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[‘Evil Dead’ Month] Meet The Deadites!

One of The Evil Dead series’ greatest assets is its host of Deadites, possessed humans who want nothing more than to possess more humans through vague, ever changing means. Some are humanoid, some are monstrous, some are trees, and some are goats. But all of them are awesome. And while they don’t make much sense and lack consistency even within individual films, we love them all the same. Especially the goat. Here is our rundown of Deadites from the entire Evil Dead series, excluding all videogames, comic books, and fan fiction. But including Drag Me to Hell because c’mon.

Head inside to Meet The Deadites!!!



Cheryl turns into a Deadite after being raped by a tree. Once she becomes a deadite she stabs Linda in the ankle and it looks extremely painful. After this, Scotty locks Cheryl into the basement. Later she escapes and beats Ash with a fireplace poker until he throws the Book of the Dead into a fireplace, after which her body rapidly decomposes.


Shelly gets possessed when a demonic force breaks through her window and abducts her. After scratching Scotty’s face and basically riding him into the living room, Shelly falls face first into a fireplace. Aghast, Scotty pulls her from the fire only to be attacked again. Eventually Scotty begins cutting Shelly’s hand off with a knife, a job she finishes with her teeth. Even down to one hand, Shelly keeps causing problems until Scotty cuts her into a billion pieces with an axe while Ash just watches like a gigantic coward.


Ash loses Linda through the pencil wound in her ankle. More than anything, the Linda Deadite is memorable for laughing in a door frame and generally scaring the shit out of me. Ash stabs her to death and buries her, but she rises from the grave and only ceases to be a problem once he beheads her with a shovel.


Scotty suffers many tortures, so it’s unclear which wound shoves him full of Evil Dead action. Once he is possessed, however, Ash thumbs his eyeballs out and dispatches him along with Cheryl by throwing the Book of the Dead into the fireplace.



Linda II:

Linda II turns into a Deadite when a demonic force breaks through her window and abducts her. After comically punishing Ash for a while, he cuts her head off with a shovel and buries her body. Somehow her head comes back, however, and bites Ash on the hand before he cuts it up (along with her equally animated headless body) with a chainsaw.

Ash’s Hand:

Possessed thanks to Linda’s bite, Ash’s hand attacks Ash with comical violence and rude gestures until Ash cuts it off with a chainsaw. It should be noted, however, that Ash’s Deadite hand never actually dies.


Deadite Ash looks like Bruce Campbell but with clouded eyes and an even bigger chin. Ash is able to repel him on two occasions: Once thanks to the power of sunlight, and once thanks to the power of love.

Deer Head:

It’s a mounted deer head. It can’t do much but laugh at Ash. Because it’s a mounted deer head.


Henrietta is one badass Deadite. Throughout Evil Dead 2, she changes forms many times, going from nice old lady to turtle-headed demon, to full on Ted Raimi depending on the situation at hand. Ash kills her by cutting off her arm and head, then blowing off her face with a shotgun blast.


Ed gets possessed after Henrietta smashes his head into a lightbulb. His head can spin all the way around and he likes to eat hair. The Ed Deadite meets his end when Ash cuts him into a million pieces with an axe. After that, he went on to host his own QVC show.

Tree Deadite:

We knew the trees were possessed as well, but this is the only one bad enough to get its own face. Ash cuts its eye up with a chainsaw before it is sent to another dimension.

Flying Deadite:

Ash makes its head explode with a shotgun blast.



The Army of Darkness:

I’m not sure if these skeletons even count as Deadites since they don’t really have Deadite features. It’s here just in case.

Cellar Witch:

The Cellar Witch appears to be trapped in a cellar with tons of spikes into which Arthur throws his enemies as a form of corporal punishment. She beats Ash up a great deal, but he ultimately kills her with his chainsaw.

Cellar Monster:

This Deadite also lives in the Cellar, emerging out of a wall as Ash is about to escape. Ash cuts its hand off and leaves it to be crushed by enclosing spiky walls. Somehow, the Cellar Monster Deadite manages to escape the Cellar, but Ash shoots him back down with his newly obtained shotgun.

Cauldron Witch:

The Cauldron Witch shows up just long enough to tell everyone that they’re doomed and kill a couple people. Ash shoots her with his shotgun.

Little Ashes:

These guys comically torment Ash. He kills a couple of them in return, but eventually they tie him down so one can dive down his throat.

Evil Ash:

Evil Ash splits off from regular Ash after regular Ash swallows an evil mini-Ash. At first, the two Ashes are identical. But then Good Ash shoots Bad Ash in the face with a shotgun and buries him. Later, when Bad Ash screws up his safe words while retrieving The Book of the Dead, Evil Ash comes back and leads the Army of Darkness against all medieval humanity. Eventually, Ash blows him up with a sack of gunpowder.

Deadite Book of the Dead #1:

This one flies. And bites.

Deadite Book of the Dead #2:

This one is a black hole.

Flying Deadite II:

This ugly guy carries Sheila off to her wedding with Evil Ash. Regular Ash tries to catch it, but he’s way too big an idiot.

Evil Sheila:

Abducted by the flying Deadite, Sheila gets possessed after kissing Evil Ash, making her real ugly. Ash de-possess her by throwing her off a castle.

S-Mart Deadite:

Even though Ash saved the day and everything should be peachy, this Deadite appears at his S-Mart store. Ash shoots her to death.



The Goat:

Best Deadite ever.

Seance guy:

Throws up a kitten. Cool, but not as cool as the goat.



  • Kenzo

    My fav’s are Linda, Ashe’s hand, the little ashe’s, Seance guy and that FUCKING GOAT! The others are great as well.

  • c4darkmane

    i always felt Drag me to hell should have been a Evil Dead film i could have seen Ash running around trying to lift the cruse on his girlfriend or something like that.

  • horrorking95

    Personally, I don’t think that Drag Me To Hell is much like The Evil Dead trilogy, apart from the odd nod in the seance scene! However, it does carry its same amount of fun! I think that the Linda deadite is the scariest, and seeing all of these deadites makes me want to watch The Evil Dead again!

  • djblack1313

    the only one i like from any of them is part 1. ED2 is somewhat tolerable. ARMY i saw in theaters and wished i could gouge my eyes out. just awful. DRAG ME was also horrible. after that girl kills the kitten i was praying for her to die painfully. at least in the ED’s Bruce’s Ash is likable and i wanted him to win.

    i can’t wait for EVIL DEAD 2013!!

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  • NixEclips

    Ummm, that face does not belong to a tree. That’s the physical manifestation of ‘the evil force” and it’s using the trees at the same time.

    • Evan Saathoff

      Still counts!

      • NixEclips

        Yes, it still counts, it just should be called something else and described differently.

  • Scorpionsy

    Look…you want scary Deadites…only Evil Dead 1 had those..and that is why it is the BEST Evil Dead movie out there (until I see the remake to see what all the Deadite makup in that one looks like..but right now the Twiligh/Sith/Exorcist contacts are ridiculously NOT scary. I hope there are some extreme transformations and we see some REAL UGLY and Scary Deadites (WITH pussfilled white/redish/orangish eyes). Cellar Deadite in the remake looks like a Walking-Dead zombie instead of a Freakish Demon….like Cheryl (Evil Dead 1 original Cellar Deadite)…or even any of the other ones from the original Evil Dead.

    My scariest looking Deadite is definitely Cheryl(when fully transformed in the Cellar) form the original Evil Dead…they don’t look scarier than that. That is why she is my Avatar. This is followed by Linda..with that evil witchy-laugh and the freaky song. They both gave me nightmares as a kid…especially Cheryl..with the way she moves. Genius scary stuff!! Also, Shelly REALLY scared me when she was burned and started chewing off her own half-severed hand. I remember thinking to myself…”Oh crap, if this thing is doing that to her own self…what the hell is she going to do with the others if she got a hold on them??” Then it just got worse with all the white-fluids shooting out of her mouth and arm…creepy stuff really! How did Raimi come up with this stuff?!!! He must have a really twisted imagination inside his mind.

    • Scorpionsy

      Oh forgot to mention that after Evil Dead 1…the only kinda-scary looking Deadites are Evil Ed with his multiple rows of large rotten teeth (that he likes to floss with a human victim’s hair…lol!) and Deadite Ash. Thats it…Henrietta was not scary in either form…the fat rotting hag or the giraffe-head E.T. wannabe deadite…which looks ridiculous…and has gassy-misty blood in its neck…LOL!

      • Scorpionsy

        Forgot to mention that the above kinda-scary Deadites are from Evil Dead 2 of course (Evil Ed and Deadite Ash)…in case you thought I meant Deadite Ash leading the Army of Darkness…who was NOT SCARY at all!

  • ThunderDragoon

    I really liked the first Evil Dead, but like I said before, they decreased in quality as the franchise went on. I loved Drag Me to Hell, though. Still, it’s cool to see all the Deadites in the series on this article. I’m dying to see the remake. It looks incredible.

  • viking1983

    drag me to hell does not count as an evil dead film, stop trying to flog a dead horse with it

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