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Spoilers!!! About That Alternate Ending For The ‘Evil Dead’!

Okay, now that we’ve all had a chance to see FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead remake (and stop reading now if you haven’t) – perhaps we should discuss this piece from a few weeks back.

You see that image above? And how it wasn’t in the movie? Well it ties into that piece. There WAS an alternate ending shot, but it didn’t play out exactly the way our source indicated. Therefore – and we’re big boys so we can admit this – the denial that Bruce Campbell issued was actually technically correct.

But there WAS something else. Head inside for more…

Alright – so you may remember the scene as described by our reader Scorpionsy (who was going off of a source he spoke to). “I was told that there was a scene for post-credits where they shot Bruce Campbell in the Ash role but of course he is older (trying to integrate him into this remake’s timeline for future possible cross over),” the reader explained to us. “The surviving member of the group is walking down a road (all covered in blood from the final scene in the movie) and suddenly a truck (with the word “S-Mart” printed on the side of the truck’s container unit) drives up the road and stops by the survivor. Then the window roles down and we see none other than Ash (Ashley Williams…Bruce Campbell)…the hero and survivor from the original Evil Dead trilogy. He asks the survivor if everyting is OK and if any help was needed. Then the Survivor looks at Ash and turns again into a Deadite (gets possessed again)….then we see Ash with the camera zoomed in a close-up on his face as he says: “Groovy!” (one of his famous catchphrases from Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness…you fans know what I am talking about) and we fade to black… I was so excited and shocked when I heard this little golden nugget by the insider. Then the person goes on to tell me that they shot the whole scene but when Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell watched it they decided it was out of place (for now).

At the time I said, “I can confirm that, in the draft of the script I read, there is a scene that is similar to this – but NOT EXACTLY like it. Still, this all falls in line with stuff I’ve heard.

And then you’ll recall that Bruce Campbell issued the following tweet.

Well it turns out the indeed a scene was shot. And in fact – it’s pretty much EXACTLY the same as the earlier intended post credits scene I was referencing in my above quote/caveat. Right after what we see in the film ends, Mia makes it out to the road. She’s exhausted and covered in blood. She passes out. A truck with a farmer (“Billy Bob”) and his wife happen upon her and they help her into the truck. She’s in the backseat, dazed as they’re headed to the hospital. Just as the farmer is explaining that she’ll be ok – BOOM! She opens her eyes. She’s a deadite, she smiles and the film cuts to black.

So it turns out they shot the ending post-credits scene as originally intended. No Bruce (who was in Florida shooting “Burn Notice” at the time). This has been confirmed by our source (not a reader’s source) – not to mention by the photo in the header. Footage of which you can see in various TV Spots.

Hopefully we’ll see this scene on a jam-packed Blu-ray for Evil Dead this summer!



  • Jasonicus

    I heard about this and was pretty disappointed with the lame ending they gave us.

  • EvilHead1981

    I’m actually content with the ending we got. It’s a perfect set-up for Mia being the hero in the sequel. Making her a deadite again would leave too many questions unanswered(as well as the whole, “What’s the point?! She was brought back, defeated the abomination… so how did she become a deadite again?!”.

    • BornVillian

      The only two stretched explanations I could come up of why she became possessed again are:

      1. When the Abomination first rises it grabs Mia’a leg and you can hear her leg getting burnt by the touch. Some how thats enough to get her possessed.

      2. She was covered with the blood rain and it got into all her wounds. Which I thought would be an interesting idea. Say if the Abomination won and it got out of the woods, the blood rain would spread and infect/possess anyone it got into. Thus causing the Apocalypse.

      • huntermc

        They never really explained “the rules” as to who can and can’t be possessed in the first movies. Why don’t the deadites just possess everyone all at once and be done with it?

      • Scorpionsy

        You guys completely forget about the EVIL FORCE (the roaming Camera monster though the woods)…it is still out there….and just like the original Evil Dead ending where after Ash is the lone survivor…it still goes and attacks him (to which we see him turn into a Deadite when that scene is continued in Evil Dead 2).

        It would have been cool if they shot the Evil Force going upto and possessing Mia again whether she was in that truck or before any truck arrives and while she is still on the that when she looks up she is possessed again. 🙂

      • Scorpionsy

        @BornVillian – Oh, and by the way the Abomination FIRST grabbed Mia’s WRIST not her leg…when it came out. It did grab Mia’s leg in the Jeep..and that is why you see burn marks on Mia’s wrist on the closeup of her wrist trying to escape and open the passenger door.

        Just wanted to clarify that. 😉

        Oh, and by the way…does anyone here agree that the Abomination looked like crap…NOT SCARY at all?

        They went all out cheap on the Abomination makup…if they stuck to the early Script’s Abomination it would have looked way CREEPIER…because in that version the Abomination was a combination of all of the victim’s (Mia’s friends)…half face Olivia…half face Eric or Natalie (could not remember)…and all she looked like was a clone (facewise) of possessed Mia. Such a major let down for an awesome end scene. Such a shame really.

        • BornVillian

          Yeah, i realized that error almost right after I posted it and didn’t care to fix it cause i found it irrelevant what part got grabbed. What I said still served the same meaning of the point I was trying to get across.

  • Grigori

    I wouldnt mind seeing the alternate ending, but I do agree the whole “why did she turn into a deadite after she disposed of it in the first place” doesnt make much sense. I dont know those movies never really had a happy ending to them, aside from Army of Darkness. cant wait for the Blu-ray.

  • Micah

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. Kinda figured it would be that. So, the truck, was it the one that nearly ran Ash off the road in the first one?

  • The-Hitchhiking-Ghost

    Jane Levy expressed in Fango that she’s not interested in being in another horror film because of the physicality of it. I feel like that somewhat diminishes the chances of her becoming a heroine for the new series. I don’t know if Raimi and Co. have her locked to a multi-picture deal, but I would imagine she would change her tune now that the film is a smash in only its first weekend.

  • JPSeeker

    BIG SPOILER ALERT, just for the ones that haven’t seen the movie. Saw it last Friday and waited until the end of the credits. Halfway through the credits you can hear the recording from the translation of the book used on Evil Dead II (if I remember correctly) and by almost the end of the credits they cut and there’s Ash (focus on his face in a dark setting) saying “Groovy”. And that was it. I’m curious if there was something different or nothing at all on other places (I’m from Mexico).

    • BabyJaneHudson

      Sat through to the end when I watched it (in Canada) and yep, it was there…

    • ChelseaGoneAwry

      Same here! I sat through alllllll the credits just for Ash saying “groovy”. No Mia being picked up, no Deadite transformation. I feel so cheated.

    • Scorpionsy

      @JPSeeker – Actually to correct you, the recording you hear from the End Credit was from the FIRST Evil Dead…not Evil Dead 2.

      In fact the entire movie’s fan-nods were to the original Evil Dead not part 2 except for the “I will feast on your soul!” quote which is a direct nod to the Evil Dead 2 line “I”ll swallow your soul!” …and instead of “Swallow this!” we get in the new movie “Feast on this!”.

      Everything else is a fan-nod and linked to the original Evil Dead movie…even the Boomstick AND the Chainsaw. 🙂

      • Scorpionsy

        Well, you could consider the infected arm also as a nod to Evil Dead 2 also, except that it was not possessed and had a mind of it’s own like in Evil Dead 2.

      • BornVillian

        The only other non ED1 nod I noticed (in a technical sense) was the use of the classic “quick cut” shots when David builds the defibrillator.

  • coldblood

    I like the movie a lot but felt they pussed out a bit on the ending.

    Does every horror movie that is going to hit theaters need an ending that sets up a sequel?

    All I can say is that I hope nobody screws with YOU’RE NEXT. It’s supposed to be great and I don’t want to see some limp-dick studio ending when it comes out.

  • wildgator25

    I thought the movie was Good-Pretty Good, but not Great. I wish they would have spent a little more time making the cabin itself creepier, ala the original. I didn’t walk away from the theater with an excited feel overall. As I read in the other thread, I agree that the Red Band trailer gave way too much away. If you were to discuss this movie with someone who hasn’t seen it, but has seen the trailer(s), there isn’t much that would surprise them.

  • Absinthespade

    EvilHead1981 hit the nail on the head with his comment about it would end up not making any sense. It would have really pissed me off because it just seems like a cheap trick. Though, I guess, that explains why the evil comes out still even though she was “saved” but whatever, I much preferred the ending in theaters.

    @JPSeeker, nope that was it! Glad I stayed to the end because that was perfect.

    • JPSeeker

      Thanks for the clarification. I remember a second “after credits” scene was added to Avengers, the scene wasn’t worth anything at all, but was curious to know it they pulled a trick like that here.

  • deanosalter

    The screener i saw in London, after the credits, show’s Bruce Campbell side profile shot to which he then glances at the screen and simply say’s “Groovy”

  • JoeBattleAssualt2

    Wow I really wish I could have seen this ending.It sounds much more satisfying then the ending the movie actually had.

  • Kroork

    The alternate ending sounds satisfying but in terms of a sequel, I prefer the ending we got. I want Jane to be our hero in the next movie. But as a stand alone movie I would have preferred the alternate ending. I love the visual of Jane walking down the street.

    • WalkingDeadGuy

      I agree, if Jane is intended to be the new hero for the rest of the series, why is she turning into a deadite again? I also don’t think the post-credits “Ash” scene means that he’ll be in the sequel. I’m sure it was just a “wink” to fans of the original.

  • violentdope

    This movie is great.Aside from the slow start I loved it.I just hope studios will start making these movies with loads of gore and heart into it which it showed in this movie.The endiess 2ng was great,cant wait for the sequel and army of darkness 2

  • violentdope

    This movie is great.Aside from the slow start I loved it.I just hope studios will start making these movies with loads of gore and heart into it which it showed in this movie.The ending was great,cant wait for the sequel and army of darkness 2

  • BabyJaneHudson

    As much as I LOVE Ash and would be happy to see him, showing her become a deadite again would be just about as cheesy as ending the movie with “The End….Or is it?” The little flash at the end of the closing credits made me happy enough.

  • dabay

    I don’t think it needs a sequel…and I wouldn’t like her as a hero if there is one…the BC ending would of been nice. 7/10

  • AtomikPunck

    JUST SAY NO! This movie started to win me over, but the ending freaking destroyed the rest of it. And I don’t want to see some druggie chick with a chainsaw hand. We don’t want a new franchise. Bring on Evil Dead 4, with Bruce.

    • cetrata

      I would see Army of Darkness 2 with Ash, and THAT’S IT!! We are supposed to believe that MIA is TOTALLY FINE WITHOUT ANY SCRATCHES WHATSOEVER??!! That destroyed the evil dead mythology for me.

    • cetrata

      I mean don’t you feel cheated when they put in a happy outcome for MIA? MIA sounds appropriate because that’s what ill be by the time the sequel comes out. Missing in action.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Can’t wait to own this amazing movie.

  • scarletsimple

    I really liked the movie and I was okay with the ending. I wanted a little more mind you (Like the presence coming through the forest or a vortex in the book, though that might just be nostalgia…), but I think a scene with Mia turning back into a deadite would have been lame. I’m cool with it being a deleted scene on the blu-ray. I’m also excited at the possibility of seeing Mia back as the hero in a sequel. I hope they eventually tie it all back into the original series, but I’m happy with what we’ve got for now.

    Which is a lot coming from me. I was so so so against this when it was first announced.

  • cetrata

    This remake was one of the worst i’ve seen. The final act in particular pissed me off. If you recall correctly, there are 3 ways to cure a possessed one and all of them involved killing that person. Death by fire, dismemberment, or BURIAL!!! However, they put in a unlogical cliche that defibrillators always work. This disregarded the mythology and it wasn’t even handled naturally. After it appeared the revival attempt didn’t work, she came back to life without a scratch by the demon. After that, I just didn’t give a shit for the rest of the film. The franchise would be much better off without this film.

    • Scorpionsy

      Yes, I agree with you with the burial scene it felt forced ot have an excuse to bring her back to life.

      And a BIG YES I AGREE…that she had ZERO DAMAGE / SCARS from the demon possession after she was revived. It was so silly and took away from the realism of the situation.

      • cetrata

        About that revival scene the way they handled Mia’s revival, appearing that the efforts didn’t work but all of a sudden she’s instantly fine, it was so unrealistic that I honestly thought it was still the demon in Mia’s body. Once I realized she’s been cured, I got instantly pissed and just did not give a shit for the rest of the film. Im not the type to walk out of movies but the only thing that was on my mind is WHY?!

        If you wanted a believable way to handle Mia’s revival, why not have the attempts appear to work? That would at least be more believable.

        If you wanted to present it the revival attempts like what ultimately ended up in the final film, why not have Mia still possessed by the demon? My version would show Mia calling out David’s name behind his back and then have her whispering, “You shouldn’t have done that.” in referring to one of the rules that burial alive would cure the person but digging the person back up would undo that cure. She would then bite him to death, look at the screen, leap at us, and then the Evil Dead Logo would come up. That way she can terrorize the new inhabitants for the sequel. As cliched as it would be like in Paranormal Activity, it would be a far better ending that what I have seen.

        If you wanted Mia to be a hero, why even have her possessed? Why not have David be possessed instead and Mia fighting him off?

        These scenarios would be better than the one I got. Even the alternate ending wouldn’t help much.

        • cetrata

          What I mean by the first scenario in which I said the revival attempt appears to work would mean when David shocks her heart, she suddenly comes back to life and hugs him instead of the mind tease where behind David’s back, she comes back to life in unrealistic quick time.

      • cetrata

        I mean we see the demon splitting Mia’s tongue in half. She’s totally fine except for an arm missing in a unrelated final battle.

        If it was me handling this film, David would, instead of digging her back up, he would pray saying, keep her in peace, and then the sun would come up and David would just walk away. While David is a cliched stupid man of looks over brain, he would be more believable as a lead than Mia.

        • cetrata

          I mean totally fine by the end of the movie.

  • Scorpionsy

    @EvanDickson – Well my friend, I sent that picture you used above to Mr. Disgusting about 2 weeks (before the TV spots came out) to support my source’s claim for the final scene that they denied was shot (to be added later to BD after the movie was released). Do you remember when you first posted the concept of the post-credits scene and the studio denied there ever was one shot? (whether it was the scene with the billy bob truck from the script that we have online or the other S-Mart truck scene mentioned by my source?). The S-Mart truck scene might have been from another draft of the script then. But the studio completely denied such a scene was shot anyway from the beginning…and they had that scene right in front of our noses in the form of the MAIN Evil Dead poster (yes, photoshopped and zoomed in on Mia from that picture).

    Also, remember how you said in my review and comparison to the original movie (here: ) that you still saw the Burns on Mia’s face after she was revived? Well, do you agree with me now that she had a burn-free face after you watched it a second time? 🙂

    They are magically gone from her face…as if no damage happened. That was a very BIG flaw for me because none of the other people who died (like Natalie for example) regained their undamaged looks.

    Still looking forward to the deleted scenes (whatever they may be on the Bluray) and I am glad the movie was a hit so we can get a better (hopefully) sequel.


    • EvanDickson

      @Scorpionsy the studio never denied shooting a scene – Bruce just denied that he was in it. Yep – that image has been around all along.

      Agree about the burn marks, they don’t disappear – just lessen in severity.

      • Scorpionsy

        @EvanDickson – Yeah, they are sneaky aren’t they? Showing the ending and survivor in the Poster (just like the poster from “The Apparition” showed the ending too) 🙂

        I watched them movie 5 times (3 invites to advanced screenings and 2 with friends just to see them and the audience squirm from the gore LOL)…so I know the movie by now and the scenes…inside out…and I am telling you bro, Mia has ZERO burn marks when she is pulled out from the ground and the plastic bag removed from her face…there is a pretty long extreme close-up on her face…No burn marks..NONE!

        Also, did you notice that the Beads Necklace which she ripped apart and threw at her brother earlier in the movie (you could hear the beads ripped and dropping on the wooden floor in the cabin)….was fully intact (in the shape of a skull…another nod to the original movie) on the earch before she picked it up (pre-Abomination) and when she wore it (post-abomination)? Another continuity flaw with the movie.

        Yes, I am now picking the movie mistakes shot. 🙂

  • StevenHarvey1990

    I’d recycle the above idea, with re-shoots,

    Evil Dead 2:

    Like in Evil Dead (2013) we begin with a prologue scene. Picking up right after the events of the first film we have Mia plodding along in the woods, a bloody mess. The force ramps up and chases her. As she reaches the edge of the woods and the road she looks back panicked.

    A truck screeches to a halt just avoiding hitting her, we don’t know if the force got to her or not. It’s Ash in the S-Mart truck.


    Go from there. A little bit of suspense as we don’t know if it got her or not. Do I have any idea where it should go? Well I have ideas but I will keep them for my fanfic haha.

    I think the truck scene described would work best as a prologue rather than an epilogue. What do you guys think?

  • jsanz0116

    Is that the picture of her on the movie poster?

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