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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: When the possessed show flickers of their human personality, is it the demon masquerading as its host, or is it the demon's control temporarily slipping? Or is it the demon intentionally permitting its host temporary awareness and speech, just to sadistically fuck with host and witnesses, alike?
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Abomination. Really, it is not much different from other Deadites and could be killed in similar ways via chainsaw. It's also significantly less dangerous, since it is so slow.
  • Ass Pull: The whole ending after David successfully (well, in the actual movie at least) depossesses Mia.
    • It's quite debatable. The condition for the Abomination's release is for 5 souls to be consumed. In the main story, 4 people die in the house: Olivia, Natalie, Eric and David. In the prologue, the little girl dies. Also, the dog dies. Anyway it's pretty certain that the "quota" has been fulfilled.
      • Yeah, no. The girl is purified, so she doesn't count. The dog's soul would make sense, since it doesn't say they have to be human souls, but it's still pretty desperate. Among the main group, only Olivia dies in a way that wouldn't count as purification (getting her skull bashed in): Natalie was dismembered; Eric and David were burned; and Mia was buried alive and then brought back. So even if the dog could be counted, the Abomination would have only consumed 2 souls.
      • On the other hand, the girl from the opening is stated to have killed her mother, so her soul could possibly be counted as the third, but it's still not enough to fill the "quota".
      • The Abomination only needs to consume five souls, but may not need to retain them. So each soul acts like a key to a lock, but even if you take the key back the lock will remain open. Looking at who died, the little girl from the intro, Mia, Olivia, Natalie, and Eric were all possessed and David died in the fire before he became a Deadite. This could explain why it is so weak, all the souls it would have consumed to grow in power have been purified for the most part.
      • Mia's death and subsequent resurrection could mean that she came back without a soul. That would fulfill the quota and count as Fridge Horror.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: As welcome as Ash's cameo in the stinger is, it makes zero contextual sense.
  • Broken Base: It being yet another 2000s-2010s remake of a horror film this was bound to happen.
    • The film's decision to remake the first horror film and stick with the horror tone rather than the franchise's more famous horror-comedy tone. For some it gave this film a clear identity especially as the remake of the similarly toned first movie and that's what made it stand out. Others, especially those not fond of the first movie, felt the horror comedy angle was much more in line with the Evil Dead Franchise and weren't happy with this direction.
    • The film's quality:
      • The film is praised for not being a retread over the previous movies by having a different cast of characters and a number of different plot points. The originals creators were onboard so it does feel like the film came from a place of love rather than a cash-grab and the practical effects were a bonus.
      • Others felt the plot ran on too many dumb ideas and the characters were either uninteresting or unlikable. In spite of the attempts to be different it still feels like an attempt to recapture lost glories with the franchise.
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  • Ending Fatigue: Some felt it should've ended after David revives Mia.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Okay, once Mia says she wants to go home, and they refuse, they have created an adverse environment. Anyone who has been addicted or knows someone who was an addict knows that you can't force someone to come clean, and that adverse environment will hurt the addict going through withdrawal. Mia has done this before, so the friends should know this. David actually objects to Olivia's plan at the beginning, but suddenly starts trusting her.
    • So let's get this straight...the people from the opening scene clearly know exactly what the Necronomicon is and what it's capable of, so they...leave it in plain sight, on a table, in a cabin that someone obviously still owns. But not only do they leave it in a place where someone is guaranteed to find it sooner or later, they go through the trouble of wrapping it in fucking barbed wire as if that's going to actually discourage anyone from reading it. The fact that they had the time to go find barbed wire and wire cutters somewhere means they clearly weren't leaving in a hurry, so it's not like they left the book there by accident. Not to mention, they're in a forest, where there are literally thousands of places where they could easily hide the book well enough that nobody could ever find it, yet they choose the barbed wire option anyway. In other words, the entire plot is set in motion because those people are among the dumbest beings on the planet.
      • Considering the evil has the power to turn trees into rape-monsters, who's to say that hiding it in a forest wouldn't be the worst choice of disposal sites?
  • Jerkass Woobie: David abandoned his sister (and friends) years ago to take of their insane dying mother, which caused his sister to become a drug addict. He hasn't kept in touch since. However, he genuinely regrets this, loves his sister dearly (to the point he's willing to risk his life for her), and is taunted by the Deadites about being a terrible big brother and son. Which leads to his Redemption Equals Death
  • Memetic Mutation: "Cut it!! Cut it!!" In the Italian version, it became "Don't cut it!!!"
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bruce Campbell's cameo as Ash after the credits. Even many of the detractors who hated the rest of the movie loved seeing him reprise his role again onscreen after 20 years, however brief it was.
  • The Scrappy: Olivia comes as this for some. Even though she tries to help Mia, most fans of the movie hate her for trying to pretend to be a real doctor and only making Mia's heroin problem worse.
  • Special Effects Failure: The girl burning to death in the opening scene looks terrible.
  • Tear Jerker: Natalie's death. After she loses one arm in a botched amputation and becomes possessed anyway, David blows her other arm off with a shotgun to save Eric. Suddenly the demon leaves her body, and she doesn't understand why David is hurting her. She bleeds out in his arms, sobbing, scared and confused, while Eric laughs mirthlessly.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The reliance on practical effects pays off very well.
  • What an Idiot!: Eric dooms everyone and himself by reading the incantations within the Necronomicon. What doesn't help is that the book was found wrapped in barbed wire and a trash bag and Eric thoughtlessly cuts through the barb wire and tears open the trash bag. The man even goes so far as to IGNORE THE WARNINGS WRITTEN WITHIN THE BOOK TO NOT TO SPEAK OR WRITE ANY OF THE INCANTATIONS.
    • After arriving at the cabin, Eric and David explore the basement, which not only has dozens of rotting cat corpses hanging from the ceiling, but also a very scorched support beam, suggesting that somebody was burned there. Instead of freaking out and leaving the place, they react with Dull Surprise, and instead set about cleaning out the ritualistic dead cats. Yeah, because that's an everyday occurrence.
  • The Woobie: Good lord, Mia. To start, before the events of the movie, her brother ditched her to move away, leaving her to take care of their dying mother with dementia. The mental turmoil eventually caused her to resort to heroin, which she almost OD's on before the events of the movie. During the events of the film, in which she is attempting to kick her habit, she is attacked by the trees, the evil possesses her (which sends her soul to hell to be raped, according to the demon possessing her body in the meantime), and after finally having the evil removed from her by her brother, her brother is killed and she is left to fight off the demonic creature that remains, which manages to burn her multiple times, slice through her arm and leg with a machete, and force her to tear her own hand off to escape its grasp before she finally kills it with a chainsaw. Keep in mind that this all occurs when she is suffering from heroin withdrawal. She walks away after losing her hand, her brother and all her close friends.
    • Which wouldn't be surprising if this brings her back to drugs. Death by heroin overdose probably sounds like an attractive option at this point.


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