Evil Dead (2013) is the fourth movie in the Evil Dead franchise. Rather than continuing from Army of Darkness, it is a functional remake of the original The Evil Dead (1981), though it nominally takes place in the same universe, making it a sort of sequel.
A group of friends arrive at a cabin in the woods, planning on a few nights of relaxation, conversation and to help the youngest member, Mia overcome her addiction to heroin. Upon arrival, they discover the cabin is littered with corpses of dead animals as well as a shotgun and a book entitled 'Naturom Demonto'.
Eric decides to read the incantation, despite all warnings and awakens a menacing force. Mia begins seeing visions of a bloody girl in the woods. After expressing her desire to leave, the group come to the conclusion that Mia is experiencing hallucinations due to heroin withdrawals. Mia steals the group's truck and drives through the woods, before crashing after seeing the demon girl appear in front of the car. She begins to run through the woods, being chased by the demonic being. She falls and becomes tangled in possessed vines. She realises the demon girl is a version of herself. A vine appears from the demonic version of Mia and proceeds to rape Mia, infecting her with the possession. Mia's brother, David and Olivia from the group find Mia and take her back to the cabin.
Later that evening, David discovers his dog has been viciously killed with a hammer and he goes to confront Mia about it. In the bathroom, the water has been turned on so hot that Mia is scalding herself. David tries to drive her to hospital but the river has flooded the roads, making it impossible to leave. Meanwhile, Eric becomes increasingly sure the book he read from is the cause of Mia's strange behaviour and the group's ensuing bad luck.
During the course of the evening, Mia is clearly possessed. She grabs the shotgun and shoots David in the arm, warning the group that they will all die before passing out. Olivia tries to get the gun away from Mia who suddenly wakes up and overpowers Olivia. Before Olivia can get the gun, Mia projectile vomits blood over her. Eventually, Olivia shoves Mia off and tumbling down a flight of stairs to the basement where Eric locks her in. Olivia leaves to clean herself up in the bathroom but is left terrified at her own disfigured reflection in the mirror. Before she can warn the others, she freezes by the door and becomes possessed.
Eric finds her in the bathroom, slicing at her face with the broken mirror. Olivia attacks him and stabs him in the chest. After a brief fight, Eric manages to bludgeon Olivia to death with a broken piece of sink. Eric is taken to the shed where David tends to his wounds. Eric is convinced he released something evil after reading the book.
Meanwhile in the house, Natalie is lured into the basement by Mia where she bites into her hand. Natalie tries to attack her with a box cutter but possessed Mia snatches it off her, cutting her own tongue in half. She plants a bloody kiss on Natalie's mouth before David interrupts, allowing Natalie's escape. The demon tells him that Mia no longer exists. David chains her up and locks the basement.
Eric explains that the book states there must be five souls claimed by the Taker of Souls to release the Abomination. Natalie is in the kitchen, cleaning her wound and becomes convinced her arm is infected. She decides to cut it off with an electric knife. David tries to patch up the wound whilst Eric explains that Mia needs to be cleansed, either via fire, live burial or dismemberment. Natalie, suddenly possessed, attacks them with a nail gun but is stopped when David shoots her remaining arm off. She returns to normal and collapses dead in David's arms.
Eric has convinced David that they need to kill Mia in order to stop the events. They burn Olivia's corpse and dismember Natalie's whilst planning to burn down the cabin with Mia locked in the basement. They stop as Mia begins singing a song from childhood, causing David to change his mind and bury her instead. He goes down to the basement to try and subdue her, but she attacks and tries to drown him. Eric manages to stop her but is stabbed again and succumbs to his injuries. David sedates Mia and begins to bury her in a grave outside. He unearths her and uses the defibrillator from the cabin to bring her back, successfully exorcising the demon and healing Mia. The siblings reconcile and decide to leave. As David goes back into the cabin to get keys, the possessed body of Eric attacks him with wire cutters and stabs him in the neck. Mia tries to help but is urged to leave the cabin.
Mia watches the cabin burning down before it mysteriously starts raining blood. Five souls have been claimed, meaning the Abomination can come back for Mia. She attempts to flee in the car but the demon smashes through the window. Mia escapes into the shed, finding a chainsaw. She uses it to attack the Abomination. It throws the car at her, which she manages to dodge but gets her hand stuck underneath it. Knowing she'll die if she doesn't escape, Mia tears her hand off and grabs the saw. Mia then saws the Abomination in half. The blood rain stops and Mia wanders off into the distance.
This film provides examples of:
- As You Know: Averted; significant bits of exposition are given to us in the form of the other characters telling David things he bloody well should know, but doesn't because he wasn't there when he was needed.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
- Crosses over with Beauty = Goodness; after David buries Mia alive to drive the Evil out of her, the horrific wounds she'd sustained in her demonic form disappear.
- Years of drug abuse don't seem to have affected Mia's looks much, either (aside from a slightly unkempt appearance and a pale complexion).
- Bilingual Bonus: One of the phrases written in the Naturom Demonto, "Sono Tutti Morti", means "They Are All Dead" in Italian.
- Bittersweet Ending: Mia survives and kills The Abomination but her brother and her friends are all dead and she ends up losing her hand. Also the book is still out there and due to the trauma she had throughout the movie Mia will probably go back to doing drugs.
- Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Along with Call-Back, where David shoots Natalie's entire hand off as she's about to kill Eric.
- Break Them by Talking: The deadite possessing Mia gives David this lecture for abandoning his sister and his dying mother years ago.
- Bring My Brown Pants: When Olivia starts to lose control and become possessed we see her urinate on herself when she realizes that she's about to cut her face off.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Literally, Mia had to amputate her own hand to get the chainsaw to kill the abomination.
- Call-Back: The film has several to the original film, including Sam Raimi's Oldsmobile parked outside the cabin, Deadite Cheryl's death threat being heard during Mia's possession, and Professor Knowby's original tape recording playing during the credits.
- The Cameo: Bruce Campbell as Ash appears in a post-credits scene.
- Darker and Edgier: After an increasingly comedic trilogy, this film is fairly jarring in tone. It edges pretty close to Torture Porn as the main characters mutilate themselves and each other, the teenagers aren't at the cabin for a party, it's nearly devoid of jokes or one-liners, and it's entirely lacking the original trilogy's camp value.
- Decoy Protagonist: The film seems to set up David as the new expy of Ash from the original film, from his clothing to the amount of focus he receives in the story, but after he's killed, it's Mia who takes on the Ash role in the end, losing her hand, dispatching the Abomination with a chainsaw, and being the only character to survive the ordeal. Neatly played with, as Mia is actually the film's first victim, so audiences wouldn't expect her to become the only one left at the end, at least, not until David successfully exorcises the demonic force from her.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Averted. The scene where the possessed Mia pulls Natalie into the cellar and begins licking her legs, then splits her own tongue with a knife and force-kisses Natalie is just as sickening and violating as it should be.
- Averted very hard too when Mia becomes entangled in the vines in the forest and a female looking demon (appears as Mia herself) vomits up a black, thorny, tentacle like creature that slithers up Mia's leg and rapes her, going completely inside of her. It is not even remotely erotic or comedic but absolutely terrifying and disturbing.
- Duct Tape for Everything: David uses duct tape for first aid to tape gauze onto a stab wound, wrap up an amputation site, and in the makeshift defibrillator he uses to revive Mia.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Grandpa, Mia's dog, sniffs out the trapdoor to the cellar.
- Evil Laugh: Deadite Mia gets a very quiet and menacing one.
- Expy: In the end, we get an evil version of Mia, which seems to be the Bad Ash of the new series.
- Forging Scene: David rigging the hypodermic needle-defibrillator.
- Genre Blindness: Eric is the one who decided to unwrap a package wrapped in garbage bags and barbed wire. Even after he realizes the book is bound in human skin and has very apparent warnings that the book shouldn't be tampered with including:Don't say it, Don't write it, Don't hear it!
- Ironically enough this same character is the first one to realize and come to terms with what is really going on when thing start going to hell. Granted this is mostly due to the knowledge gained from having read the ill-fated book, as well as knowing that his reading from the book was the reason it all started.
- Groin Attack: A rare female example when Mia is possessed, her possession being caused by some kind of sentient intertwined thorns that are vomited up by a demonic vision of herself. The thorns slide their way up Mia's leg and into her vagina. It is certainly not played for laughs and clearly a very violating and painful moment.
- Heroic Sacrifice: David gives up his life to save Mia from Deadite Eric. Turns into Stupid Sacrifice right after when we learn that this fifth death fulfills the conditions for the abomination to enter our world, leaving Mia all alone against a much greater threat. Possibly Played Straight since David was quickly bleeding out and Deadite Eric's "He's coming" line implies the conditions were already met.
- Here We Go Again!: After Mia survives and walks away from the cabin, we get a glimpse of the book repairing itself to the point where it's wrapped up in barb wire and trash bags, so it could be open and read again for its next victims.
- Hope Spot: Natalie looks like she's made it out of the cellar, despite the broken step, until Mia grabs her ankle at the last second and drags her back down.
- Humanoid Abomination: The creature that rises up from hell in the finale, which is basically a lanky demonic form of Mia. It's even called "The Abomination."
- Licking the Blade: Taken to extremes, when Mia licks a utility knife and then presses her tongue into the edge hard enough to slice her tongue in half down the middle.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: Subverted, then played straight near the end.
- Loophole Abuse: The only way to cleanse someone of the Evil is the kill them via immolation, dismemberment, or live burial. However, with careful planning and an improvised Magical Defibrillator, David manages to exorcise Mia and successfully bring her back to life.
- Made of Iron: Eric, full stop. Let's count 'em up, shall we? Knife in the chest, needle to the face, shot multiple times in the arms and chest with a nailgun, crowbar to the hand, crowbar to the head, and he STILL risks his life trying to save his friend.
- Magical Defibrillator: David shocks Mia back to life with a car battery charger wired to a pair of syringes.
- Meaningful Name: Sort of. The first letters of each of the characters' names spells D.E.M.O.N.
- Oh, Crap!: Natalie's face when she realizes Mia has just grabbed her ankle.
- Rasputinian Death: Eric qualifies as this. He first falls and hits his head on the sink with enough force to break it, suffers a stab wound on his chest dangerously close to where his heart ought to be as well as multiple stabs from a syringe to the face, the needle breaking off and becoming embedded dangerously close to his eye. Some time later he gets attacked with a nail gun and gets more than a few in his arms, body and face. Soon after he gets attacked with a crowbar and gets his hand smashed almost in half trying to block it, as well as getting a few full blows directly to his head. Despite this he still manages to make his way to the basement from the outside and save David from the possessed Mia, at which point she stabs Eric fatally.
- Reconstruction: The Evil Dead was a pretty straightforward horror movie with little humor, and the camp came in more and more in the sequels. This film just goes back to the mood of the first film.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Watch out for yellow eyes.
- Senseless Sacrifice: David's death, while removing Deadite Eric as a possible threat to Mia, otherwise succeeds only in making the fifth and final sacrifice to summon the Abomination.
- Stealth Sequel: If one takes The Stinger with its appearance of Ash seriously, this means that this is a sequel to the original Evil Dead trilogy, just involving some new bastards getting into the same mess that Ash did so long ago.
- The Stinger: Ash appears at the end of the credits to say one of his signature lines. "Groovy".
- Trailers Always Lie: The trailer includes several clips that don't appear in the finished movie, including David messily attacking someone with a chainsaw and Mia chanting the possessed Linda's song from the original. Later averted when in 2016 an "Unrated Cut" surfaced with the cut scenes put back in.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Book of the Dead, here called "Naturom Demonto" like in the original film instead of "Necronomicon Ex Mortis", the name used in later ones.
- Too Dumb to Live: Eric. Seriously, the amount of shit he has to blithely go through to unleash the Evil — cutting open barbed wire, ripping open a garbage bag, then painstakingly etching to get the magic words that have been painstakingly scribbled out, all while ignoring scribbled warnings against doing just that — is just ridiculous.
- [Verb] This!: "Feast on this, motherfucker!" just before shoving the chainsaw into the Abomination's mouth.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Mia does this twice. When the cravings are getting to her, she's outside the cabin walking around in circles, she vomits after a while. Later when she gets possessed, she projectile vomits blood all over Olivia.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Mia gets several looks at the Force (the disembodied thing flying around the woods), and sees a demonic version of herself. Later, just before Olivia gets possessed, she sees a similarly monstrous version of herself in the mirror. "The Abomination" may also count, as Mia is the only one there to see it and it looks somewhat like her, or it could just be that the Abomination took the form of the first person to be possessed.