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  • The final scene of Alone in the Dark (2005) is (depending on how generous the viewer is) either a rip-off or an homage of the final shots of The Evil Dead.
  • The Cabin in the Woods shares quite a few things with the film, as a deliberate homage:
    • Identical plot set-up (five college students go on a retreat in the woods; things go wrong).
    • The titular cabin is basically a copy of the one seen in The Evil Dead (1981), complete with an evil basement. The scene where the basement trapdoor swings open is a faithful recreation of the same scene from the original.
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    • An ominous book with an ancient chant plays a role in the plot.
    • Deadites and "Angry Molesting Tree" are among the creatures listed on the technicians' blackboard, and the latter makes a (non-rapey) cameo in the initial elevator-room carnage scene.
  • In Donnie Darko, the title character takes his girlfriend to see the film at the movies; it's what's playing on the screen when the wormhole appears.
  • In Jennifer's Body, Needy has the film's poster on her wall, and Jennifer wears a T-shirt with the poster on one occasion.
  • In Newsflesh, Shaun uses a rather odd plot summary as a burner-phone password.
  • Nancy is seen watching the movie in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) (Freddy Krueger's glove later appears in the workshed in Evil Dead 2; apparently, Sam Raimi and Wes Craven had something of a Friendly Rivalry at the time and would try to one-up one another).
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  • "Night Feeder", the penultimate episode of Season 1 of Primal (2019), is an extended homage to films like Predator, but its Impending Doom P.O.V. of the titular creature rushing through the woods is very Raimi-esque.
  • Director Edgar Wright is a self-proclaimed fan of the franchise, and while Spaced references the Evil Dead sequels in a more overt manner, it also recreates certain camera shots from the first installment.
  • In Stranger Things, Jonathan has the movie's poster on his wall. The Byers house is also filmed similarly to the cabin setting in the film.
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