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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Evil Dead
The Necronomicon is compelling and always has been Indestructible.

The evil book shares properties with the One Ring. People don't use it, they are compelled to read it by the evil within. Even the original author of the book begins the whole ordeal, warnings to not use it. Overly curious people can't help themselves but to read it. The book has a will of it's own, it wants to be found and read. Releasing the evils of the book is, nor has it ever been an accident.

It's why Ash "Forgot the words" in the graveyard.It's why Eric went through all the trouble in the Remake and ignored the warnings, and why the Professor read it. The book has a will of it's own and imposes upon people. Also, it is indestructible, more so then Ash would have us believe. It's just easier to think that the book was destroyed then to realize it's still out there.

The 'remake' Is the story of Ash's kids grown up

It makes sense, we never do learn their last names as far as I remember. The cabin in the Army of darkness never actually burned down. Their mother died "Going insane in a hospital, a monster" The father is never mentioned. Let's say that Ash's stories about going back in time were true but the whole sending the car back in time was all made up. We have no idea how long the time was between the prologue of the movie was to the beginning of the actual movie is. So maybe Ash made the part about destroying the book up and simply killed all the Deadites. Well he returns to normal life at the end of Army of Darkness, has a couple of kids and to make sure the evil is never unleashed again turns the Cabin into something of a vacation home for some time.

Ash becomes obsessed with the evil though and just can't let it go. Eventually the stress of the insane stories and the paranoia breaks the family apart and Ash is forced to leave. The Cabin is abandoned for years. The kids use it as a hang out spot as they get old enough to do it, but eventually stop coming as well, never fully knowing the true evil that took place there. The Evil was never truly banished and drove the mother insane, the daughter to drugs and the son to prone to running away. The story is about revenge against the kids, it's the next best thing because it can't get to Ash himself.

The prologue takes place sometime after the cabin is abandoned by the family for the last time, and since the place seems abandoned, the book is safe where it is and no one bothers to take it due to the evil it is capable of. Due to all the messages in the book, though. It is apparent that others have used it a few times in the past. Untold stories of the Necronomicon, perhaps.

The whole story is one big stable time loop.

Yeah, I know, that one's pretty obvious, but hear me out: Ash was demonically possessed TWICE and got better, and also had his hand possessed, and all his loved ones were killed by it. Furthermore, in Army of Darkness, the eponymous army is lead by an Evil version of him that seems to share a lot of his personality traits. Oh, and he's apparently "the man from the sky" destined to fight Deadites. Thus, the only conclusion I can come up with is this: the Deadites KNEW he was the one who stopped them, so they tried to kill him (or at the very least, drive him insane). In short, the Deadites pretty much screwed themselves over by driving Ash to become the Badass he ended up becoming.
  • I'd say that's canonically true, especially in the second movie. Ash felt a chill and said it felt like "someone walked over [his] grave" when Annie showed him the picture of the Hero From the Sky, and the Deadites at the end seem to be gloating a little too much to have just beaten an average guy: "we've won, we've won! Victory is ours!" I think they quickly recognized who he was (since they've faced him before, in the 12th century), and thought at the end that they'd broken the time-loop and stopped him from ever sealing them away. But Because Destiny Says So, Annie manages to open the portal with her dying breath, and we all know what happened next...
  • That would explain why the necronomicon was found in the British castle ( it was the same one from Army of Darkness), so would that mean that the book isn't Sumerian, but an uncreated eternal of time travel? Or is this an unstable timeloop that will play out differently every time? Or is there now a time travel duplicate book?
    • Presumably there was such a book prior to the 12th century, or else Arthur's advisers wouldn't have known anything about it.

The Ash you see lives in a different continuity in every movie
In the first, Ash is a college student traveling with his friends to a creepy cabin in the woods, and at the end burns the Necronomicon/Demonicon, which is alive and well throughout the second movie. In the second, Ash only brings his girlfriend and perseveres through different — but also similar — events in the recap at the beginning. His shotgun also goes from a single-shot to a double-barrel and instead of an axe he acquires a full-out chainsaw. In the third, Ash undertakes a massive personality shift and the events he undergoes at the beginning are different than those at the end of the second movie. Also to be taken into account is the game Evil Dead: Regeneration, which is set in another alternate universe, where Ash is committed to an asylum instead of going back to the Middle Ages. All of this means either NOTHING is canon in the Evil Dead movies, or EVERYTHING is.
  • I'm gonna go with "Everything is", considering how much he's crossed over with in the comics. Not to mention all of reality has been taken over by Evil Ash, and since rewritten, twice now. (As of Issue 27)

In the first movie, the camera-monster is entirely unrelated to the Book of the Dead
The book possesses people with spirits and makes the trees come alive. The camera-monster is seen before anyone even touches the book and kills Ash after the book is burned. The events just happened to take place in a location with a camera-monster and a possessed tome.
  • Taking only the first film as "canon" in this case: Perhaps the book was something that bound the camera monster to it, yet somehow (for some reason) kept it from harming anything. That brings up the question of how it toppled trees when the book was still whole, but also explains why the professor didn't burn the thing.
    • Presumably whatever Sumerian demon-cultist or Evil Sorcerer wrote the book in the first place had wanted to be able to use it without getting his or her soul swallowed, so would have incorporated some measure of protection for its owner against the forces its incantations unleashed. Unfortunately for Ash and his friends, maintaining that protection probably required them to act out additional rituals they didn't know about: rites, which the professor couldn't perform well enough to keep the evil at bay for long.

The Lamia is a Deadite.
When it possesses people, their face morphs and they have the ability to levitate, just like a Deadite.
  • The Lamia also torments its victim and takes pleasure in doing so - much like a Deadite, as well.
    • We actually see a couple of Lamia drawings in the Naturom Demonto in the last film.

Ash is actually telling the story of the entire trilogy to his coworkers
The differences in continuity are because by this point Ash is, shall we say, slightly less than mentally stable?

Ash never recovered from his first Deadite possession.
Ash IS a Deadite, now, or rather, the specific deadite and him... came to an agreement. Ash just happened to get possessed by the one who found out killing its own kind was FAR more entertaining.

Alternately, it's Ash controlling the Deadite.
It's still inside him, but when his Heroic Willpower comes through in the second movie, he ends up the dominant mind. This explains how he ended up so Crazy Awesome; he's got all the supernatural powers of the demon (though he may or may not be aware of them), and this is what turned him from a normal guy into a Badass. Although Ash in in charge, having a demon within him does affect his personality somewhat, which is why he becomes a bit more of a Jerkass Deadpan Snarker as the series progresses, as well as much more violent.

There is no continuity error in the movies or the games, Ash is just crazy.
Each movie and game after the first Evil Dead tells of a diluted version of his origin. While the first movie shows him with his friends, the second and third only show him and Linda during flashbacks. The first and second movies shows them as College graduates, the third shows them as former (Ash being current.) S-Mart employees. Granted one can argue that they have the jobs to pay off their student loans, but it wasn't mentioned until Army of Darkness. The famous laughing scene has been diluted in more ways than one: First of all it was heavily implied that the stress from his fighting the deadites has made him insane, and subject to hallucinations. While in the game Evil Dead: Regeneration has shown it was the deadites and ash had to shoot them all. Also in the game unlike the scene in the movie, he is seen with his chainsaw hand on, while in the movie; moments away from Knowby's daughter (whom helped him build the chainsaw.) from arriving, he only had his stump and the boomstick. In the game as well there have been no signs of the supporting characters from the second movie as either characters or deadites while there were plenty first movie deadites to kill. Lastly and this is the big one to prove my point. There was no narrator for Evil Dead, Knowby narrated Evil Dead 2. Who narrated Army of Darkness and so on? Ash Williams. Though it is hinted that the deadites and the killings are true, however despite being the hero, he is the one responsible for diluting his own story. Evil Dead 1 had hints of him going crazy with the mirror water. Evil Dead 2 had him being strangled by his reflection while inanimate objects laugh at him. Army of Darkness had an elaborate story involving time travel and a demon war. The games just piled on the crazy. There is no continuity error of the series. Ash has been so screwed up by the terror of the deadites that even he can't get his story straight. Now if a Bruce Campbell look-alike went up to you and said. "Hey man did I ever tell you the story about the magic book and the demons posessing my friends, and I killed them with a chainsaw. Then I traveled back to the past and King Arthur and I have been fighting demons?" Would you believe that story?

Ash is related to Rory.
  • That level of badassitude? Gotta be genetic.

The remake is really a Stealth Sequel.
  • And to expand that: this film is set in modern day and the ending has Ash barge in with his shotgun and chainsaw killing all the deadits and rescuing whoever survived. Because that would be beyond awesome.
    • If the plan to make an Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness 2, then combine them for a final seventh movie comes to fruition, along with the Ash cameo at the end, then confirmed
The Necronomicon gave ash the shotgun and the chainsaw.
How else does the Shotgun keep firing despite it supposed to be out of bullets, as with the chainsaw not running out of gas?

Evil Dead is set in the same universe as Hellraiser
BECAUSE IT WOULD BE AWESOME.

Ash is dead all along.
  • Him and his girlfriend really were on a weekend getaway but were both killed in a car accident by a reckless driver. The whole movie is an afterlife image Ash is living through and the Deadites represent the demons in purgatory. The Necronomicon really just
represents something that Ash saw in a old horror movie before he died.

They aren't remaking Evil Dead Per Se.
They are Remaking Within the woods. Mia The Ash expy Shares the same role as Ellen in the first movie. Ergo still making it an Evil Dead film.

Ash is Modern Day Link
Both Travel back in time to solve the evil problem. Both have signature blades (The Master Sword and Chainsaw Respectively) Both are experts in all fields of weaponry. Both end up being the accidental cause of all the world's destruction that they meant to stop. Last but not least its a Blink And You Miss moment. On the page of the Necronomicon depicting Ash's Prophecy. There is an ink sketch of a Triforce under said picture.

Ash, Van Helsing, Tallahassee, and Issac Clarke are all a part of the same bloodline and in that order.

I have no evidence of this but admit it, you think it's awesome too.

The demon is Nyarlathotep
Had to be said, but it makes sense don't it ?

The Necronomicon Ex Mortis and Naturom Demonto are two different books.

Or perhaps different translations of the same book.

Mia is a descendant of Ash and Sheila.

Their one night stand resulted in a line of Deadite infected badasses. The reason both Mia and Ash had to fight evil versions of themselves, genetics.

The entire thing was just some sort of video game.
Ash got irritated on later levels, so he used the infinite ammo cheat.

The Ultimate villain of the entire series...
Was the lamp that laughed at Ash.
Ash was the one that wrote the warnings in the remake book.
Come on who else would simply put "Chop the motherfucker." of all things into the book. Where did he get the blood? From the corpses of the friends he killed.
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