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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.