Sams head. Lets not go crazy here. Hes just finished doing Oz, and hes going to take some time off and he says hes going to work on it this summer with his brother. He could be smoking cigars at a lakeside cabin for all I know, or he might actually be working, who knows?

I don't know why it never occurred to me that this would actually be a sequel to ARMY OF DARKNESS. That film took the story away from the cabin in the woods and gave us so much more. I love ARMY OF DARKNESS without fail, but it really is almost a different movie entirely than THE EVIL DEAD. So, if this is really going to be ARMY OF DARKNESS 2, where would Campbell take the story?

I would think the post-Apocalyptic because it gives great possibilities for an Omega Man movie, and who he might be fighting against. It would be a very interesting world. But Im fine either way. Im sure Sam will concoct some ridiculous story and an outrageous journey, so I dont really care where it starts and ends.

Campbell is referring to the alternate ending available on pretty much every version of ARMY OF DARKNESS on Blu-ray and DVD. I prefer that ending, and if they somehow work it into the new movie, it would be a way to explain Bruce Campbell's advancing age. Ash could have potentially spent years fighting the Deadites and emerges Obi-wan Kenobi style to finish them off. That would be awesome.

Bruce Campbell stresses he would not portray Ash for anyone except from Sam Raimi, which is the way it should be. Whether it be the post-apocalyptic setting or something in line with the ARMY OF DARKNESS theatrical ending, I am all for ARMY OF DARKNESS 2.

Extra Tidbit: I met Bruce Campbell at a signing of his book IF CHINS COULD KILL: CONFESSIONS OF A B-MOVIE ACTOR. A completely awesome guy.
Source: Geek Tyrant

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8:02PM on 03/30/2013
Wait. That's the ALTERNATIVE ending!? The post-apocalyptic ending was the only one I ever saw on DVD or TV in the UK. I've gone my whole life without seeing the original ending!? YOU'VE GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!
Wait. That's the ALTERNATIVE ending!? The post-apocalyptic ending was the only one I ever saw on DVD or TV in the UK. I've gone my whole life without seeing the original ending!? YOU'VE GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!
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12:37AM on 03/29/2013
While I can see the appeal of the alternate ending, I do prefer the theatrical one. I like the idea that the hero went through all those trial and tribulations, possessions and mutilations only to end up back at S-Mart...still fighting deadites. In a way, it was poetic in the sense that Ash will always be there for us, when we need him, and also a somewhat happier ending. It's ok to end on a low note in horror films, but Army of Darkness was more adventure and fantasy than the predecessors.
While I can see the appeal of the alternate ending, I do prefer the theatrical one. I like the idea that the hero went through all those trial and tribulations, possessions and mutilations only to end up back at S-Mart...still fighting deadites. In a way, it was poetic in the sense that Ash will always be there for us, when we need him, and also a somewhat happier ending. It's ok to end on a low note in horror films, but Army of Darkness was more adventure and fantasy than the predecessors.

Plus, you could write off the 25/30+ year gap much easier than just have him STILL living in some post apocalyptic scenario.
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10:24PM on 03/28/2013

No

Army of Darkness was the worst one. UGG.
Army of Darkness was the worst one. UGG.
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10:02PM on 03/28/2013

Make it...

Bruce, Sam, you want to end the torture of hearing fans continuously ask you if there's ever going to be an Evil Dead sequel? MAAAAAKE IT...! Put yourselves and us out of our misery, we'll never ask or complain again.
Go on, MAAAAAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bruce, Sam, you want to end the torture of hearing fans continuously ask you if there's ever going to be an Evil Dead sequel? MAAAAAKE IT...! Put yourselves and us out of our misery, we'll never ask or complain again.
Go on, MAAAAAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
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9:53PM on 03/28/2013
It's about time fans got what they want...we don't ask for remakes or to see how the hero's son can fare against enemies...we want our hero's to once more step into battle to make us love them again!
It's about time fans got what they want...we don't ask for remakes or to see how the hero's son can fare against enemies...we want our hero's to once more step into battle to make us love them again!
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8:18PM on 03/28/2013

MAKE IT BITCH!

MAKE THIS SHIT ONCE FOR ALL !!!
MAKE THIS SHIT ONCE FOR ALL !!!
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8:03PM on 03/28/2013
Thumbs down me all u want, but Army of darkness fucking sucks!!! One of the stupidest films ever! Evil dead is great! Evil dead 2 is ok but fizzles out at the end and army of darkness can kiss my fucking ass!
Thumbs down me all u want, but Army of darkness fucking sucks!!! One of the stupidest films ever! Evil dead is great! Evil dead 2 is ok but fizzles out at the end and army of darkness can kiss my fucking ass!
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8:02PM on 03/28/2013
I also met him at a If Chins Could Kill signing! He did a Q&A session beforehand and it was awesome
I also met him at a If Chins Could Kill signing! He did a Q&A session beforehand and it was awesome
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6:17PM on 03/28/2013
This has to happen.
This has to happen.
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5:52PM on 03/28/2013
So, I guess we're not going with the very fitting S-Mart ending. Bummer.
So, I guess we're not going with the very fitting S-Mart ending. Bummer.
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5:33PM on 03/28/2013
Please, please, please, let this be made! I would love to see them go with the alternate ending with Ash fighting the Deadites in a post-apocalyptic world. Would look awesome.
Please Sam, forget everything else and write this film with Ivan!
Please, please, please, let this be made! I would love to see them go with the alternate ending with Ash fighting the Deadites in a post-apocalyptic world. Would look awesome.
Please Sam, forget everything else and write this film with Ivan!
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