Evil Dead 2013: 23 References to the Original Movies

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 9th, 2013 at 8:25 am, This is a list post.

Evil Dead - Ash vs. DavidFans of the the Evil Dead franchise have been hoping for an Evil Dead 4 or Army of Darkness 2 for two decades but it looks like they will have to wait just a little bit longer (or WILL they?). For now they'll need to settle for a remake by director Fede Alvarez - and first reactions say, that's not a bad thing.Alvarez and company have not only managed to produce a horror remake that isn't awful, but they did it while including several references to the original series of Sam Raimi directed films from the 80's and 90's - Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, and Army of Darkness.We've identified three different types of head nods - prop nods, story nods, miscellaneous nods - and have found 23 of these References to the Original Series - some subtle, others blatant - to watch for in the remake.WARNING - THIS POST CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS!

Everyone's from Michigan - Story Nod

Evil Dead - Mia from MichiganIn the first Evil Dead, Ash (Bruce Cambpell), Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss), Scotty (Hal Delrich), Linda (Betsy Baker) and Shelly (Sarah York) are all Michigan college students going to spend the weekend in the Tennessee woods.In the remake, Mia (Jane Levy), David (Shiloh Fernandez), Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) aren't really college students but ARE from Michigan as they reference the city of Flint, MI and Mia is first seen wearing a sweatshirt with the word "Michigan" on the front.

The Cabin - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - The CabinThere have been many rundown, rickety cabins filled with unspeakable movie horrors over the years but the cabin from Sam Raimi's 1981 cult classic Evil Dead is as iconic as they come.The first thing audiences see in the Evil Dead remake is the classic wooden cabin, complete with porch swing - teasing the impending doom that awaits.The only real difference is the location of the cabins - Evil Dead 1 and 2 were in Morristown, TN and North Carolina respectively, while the Evil Dead remake is set in Weymouth, MA.

1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88The classic 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was originally purchased new by Sam Raimi's father and has, with very few exceptions, been a part of the story or background in every one of Raimi's movies. It can even be seen in some of the Coen brothers films (the brothers helped Raimi edit the original Evil Dead).The car shows up at the beginning of the remake when we are first introduced to Mia (Jane Levy). Though it is rusted out and doesn't play as integral a role in the film (compared to 30 years ago), it's still nice to see it included.

The Evil Camera View - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - Camera ChaseRaimi's tracking shot through the woods to portray the movement of "Evil" has become synonymous with the Evil Dead. To leave it out would be a travesty by remake director Fede Alvarez. Fortunately, the filmmaker not only makes liberal use of the technique, it's also quite effective.

The Chained Down Cellar Door - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - Cellar ChainsJust like Raimi's cabin, the Alvarez cabin has a cellar door in the floor that, not only leads to death and decay, but also serves to barricade out those possessed by the Evil.Like Raimi's cellar door, which was chained down to keep the possessed from entering the cabin, the Alvarez cellar requires chains as well. Too bad it wasn't until David's girlfriend was attacked that he decided to break out those chains.

Cut off the Arm - Story Nod

Evil Dead - Possessed HandOne of the most dramatic scenes in Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn is when Ash's hand becomes possessed by evil and he decides to cut it off with a chainsaw to save himself.The scene is teased in the beginning of the second act of the remake as we see the campers carving up a ham with an electric knife. While Natalie is in the kitchen collecting herself after being attacked by Abomination Mia, her hand becomes possessed and the camera pans to the electric knife - and the audience knows exactly what's about to happen next.

The Quick Cut Scenes - Miscellaneous Nod

Evil Dead - Ash Building His Chainsaw ArmRaimi made significant use of quick camera cuts in Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn to speed up time and show Ash doing different tasks - such as, attaching the chainsaw to his arm.Alvarez does the same quick cuts in his film to show David building what turns out to be a defibrelator. It's the only time in the film he does it - and it's clearly directly inspired by Raimi's original editing cuts.

The Chainsaw - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - ChainsawThe chainsaw has been a dangerous and deadly weapon used by various killers throughout the years. It wasn't until Raimi attached one to the bloody stump of his hero, that the wood-chewing machine became a symbol of being an Evil killing badass.While Mia, who is no longer possessed by a demon, is hiding from a freshly resurrected corpse in the storage shed, she has two weapons at her disposal to choose from  - a rusty machete and a chainsaw. She chooses the chainsaw and eventually dispatches the demon in extraordinarily-bloody fashion.

Hero With the Missing Hand - Story Nod

Evil Dead - Ash with Chainsaw ArmAsh just wouldn't be the same if he had both of his hands. If there's going to be an Evil Dead movie then the lone survivor MUST lose an appendage - and that's exactly what happened to Mia after the demon-corpse crushed her hand with a Jeep.While running for her life, Mia obviously doesn't have the time to strap the chainsaw to her stump but as one more homage to the original film she jams it into the handle in a badass, Ash-like manner.

Professor Knowby - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - Tape Recorder Scene (Professor Knowby)In the first Evil Dead, Ash and his friends stumble across the Necronomicon and a tape recorder with a voice reciting ancient words that summon an unholy demon. In the second film, it's revealed that the voice is that of archaeologist  Professor Knowby (Bob Dorian).During the credits of the remake, the same audio recording of Professor Knowby is once again heard verbatim.

Groovy - Miscellaneous Nod

Evil Dead - GroovyThis button scene at the very end of the Evil Dead remake really needs no explanation to the fans of the franchise - and that's who it was intended for, the fans. There's no reason to have Bruce Campbell show up, turn slowly to look at the camera and say "Groovy" but we're sure glad he did.The only thing that would have made it better is if he was wearing his S-Mart uniform.

The Necklace - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - The NecklaceIn the first film, Ash is about to dismember his girlfriend Linda in the work shed with the chainsaw. However, when he see's the necklace he gave her as gift he decides he can't go through with the deed.In the remake David gives his sister Mia a similar necklace - which she picks up from the ground at the end of the film.

Assaulted by Trees - Story Nod

Evil Dead - Raped by TreesIn the first film, Ash's sister Cheryl is sexually assaulted in the woods by the Evil using tree limbs. The same thing happens to Bobby Jo (Kassie DePaiva) in the second film.In the remake, David's sister Mia goes through a similarly shocking and horrible experience.

No Way Out - Story Nod

Evil Dead - No Way OutIn the first film, Ash attempts to drive his possessed sister, Cheryl, back to town - only to find the bridge has been destroyed by something sinister.In the remake, David discovers the bridge is also blocked - it has been flooded by rising water due from a rainstorm (instead of Evil directly having a hand).

Burning the Book - Story Nod

Evil Dead - Necronomicon on FireIn the first film, Ash discovers that burning the Necronomicon will "kill" the demons - forcing them back into Hell.In the remake, David finds Eric trying to burn the Necronomicon in a trash can saying "For some reason, I thought this would end it all." It didn't.

The Shotgun - Prop Nod

Evil Dead - Shotgun "Boomstick"The only thing more iconic than Ash's chainsaw is his "Boomstick" - the Stoeger IGA 20" 12-gauge shotgun from Army of Darkness. In the original Evil Dead, the shotgun was an H&R Pardner 20-gauge single barrel. In the second film, the shotgun was a Stevens 311-C 12-gauge double barrellThough the firearm doesn't receive a nickname in the remake, the same sawed off version of the gun from Army of Darkness appears in multiple scenes of the remake.

Severely Injured Friend - Story Nod

Evil Dead - ScottyIn the first film, Ash's best friend Scotty is severely injured in a fight with possessed trees - then tries to kill Ash.In the remake, Eric (David's one-time best friend) is severely injured on multiple occasions. He also returns as possessed to kill David.

Burying the Girl - Story Nod

Evil Dead - Ash with Shovel at GraveIn the first film, after unsuccessfully attempting to dismember his girlfriend Linda with a chainsaw, Ash decides to bury her instead - he ends up chopping her head off with a shovel and watching her decapitated body prance off into the woods.In the remake, David also comes to the realization that he can't burn his sister Mia alive in the house. He decides that burying her alive would be a much better choice.

Miscellaneous Nods

Evil Dead - Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Group*It's all Science - In the Army of Darkness, Ash is carrying science books in the trunk of his car. In the remake, Eric is a high school science teacher.*Boiling Water - In Army of Darkness, Ash fights off mini-evil versions of himself with boiling hot water. In the remake, boiling water is introduced as a sign of possession in the Necronomicon - Mia scalds herself in a boiling hot shower.*Low on Gas - In Army of Darkness, Ash's '73 Olds Delta 88 runs out of gas, as does his chainsaw. Even the tagline on the poster for the film says, "Trapped in Time. Surrounded by Evil. Low of Gas." In the remake, when Mia is trying to fight the demon in the work shed she grabs the chainsaw but realizes it is out of gas.

More Miscellaneous Nods

Evil Dead - Mia with Chainsaw*Dismemberment -  In the first film Scotty dismembers his possessed girlfriend Shelly with an ax. In the remake, as Eric is flipping through the pages of the Necronomicon looking for a way to destroy the Evil, one of the pages suggests death by dismemberment.*Fake Shemps - The use of "Fake Shemps" in films has been around since the era of The Three Stooges when Joe Palma was a stand-in for the suddenly deceased Shemp Howard. Raimi is such a huge fan of both The Three Stooges and using Fake Shemps that he lists 40 of them between all three films. In the remake, Alvarez continues that tradition by listing Fake Shemps in the credits.*Man Playing a Woman - In second film, Professor Knowby's possessed wife Henriette is played by a guy, Lou Hancock. In the remake, Abomination Mia is also played by a guy, Randal Wilson.

23 'Evil Dead' Original Series References in the Remake

Evil Dead - Henrietta vs. MiaThere may be more nods to the original series in the Evil Dead remake that we missed but these were the 23 that we noticed.Were there any more that you saw? Share them with us in the comment section.Want more Evil Dead? Stay tuned for our written review and an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant editors on the SR Underground podcast.Look me up on Twitter - @MoviePaul - but please don't try to swallow my soul.
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  1. Ted Raimi played the possessed Henrietta in Evil Dead 2. Lou Hancock played Henrietta in the flashbacks. So two guys actually.

  2. How can some of these (Trees and No way out for example) be nods to the original when this is supposed to be a remake of sorts and would be part of the story?

    I can see the necklace, Michigan and others being a nod but story wise some stuff (no way out) cant be a nod or they would have just left.

    • @Aknot – It’s rare for a remake to be completely faithful to the original source material. The whole scene of David driving Mia out because she asked him to didn’t need to be in the movie for it to still be a remake. Any number of things could have happened (dead battery, flat tire, ect) that would have prevented them from leaving the woods – didn’t have to be a bridge out.

      Take a look at some of the other horror remakes of late, they either butcher the source material or ignore it altogether.


      • Fair enough I just dont see stuff like that as a ‘nod’ compared the shirts, necklace, etc that are not big/relevant to the story as a whole.

        Its part of the story for some of those scenes. Them being from MSU has no bearing on the flow of the story opposed to say a bridge/road washed out not allowing them passage on foot or by vehicle.

        The reason I got from the bridge being out and the road being washed out was there was no way to leave, they were stuck and had no choice but to return to their only shelter. Stuff like that happens and if the car breaks down you better believe I will walk. They did not have that luxury.

        • @Aknot – Well that’s why I labeled them “story nods” but kind of see what you’re saying. :) If those parts of the story had been left out though, fans would most likely be up in arms.


          • Oh and you might want to add to the necklace prop section. If it were not for the necklace Ash would not have been able to ‘hook’ the book and toss it in the fire ending it.

  3. Oh man, I got to number 5 then realised I’d better stop because the movie’s not out until the 17th and I don’t want any spoilers, as cool as it would be to see the similarities/nods to the original.

    • The movie is out today Dazz… and it’s a blast.

  4. A lot of people in the original and Mia in the new one are wearing MICHIGAN STATE sweatshirts because Sam Raimi went to Michigan State University, and it was implied that they went to MSU. Sorry, this may seem like a moot point, but I just wanted to make sure people knew it was MSU and not U of M.

  5. Was thinking that Evil Dead 1 was filmed in Morristown,TN and Evil Dead 2 was filmed in and around the town of Wadesboro,North Carolina. I didn’t think the Cabin scenes in Evil Dead 2 were filmed in Morristown,TN.

    • @Larry – You’re right. EV2 was actually filmed in Michigan and North Carolina. I’ve added that bit.


  6. The quickly edited bit where David gathers all the stuff to bury you know who, must have been a reference to Army of Darkness when Ash gets the glove. I guess that falls under the “Quick cuts” section.

  7. @ Paul Young – Thanks for clearing that up. Wasn’t sure if I had that right or not.

  8. I’m going to not read this all together. I plan on seeing the re-make on monday. I just got threw watching Evil Dead so I’ll be ready to spot the easter eggs. I’m super stoked for this flick. I’ve read only positive reviews , and a friend of mine saw it a week early and said it was most excellent.

    Just hope I can eat my popcorn.

  9. When David enters the basement to capture Mia for the live burial he enters a flooded room, I thought this was very similar to Army of Darkness when Ash is dropped into the well to confront a possessed in the shallow pool of water.

    • ha, yeah i was expecting a hand to slowly come up out the water behind him

  10. Mia and Cheryl both sketch when they first arrive at the cabin.

  11. Mia and Abomination Mia seemed to be a reference to Ash and Evil Ash in Army of Darkness.

  12. when the final demon thing says, “I will devour your soul!”
    its a rephrase of Henrietta saying, “I’ll swallow your soul!”

    • I’m certain that the demon in the remake says, “I will feast on your soul” where Mia replies “Feast on This, MotherF***er” which pays homage to ash’s classic “Swallow This” line before he guns down Henrietta.

  13. After David arrives at the cabin in his Jeep, you can clearly hear the original “Join us” sound several times. And after Mia shoots David with the shotgun and screams as wind rushes in the cabin, you can hear the original audio of Cheryl saying: “You’ll die! Like the others before you, one by one we will take you.”

  14. One reference I was expecting/hoping for, was when Natalie focuses on attacking Eric with the nailgun, I was expecting David stand up behind her, shoot it out of her hand, and go “Yo. She-b****. Let’s go.” XD

  15. “GROOVY”

  16. yeah i really liked the use of audio from the original Evil Dead trilogy cleverly played throughout the remake.
    i also loved that they used the same soundtrack too!

  17. The chain was in the shape of skull and cross bones like in the original. Also the I will devour your soul Mia says “Devour this” which is deff a nod to army of darkness “swallow this” I’m sad no one said dead by dawn though. But I guess the whole you are all going to die tonight counts

  18. Does anyone know if the photo of Mia, David and their mom, if the mom was of one of the gals from the original evil dead? We got the cabin and the car right off the bat. Loved listening to the applause when the chainsaw came out!

  19. This is more of a minor thing, but David is wearing a blue shirt similar to Ash’s typical attire.

  20. The shot of Mia’a hand through the car window was positioned exactly as the hand in the franchise logo

  21. When Mia picks up the necklace near the end of the remake, the chain is in the shape of a skull just like when, in Evil Dead 2, Ash picks up Linda’s necklace.

  22. When David was burying Mia and she started taunting him could be an Army of Darkness nod to when Ash buried Evil Ash and he started doing the same.

  23. In the new one the necklace is laying on the floor in the shape of a skull just like in the original too.

  24. I’m surprised no one mentioned the shot of the wall clock. It was identical to the original.

  25. In the scene where David is attacked by possessed Mia in the room with the water, Mia is flying exactly like a deadite in the original Evil Dead series. That was a definite nod to the original series, that I’m surprised everyone has missed.

  26. The page in the book showing the demon rising from the ground is just like the original Evil Dead poster with the woman.

  27. The card flipping/guessing in the beginning. The guy friend is sitting on the porch swing when they are telling Mia’s brother about her addiction.

    When Shelly first turned into the possessed girl, the other girls were playing a guessing game with cards. Shelly guessed every one of them and kept guessing faster and faster until she turns around, fully possessed.

  28. You missed the clock

    • Well, a number of people are mentioning sound clips from the first movie, such as Cheryl’s “You will die”, “one by one we will take you”, the “join us” as the jeep approaches the cabin, the profs “act of bodily dismemberment” etc etc…yet nobody seems to have mentioned hearing scotty’s voice “We gonna bury her” :-)