SUPERMARKET OF HORROR

Return of the Evil Dead

[The Ultimate Experience in Discount Shopping Terror]



Based on the "Evil Dead" series
Created by Sam Raimi
Screenplay by Garrett Gilchrist
(c) 2000 by Garrett Gilchrist
First Draft
Begun 9/6/99, Finished 1/12/00

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                  FADE IN:

1 1920s RURAL FIELD - EXTERIOR - TWILIGHT               1

FADE IN

  Various workers are milling about, busying themselves with the particulars
  of storefront construction. Nothing out of the ordinary - very old-fashioned,
  nostalgic shots of an agricultural area being ruined by industrial change.

BIG CLOSE-UP ON:

  A patch of dirt. One of the workers is pounding it flat with a shovel. As he
  breaks up the dirt, a few skeletal fingers are revealed sticking out of the
  ground.

ANGLE ON WORKER

  He wipes his forehead with an oily rag. He is clearly taken aback by the
  sight.

ANGLE ON DIRT

  Shovel. Worker pounds ground down further. An entire skeletal arm is
  revealed. Worker bends down to look at it. Doesn't touch it.

            WORKER
      Hey Ernie. You'd better come and look at this.

ANGLE ON ERNIE

  Ernie is a man in his late fifties, smoking a cigar and clearly in charge.

            ERNIE
      What is it? We're about to put the foundations in.

ANGLE ON CONSTRUCTION

  We can see the rough foundations of a largish general store being built. The
  worker is shaking his head in disbelief at the remnants of what is clearly a
  human skeleton sticking out from underneath the building site.

            WORKER
      Look.

ANGLE ON REMAINS

  The worker digs at the arm, and even more of the skeleton can be seen.

            ERNIE
      Don't worry about it.

ANGLE ON WORKER

  He is clearly worried about it.

            WORKER
      But boss ...

ANGLE ON REMAINS

  A quick, accidental nudge of the shovel digs up what appears to be another
  bone fragment. A human skull is then revealed. And then another. And then
  another. The worker recoils in fear. He can't believe this.

            ERNIE
      I said don't worry about it, dammit. We've got work to do.

            WORKER
      All right, Ernie. I'll seal the site up.

            ERNIE
      See that you do.

ANGLE ON SITE

  Ernie walks away. The construction will go as planned. The worker shrugs, and
  pushes the skulls back into the ground with his hands. He takes the skeletal
  hand into his own, and pats down the ground beneath it. Suddenly a second
  skeletal arm punches out of the ground, and both hands clasp around the
  worker's neck. He tries to scream, but the hands drag him down into the
  ground, underneath the building site, into oblivion. A trickle of blood
  issues forth from the hole, which then seals up by itself.  

ANGLE ON CRANE

  A sign is lowered into place. It reads "Sam's Savings Market."


DISSOLVE TO:


2 ANIMATION - A TENDRIL OF SMOKE       2

  swirls through blackness as a chorus of women's voices build
  to an eerie crescendo, from a musical note to a SCREAM. The smoke
  pulls in upon itself, like a thing alive. Black background, now.
  Over it a hard classical block typeface forms the words:


            A Sam Raimi Film

            BRUCE CAMPBELL

            vs. the:

            SUPERMARKET OF HORROR

            Return of the Evil Dead


  The title pulls forward into and through the camera. When it is gone, we
  immediately see an arc of light appear in all the blackness. We are driving
  along with a fairly high perspective, exiting a tunnel. Or, rather, the car
  we are looking at, a 1973 Delta 88 Oldsmobile, is. It is making its way at an
  easy clip along a stretch of country road. It is evening, not yet dark.

  CAPTION: "PRESENT DAY"

            LINDA'S VOICE
        Where are we going?

3 INT. OLDSMOBILE                         3

            ASH
      Well, I just have to run a quick errand or two.

  The driver is Ash, in his early thirties. He wears a neatly-pressed blue
  shirt and a smile. His dark eyes show little concern, and his square jaw is
  firmly set. He also sports black jeans and a single black batting glove on
  his right hand. Next to him is Linda, a pretty girl with wavy sand-blonde
  hair. She is wearing a green and white "Michigan State University" t-shirt
  and jacket, and is fiddling absent-mindedly with her delicate silver necklace.

            LINDA
      Dammit Ash, you told me you'd show me a good time tonight.

            ASH
      I show you a good time every night, baby.

            LINDA
      That's no excuse.

            ASH
      I just have to go to work for a minute and tell Eric I can't
      make it in tonight.

            LINDA
      You're not supposed to be working today anyway. It's a monday!

            ASH
      I was supposed to fill in for Ted, the night guy. He's been sick.

            LINDA
      Likely story. I thought you were gonna quit that place.

            ASH
      I am, baby. I just need a little more time there, 'til I can get
      the engineering job.

  Linda pouts.

            ASH
      Oh, come on Linda, baby, don't be that way. Look, if you want it
      I'll quit tonight, just like that.

  He snaps his fingers.

            LINDA
            (smiling)
      Would you do that for me?

            ASH
      Anything, anything.

  She cuddles up to him more, then fiddles with the radio. Short bursts of radio
  noise issue forth. Ash is annoyed.

            RADIO NEWSCASTER [VO]
      ... bodies of five college students and three unidentified townspeople
      were found yesterday in an abandoned mountain home near the Tennessee
      border. The house was owned by a Professor Raymond Knowby, whose
      whereabouts are now unknown ...

  Linda scowls, spooked, and keeps switching channels.


4 EXT. OLDSMOBILE   - ROAD                     4

  The old car speeds along and out of our view.


5 BIG "S-MART" SIGN                       5

  Pull back from sign to show S-Mart store. This is clearly the same store we
  saw in the 1920s footage, only modernized into the wholesale megamarket of
  our times.

6 EXT. OLDSMOBILE   - S-MART PARKING LOT                 6

  Ash pulls the car into the lot, and parks it. Some loud pop music Linda has
  selected for her listening enjoyment is blotting out all conceivable sound.
  Ash shuts off the car, and it stops abruptly. Linda seems a bit dismayed.
  Ash gets out of the car, and Linda follows him.

            LINDA
      It's so weird, isn't it? I mean, you can be all happy and vibrant and,
      like, alive one minute, and then, you're just, you're just gone.

            ASH
      What?

            LINDA
      Those five kids, stupid. In that house. The ones who died. That
      could've been us.

            ASH
      Oh.

7 FOREST                           7

  Evil-sounding breathing. We are moving at high speed through a forest, in the
  POV of what appears to be some demonic force. As it pulls through the trees
  we can see The S-MART, and in the far distance, Ash and Linda walking up to
  it.

8 S-MART ENTRANCE                         8

  Linda walks through the automatic doorway. Ash stops for a moment and glances
  outward, like he's heard something, but there's nothing there.

9 INT. S-MART CHECKOUT COUNTER                     9

  Teddy, a bespectacled youth in his awkward stage, is manning the register in
  uniform. An old lady is grabbing her bags.

            ERIC'S VOICE [over speaker system]
      Attention S-Mart shoppers. We will be switching to night hours in just
      two minutes. Please bring all items from the sporting goods, electronics,
      and cosmetics departments to the register at this time.

            TEDDY
      Would you like your receipt, ma'am?

  She ignores him.

            TEDDY (cont.)
      O-kay ... Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart!

  She has already left. The door closes with a "ding." Teddy, sighing, rips the receipt
  from the register and bends down to throw it into his tiny blue trashcan. When
  he stands up, Ash and Linda are standing right next to him.

            ASH
      Hello Ted.

            TEDDY
      Ash! Where the hell have you been?

            ASH
      Driving. I thought you were home sick.

            TEDDY
      I am! Well, I was. I'm sick anyway.

  Linda gives a disapproving look.

            TEDDY
      Look, the truth is, I've got a date tonight, and I can't afford to
      miss it.

            ASH
          (uninterested)
      Hot stuff, eh?

            TEDDY
      The hottest! And I need someone to cover for me, and, and, and ...
      well, you're here, aren't you?

            ASH
      Sorry Ted. I just dropped by to tell you I'm busy tonight too.

  Linda elbows Ash in the side.

            ASH
      Well, I'll be busy every night, actually.

            LINDA
      He's quitting.

            ASH
      Yeah.

            TEDDY
      You can't! I mean, who're we gonna get to replace you? Brent's leaving
      next week, and that leaves housewares empty! I don't wanna go back to
      housewares, Ash!

            ASH
      Deal with it.

            LINDA
      Come on Ash, let's go.

  They turn and leave. Teddy looks distraught.

10 EXT. S-MART                         10

  POV evil force shot, moving quickly all around the S-MART. It is seemingly
  looking for different entrances. The automatic doors do not open for it.


11 INT. S-MART ENTRANCE                       11

  Ash and Linda are about to leave, but the automatic door opens and shuts at
  incredible speed in front of them (with a quick "ding"), and does not open
  again. Ash hits it with his fist. It rattles. It is made of plexiglass.
  Linda looks at Ash, lost.

            ASH
            (to Teddy, offscreen)
      Hey, what's wrong with this door?

ANGLE ON TEDDY

  He shrugs.

ANGLE ON DOOR

  The door is opening and closing and opening and closing and opening again,
  seemingly mocking Ash and Linda. Ding, ding, dingdingdingdingding. They can't
  get through it.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He looks at the door quizzically. As if in response, a voice comes from
  nowhere.

          WHISPERING VOICE
      JOIN US.

  Ash stares at the door bug-eyed. Is he losing his mind?

ANGLE ON TEDDY

          TEDDY
      Try the side entrance. I don't think that one's gonna work.

ANGLE ON ASH AND LINDA

          ASH
      Yeah, thanks for the tip.

ANGLE ON

  A speaker on the ceiling.

          ERIC'S VOICE [over speaker system]
      Attention S-Mart shoppers. The sporting goods, electronics,
      and cosmetics departments are now closed.

12 EXT. S-MART                         12

  POV evil force shot, moving quickly around the back of the S-MART. Dumpsters
  and cardboard boxes are everywhere. Finally, it comes to Eric's office. He is
  the manager, in his late thirties but aging fast. He is holding a small
  intercom. There is a photograph of Ernie (the boss in the 1920s scene, with
  his cigar) on his wall. His window is open, and the force moves in easily.
  The rest of the window shatters as it does.

13 INT. ERIC'S OFFICE                       13

  All is calm. Eric turns and notices the window is broken.

          ERIC
      What the heck?

14 INT. S-MART                         14

  Ash walks briskly through shot. Linda tries to keep up with him. He stands in
  front of the door, posture straight as a post, anger in his eyes, as if
  ordering it to open. It "dings," and does not open. A moment passes. Ash is
  perfectly calm.

  Another moment passes.

          ASH
      GODDAMN YOU, YOU STINKING SONUVABITCH!!

  He beats hell out of the door with all he's got.

          LINDA
      Ash! ASH!

  He isn't listening. She tries to restrain him, but he simply beats the thing
  until he bleeds, to no avail. Finally, he stops, thinks, and realizes he's in
  considerable pain.

          ASH
      Aaaagh!

  He grabs his ungloved hand. It is beet red.

          ASH
      Dammit.

  There is a pause as Linda, slightly shaken, tends to Ash's wound. Burt from
  the electronics department enters. [Yes, he looks like an electronics man,
  confident and snazzily-dressed in muted red and green, with glasses, bowtie,
  and a ready pen or three.]

          BURT FROM ELECTRONICS
      What's the problem here?

          LINDA
      He can't open the door.

  Ash kicks the door, realizes this is futile, then kicks it again. Emily from
  cosmetics [small, blonde and frail, in a little green dress] and Jane from
  Sporting Goods [sexy, athletic and black-haired, in sneakers and cycling togs]
  are entering. Jane is eating an apple. Ash looks at the door angrily, then
  turns and walks away briefly, whistling, not looking at the door. Then, after
  a pause, he runs screaming at the door and smacks straight into it, falling
  in a crumpled heap to the floor.

          JANE FROM SPORTING GOODS
      Door won't open, eh?

          ASH
      Yeah.

          EMILY FROM COSMETICS
      Well, how do we get out, then?

  Ash growls at the door.

          BURT
      Well, these things usually aren't serious. I mean, maybe the sensor's
      not set up right. It needs to be able to "see" people come and go, or
      else ...

  He stops, startled, as Ash slams into the door with his shoulder. He is
  jumping up, trying to rip the sensor thingy or the door down. After a bit of
  this, Ash stops to catch his breath. Then he turns and marches offscreen.

          BURT
      Maybe it's just not getting any power.

15 S-MART AISLES                         15

  Ash walks like a bat out of hell down aisle after aisle. He knows exactly
  where he's going, and pays no attention to any of the clerks as he passes
  them.

          SEASONAL NEEDS GUY
      Hey Ash! How's it going?

          GIFTWRAP LADY
      Ashley -- long time no see!

          HOUSEWARES GIRL
      Oh Ash, did you file your last report yet?

  He reaches the hardware aisle. This is what he wants. He grabs a crowbar, and
  turns back exactly as he came.

          HARDWARE MAN
      Hey, you'll have to sign for that - oh Ash, it's you! How've you been?

  Ash is long gone.


16 EVIL FORCE POV - S-MART AISLES                   16

  Some of the shopkeepers turn and stare as the force zooms through a
  large-boxed cereal aisle, knocking over much of what it sees. A little old
  lady in a red cap and blue dress doesn't seem to notice any of it.

17 ERIC'S OFFICE                         17

  Eric is smoking a cigar when the glass on his door suddenly shatters. He
  stumbles to his feet in disbelief - this is going to cost him. He grabs the
  intercom.

          ERIC
      Attention S-Mart employees - just what is going on out there?

18 SIDE DOOR                           18

  Ash readies his crowbar for the swing like he's at the batting cage. He then
  pounds hell out of the thing. Linda covers her ears. Everyone stands out of
  Ash's way. His eyes are wild. The bulletproof door begins to dent.

ANGLE ON ASH'S FACE

  We hear what he hears - lots of noise and pounding. Something screeches with
  every hit, and it isn't human.

19   ERIC'S OFFICE                         19

  Even from this distance, Eric can hear the crowbar pounding. Huffily, he
  stands, kicks his impressive chair aside and storms off to see what the matter
  is.

20 SIDE DOOR                           20

  Ash is inflicting upon these doors a full death penalty. The plexiglass is
  cracking in little spiderweb shapes, and there are holes in them everywhere.
  Everyone is holding their ears, ducking and keeping a safe distance. He stops
  to catch his breath.

          ASH
      ... Y'had enough?? Well? Have you? Aaah??

  The door dings twice. This is the final straw, and Ash REALLY gives it to the
  door this time. As he's doing so, the horrified Eric enters.

          ERIC
      (shouting over din)
      Wh-what the hell do you think you're doing??

  Ash stops and catches himself.

          ASH
      I ... don't know. But I'm pretty good at it, aren't I?

          ERIC
      You're destroying S-Mart property! Residual insurance isn't going to
      cover this! What in the name of great goddamn are you trying to do
      here?

  Ash silences him with one raised finger.

          ASH
      Hey! Don't toss your breath at me, sweetcheeks. I've quit this place,
      as of today, and I could care less about your little problems.

          ERIC
      Quit?

          LINDA
        (deliriously happy)
      Yeah.

          ERIC
      You'll get no severance pay! You haven't given me two weeks' notice!

          ASH
      Here's your two weeks' notice.

  He kicks what's left of the door, hard, and the entire plexiglass panel falls
  out and shatters on the pavement. Eric is purple with rage.

          ASH
      Come on Linda, let's go.

  Linda makes a weird little dancer's bow to the gathered crowd, and Ash takes
  her in his arms. They march off through the empty glass pane.

          JANE
      He could get more power if he'd just tighten up his stance.

21 ASH AND LINDA - TRACKING SHOT                   21

  The happy couple are walking along. He is proud, if exhausted, and she is
  giggling. He puts his arm around her, and she skips a bit as she walks. After
  a bit of this, they pass the little old lady in the blue dress, and then
  Teddy's register. Ash stops like he's realized something unpleasant.

PULL OUT TO SHOW

  They haven't left the store. Ash and Linda are standing right back where they
  started. Eric, Jane, Emily and Burt look at them, quizzically. Ash growls, and
  storms through the door he broke again. Linda starts to go with him, but
  thinks better of it. The camera stays with her. After a moment's pause Ash
  comes right through into the shot again, from behind. He stops.

          ASH
      Dang.

ANGLE ON DOOR

  It dings, and the empty doorframe fills up once again with plexiglass, like a
  glass being filled with water.

ANGLE ON ASH & OTHERS - FACES OF DISBELIEF

          ASH
      That ... can't be right, can it?

  Eric is frightened out of his mind, but forces a sort of smile.

          ERIC
      Ashley J. Williams, I don't know how you did that, but consider all
      damage charges dropped.

          ASH
      Don't count me out yet, pops. I still got a crowbar and the night's
      young.

  Eric winces at this.


22 SPEAKER ON CEILING                       22

  We hear the crackling voice of a female Deadite.

          EVIL VOICE
        (over speaker system)
      Attention, S-Mart staff. If you're having trouble leaving, it's
      because we're not going to LET you leave. But then you knew that
      already, didn't you, Ash? [laughs]

23 ASH & OTHERS, LOOKING UPWARD                     23

          ASH
      Why are you picking on ME? Pick on Teddy. He's an easy target.

          TEDDY [offscreen]
      Hey!

  Linda has become angry at the unmoving boss, Eric. She pushes at him.

          LINDA
      Well, don't just stand there! Get the door working!

          ERIC
      Look lady, I'm the manager here. My grandfather built this place. If
      you want a repairman, go hire one. I'm spent for the day.

  She is too impatient for this routine, and starts hitting him.

          ERIC
      Ow. OW! All right, stop it, STOP IT!

  She stops it.

          ERIC
      I'll take a look at the stupid switchboard, okay? Geez.

ANGLE ON ERIC & ERIC'S OFFICE

  Shaking his head and grumbling, he walks back into his office.

          EMILY
      Be careful!

          ERIC
      Yeah, yeah.

  He closes the door with a creak. For a second we see him in the
  shattered-glass windowframe, then he walks into the right side of the office
  and we can't see him at all. Utter silence.

ANGLE ON ASH, LINDA & OTHERS

  The suspense is unbearable. They really think Eric is probably going to die
  in there.

ANGLE ON ERIC'S OFFICE

  Nothing happens for about half a minute. The worry builds to a fever pitch.
  Suddenly, the door opens!

          ERIC
      I dunno how to work that thing. You'll have to go and look at it,
      Burt.

  Eric just throws his hands up in defeat and walks back.

ANGLE ON BURT

  The electronics man swallows hard and looks around him nervously.

          BURT
        (with confidence)
      Yeah. I can probably fix it. What we got here, a Howard 21-A? That's
      a simple system.

  But he seems to leave with hesitance.

ANGLE ON ERNIE'S OFFICE

  There is an unnatural glow shining from out of the shattered windowpane. Burt
  is shaking slightly.

          BURT
      Wellp, here I go.

  He walks slow, one step at a time, still looking back at the others.

          BURT
      Don't anyone try and stop me, or anything.

  He feels behind him for the doorknob.

          BURT
      Yup, here I go. Into the office.

ANGLE ON ERIC, LINDA, ASH & OTHERS

  Frightened faces. It's a good thing Burt's going in, because they wouldn't.

ANGLES ON ERNIE'S OFFICE

  Burt has opened the door. He tries to smile and have a quick laugh, but can't.
  He sighs, and enters, closing the door behind him.

ANGLE ON LINDA

  She is hanging on Ash.

          LINDA
      Ash, I'm scared.

          ASH
      Come on, baby, what's there to be scared about?

24 A FEW FEET BEHIND THEM                       24

  The horrifying face of a possessed old lady in a blue dress rises up into the
  air, its twisted features a mangle of fangs and decomposing flesh. It is
  bathed in dark, firy light, and a foul autumn wind kicks up a spiral of dying
  leaves behind it. It is a Deadite. It screams with ninety voices.

25 LINDA, TURNING AROUND                       25

  She screams, too. Ash grabs her and pushes her out of harm's way. He stares
  at it in steely-eyed defiance, then ducks down slightly.

ANGLE ON FLOOR

  Ash grabs the crowbar.

ANGLE ON DEADITE

  It screeches and flies at horrifying speed directly AT THE CAMERA.

FOLLOW DEADITE

  As it flies on hell's wings, until Ash's crowbar connects with its head and
  knocks it out of shot.

ANGLE ON FLOOR

  The Deadite, sliding, lands in a crumpled heap.

UPWARD ANGLE - ASH

  He takes two steps forward, into a heroic pose.

          ASH
      I'm sorry, lady. Cosmetics is closed.

ANGLE ON FLOOR

  The wounded Deadite yowls with all the anger of Hades, and springs up into
  attack mode.

26 ASH BATTLES THE DEADITE                     26

  Though showing considerable skill with a crowbar, he seems to be fighting a
  losing battle. He hits it again and again and again, pop-eyed and frightened,
  but it just keeps coming.

ANGLE ON LINDA

  She lets out a gasp of a scream. Eric, thinking quick, ducks behind her.


27 ERIC'S OFFICE                         27

  The normal pale lighting scheme has now been replaced by extremes in red and
  black. Burt does not seem concerned as he fiddles with the switchboard that
  controls all the doors.

ANGLE ON SWITCHBOARD - LCD SCREEN READOUT

  All the exits have little red skull-and-crossbones signs over them. Burt
  pushes a few buttons, and those little marks disappear.

ANGLE ON BURT - TRIUMPHANT

  He hits the last "execute" switch, and it's all set! But only at the last
  instant does he notice the white light growing behind him. He turns, and his
  mouth opens in a silent scream.

28 THE SIDE DOOR                         28

  The stubborn door opens with a "ding."


29 DEADITE AND ASH                         29

  The evil thing has Ash in a headlock, and is dragging him along the ground.

            DEADITE
      I'll swallow your soul!

  Ash notices   the door is open.

            ASH
      Not yet.

  Freeing himself with the crowbar, he flips the beast into a tailspin, and
  brings his crowbar up at just the right time to smash its head in like a
  rotten apple. It has landed right in the middle of the doorway. He jumps back
  and slams the sensor device above the door with the crowbar. The Deadite
  screeches as the twin automatic doors suddenly close, and close hard, right
  on it. It is squeezed and sliced into atoms.

ANGLE ON ASH

  The Deadite's blood and guts splatter all over him. He scowls and spits.

30 LINDA & OTHERS                         30

  They are shocked by what they have just seen, as well they should be.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He wipes his face with his hand, and blood spatters down. Into the same hand,
  he then blows his nose.

ANGLE ON OTHERS

  Shock, still. Finally, Emily from cosmetics gets up the nerve to speak.

            EMILY
      What was that thing?

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Back in medieval times, they called these things "Deadites."
      A race of Evil Dead who want to live again. They come to our world
      to steal the souls of the living, and feed off of our ...

  Suddenly, Ash's face goes blank.

            ASH
      ... off of our, uh, our, our, uh ...

  He can't think of what to say. He gestures wildly with his hands.

            ASH
      ... I can't remember. I was trying to say something important, but
      damned if I haven't forgotten it all!

ANGLE ON OTHERS

  There is a slight smugness from all but the worried Linda. Their faith in
  Ash as an idiot is undisturbed.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He rubs his forehead nervously. We've never seen him like this.

            ASH
          (softly)
      What was I saying?

  No one says anything. Furious, he suddenly grabs Eric by the collar.

            ASH
      ANSWER ME, DAMMIT! WHAT WAS I TALKING ABOUT BACK THERE??

            LINDA
      Ash. ASH! You're making a fool of yourself. I think you'd better sit
      down.

  Ash gives her a look that would shatter glass. She backs off, scared. But Ash
  calms down. Actually, he sits down, slumping like a rag doll to the floor.

            ASH
      Yeah, actually, I am ... kind of ... tired. I could use a ... rest.

  He buries his head in his hands.

ANGLE ON OTHERS

  No one seems to know what to say.

            JANE
      Wait a minute ... Burt! He's still in that office!

            ERIC
      My office.

            EMILY
      Oh, I do hope he's all right.

            LINDA
      Well, you're so curious, go in and get him.

            EMILY
      I'm not going in there!

            LINDA
      Well, someone has to go.

  Jane is already edging her way toward the door, cautiously.

            EMILY
      You go!

            LINDA
      No chance in hell! I'm leaving in a minute.

            EMILY
      You can't! What if something's in there?

            LINDA
      Oh, don't be such a sissy.

            JANE
      Quiet! ... I hear something moving in there.

            EMILY
      Jane! No, don't get too close!

            JANE
      I said quiet, Emily.

  Silence. No one says or does anything. Jane looks into the windowpane.

            JANE
      That's funny ... there doesn't seem to be anything in there.

  Tension builds. With a steady hand, she flings the door open. The room is now
  basically empty. She shrugs, and two demonic fingers grab her throat. She
  screams.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

  The Deadite is clearly Burt, but he is made to look truly horrifying. He is
  beastly, with pale leathery skin and completely white space where his eyes
  should be. Blood streams from his open, tongueless mouth. His clothes are in
  shreds, and he is covered in scabs and hair. He screeches.

31 JANE & POSSESSED BURT                       31

  He is digging his claws into her neck.

            JANE
      Hello Burt. What's new?

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

            POSSESSED BURT
      BURT IS GONE! HE FRIES IN THE CAULDRON OF HELL!

ANGLE ON JANE

  She grabs his arms, and tries to pull them off of her neck.

            JANE
      Yes, well, then who am I speaking to now?

ANGLE ON BOTH

  The horrible thing growls.

            JANE
      Look, if you can't talk this out like a rational person, I'm afraid
      I can't help you.

            POSSESSED BURT
      Who the fuck do you think you are, to challenge the power of the
      Deadites?

            JANE
      The name's Jane. Sporting Goods.

  In an instant the possessed head retreats into its body like an old-fashioned
  puppet. Out of the hole where the head was, pops Burt's own normal head,
  crushed and bloody.

            BURT
      Jane! Oh, god, please don't be so brave.

            JANE
      What is going on, Burt?

            BURT
      They took my soul, I think. I don't know what they did, but man, it
      really hurts.

  Two demonic hands come out from either side of Burt's neck. Bone fragments fly
  everywhere. Burt screams. The hands push his head down, and it reforms itself
  into the possessed head.

            POSSESSED BURT
      YOU WHORE! YOU WILL SEE YOUR PRECIOUS BURT NO LONGER! HE IS SATAN'S
      BITCH NOW! AND SO ARE YOU!

ANGLE ON BURT'S TORSO

  Two more demonic arms shoot out of Burt's chest. Blood spills out everywhere.
  Their hairy hands and six-inch claws seize Jane's neck, and crush it in on
  itself.

            JANE
      Hey, wait ....

  A crunching noise. Her head falls limply and hangs upside-down on her back,
  swinging side to side, attached to her body by just a thread of crushed and
  knotted neck.

32 LINDA, EMILY, & ERIC                       32

  Eric screams. The Possessed Burt-thing shoots forth at exaggerated speed, and
  slams him hard in the chin. Eric is flung upwards, hitting the ceiling and
  knocking out a fluorescent light. The Burt-thing holds him there, and Eric
  receives a major electrical shock. It then beats him like a potato sack onto
  the floor, breaking both his legs off.

ANGLE ON ERIC'S BLEEDING LEGS

            ERIC
      Oh God, oh holy God in heaven, just kill me now.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

  It roars.

ANGLE ON ERIC

  He screams and whimpers, crawling away on his bloody stumps. Little trails of
  blood follow behind, but Eric is clearly still all right otherwise.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

  It follows him, flying elegantly. Suddenly --

ANGLE ON ASH

  He is standing, crowbar ready, and his face is cleaner. He puts two fingers
  in his mouth and whistles loud.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

  It stops, and turns around to look at Ash.

            POSSESSED BURT
      Hrrrhm??

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Hey. He-Bitch. Let's go.

ANGLE ON LINDA

  She gasps.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

  It howls, and attacks.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He slams his crowbar forward like a brick wall into the thing's head. It is
  only stopped for a moment, though, and it has razor claws.

            LINDA
      Ash, be careful!

            ASH
      Yes, sweetheart, I will.

  It slashes at him, again and again, and he jumps back to avoid it, but his
  face and shoulders sustain cuts.

            LINDA
      ASH!

  Recovering, he wields the crowbar like a knife, and stabs the thing. It bleeds, but
  this isn't enough. Ash swings wide.

ANGLE ON ASH'S LEFT HAND (HOLDING CROWBAR)

  The beastie grabs Ash's wrist, stopping him in midswing. With one of its free
  hands, it then whacks the crowbar out of Ash's hand. We follow the crowbar.

33   JUST BEHIND SPINNING CROWBAR POV - THROUGH AISLES             33

  We watch the crowbar spin as it flies at high speed and smashes into an
  oversized gumball machine. The gumballs all spill out in a glorious sugar
  stream.

34   ASH & POSSESSED BURT                       34

  Gumballs spill out all over the floor. The beastie is crushing Ash's left
  wrist. It grabs his bad (gloved) right wrist too, and flings him into the air
  and backwards. He lands in a [full] shopping cart, which flips sideways and
  drops him rather unceremoniously on the ground, showering him in baseball
  bats, tennis balls, ice packets, and things for the wife. The cart itself
  then tips upside-down and conks Ash squarely on the head.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT

  Growling in glee, it makes a quick, loose-legged run for him, but fails to
  take into account the gumballs on the floor. It slips grandly, flips and
  lands painfully on its back, a flattened sack of goo.

ANGLE ON ASH

  Quickly and urgently, and tipping over like a drunken monkey from all the pain
  he's just endured, he lifts the shopping cart over his head.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED BURT'S FACE

  It is a mess. From the flattened, bloody pancake two pathetic round eyeballs
  pop out.

            POSSESSED BURT
      NO!

  The shopping cart lands on the Deadite hard, and grates him like cheese.

ANGLE ON ASH, TRIUMPHANT

  He looks down at the bloody smudge he's made of the Burt-thing.
 
            ASH
      ... We're gonna need clean-up in aisle ten.

35   LINDA & EMILY                         35

  Linda gushes with joy. Ash is her hero. Even the legless Eric, visible in the
  background, seems relieved. Emily is unsure.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He walks heroically back to Linda, before slipping, hard, on some gumballs on
  the floor.

ANGLE ON OTHERS

  All look a bit shocked. Emily maybe hiding amusement. Linda rushes down to
  help him.

ANGLE ON ASH & LINDA

  She grabs him and helps him to his feet.

            ASH
      I'm all right, I'm all right.

            LINDA
      Well, sorry to spoil the party everyone, but it's definitely time for
      us two to go.

            EMILY
      You can't! I mean, what if there are more of those things around?

            LINDA
      Yeah, Emily. What if there are?

            EMILY
      We might wind up locked in here again, and without Ash, well ... well,
      you saw what happened to Jane, dammit!

            LINDA
      Tell it to someone who cares.

            EMILY
          (moving toward Ash, amorously)
      Maybe I will.

            LINDA
      That doesn't include my boyfriend, you dried-up little slut.

            EMILY
      You're a real bitch, you know that, Linda? You've always been a bitch.
      I got myself transferred out of customer service and into cosmetics,
      just so I wouldn't have to work with you. You can play your little
      power-games all you want, but I'm wise to you now, and there is no
      way in hell I'm gonna get myself killed on your account.

            LINDA
      You done?

            EMILY
      I'm done.

            LINDA
      Good. Now let's get a few things straight. I've quit this place, and
      so has my boyfriend. We don't have to stay and help any of you. I
      don't care if three hundred of those, those ... Deady things come out
      and slaughter the lot of you.

            ASH
      No one's getting slaughtered. We're all leaving. Even you, Emily.

            EMILY
      What about Jane?

            LINDA
      What about her? She's dead.

            ASH
      We'll call the police in the morning. Get your things, and a
      stretcher for Eric. If we don't get out of here quick we won't get
      out at all.

36   S-MART FRONT AISLES                       36

  Long dolly shot. Everything in the store is laughing at Ash. End on Ash's
  angry face.

            ASH
      What ... the ... hell?

ANGLE ON TOASTERS

  Popping up, laughing.

ANGLE ON BLENDERS

  Turning on, running over with blood, laughing.

ANGLE ON TEDDY

            TEDDY
      Dude! This is not kosher here.

37   SPINNING, DISTORTED CAMERA                     37

  More horrible laughter.


ANGLE ON CHILDREN'S TOYS

  All sprouting hideous faces, laughing.

ANGLE ON TOY BEARS

  Vampiric, white-eyed deadite teddy bears, fangs dripping with blood.

ANGLE ON RIFLES, LIKE ASH'S

  In a glass display case, laughing.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Yeah? You think it's funny, huh? I bet you think it's real freakin'
      funny. You think you can just march in here with your dead people
      magic and give us a real good scare, don't you? Like you can just do
      ANYTHING you want!

38   ZIP PAN DOWN THE AISLES                       38

  The laughter is getting more echo-y and bizarre, musical even. It dies down
  greatly.

39   ASH, DEFIANT                         39


            ASH
      Well, come and get me! I'm waiting! Or are you scared you can't take
      me?
      [gives in to the laughter] YEEEAHAHAHHAHHAAAAAAA!!

  The entire toy aisle dumps itself right on Ash. He is buried beneath vampiric
  toys, and begins to scream. The laughter has stopped.

40   ASH BURIED UNDER TOYS                       40

  His screams are muffled. He pops out from beneath the fuzz, and spits out a
  frisbee. Teddy bears are biting at his neck and drawing blood. A large yellow
  bouncy-ball hits him again and again in the head. He battles his way out from
  beneath the pile of toys, but half of them are still attached to him. He is
  kicking and struggling for all he's worth, screaming "AAAGGH!! AGGGH!!"

41   TRACKING SHOT WITH FLYING BLENDER                   41

  We see a blood-filled blender, with its snakelike cord, whirring and spinning
  for all it's worth, fly right at Ash's neck, and we track with it.

42   BLENDER HITS ASH                         42

  The cord wraps itself snakelike around Ash's neck, choking him. Its blades
  become larger and it upends itself right onto Ash's head, covering him in a
  thick red substance, like a blood daquiri.

43   ASH, HEAD STUCK IN BLENDER                     43

  His screams are muffled. The blender is trying to frappe him!

44   LINDA AND OTHERS, BAFFLED                     44

  They are dumbstruck, and just stand there gawking.

45   ASH CHOKING                           45

  The blender's blades are messing up Ash's hair, and are about to give him
  serious unrequested brain surgery, but mainly he's choking, tugging at the
  power cords strung tighter and tighter around his neck. LOUD blender noises.

ANGLE ON ASH'S LEGS

  There are still one or two vampire teddy bears gnawing at his legs. He kicks
  one of them off.

ANGLE ON BALL

  It bounces menacingly.

46   LINDA                             46

  She rolls her eyes at the idiocy of the situation -- Ash has gotten himself
  in trouble again! She walks forward to help him.

ANGLE ON BASEBALL BATS

  About six of them, perfectly synchronized, rise up in the air -- a few notes
  of "batter up-CHARGE!" play on the soundtrack. One of them leaps forward to
  attack Ash.

ANGLE ON LINDA

  Walking right next to Ash, she grabs it as it flies, unconcerned, and takes it
  into a batting position. She licks her lips and gets ready to swing.

ANGLE ON ASH'S TORTURED FACE

  He is screaming, and his face is getting cut up again.

ANGLE ON LINDA AND ASH

  She SWINGS! The blender shatters, falls off and dies, and basically Ash is
  hit very hard on the head by a baseball bat. With a grunt he falls face-first
  onto the floor.

ANGLE ON ASH HITTING GROUND

  He hits a fluffy kitty pillow. It squeaks.

47   EVERYONE, DUMBSTRUCK                       47

  Utter silence.

48   LINDA AND ASH                         48

  Linda, shocked, drops the bat and scrambles to help Ash.

            LINDA
      Oh! Oh geez! I'm sorry Ash, I didn't think the bat would hit you
      head-on like that.

  He grabs her shoulders very hard.

            ASH
      Then you shouldn't have SWUNG IT AT MY HEAD LIKE THAT ... sweetheart.

  He lets her go. His face is covered with red goo. He spits.

            LINDA
      I'm sorry.

            ASH
      Don't be. You were saving my life or ending it. It's a good day for
      either.
      [rubs head in pain] Owwww ...

ANGLE ON EMILY
            EMILY
      Thank heaven that fluffy li'l kitty pillow was there to break your
      fall!

ANGLE ON ASH

  Ash picks up the pillow and looks at it.

            ASH
      I hate fluffy little kitty pillows.

  He spits blood onto it, looks at it, and then lets it drop. It squeaks loudly
  as it falls.

49   ANOTHER PART OF THE STORE                     49

  A demonic figure materializes out of smoke and fire. It looks just like the
  white-eyed, possessed Ash seen in "Evil Dead 2."

            POSSESSED ASH
      YOU SHALL NEVER TAME THE NECRONOMICON! WE SHALL FEAST UPON YOUR SOULS!

  It disappears in a puff of smoke.

50   ASH, LINDA, EMILY, ERIC, AND FIVE EXTRAS                 50

            ERIC
      What in God's green hell was that?

            LINDA
      Ash! That looked like you! Tell me that wasn't you!

            ASH
      It wasn't me, sweetheart. It was way too ugly.

            EMILY
      What was that he was talking about? The "Neck-ro-nommy-con?"

            ERIC
      Ah yes, the Necronomicon. Roughly translated as, "The Book of the
      Dead."

            EMILY
      Sounds icky.

            ERIC
      It is. Help me into a chair, will you? I'm already bleeding to death;
      I don't want to freeze to death on this cold tile as well.

  Emily helps the legless Eric into a small business chair, with wheels, that
  is nearby.

            ASH
      The NECRONOMICON. No, it couldn't be. I haven't heard that name since ...
      since ... well, I don't think I've actually heard it ever. Yes, that
      must be it. I'm hearing that name for the first time, Necronomicon,
      okay, tell me a bit about the Necronomicon.

            ERIC
      No.

            ASH
      Dammit, tell me about the book! How do you know about it? Do you know
      how to fight its power?

            ERIC
      You're scaring me, man.

            EMILY
      So you DO know what this Necro ... monicon thingy is, Ash?

            ASH
      Er ... no. Never seen or heard of it before in my life.

            LINDA
      Well you've CLEARLY heard of it Ash, otherwise it wouldn't be
      bothering you so much.

  He grabs Linda roughly.

            ASH
            [screaming, demonic voice]
      LOOK, I HAVEN'T HEARD OF NO FRICKIN' NECRONOMICON, ALL RIGHT?? SO LAY
      OFF MY CAAAASE!!

  Ash returns to normal. He lets go.

            ASH
      Sorry. I ... don't know what got into me.

            EMILY
      "Lay off my case?" That's an odd expression, isn't it?

            ERIC
            [boredly]
      The Necronomicon is a book by Professor Raymond Knowby. It was
      apparently translated from an ancient Sumerian text, all funeral
      rites, bringing the dead back to life, that kind of nonsense. We got
      it in stock yesterday, and haven't sold a copy yet.

ANGLE ON ASH, TERRIFIED

            ASH
      You got it in ... stock ...

            ERIC
      Yesterday. Paperback only.

      He stands up and acts like he's going to throttle Eric. So he does.

            ASH
      THEY PUT THE NECRONOMICON INTO PAPERBACK???


DISSOLVE TO:


51   A DARK PLACE IN HELL, A PRINTING PRESS                 51

  A crew of skeletons are working hard, whipped and beaten constantly by their
  skeleton taskmaster.

            TASKMASTER
      Come on, put some backbone into it, you lazy sons of whores!

  He whips to punctuate this remark. A skeleton winces.

            TASKMASTER
      Barnes and Noble called; they want eighty thousand more copies by
      friday!

  He whips again. We see the assembly line, where each paperback copy is being
  put together with loving care. Each is bound in the "HUMAN FLESH" machine,
  and inked in the "BLOOD" machine.

            TASKMASTER
      Bound in human flesh! Inked in blood! Let's see these on to the world
      of the living!

  He whips again.

            SKELETON WORKER
            [to worker next to him]
      I hate blue-collar work.

  The taskmaster whips him for that.


DISSOLVE BACK TO:


52   S-MART, BOOKS AND MAGAZINES AISLE                   52

  Ash is looking at the paperback Necronomicon. It still has that fleshy
  quality to it, but is much squarer, smaller, slicker, a very nice bit of work.
  He turns it over in his hands, astonished.

            ASH
            [reading]
      "The Necronomicon, by Prof ... Raymond ... Now ... bye."

            LINDA
      That's "Knowby."

            ASH
            [annoyed]
      I know what it says, alright?

            EMILY
      But what is it?

            ASH
      "The most thoroughly evil book ever written -- Newsweek."

            EMILY
      Wow.

            LINDA
      Is this why all these, you know, strange things keep happening?

            EMILY
      Well, duh.

            LINDA
      Shut your stinkin' pie-hole, Emily, before I shut it for you.

            ASH
      I remember now. I don't know how I could've forgotten it all in the
      first place. I suppose I wanted to forget.

  Ash scratches his right hand with his left absentmindedly, as if the right
  hand, still covered with a black batting glove, is bothering him.

            ASH
      That was when I lost my hand.

ANGLE ON ASH'S RIGHT HAND

  He RIPS the batting glove off and underneath is nothing but metal, and rusty
  metal at that, a decaying mechanical artificial hand ...

ANGLE ON ASH, EMILY, AND LINDA

  Linda gasps, shocked.

            ASH
      I first saw the damned book at that blasted cabin.

  Emily takes a copy off the shelf and begins to read it.

      Scott was there, and Shelly, and my sister, Cheryl. She was the first
      to go. We decided to play the Professor's tape. That was our first
      mistake.

DISSOLVE TO:

53   FLASHBACK -- TO MATCH WITH OLD FOOTAGE                 53


  From first and/or second "Evil Dead." The tape playing.

            ASH
            [V.O.]
      He was translating the book. We could hear him speak those strange
      words.

  A horrific running tracking shot through the woods.


            ASH
            [V.O.]
      The tape awoke something dark in the woods.

  The camera goes into LINDA'S BEDROOM, smashing the window and heading straight
  into her mouth.

            ASH
            [V.O.]
      It took Linda.


54   BACK TO S-MART, BOOKS AISLE                     54

            LINDA
            [angry]
      Wait a minute, it "took" ME??

            ASH
      Yeah.

  Emily is still reading the book.

            LINDA
      What the hell is that supposed to mean?

            ASH
      You became possessed, one of the evil dead.

            LINDA
      Did I miss something? When did all this happen? Who the hell are
      Scotty and Shelly and Cheryl?

DISSOLVE TO:

55   FLASHBACK -- TO MATCH OLD FOOTAGE                   55

  "Evil Dead 1" footage of Scotty and Shelley and Cheryl as she says this.

            ASH
            [V.O.]
      A living evil was out there, in the woods, in the dark.

  POSSESSED LINDA, white-eyed, evil, grinning demonically as in "Evil Dead 2."
  She marches, wrists out, toward Ash, who is utterly paralyzed with fear.

            ASH
            [V.O.]
      Whatever it was, it'd gotten into Linda. So I had to lop her head off
      with a shovel.

  Ash LOPS LINDA'S HEAD OFF with a shovel. It rolls towards him and smiles.
  He screams.


56   BACK TO S-MART, BOOKS AISLE                     56

            LINDA
      Ashley J. Williams, WHAT IN THE OUTHOUSE OF HEAVEN are you talking
      about?

            EMILY
            [still reading]
      No, he's right. It says right here.

            LINDA
      WHAT?

            EMILY
            [reading, brightly]
      The massacre at the cabin. Killed were Shelly York, Scott Delrich,
      Professor Raymond Knowby, his wife Henrietta, his daughter Annie,
      her fiance Ed Getley, Jake Hicks, Bobby Joe Hicks, geez, what a
      bloodbath ...

ANGLE ON BOOK, EMILY'S FINGER TRACING THE ILLUSTRATED TEXT AS SHE READS

            EMILY
            [cont.]
      ... but look, here we are. Cheryl Williams, I guess that was your
      sister, Ash, and Ash Williams, hey that's you Ash, you're in here,
      neat! Oh, and Linda Baker.

ANGLE ON EMILY

  She points the book out so that everyone can clearly see it.

            EMILY
      That's you, Linda. You're dead. DEAD DEAD DEAD. So THERE.

  She closes the book.

ANGLE ON ALL THREE

            EMILY
      That's a pretty cool book, you know that Ash? I love that occult
      stuff.

  Linda screams in rage and pounces on Emily, beating the living crap out of
  her.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Now now now ladies, violence never solved anything.

ANGLE ON EMILY AND LINDA, FIGHTING

  They look up at him, angrily.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Well, except for some of the stuff I did earlier, but BESIDES THAT ...

ANGLE ON EMILY AND LINDA

  They go back to fighting.

57   FIGHTING EMILY & LINDA, AND ASH                   57

  They are really tearing into each other. Emily is fast on her feet, but Linda
  can throw a punch and has apparently taken self-defense classes, perhaps Tae
  Kwon Do. Ash simply watches, confused, distant, a hint of a smile on his face.
  He is holding an open copy of the Necronomicon. Emily is knocking Linda back
  with swift and deadly kicks as Ash shrugs and walks away. The camera stays
  with the ladies for a few seconds and then follows with Ash.

58   TRACK WITH ASH, WALKING THROUGH AISLES                 58

  Ash is absentmindedly reading the unholy book, walking very fast down aisle
  after aisle and mumbling to himself. Apparently he can't read without reading
  aloud somewhat. Again, he pays no attention to any of the clerks as he passes
  them.

          ASH
          [under breath]
      Demonic resurrection, how to bring the dead back to life ... warning,
      they will become evil. Do not attempt this spell if you are already
      dead ...

          SPRAYPAINT MAN
      Ash! You're all right! I heard you were in a fight earlier!

          LINGERIE GIRL
      Hey Ash! Do you know what all that noise was about?

          GIFTS FOR HER WOMAN
      Ashley! It's you! You scared me half to death ...

          ASH
          [under breath]
      Yeah, yeah, yeah, get the fuck outta my face ... burial rites,
      gifts for the recently deceased ... geez, this reads like stereo
      instructions.

          JANE
          [sexily]
      Hello Ash.

  Ash stops. There she is, big as life, the late Jane from Sporting Goods. Her
  neck is still obviously crushed and knotted and to keep her head from dangling
  behind her she has to hold it up with her right hand, which is beginning to
  rot slightly. Otherwise she looks fine. Better than fine.

          ASH
      Hi Jane. I thought you were dead.

          JANE
      I am.

          ASH
      Yeah, me too. Isn't life a bitch?

          JANE
          [emotionless]
      When did you die, Ash?

          ASH
      I dunno, a few days ago, maybe a few years ago, at some cabin. Says so
      right here. Maybe time doesn't mean anything anymore.

          JANE
      Linda's dead too, isn't she?

          ASH
      Why would you think that?

          JANE
          [demonic voice]
      We're all dead here Ash. I'm dead, you're dead, the entire human race
      is dead dead dead.

  Her eyes turn a pale white. She lets go of her head and it drops, dangling by
  a thread of stretched-out neck in front of her.

CLOSE-UP, POSSESSED JANE'S UPSIDE-DOWN HEAD

  Her mouth is black and she has fangs. Her face glows with an unholy fire.

          POSSESSED JANE
      YEEAAHHHH, real mondo big dead time right here for me.

ANGLE ON ASH & JANE

  She moves gracefully, like a dancer.

          POSSESSED JANE
      Isn't it WONDERFUL?

  Ash pauses a moment, and then slaps Jane's head. It bounces back and forth
  like a tetherball. She seems sick and dizzy.

          ASH
      Snap out of it.

  Jane growls.

          POSSESSED JANE
      YOU WILL DIEEEEEEE.

          ASH
      Again?

          POSSESSED JANE
      AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

          ASH
      Well see, that's the part I don't quite understand there. I'm dead,
      I'm alive, I'm walking around ...

  The demonic Jane screeches and charges at Ash, trying to bite his face off. He
  dodges her but everywhere he goes her head can stretch out to reach him. She
  claws at him, bites his legs, and finally just spits on him. He stops in his
  tracks.

          ASH
      You SPIT on me?? ... Bitch.

  He punches her in the face again and again and again, her head bouncing back
  like silly putty. She screeches and feigns death.

WORM'S EYE VIEW ANGLE - JANE ON FLOOR, ASH ABOVE

  She is utterly still. Silence. Ash takes a step forward, wary.

  Pause.

  WHAMMO! Jane flips her legs up and knocks Ash over with a gymnast's whip-kick!
  She pushes herself up with her hands, flips three times in mid-air, lands on
  her back and bounces like rubber. Ash gets up. She throws a flurry of punches,
  knocking Ash back and beating the utter living shinola out of him.

59   SPORTING GOODS SECTION                       59

  The demonic Jane is still knocking Ash back, straight into the sporting goods
  section. We move past the cash register, and onto a small photo and notice
  posted on a little standup sign next to it.

ANGLE ON PHOTO AND NOTICE

  Jane stops. The photo is of her, one month ago. It reads "Salesperson of the
  Month" with a hastily-added paste-on reading "JANE TYLER" in a small font.

ANGLE ON JANE'S FACE

  She picks her head up with both hands and lifts it up to stare weakly at the
  photo.

          POSSESSED JANE
      What's happened to me?

  The clouds are removed from her eyes and she returns to her normal self.

ANGLE ON JANE AND ASH

  She cries and begins to bleed profusely out of her eyelids and neck.

          JANE
          [crying]
      Oh, ASH.

  She hugs him tightly. He looks very confused. Then he thinks, and reaches for
  her backside.

ANGLE ON JANE'S BACK POCKET

  He grabs the keys from her pocket.

ANGLE ON JANE HUGGING ASH

  She is crying, eyes shut, and bleeding all over him.

          JANE
      We're dead, aren't we Ash? Where do we go now? What're we gonna do?

  Pan over to Ash fumbling with the keys in his good hand, sliding over with
  Jane to unlock the case of rifles. Remington, double-barrel repeating rifles,
  good stock.

ANGLE ON KEYS IN CASE

  Ash gets it open. Rifles fall out all over, making a terrible noise.

ANGLE ON JANE

          JANE
      ASH! You opened up the gun case! You were trying to kill me!

          ASH
          [nervous]
      Jane, I can't kill you, remember? You're already dead! So am I! Right?

  She SCREECHES and rises three feet up into the air, turning fully demonic,
  oozing blood, her neck twisting into a tight granny knot.

          POSSESSED JANE
      I'LL SHOW YOU HOW DEAD YOU ARE!!

  She LUNGES forward and grabs Ash's head TIGHT, lifting him up off the ground
  in a very painful way. He grimaces, and starts to tickle her with his good
  hand. She laughs and drop Ash. He hits the ground and does a barrel roll,
  grabbing one of the guns, and snagging its ammunition, AND loading it, all in
  about seven seconds. He comes out of the roll in a kneeling position, gun
  resting on his knee and ready to fire.

ANGLE ON JANE

  She SCREAMS menacingly, and gets her entire upper torso blown off.

60   ASH, TRIUMPHANT                         60

  He stands, gun in hand.

          ASH
      Dead, alive ... I'm the guy with the gun.

61   JANE'S REMAINS                         61

  What's left of Jane is a smoky pile of goo. But it still has a head and legs.
  It moves, and starts to sit up.

ANGLE ON ASH

  Shocked.

ANGLE ON SPLATTERED JANE

  Bits of her hands appear, shorter and stubbier now, awash in bloody muck. They
  grab her body cavity and pull it together, pushing her entire body inward to
  kind of fill in the spaces the rifle blast blew apart. She stands in a wobbly
  way. She is now a midget, and her head still barely stands upright. Her knees
  are shaking.

          POSSESSED JANE
      You bastard, Ash. I was trying to be your friend.

  Ash is dumbstruck, frightened. The thing walks towards him.

          POSSESSED JANE
      We could have been great together, Ash. We still could be.

  It smiles a toothy grin, and its teeth ooze with thick blood. She is crawling
  with worms and maggots.

          POSSESSED JANE
      Come on Ash. Dance with me?

  Ash screams. Jane smiles and grabs him. Light music plays, and she begins to
  dance with him. He struggles, but she overpowers him, and just keeps on
  dancing.

62   ASH AND POSSESSED JANE, SLOW-DANCING                 62

  As if there's no one else in the world. She puts her head on his shoulder, and
  takes a bite out of it. He screams and screams and screams.

63   ASH AND POSSESSED JANE, SPORTING GOODS                 63

  The music eventually stops, and Jane just begins laughing and pushing Ash in
  a joking, happy way, even as she oozes blood and goo from every pore. She
  does a little jig of her own and kicks him repeatedly. He is yelling and
  screaming and hollering.

  Finally she GRABS him forcefully, and rips his entire body in two.


FADE OUT

FADE IN ON:


64   THE HALL OF MIRRORS                       64

  Complete nothingness. We begin on Ash's terrified eyes. Everything is very
  muted and grey.

  We zoom out to show Ash in a sort of limbo, floating in space, a sort of hall
  of mirrors, a funhouse world with floors of glass, a bizarre place.

  He looks at his right hand, and realizes it's not mechanical -- it's back to
  normal. He rubs it, just to prove to himself it's there. He looks at a
  thousand reflections of himself and realizes his hair and clothing are
  somewhat different. He looks more like he did in the first "Evil Dead."
  (Some dialogue inspired by the unused treatment "Evil Dead 3000 A.D.,"
  by Sam Raimi.)

            ASH
      Where am I? What kind of place is this?

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      You are in the land of the living and the dead.
      A place in your past that is now your future.

            ASH
      Yeah, right.

  Ash is swallowed up in darkness, like a flood of unholy water, but it passes,
  and he doesn't blink an eye.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      I have brought you here from a land without dimension. Without my
      intervention, you would have been trapped forever in nothingness.

            ASH
      Well, that's just plain stupid. Looky here, smartguy - I don't need
      your mystical mumbo-jumbo. Just tell me if I'm dead or not.

  Thirty Ashes appear in the mirrors, distorted and evil.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      I can't answer that.

            ASH
      Why not?

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      I don't know the answer myself. You've died over and over again, Ash,
      and you're still here.   They hit you with everything they had, and
      you made it out with hardly a scratch, despite your many, many
      mistakes along the way.

            ASH
      I'm just that damn good.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      You're lucky, at least. But they aren't playing around anymore.

  Ash, bored, taps lightly with his foot on the glass floor beneath him, and it
  suddenly drops out entirely. He is standing on nothing, just empty space and
  stars. He screams and falls.

65   ASH - FALLING THROUGH SPACE                     65

  Ten LIVING SKELETONS follow with him, speaking in unison, intelligently.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      Some time ago, the forces of darkness selected you and your
      companions for a little ... test. They wanted to see how an average
      person would react when confronted with evil.

            ASH
            [angry]
      So did I pass the test?

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      Oh yes, certainly. They were able to take your mind over even more
      completely than they'd thought. Possess a few friends, make a few
      clocks run backwards, spread some blood around ... Within a couple of
      hours they had you chopping your own girlfriend up with a chainsaw.

  Ash is horrified at this. The Voice just chuckles to itself.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      The forces of darkness were happy, I'll tell you that. That's why
      they brought you back to life, erased your memory and had you run
      through a second night, and a third, and a fourth ...

  The sounds of screams, chainsaws, and running horses are heard.

      And they'll do it AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN until they can BREAK YOUR
      MIND.

  Ash falls back into the hall of mirrors, into a pool of blood, hitting the
  ground hard.

66   THE HALL OF MIRRORS                       66

  Ash stands up quickly, defiant, and draws his gun.

            ASH
      You disembodied bastard! Step into the light like a man and show
      me where you are, so I can kill you!

  He sees a glint in the darkness which turns into the form of a man. He fires
  six times. Nothing happens.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      Ash, please. Stop taking everything so personally.

  All the Ashes in the hall of mirrors suddenly meld into one image -- an
  older, possessed, haunted version of himself, with grey streaks in its hair.
  Its eyes are cold, wide and racked with doubt and fear. One of its arms is a
  chainsaw.

            ASH
      Who are you? Are you me?

            EVIL ASH
      Oh, let's not start that again.

            ASH
      You are me. But, uh, not.

            EVIL ASH
      Think before you speak. I am indeed a version of yourself, but
      twisted and evil.

            ASH
      Then I need a chainsaw.

  He punches the evil Ash and rips its entire right arm off, starting the
  chainsaw running. The evil Ash screams, bleeding, as Ash brings the chainsaw
  down onto its face.

            EVIL ASH
      Please, please! I'm trying to help you! Compared to that evil, I'm
      your friend!

            ASH
      Yeah? Well, I'm not falling for that one again.

  SLICE! The chainsaw slices the evil Ash's brains into bits. It screams even
  still, and blood splatters all over Ash's face and shirt, sloshing all over
  the floor.

67   INT - THE CABIN - NIGHT                       67

CLOSE-UP ON ASH CORPSE, BLOODY AND PALE

  It is upright for a second, and then falls over dead. As it falls we reveal
  that behind it is the CABIN from the previous movies Ash was talking about
  earlier. The corpse is also dressed like the "Evil Dead 1" Ash.

REVERSE ANGLE

  We see the real, less bloody Ash standing over his own dead body.

            ASH
      Who the hell?

ANGLE ON DEAD ASH
            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      You shouldn't have done that, Ash. It only makes them angrier.

  A DEADITE JANE appears, dressed like Linda in a white nightgown, grinning.

            DEADITE JANE
            [singing]
      We're gonna get you, we're gonna get you ...

  Ash jumps at her, but she disappears and he lands flat on his face. An EVIL
  MOOSE HEAD appears, laughing at Ash. The entire room is laughing at Ash. A
  mirror is seen in the corner of the room.

ANGLE ON MIRROR

  The EVIL ASH appears in it.

            EVIL ASH
      Ash, you idiot. I was trying to help you, so we wouldn't have to go
      through all this again, but now it's too damned late.

            ASH
      How the hell did I get here? Where's Linda?

  A female form appears behind the EVIL ASH, silhouetted and indistinct.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      Which Linda?

            ASH
      My girlfriend, Linda.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      Ash, you've had EIGHTEEN different girlfriends named Linda. You
      killed them all. You're a murderer.

ANGLE ON ASH, DUMBSTRUCK.

  Ash's hand goes limp -- the Evil Ash's severed arm/chainsaw drops to the
  ground. He's just seen something terrible. His eyes grow wide. We pull back
  and downward to see his own dead body on the ground as before, but now
  surrounding it is an entire pile of bodies, representing everyone who's ever
  died or just appeared in an Evil Dead movie, plus some. [Obviously we won't
  be able to get most of the original actors back, but we turn many of them
  face-down, or just try to match what they looked like with make-up or
  models.]

CLOSE ANGLES, RAPID CUTS, THE FACES OF THE DEAD

  In those cases when we COULD get the original actors back or use their faces
  somehow, they're shown here in a horrifying montage.

CLOSE-UP OF ASH'S HORRIFIED FACE,
CHANGING TO A LONG SHOT, PULLING BACK IMPOSSIBLY FAR

  We see the over a hundred dead bodies, blood everywhere, in an immense
  expanse, with Ash standing shocked in the background, tiny, shocked. At the
  end is a large pile of medieval soldiers. A long pause, utter silence.

            ASH
      Shit.

            VOICE OF EVIL ASH
      You may wake up now.

FADE OUT

FADE IN:

68   INT - S-MART - NIGHT                     68

BIG CLOSE-UP ON ASH'S SLEEPING FACE

  Ash is asleep in the floor, muttering. We see two hands holding his head softly,
  Linda's hands. His face keeps scrunching up in pain like he's having a bad dream.

ANGLE ON LINDA

  She has a slight black eye.

            LINDA
      Ash! Ash, wake up!

ANGLE ON ASH & LINDA

  Ash blinks his eyes and is awake.

            ASH
      Linda! Oh Linda, I'm so happy I didn't kill you. I just had the most
      horrible nightmare.

            LINDA
      Well, it's all over now Ash.

            ASH
            [relieved]
      Thank god.

            LINDA
      Except for the demonic presence outside that keeps trying to break
      the doors in.

  Ash looks down and notices that he's holding the severed arm of Evil Ash, and
  his chainsaw. He gasps and tosses them away.

            LINDA
      Don't just throw a good chainsaw away, Ash! Who knows, it might
      come in handy when you go out to kill those evil things.

            ASH
      I'm not killing anything or anyone, Linda. Not anymore.

            LINDA
      Why not? It's not gonna go away by itself.

            ASH
      There's something wrong with me. I've gotta stop myself before I
      wind up murdering again.

            LINDA
      I am NOT going to die tonight, Ash. Not for you, not for anybody.
      Be a man, for fuck's sake!

  Ash and Linda stand up slowly and simultaneously.

            ASH
      I don't particularly like the tone of voice you're using,
      sweetheart.

            LINDA
      Yeah? Well, let's talk about something that I don't like. I don't
      like having a depressive DUMBASS for a boyfriend!

            ASH
            [quiet, hellish rage]
      ... What did you just call me?

            LINDA
      A DUMBASS.

  He punches her, hard. She's knocked to the ground.

ANGLE ON LINDA

  Coughing, and getting up, very pissed.

ANGLE ON ASH & LINDA

  She stands, smiles, and then punches the crap out of him. He's knocked back,
  and slaps her. Then she pokes his eyes. He knees her in the gut, and their
  heads accidentally knock together, making a pleasing coconut-like noise. She
  gives him a fast triple-slap. They both rear back in anger, and then lunge
  at each other.

CLOSE-UP, ASH & LINDA

  They embrace in a passionate and long kiss.

  He squeezes her arm, and she pulls back.
 
            LINDA
            [suddenly]
      Ow!

            ASH
      What's wrong?

            LINDA
      Oh, nothing. I just bruised my arm when I was fighting with
      Emily.

            ASH
      Oh yeah, that. Who won?

            LINDA
      Me, of course. OW!

  She grabs her arm in pain.

CLOSE-UP, LINDA'S RIGHT ARM

  It is shaking and throbbing. Suddenly we see a black spiderweb pattern
  start to draw itself all over what we can see of her hand and arm.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
            [quietly]
      No. You bastards. Give her back her arm!

ANGLE ON LINDA
            LINDA
      What? Ow!

            ASH
      You're gonna have to trust me, Linda. I have to remove
      your arm, before it's too late.

            LINDA
      Hell, no!

ANGLE ON ASH & LINDA

            ASH
      LINDA! DON'T BE DIFFICULT! They've taken over your arm,
      and turned it bad.

  She looks at her arm, shocked, and rolls up her sleeve. It is moving
  under its own power.

            ASH
      It won't be long before they get to you too.

            LINDA
      Well, trust IS the cornerstone of any relationship, but ...

            ASH
      Yeah, what you said.

  He grabs what is now clearly HIS chainsaw [removing the severed arm from
  it first] and starts it running. Linda turns white with fear. Ash gets
  a maniacal look in his eyes and begins to laugh. Linda screams!

  Linda's possessed arm slaps Ash in the face. It then punches him, and slaps
  him nineteen times from different angles, moving in a weird, fishlike way.
  Linda stands limp, helpless to stop it. Finally Ash grabs it with his left
  arm, angry. But it overpowers him, goes for his throat and starts to choke
  him with a demonic power. Ash is unable to breathe and starts to turn blue.
  He gasps for air.
            LINDA
      ASH!

  She cranes her neck and bites down on her own arm, gnawing bits of flesh off
  it, biting very hard, spitting out what gets in her teeth. It shakes in pain
  and releases Ash.

  He flips the chainsaw around like a pro and carefully slices Linda's arm off.
  Blood gets all over him. Linda begins to laugh, very hard.

CLOSE-UP ON LINDA

  Laughing.

FADE OUT

FADE IN

69   CLOSE UP OF THE ARM, ON THE FLOOR                 69

  The arm is still struggling, now severed. Ash dumps a metal wastebasket on
  it firmly, with a clank, and covers it with a book entitled "The Woman's
  Army."

            ASH
      That'll teach ya. Nobody invades my girlfriend's body but me.

70   LINDA                           70

  Sitting on a chair, rubbing the stump of her right arm with her left. There
  are tears in her eyes. Ash walks into shot behind her.

            ASH
      Don't worry. I know what to do.

71   TEDDY, AT THE REGISTER                     71

  Teddy is working away quietly, despite having no customers, just wasting time
  on the night shift, reading a magazine. Ash and Linda approach quickly from
  behind, startling him into turning around.

            ASH
      Let's go.

72   HARDWARE DEPT. - MONTAGE                   72

  The place is slightly darkened. Ash, Linda and Teddy enter quickly. Ash
  is polishing his own rusty false hand with a damp cloth. What follows is a
  fast-cutting montage of how they manage to assemble for Linda a new arm,
  largely white plastic on the outside, with a fascinating array of gears on
  the inside, strapped over her shoulder in a very lifelike way. Ash points
  to a section in the paperback Necronomicon for "Bringing life to inanimate
  objects," and Teddy, frightened, reads the passage aloud. The force of the
  spell makes the false arm change color and shape -- There is smoke and a vast
  gust of wind. All the lights overhead flash blue, go out and explode into a
  shower of sparks.

  Ash switches a large circular lamp on.

BIG CLOSE-UP OF LINDA, HOLDING UP HER NEW ARM

  It is slightly plastic-looking and white, but obviously alive, as is she.
  It is smoking visibly. She has a steely look in her eyes. She clenches
  the arm and it makes a whirring sound.

            LINDA
      Groovy.

73   TRACKING SHOT - WALKING THROUGH S-MART AISLES             73

  Teddy, Ash, and Linda, walking. Ash, with his chainsaw, is reading the book.
  There is smoke, strange light, and signs of evil all around them.

            TEDDY
      What in the name of H.P. Lovecraft was THAT?

            ASH
      It's called success, Teddy. Learn to live with it.

            TEDDY
      That book scares me, man. It's just real freakin' scary, like,
      like the kinda thing you don't even want to touch, like.

            ASH
      It's a book of evil. But we can use it for our own purposes.

            LINDA
      Is there a spell to destroy all evil in there, Ash?

            ASH
      Not in the paperback version. Says here they had to take it
      out for legal reasons, as their publisher actually WAS the
      Ultimate Evil and he didn't like that part much.

            LINDA
      The ultimate evil?

            ASH
            [reading]
      Copyright 1393, Ultimate Evil Press.

            LINDA
      How about good things, like flowers and puppies? Can we
      summon those?

            ASH
      I hate flowers and puppies.

            LINDA
      Give me that.

  She takes the book and flips through it.

            LINDA
      Puppies, puppies ... See "Death Dogs." Well, we don't want
      that. How about "Good?" A section for "Good?" Evil, Evil,
      Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil, Evil ... "Good: see
      footnote in evil appendix B."

  She flips to the end of the book.

            LINDA
      It's three sentences long! Geez. Okay, "To summon good, simply
      think of good things inside of you. Then buckle up and pray for
      a quick and easy death, as good basically never comes. If you
      are reading this now, chances are you're already doomed."

            TEDDY
      That's just like what my father used to say.

  Teddy grabs the book and reads it.

            LINDA
      We have to think positive thoughts. Positive thoughts, everyone!

            ASH
            [flatly]
      Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

            LINDA
      That doesn't sound very sincere.

74   THE BOOKS AISLE                       74

  A burst of strange light. Every book on the rack suddenly flies off, and the
  standing, immensely heavy bookcase falls over too, smashing to bits on the
  ground. A hole opens in the ground beneath, sucking the bookcase and most of
  the floor down beneath like water down a drain. A living smoke funnels from
  out of it.

  Ash, Teddy and Linda pass this and stop.

            TEDDY
      Hey, that's weird.

            ASH
      What's weird?

            TEDDY
            [reading book]
      The address for Ultimate Evil Press, well, it's the same as the
      address for S-Mart!

            ASH
      Which S-Mart?

            TEDDY
      THIS S-Mart!

            ASH
      That is weird.

  The stretched-out, haggard figures of ancient ghosts swirl out of the realm
  of nothingness and fly in a vast circle at great speed, moaning in their
  undead pain. [See "Night on Bald Mountain," from the movie "Fantasia."]

            TEDDY
      Hey, shut up, I'm trying to read here!

            LINDA
      Teddy! Have some respect for the dead, won't you? Ash, go and
      chop them up with your chainsaw.

            ASH
      'Kay.

  The LOST SOULS [for that is what the ghosts are] suddenly assume a pale,
  white, transparent physical form. They are medieval in appearance, haunted
  and aged. They assume a peaceful stance. Their leader raises his palm in
  greeting.

  Ash charges them with his chainsaw.

            FIRST SOUL
      We mean you no harm! We come in pea --- AAAGHH!!

  He is torn into bits.

            ASH
      Eat steel.

  Three more unlucky souls are mashed to pieces.

            SECOND SOUL
      No, please! We wish to speak with you about a terror that confronts
      us all!

            ASH
      Sorry, but I live by the rules of barroom dating -- never talk to
      anything ugly or dead.

            THIRD SOUL
      But we possess the lost pages of the Necronomicon! The pages that may
      destroy the evil one forever!

  Ash says nothing. His chainsaw keeps running.

            THIRD SOUL
      I said, we possess ...

            ASH
      I heard you, I heard you! Keep talking!

  He is carving at a particularly tough soul.

            THIRD SOUL
      Um ...

            ASH
      Stupid dead people. They think they're so great, just because
      they're dead.

  His chainsaw stops. He turns around to yell at the third soul.

            ASH
      Well, you're NOT, all right?

            THIRD SOUL
      All right, we are not.

            ASH
      Don't forget that.

  He spits out a bit of blood.

            THIRD SOUL
      Now wilt thou listen to our urgent plea for help?

            ASH
      Yeah, yeah, I'm listening.

            THIRD SOUL
      You are exactly as we were warned you would be.

            ASH
      Y'happy 'bout that?

            THIRD SOUL
      Perhaps, yes.

75   A FEW FEET AWAY FROM THE BOOKS AISLE               75

  Teddy and Linda are waiting for Ash to return, chainsaw in hand.

  Ash returns, chainsaw in hand.

            LINDA
      Well? Did you kill those goddamn ghosts, or did you wimp
      out and try to reason with them?

            ASH
      A little of both. Come and meet 'em.

            LINDA
      "Meet them?" The ones who took my friggin' arm?

            ASH
      No, that's not them. These are some other assholes.

            LINDA
      All right then.

  Ash and Linda walk off.

            TEDDY
      So, I'll just stay here then, eh?

  Silence.

            TEDDY
      Right.

76   THE BOOKS AISLE                       76

  Ash and Linda walk to the gaping hole where the Lost Souls were before,
  and they aren't there.

            LINDA
      Well? Where are they? Where did they go?

  Ash listens and hears a piglike "snarfing" sound and a rustle of plastic
  wrapping to his right. He follows the sound, and Linda follows him.

77   THE SNACK FOODS AISLE                     77

  The Lost Souls have discovered snack food, and are making pigs of
  themselves.

            FOURTH SOUL
      What a feast this is!

            ASH
      Hey, hey just HEY right there now you undead bastards,
      what in the name of happy hell do you think you're doing?
      Those snack cakes are property of S-Mart!

            FOURTH SOUL
      Hey, lay off mate. We haven't eaten in six hundred years.

            FIRST SOUL
      So, you have brought your queen with you.

  Linda smiles at this.

            FIRST SOUL
      Will you lead us in battle against the evil one?

            ASH
      What? No! Fight your own damn battle.

            FIFTH SOUL
      But the soothsayers said that you would save us!

            ASH
      Well, soothsayers say a lot of things. Piss off. Get
      some other idiot to do your dirty work.

            FIRST SOUL
      An idiot?

            SECOND SOUL
      Look at how humble he is!

            THIRD SOUL
      He is truly the one to lead us.

            ASH
      No, no, you fellas have got it all wrong!

  The Souls begin to chatter excitedly amongst themselves.

            FOURTH SOUL
      He will be our hero.

            FIRST SOUL
      You will lead our blessed fight.

            ASH
      HEY! Listen up, 'cause I'm only gonna say this once. You're
      making a mistake. I'm no leader, and I'm certainly no hero. The
      only thing I ever led was a volleyball team, and we lost. It's
      nice to see you all cheering up like this, but the truth is,
      I can't do anything for ya. Those things are coming, and pretty
      soon we'll all be dead again. You undead assholes are all screwed,
      y'hear?

  A terrible silence falls upon the Lost Souls. Their heads gaze downward, and
  they seem to have lost all hope. They start to fade away.

            ASH
      Hey wait, wait. Don't be that way. I just meant that you
      shouldn't expect to survive against the ...

  They have faded away to nothing. Ash, a bit sad and confused, scratches his
  neck with his good hand. Linda scratches her chin for the same reason.

            ASH
      Aw geez. Now look at what I've done.

  Silence. Linda looks down and sees something.

            LINDA
      Look! They left something behind!

ANGLE ON FLOOR

  Some ancient pieces of human flesh paper are there, resembling the pages of
  the original hardcover Necronomicon.

            ASH
      It's the lost pages of the Necronomicon!

  Linda pushes past Ash and picks them up. Pan up to her.

            LINDA
      This is how we can beat those evil things, isn't it?

ANGLE ON ASH

  He thinks long and hard for almost five seconds.

            ASH
      All right. I'll go and fight your stupid battle.

ANGLE ON ASH, LINDA, & HOLE

  The Lost Souls instantly reappear, jubilant.

            ASH
      Not for any cockeyed idea of valor or bravery, mind you, but for
      Linda, and me.

  They cheer.

            SOULS
      He will save us!

            ASH
      Sure, why not. Now shut up and eat your twinkies.

78   TRAINING IN THE AISLES OF S-MART: MONTAGE               78

  Stirring music. Battle training montage. Ash is teaching the Lost Souls how
  to fight. Teddy watches from a distance, eating snack cakes. Linda takes them
  into the Men's Clothing section and shows them handsome modern togs to wear,
  most of them blue shirts with dark brown pants, like Ash's, but never mind.
  Eric, held aloft in a chair by Emily, makes a speech we don't hear
  [beneath the stirring music, remember], and rallies the remaining [and
  very depressed] night crew staff of S-Mart into battle. They join the army.
  Ash has them exercising, and Teddy gets more and more interested in the
  proceedings. Linda and Ash give them a full tour of the sporting goods
  department, and they pick out weapons, mostly Nerf stuff, harmless foam.
  Ash dissuades them from this, and takes them to the gun aisle. Teddy grabs
  ten baseball bats and sharpens them in the hardware department to a sharp
  point, then shows the troops how to use this tool as both a spear and club,
  using a standup of The Three Stooges golfing found in the gifts department to
  demonstrate. He whacks it, and it falls on him. Ash teaches them how to
  shoot their guns, how to punch each other, and how to use his own "HOO! HAH!"
  style of staff combat. Finally, they are ready.

            ASH
      Yeah!

79   NEAR THE HOUSEWARES AISLE                   79

  Ash is resting on a pile of soft beanbag chairs, obviously worn-out from all
  this exercise. The Evil Ash dissolves in from behind him. He is wearing a red
  smoking jacket, very nicely tailored.

            EVIL ASH
      Hello.

            ASH
            [not opening eyes]
      Who is it? Leammee alone. I'm taking a quick break.

            EVIL ASH
      I think you'll want to be speaking to me, unless you don't like
      talking to yourself.

  Ash wakes up, eyes opening wide. He turns around.

            ASH
      I thought you were just a dream. A nightmare.

            EVIL ASH
      Maybe I am. Maybe you're crazy, and I'm a figment of your
      imagination. Maybe I'm crazy, and you're a figment of mine.

            ASH
      Maybe we're both crazy.

            EVIL ASH
      I'll drink to that.

  A wineglass suddenly dissolves in and appears in his hand, and a bottle of
  wine in the other. He pours the wine delicately.

            ASH
      So you're just an evil version of me, is that it?

            EVIL ASH
      Oh, I'm sick and tired of having to be evil all the time. Can't I
      just be emotionally conflicted, or callous, or something a bit
      lighter like that?

  He sips the wine.

            EVIL ASH
      When you're labeled as "evil" all the time, it just starts to seem
      silly, because it's all black and white, good and evil; there's no
      room for any complexity in the role. It gets boring.

  He guzzles the wine down, the entire glass.

            ASH
      You think you're playing a role?

            EVIL ASH
      Well, I'm just a ghost, I'm not evil by nature. In fact, I doubt I'd
      even look like you, if someone hadn't told me to go and be an evil
      version of some guy named Ash. Badash, smartash, wiseash, dumbash ...

  He drinks directly out of the wine bottle now.

            EVIL ASH
      I mean, did Shakespeare ever give us just a purely good or purely
      evil character, with no character development whatsoever? Maybe he
      planned to, once or twice, but you've always got to leave room for
      interpretation.

            ASH
      Shakespeare? Don't get on me about Shakespeare. What Shakespeare
      needed was a woman and a beer. Folks should stop writing poetry and
      just get on with what they're doing.

            EVIL ASH
      It's amazing that we should be so different. I've grown quite fond of
      the plays. I saw them performed, whilst in the torment of hell.

            ASH
      There's Shakespeare in hell?

            EVIL ASH
      Yes, and horror movies, if you can remember them well enough.

            ASH
      You're confusing me.

            EVIL ASH
      That's what I'm here for.

  The Evil Ash reaches into his pocket and pulls out a pile of twenty sheets of
  xerox paper, new-looking, folded and crumpled as if it's been worked with by
  someone with a messy mind.

            EVIL ASH
      Here. Take this.

  Ash takes it.

            ASH
      What is it?

            EVIL ASH
      Just a few plans I came up with. The science behind it is a bit
      complex, but I phrased it in plain english so you should be able to
      get through it all right.

            ASH
      But what IS it?

            EVIL ASH
      A kind of ice bomb. A sub-zero freezing thing. It might help you live
      through the first wave of attack.

            ASH
      Attack? Who's attacking? When is that happening?

  The Evil Ash shrugs.

            EVIL ASH
      I hope you've talked to Linda about any other girlfriends you've had.
      Like in the middle ages, maybe?

  He fades away.

            ASH
      I really hate that guy.

80   THE HOUSEWARES AISLE                     80

  SLOW PAN over the aisle. Two Lost Souls and Teddy are standing guard. Teddy
  yawns. We see that Linda, a bunch of S-Mart clerks and the rest of the Lost Souls
  are resting on beanbag chairs, inflatable pillows, catbeds, huge plush fish, etc.
  They are not asleep, not most of them anyway, just resting. Ash comes in
  shouting.

            ASH
      Naptime's over! Come on, let's get up and get moving! I think someone
      or something is about to attack.

            MENSWEAR GUY
      Oh, damn. Just when my nap was getting interesting.

  They get up, grumbling. Ash elbows the First Soul to get his attention.

            ASH
      You. Old guy. Take a look at these.

  He pushes the crumpled plans the Evil Ash drew up into the First Soul's face.

            ASH
      You know what any of that bullshit means?

  The First Soul takes the papers into his hands and looks over them.

            FIRST SOUL
      Well, the idea's a bit farfetched, but the directions seem simple
      enough.

            ASH
      Right. Get to work on it.

            FIRST SOUL
      But where would I find all these ingredients?

            ASH
      It's S-Mart, numbskull. We've got everything. Talk to Teddy. He'll
      how you where that junk is.

            TEDDY
      I will?

  The First Soul gives the plans to Teddy, who reads them. Ash looks over the
  troops.

            ASH
      You jerks, get your bat-spears ready. You assholes, grab your guns
      and make sure they're pointing the right way. Linda ... I think I may
      have cheated on you while you were dead.

            LINDA
      It was Debbie from intimate apparel, wasn't it?

            ASH
      No.

            LINDA
      I knew it! She bounces around showing off those skimpy outfits,
      thinking she can just have any man she wants ...

            ASH
      It was NOT Debbie from intimate apparel.

            LINDA
      Crystal from customer service?

            ASH
      No.

            LINDA
      Angie from hardware, weekends?

            ASH
      No.

            LINDA
      It wasn't that purple-haired girl with the nose ring, was it? I
      hate her.

            ASH
      It was a long time ago. Well, not a long time ago but in the middle
      ages. Like, 1300 A.D.

  Linda gasps.

            LINDA
      You mean that chubby waitress at Medieval Times?

            ASH
      HELL NO! Forget it, you wouldn't understand. Her name was Sheila.

            LINDA
      Sheila?

            ASH
      She gave me her lovin' and didn't talk back. Made me feel like a king.

            LINDA
          (a bit angry)
      Why didn't you stay with her then?

            ASH
      The townsfolk, er, her family, just got too damn needy. Not a working
      brain among 'em. I didn't wanna be saving their primitive asses every
      waking hour. They needed a leader, and I didn't want to be one.

            LINDA
      You didn't?

            ASH
      Hell no! I wanted to feel like a king, not be one! So I came back.
      I think. It's kind of hard to remember.

  Silence. Linda, seemingly unaffected, shrugs and walks away.

  More silence. The troops look at Ash, shaking their heads. Teddy pats Ash's
  back in a consoling way, and Ash, annoyed, gives him the look of death.

            TEDDY
      Hey man, if you love it set her free. That's what's probably happened
      to my date tonight.

            ASH
      Teddy, you're an idiot.

            TEDDY
      Yeah, but the chicks love me. What a funny world.

  The First Soul approaches Teddy.

            FIRST SOUL
      Come along young sir, we must to work.

            TEDDY
      Heigh-ho, heigh-ho. Hi, how's it going?

  They leave to look for their supplies. The troops are still just kind of standing
  around, and the Lost Souls in particular are uncomfortably close to Ash.

            ASH
      Don't you have something better to do?

  They don't say anything.

            ASH
      Tell me if any evil armies come calling.

  He walks off.

CAMERA MOVES DOWN, TO FLOOR LEVEL AND LOWER

DISSOLVE TO:

81   SOMEWHERE BENEATH, THE PRINTING PRESS                 81

CAMERA STILL MOVING DOWN

  We again see fire and brimstone, and the evil printing press. The skeleton
  crew is still churning out paperback necronomicons at top speed.

            TASKMASTER
      Faster!

  He whips them.

            TASKMASTER
      Cheaper!

  He whips them again. A Skeleton Courier in medieval armor approaches behind
  him, carrying a letter.

            COURIER
      M'lord. I bring an urgent message.

            TASKMASTER
      What is it this time?

            COURIER
      The army of the undead will march upon the S-Mart in twenty
      minutes.

            TASKMASTER
      So?

            COURIER
      Well, that's us, sir. WE'RE the army of the dead.

            TASKMASTER
      Bloody hell. STOP THE PRESSES!

ANGLE ON SKELETON PULLING LEVER

  A grinding noise is heard, and the presses come to a halt.

ANGLE ON MACHINE

  One unlucky skeleton is sucked into the burning press. No one pays this much
  attention.

ANGLE ON TASKMASTER

            TASKMASTER
      Grab your weapons and get ready for battle!

82   HELL MONTAGE - SKELETON ARMY PREPARING FOR BATTLE             82

  We see racks and racks of swords, spears, maces, clubs, pikes, halberds, and
  other classic weaponry. Skeleton arms, moving at unnatural speed, empty the
  racks in seconds, arming themselves. They cover themselves in armor --
  quick cuts give the appearance of an army of thousands of skeletons
  [puppets].

  When they are ready, the Taskmaster prepares them.

            TASKMASTER
      Gentlemen! Tonight will be our night of glory! Tonight the humans
      will die!

  The army cheers - we see them from behind as they hoist up their swords.

            TASKMASTER
      Tonight we conquer the S-Mart, and move our operation above-ground!
      Tomorrow, the paperback Necronomicon will move out to be sold at
      every major chain of bookstores in the world!

  More cheers.

            TASKMASTER
      And when that book of evil climbs to the top of the best-seller list,
      the human race will be no more!

  Loud cheers drown out all other noise.

            SKELETON SOLDIER
      On to the New York Times list!

            ANOTHER SKELETON SOLDIER
      On to Oprah's Book Club!

            SKELETON SOLDIERS
      HUZZAH!

DISSOLVE TO:

82   FRONT OF S-MART, AT THE EXIT DOORS                   82

  We see Linda from behind, her back all tensed-up, trying to hide anger, and
  hide from Ash.

  Ash approaches in the foreground.

            ASH
      Linda?

            LINDA
      Go away.

83   THE HEALTH AND HOME MEDICATION AISLE                 83

  Teddy is gathering materials -- cough syrup, pain medication, lots of ice
  packs, anything cold, into a shopping cart. Emily approaches in the
  background.

            EMILY
      So, can we leave yet?

            TEDDY
      I don't think so, no.

            EMILY
      Teddy, I'm scared.

  Teddy smiles slyly, but hides it.

            TEDDY
      Don't worry, it's all under control. There's going to be a fight,
      a big battle. Yup, and I'm basically in charge of it.

            EMILY
      Who's that old guy?

  Pan over to show the First Soul. He smiles.

84   FRONT OF S-MART, AT THE EXIT DOORS                   84

            ASH
      You're LEAVING me?

            LINDA
      No Ash, I'm not leaving you, not yet. I'm just leaving.

            ASH
      You're not thinking of going out there, outside the store, are you?


85   OUTSIDE THE S-MART, WOODS, NIGHT                   85

  POV evil force. We hear horrific growling and breathing, like an outboard
  motor with lungs and fangs. It is moving at terrific speed all around the
  S-Mart. We see Linda through its eyes.

86   FRONT OF S-MART, AT THE EXIT DOORS                   86

            LINDA
      No, I'm not thinking of going out there. I'm actually going. Goodbye.

  She kicks the automatic door. It "dings" and opens very slowly, with an
  unearthly creaking whine that becomes louder and louder.

            ASH
      Linda!

  It opens wide, and she exits.

ANGLE ON ASH

  Wide-eyed, tense, nervous.

ANGLE ON DOOR

  It is still open. Silence.

  A moment passes.

  Linda walks back into view inside the doorway.

            LINDA
      Well, are you coming or aren't you?

ANGLE ON ASH & LINDA

            ASH
      ... There's nothing out there?

            LINDA
      Nothing at all.

            ASH
      It's gotta be a trick. Get back inside. NOW.

            LINDA
      Ash, stop being such a big baby! Or maybe I will leave you.

  Ash sighs, swallows his pride, and walks outside with Linda.

87   EXT - FRONT OF S-MART - NIGHT                     87

            LINDA
      Maybe I'll leave you for DEAD.

  She SCREECHES, and becomes possessed. Her eyes and skin turn a deathly white.
  She bares her real and false hands like claws, FLIES UP three feet into the
  air and charges at Ash!

  He screams and runs back into the store.

88   INT - FRONT OF S-MART, AT THE EXIT DOORS                 88

  The door closes behind him with a "ding." But the EviLinda doesn't stop. She
  flies at full speed toward the door, like a pigeon toward glass. Which is
  bad for Ash, who is leaning against the door catching his breath.

SLOW-MOTION SHOT

  The possessed Linda CRASHES through the plexiglass door, shattering it like
  plexiglass isn't supposed to do, and grabs Ash's throat with her claws.

89   HEALTH & HOME MEDICATION AISLE                   89

  Emily and Teddy react to the sound of the crash.

            EMILY
      What was that?

            TEDDY
      I'm guessing relationship difficulties.

90   FRONT OF S-MART, AT THE EXIT DOORS                   90

  EviLinda flies, bleeding black blood from her fang-y mouth. She picks up
  speed and drags Ash along.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Gimme a kiss, loverboy.

  She bites his ear, drawing blood.

            ASH
      You know your bra-strap's showing.

  She coasts for a bit, thinking about this, and then lets go of Ash with one
  hand to adjust it.

  WHAMMO! Ash knocks her ten feet back with one punch, jumping down to the
  ground and drawing his shotgun.

  EviLinda screeches, and fixes her hair.

  BLAM! Ash fires, blowing the middle of her scalp off.

  BLAM! He shoots her left foot too.

  She screams and tries to float, wobbling in an uneasy way. She hits the ground
  and black blood oozes from her foot. Finally she just sulks and walks away.

            ASH
      Someday I'm gonna marry that undead hellbeast.

  Emily, Teddy and the First Soul come running in from behind, as fast as they
  can.

            EMILY
      What was that?

            ASH
      Relationship difficulties.

            TEDDY
      Hear that? I guessed right.

            EMILY
      We're not going to be able to leave the store tonight, are we?

            FIRST SOUL
            [chuckling]
      Milady, I would think of that as the least of our problems.

            ASH
      Aren't you supposed to be working on that ice machine?

            TEDDY
      Well, we are, but ...

            FIRST SOUL
      But he thought you needed help.

            ASH
      Well, you thought wrong. I'm fine, all right? Perfectly fine.

  He draws his gun and points it right up Teddy's nose.

            ASH
      And if you don't get outta my sight in the next five seconds
      I'm gonna carve you a new nostril the size of your head.

  Teddy laughs nervously.

            ASH
      ONE ... TWO ...

            TEDDY
      Okay, okay, truce.

  Teddy holds up his hands in "surrender" and walks backwards fast and out of
  sight.

  Ash cocks the gun and points it at the First Soul.

            ASH
      That goes for you too, cemetery breath.

            FIRST SOUL
            [meekly]
      I take my leave with respect.

  The First Soul bows and back away, out of camera range.

  Ash sets his jaw and tucks his rifle back into the holster on his back.

            ASH
      Yeah. It's about time I got some respect around here.

  Emily sniffles very slightly, scared and saddened.

            ASH
      Whatsamatter with you, goldilocks? Somebody shit in your
      porridge?

            EMILY
      You're a very bad man.

            ASH
      Hey, I'm one of the good guys.

            EMILY
      You're still a very bad man.
      [pause]
      I think I hate you.

            ASH
      You think so, huh?

            EMILY
      Yes. I think I hate your guts.

            ASH
      What, little blondie prissypants can't take a little action
      in her day?

  Emily sniffles, and wipes her nose.

            EMILY
      You know what? I don't think there's an evil something out
      there at all.

            ASH
      Yeah? Then what about all the ghosts and demons, huh?

            EMILY
      I think it's you. I think you're doing it. I think you're such
      a bad, bad man that they just come because they wanna be near you.

  She turns and leaves, crying.

            ASH
            [awkwardly]
      YEAH? YEAH? Well, you're, you're short!

  Silence.

            ASH
      My god, what if she's right?

91   THE BOOKS AISLE, AT THE GAPING HOLE                   91

  War drums echo in the distance. Fire spews out of the darkness of the hole
  which connects the S-Mart and hell. Then a flash, and a dozen skeletal
  soldiers fly out like a skeleton out of hell. Or several skeletons out of
  hell. Or something. They land in a perfect line, a wave, a battle formation.
  The army of the dead is marching into battle.

92   HEALTH & HOME MEDICATION AISLE                   92

  Emily is leaning against the aisle in a daze. She doesn't know what to think
  anymore. Teddy, nervous but attempting a show of confidence like a young guy
  asking a young girl out on a date, walks in on the right. He startles her.

            TEDDY
      Emily ...

  Ash is already entering from the left.

            TEDDY
      We've got to ...

            ASH
            [almost simultaneously with Teddy]
      Emily, we've got to talk.

  There is an awkward moment as Ash and Teddy realize they've said the same
  thing. Teddy sighs. He can't argue with Ash.

            TEDDY
      You go first.

            ASH
      Emily, I'm sorry for acting the way I did. Do. I'm sorry for the
      things I do. But it's just the kind of guy I am. I don't know
      why all these awful things keep happening. But keep in mind that
      I'm not gonna rest until we've blown those deadite screwheads
      back to hell. And don't worry your pretty little head one more
      second on my account.

  Emily smiles.

            EMILY
      Fuck you.

            ASH
      Why you little ...

  Ash grabs Emily and starts to choke her. She knees him in the gut. He moans
  and falls back. She jumps into a perfect martial-arts fighting stance.
  Teddy gasps. She leaps into the air, and with grace and style knocks Ash's
  face in with three flipping kicks. Ash is dazed, but still standing.
  She kicks him again. He's still standing. She kicks him again, and again.
  His face twists into a scowl.

            ASH
      Stop doing that!

  She jumps back and smiles sweetly.

            EMILY
      And Teddy? What were YOU going to say?

            TEDDY
      Oh, uh, nothing really.

93   THROUGH THE AISLES OF S-MART                     93

  The camera is TRACKING, moving backwards. We see a surprisingly small
  skeleton army of about a dozen. They are moving quickly through the aisles,
  waving swords. War drums in the distance. The remaining crew of the S-Mart
  look horrified as they move through the aisles, ramming swords and spears
  into all the manufactured products they can find. They gnash and bite at
  several of the clerks, clearly enjoying themselves.

  Lightning and smoke flash behind them, and a terrible wind kicks up the
  remnants of books, stuffed animals, stuffed pillows, and other things the
  skeletons are tearing apart.

  The clerks start running, out of view of the army, and in quick cuts
  we see them run and join Ash.

            CLERK WITH PRICING GUN
            [shouting]
      A skeleton army!

            FEMALE CLERK IN ORANGE VEST
            [shouting]
      An army of the dead is here!

94   HEALTH & HOME MEDICATION AISLE                   94

  Ash and his troops [and Eric] are there.

            ASH
      Cripes! It had to be now, didn't it? All right you idiots,
      get into position! Teddy, did you finish the freeze machine?

            TEDDY
      There was no time to even start it!

            FIRST SOUL
            [shouting in the distance]
      THE FREEZING DEVICE IS NEARLY COMPLETED!

            ASH
      You'd best watch out, Teddy. That hairy old ghost could have your
      job in a week.

            TEDDY
      Pfft. Let him take it. I don't want it.

  The troops are grabbing their weapons and forming a line of attack in the
  cramped and narrow aisle.

            ERIC
      Does everyone have a gun? If you do not have a gun, you cannot
      participate in the battle. Repeat ...

            ASH
      Let's show these deadites what a supermarket's good for!

  The troops raise their weapons and grunt loudly in unison.

            ASH
      For capitalism!

  The troops grunt.

            ASH
      For manufactured products!

  The troops grunt.

            ASH
      For ... oh wait, they're here.

  The ENTIRE SKELETON ARMY comes into view, and the advance scout, catching Ash
  of guard, clubs him in the head.

            ASH
      Why you ...

  Ash punches the skeleton's head off. It falls.

  The first wave of souls and clerks knocks the skeletons down masterfully, just
  like they were taught. But more come, and the fallen regenerate themselves with
  the power of the Necronomicon.

95   THROUGH THE AISLES OF S-MART - THE BATTLE                 95

  Everything in the store can now be counted as a weapon, and the battle
  grows to immense and bizarre proportions, with the products of retail marketing
  being used to deadly effect by both parties. Ash's troops seem to be getting the
  worst of it.

            ANOTHER LOST SOUL
      We cannot defeat them!

            YET ANOTHER LOST SOUL
      We must protect the store! AAAGHH!

  The Soul is stabbed in the back by a skeleton, and falls.

            ASH
      Get some!

  He fires his shotgun. A skeleton falls.

            ASH
      GET SOME!

  He fires again and again.

            ASH
      GET SOME, GET SOME, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH! GET SOME!

96   BABY PRODUCTS AISLE                     96

  A very nervous Emily walks slowly backwards, away from the fighting and death.
  Halfway down the aisle, she bumps into something and turns around. What she sees
  is Linda, in non-possessed form. She is wearing a white nightgown, for some
  reason.

            EMILY
      Oh, hi Linda.

  Linda doesn't respond.

            EMILY
      What's new?

  Linda shakes her head.

            EMILY
      I'm sorry, I said some rather mean things to your boyfriend earlier.
      I was just in kind of a bad mood, I guess. I didn't mean them,
      much. I mean, if you hate him now I hate him too, but if you don't ...

  Linda opens her mouth and flames come out. Her eyes roll back.

            EMILY
      Are you all right, Linda? You don't look so good.

            LINDA
            [demonic voice]
      THE EVIL ONE LIVES YET. ALL HUMANITY WILL BE CONSUMED IN HER POWER.

            EMILY
      Excuse me?

            LINDA
            [demonic voice]
      THE EVIL ONE LIVES YET. ALL HUMANITY WILL BE CONSUMED IN HER POWER.

            EMILY
      Oh. That's what I thought you said.

  The possessed Linda's arms lift up slowly, and her fingers wiggle back and forth,
  insectlike. Emily walks backwards, away from Linda. Linda seems to float as she
  moves forward, closer to Emily. Emily starts to back away faster. Linda moves
  faster to match her. Linda's mouth opens wider in an almost-silent scream.
  Emily turns and RUNS as fast as she can.

  We hear an unearthly growl as Linda glides an inch above the ground, dripping
  blood from her bad foot. The foot TWISTS backward and then flips back to itself
  again, undamaged. Her head sways back and forth like that of a marionette
  puppet.

            POSSESSED LINDA
            [in EMILY's voice]
      Are you all right, Linda? You don't look so good. You don't
      look so good.

  Emily screams.

97   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 97

  Emily, still running, bumps right into Ash, startling him. He is trying to fight
  one of the skeleton army.

            EMILY
      ASH! HELP ME!

  Ash turns around and looks at EviLinda. The skeleton jumps at him from behind, but
  Ash ducks low, grabs the skeleton as it jumps, and throws it to the floor,
  shattering it. He draws his rifle.

            ASH
      Linda. I'm sorry.

  He cocks the gun.

            ASH
      We have to reconsider where this relationship is going.

  He fires.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  The bullet goes right through her, like she isn't even there. She glides
  closer and closer, mumbling in a distracted, possessed way.

ANGLE ON ASH

  Shocked. He fires again.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  The bullet doesn't affect her. She is making little movements, turning
  slightly as she glides forward, left and right.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He puts his gun back into its holster. Emily clings close to him, afraid.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  Her movements are becoming more and more erratic.

ANGLE ON ASH & POSSESSED LINDA

  She is now very close to Ash, within two feet of him.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA'S FOOT

  It is twisting like clay, in circles, onto itself in knots, again and again,
  drawing a trail of black blood on the supermarket tile as it does.

ANGLE ON EMILY

  She gasps.

            EMILY
      Her foot! There's something wrong with her foot!

ANGLE ON ASH & POSSESSED LINDA

  Her head is pointing back and upwards, face turned toward the ceiling. Her
  arms, pointed downward, lift upward slightly, and she does not move.

  Her cold, pale left hand lifts up and touches Ash's face. Ash shivers.

            EMILY
      ASH! Do something!

  EviLinda is perfectly still. Ash reaches down slowly and takes hold of her
  twisted foot.

  It TWISTS OFF in his hands. He jumps up, foot in hand, screaming, and
  Possessed Linda grabs him, choking him. He becomes silent again.

  He holds out the foot, as if wanting to give it to her.

  She lets go of his throat and takes it.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She puts the foot in her mouth, chews it and eats it. Emily screams.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Now that's just freakin' sick.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  Strange lights flash and explode behind her. Her entire body goes limp, like
  a corpse. She suddenly LIFTS up, levitated, moving as if under someone else's
  control. Her head is lifted up. She opens her mouth wide, and a powerful gust
  of wind and rain comes out. She levitates toward Emily, and knocks her down
  with a hurricane-like force. Wind swirls all around EviLinda, and Emily is caught
  up in it, spinning faster and faster around her! Emily screams ...

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      EMILY!

ANGLE ON EVILINDA & EMILY - WHIRLWIND

  Linda speaks without moving her mouth.

            LINDA'S VOICE
            [singing softly]
      Nooo hooope, noooo liiiight, noooo escape for you tonight ...

  Ash draws his gun.

            DEMONIC LINDA'S VOICE
      Go ahead, shoot. You'll only hit the girl.

            EMILY
      ASH!

            ASH
      You know Linda, I'm getting mighty sick of all this bullshit
      you put me through.

            DEMONIC LINDA'S VOICE
      THERE IS NO MORE LINDA! HER SOUL IS FOOD FOR THE EVIL ONE NOW!

ANGLE ON ASH

  He grits his teeth and sets his gun into firing position.

  It suddenly flies out of his hands. His jaw drops.

ANGLE ON EVILINDA & EMILY - WHIRLWIND

  The gun is sucked into the whirlwind, and flies back out and out of sight.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      You took the girlfriend, and now you take my GUN too?
      ... You evil bastards.

ANGLE ON EVILINDA & EMILY - WHIRLWIND

  Suddenly, Linda speaks with her own lips, and her eyes roll back into place.

            LINDA
      Don't listen to it Ash! I'm still here!
            [demonic voice]
      SHUT UP!
            [normal voice]
      You have to kill the evil at its source, Ash!
            [demonic voice]
      I SAID SHUT UP!

ANGLE ON ASH

  The First Soul approaches from behind him, holding two tiny objects,
  glass test tubes filled with blue liquid and ice crystals that have a pin
  and explosive mechanism on top, like grenades.

            FIRST SOUL
      Are you busy, M'lord?

            ASH
      No, not really. What's up?

            FIRST SOUL
      I believe I have created the first test version of an ice
      grenade. It came from the plans you gave me.

            ASH
      Give it, give it!

  The First Soul fumbles with one of the glass devices, hands shaking,
  moving in an awkward, aged manner.

            ASH
      Hey pops, I haven't got all day!

  The First Soul clasps it carefully, in both trembling hands, and
  presents them to Ash, who snatches it up in one swipe.

            ASH
      So this is an ice grenade.

            FIRST SOUL
      Yes, but you must be careful, for it is charged with ...

  Ash has already pulled the pin and tossed the grenade.

ANGLE ON EVILINDA & EMILY

  The entire fabric of reality appears to SHATTER outward in an explosion of ice.

  The entire fabric of reality shivers, blinks, and tucks itself into a warm
  blanket.

  EviLinda is frozen in place, suspended in the air. The wind has stopped. Emily
  falls and hits the ground rolling, out of camera range.

CLOSE-UP, POSSESSED LINDA'S FACE

  So cold it is blue. Her mouth is open, and we can see her breathe.

  She falls stiffly to the ground, and ice shatters all around her. She crumples
  up in a heap.

ANGLE ON ASH & EMILY

  Emily is on the floor, crawling and dazed. Ash bends down to help her up.
  She stands in a wobbly way. Suddenly, Emily grabs Ash and kisses him,
  long and hard.

            ASH
      ... Thanks. I needed that.

            EMILY
      I'd do anything for you now. You've saved my life.

            ASH
      Take me out to dinner and we'll call it even.

  The possessed Linda, recovers and jumps into the air, screeching, spewing
  black blood from her mouth and tearing at her own face.

            ASH
      Maybe we'll catch a movie instead.

  Possessed Linda kicks Ash in the face. He falls down, hard.

98   HARDWARE DEPT. - THE BATTLE CONTINUES               98

            BED & BATH CLERK
      This is insanity! We'll never survive this!

  Pan over to Eric, sitting in his chair with Teddy attending him, wielding
  a sword.

            ERIC
      We will survive! Do you want to be unemployed in the morning?

            TEDDY
      Or dead.

            ERIC
      Or dead, yes.

  An Electronics Supervisor dies, falling right on Eric. He is knocked off
  his chair, and Teddy picks him up.

99   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 99

  Linda screams unintelligibly, signaling to the forces of everything unholy.

100   THE BOOKS AISLE                       100

  A few last battered copies of the paperback Necronomicon stir, thanks to her
  words.

            VOICE
      WHO SUMMONS THE BEING OF ULTIMATE EVIL?

101   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 101

  Possessed Linda continues babbling in an unknown language.

            VOICE
      Oh, it's you, Linda.

  Possessed Linda's babblings become louder.

            ASH
      Oh, dammit! You and the ultimate evil KNOW each other?

102   THE BOOKS AISLE                       102

  A copy of the paperback Necronomicon moves, floating, and flies at high
  speed.

103   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 103

  The book lands in Possessed Linda's hands. She continues to babble, now
  reading the book.

            ASH
      What, did you go to band camp together or something?
      When am I supposed to find out about these things?

104   THE BOOKS AISLE                       104

  Every copy of the paperback Necronomicon that's there moves, slightly at
  first, then begins to float. Finally they fly off, one after the other.

105   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 105

  Ash is pelted with paperback Necronomicons.

  The unholy books bounce up and down and take turns whacking Ash in the head.
  One of them sprouts fangs and bites his good hand! Ash turns and runs but
  he runs the wrong way and smashes right into the baby goods shelf. He falls
  over and is flooded head to toe with baby toys. He gets up, and a stroller
  hits him in the head. He is knocked down.

  We can still see and hear Possessed Linda summoning the evil. Several of
  the baby toys jump up like fish on a pole and start to bounce around under
  their own power.

  The Necronomicons fly up in the air again, and attach themselves like leeches
  onto Ash. He runs, covered all over with little biting books. One attaches
  itself to his face, and covers his eyes!

            ASH
      AAAAGHH!! I'm blind! I'm blind!

  He smashes into the glass display case the guns are kept in, and it shatters.

  The Necronomicons mostly fly off him and zoom away, but as he stands up
  he is treated to a twenty-one gun salute. Meaning that twenty-one guns
  rise up into the air under their own power, pointed at Ash.

  He ducks as they FIRE!

  The march as if held by invisible soldiers, and we can see the battle between
  the clerks and lost souls and the skeleton army raging on behind them. Ash
  crawls backward as fast as he can, but they follow him and FIRE AGAIN! That
  time he is very nearly hit.

  Behind him the Necronomicons rise into the air again and hit him from behind!
  He falls, and they bounce up and down and jump all over him.

  The guns keep firing, single-mindedly.

ANGLE ON A NECRONOMICON

  It is suddenly blasted to pieces.

ANGLE ON ANOTHER NECRONOMICON

  It is blown to bits too.

  Ash jumps up and lures the books toward him, ducking just as they reach him and
  the guns FIRE, blowing half of them to bits! He jumps up again, and down again
  just before BANG! Ten more Necronomicons bite it. Up, down, BLAM! Up, down, BLAM!

  Ash runs straight toward the guns, and the remaining Necronomicons follow him in
  a big heap. He DUCKS right at the guns are about to fire, and the Necronomicons
  smack right into the entire row of them, flipping the guns forward as they fire!

  The last remaining Necronomicons fall in pieces to the ground, and the guns fall
  with them.

106   NEAR THE SPORTING GOODS AISLE                   106

  Ash, running, accidentally bumps into Emily.

            ASH
      Oh, sorry.

            EMILY
      Are you afraid, Ash?

            ASH
      I don't have time to be afraid.

  They are very close together now. Emily smiles, and then looks at Ash's
  bloody shirt.

            EMILY
      Ash, you're bleeding!

            ASH
      I can take a little bit of pain.

            EMILY
      No, I mean you're bleeding all over ME! Ick.

  She pushes him away from her.

            EMILY
      That's really disgusting.    

107   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 107

  Possessed Linda is chanting, softly.

108   HARDWARE DEPT. - THE BATTLE                   108

            THIRD SOUL
      They are too strong!

            FOURTH SOUL
      We are as good as dead, again!

  Suddenly a burst of bright light appears, and the entire skeleton army
  stops and stands to attention. The troops fight for a moment, but it does
  no good. They turn and look behind them, and their mouths open wide in
  horror. The skeletons bow, and the light suddenly changes to a BLACK light,
  sparkling, an unending vision of ultimate darkness. Those which do not run
  are torn instantly to bits. Teddy, carrying Eric, is among those who run.

109   NEAR THE REMAINS OF THE BOOKS AISLE                 109

            POSSESSED LINDA
      THE EVIL ONE ...

  Everything behind her changes to utter blackness. The paperback
  Necronomicon crumbles in her hands.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      ... IS HERE!

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA'S WHITE EYES

  They turn red, and on the soundtrack is heard the LOUDEST and most
  deathly sound we can get away with in theaters.

ANGLE ON ASH & EMILY

  Staring at the utter blackness as it rises over them.

            ASH
      Oh NO ...

  It enshrouds everything around them. Ash and Emily look up at it with
  complete, unclouded fear.

            EVIL ONE
      All evil has risen. All good turns to fire.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      You are the chosen. It is you we desire.

            ASH
      Look baby, I'm flattered, but I'm just not in the mood right now.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      All will die! All will die!

            EVIL ONE
      ALL WILL DIE! ALL WILL DIE!

            ASH
      All will die! All will die!

  Emily and possessed Linda look at Ash, surprised. He shrugs.

            ASH
      What can I say? It's catchy.

  Possessed Linda LEAPS and GRABS Ash's throat, but he catches her as she
  jumps and tosses her off.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She lands in a crumpled heap on the floor, and glares at him. She points
  to the right of her without looking.

ZIP PAN TO:

  A row of axes floating in the air. They fly forward and charge at Ash.

ANGLE ON ASH, FAST-MOVING CAMERA:

  He dives down into a barrel roll, and rolls at high speed as each and every
  axe comes down on him one by one, missing him by just a fraction of an inch.

  He jumps up into a standing position, and rips one of the axes out of the
  floor.

ANGLE ON TEDDY

  He does a quick double-take.

ANGLE ON ASH

  Wielding the axe.

            ASH
      Your choice. We can do this the nice way, or we can do it
      my way.

  Possessed Linda WHIRLS at intense speed right at Ash, and SLAPS him silly.

            ASH
      All right now. Let's have some fun.

SPINNING CAMERA - FAST ACTION

  SLICE! Ash chops Possessed Linda's fake arm off.

  She reels backwards, angry.

  DOUBLE SLICE! Ash chops her real arm off too. There is no blood,
  a perfectly straight and clean cut.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She looks at herself, and shakes her stumps disbelievingly.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Venus Di Milo. A great piece of art.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She screeches.

ZIP PAN TO POSSESSED LINDA & ASH

  HEADBUTT! EviLinda charges like a bull, knocking Ash in the gut
  despite her lack of arms. He doubles over in pain, then recovers
  and flips the axe around in his hands. He pushes her off him and
  onto the ground with it, blade right in her face. She struggles,
  then goes limp.

OVERHEAD ANGLE - ASH STANDING OVER POSSESSED LINDA

  She is helpless. He can destroy her right now.

ANGLE ON TEDDY

            TEDDY
      Yeah! Kill her, Ash! Cut her head off!

ANGLE ON ASH

  He shakes his head, and sticks the axe into the holster on his back
  where his gun used to be.

            ASH
      She's suffered enough. This insanity stops tonight.

  He spits, and then points upward.

OVERHEAD ANGLE - ASH POINTING AT THE DARKNESS

            ASH
      You. The Ultimate Evil.

            EVIL ONE
      ME?

            ASH
      What, you see any other ultimate evils around here? Yeah,
      you, inky. The one who stole my gun. You wanna fight with
      me?

  He puts his fists up.

            ASH
      Huh? You wanna fight like a real force of darkness? Or are
      you just a big sissy? Yeah, you hide behind your magical
      powers, you think you can march in here, possess anyone
      you want, but I bet if you hadda just come up and fight me,
      man to evil, I'd knock your pansy ass back to the twilight
      zone.

  It growls softly.

            ASH
      I've got jeans stronger than you. And I've got underwear
      that's scarier. You think you can scare me?

CLOSE-UP - ASH'S FACE

  A darkness falls upon Ash's face, and we hear a ROAR and SCREAM of
  BODIES WRITHING IN CEASELESS ETERNAL AGONY so loud and frightening
  that the theaters won't even allow it.

  Ash's eyes open wide.

            ASH
      Well, apparently you do.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He falls to the ground with a thud.

  Then he notices that his own dead body is there right next to him.
  He screams. We hear the Evil One's unholy laughter. He scrambles
  and pushes his body away. Then he sees Linda's body, the real Linda,
  not possessed, on the other side of him, and screams again.

PULL BACK

  TO SHOW ASH SURROUNDED BY DEAD BODIES, AS IN HIS DREAM.

  He SCREAMS.

ZIP FORWARD -- CLOSEUP ON ASH'S FACE

  It is crawling with spiders. He screams some more.

            ASH
      Spiders. SPIDERS! GET 'EM OFF ME! GET 'EM OFF ME!

  He struggles, screaming, and one crawls into his mouth. He gasps,
  and spits it out.

ZIP BACK -- ANGLE ON ASH'S ENTIRE BODY COVERED WITH RATS & SNAKES

  He screams like a little girl, more afraid than he's been in his
  life.

  Emily, tiptoeing through the snakes, comes into view.

            EMILY
      Er, Ash, I don't know if this is the right time to
      tell you or not, but before, when you were bleeding
      all over me? I didn't like that. I don't want a
      boyfriend who bleeds all over me, Ash. It's just not
      something I do. What I mean to say is, Ash, we're
      not going to work as a couple.

ZIP FORWARD -- CLOSEUP ON ASH'S MOUTH

  SCREAMING.

PULL BACK TO CLOSEUP OF ASH'S FACE

  He blinks twice, dazed, then passes out. A blanket of sparkling
  darkness passes over and engulfs him.

  Utter blackness.

ANGLE ON ERIC & TEDDY, REACTING

            TEDDY
      Holy shit, dude.


FADE OUT

FADE IN ON:

110   A DARK PLACE IN HELL                     110

  We open up on a CLOSEUP of Ash's face, blinking back into consciousness.
  He is being dragged by the feet through a very red, rocky and firy place
  just below S-Mart, where the printing press was. That's right, hell.
  Somehow the axe is still in the holster on his back.

REVERSE ANGLE

  We see a demon dragging him.

ANOTHER ANGLE

  We see that this demon is the possessed Burt. He spits.

            ASH
      Burt, is that you?

  It growls and gives no answer.

            ASH
      Burt, from electronics. That's you, right?

  It GROWLS loud and gnashes its fangs.

SIDE-VIEW, CAMERA MOVING WITH ASH AS HE'S BEING DRAGGED

  The Evil Ash fades in in a ghostly way. He is dressed in a nice suit and
  tie, and is not lit all red like the rest of the scene, actually he's
  lit quite normally.

            EVIL ASH
      That thing may have been Burt once, but it isn't anymore.
      You'll turn into something like that next.

            ASH
      Get away from me. I don't need you or your stupid inventions.

            EVIL ASH
      It worked, didn't it?

            ASH
      Yeah, it worked spiffy. That's why I saved the day, everyone
      survived, and I didn't wind up somewhere that looks like hell
      being dragged to death by a demon that used to be Burt from
      Electronics.

            EVIL ASH
      It's not my fault. You could have stopped the Evil One right
      there. You had her. But you were afraid.

            ASH
      So I was afraid! Since when is that a crime?

  Ash is dragged past a throng of cheering Deadites.

            DEADITE
      The waiting is done! Our time has begun!

            OTHER DEADITE
      The Evil One lives! She will feast on your souls!

            DEADITES
      One by one! One by one!

            ASH
      Shut the hell up!

  Ash's head gets bumped on a rock. And another rock.

            EVIL ASH
      You survived before because you are unafraid. These creatures feast
      on fear, for they are the living personification of it, drinking and
      breathing its adrenaline-fueling stuff. Without fear they cannot
      survive.

            ASH
      Talk sense. You're babbling, moron.

            EVIL ASH
      These creatures you battle are merely extensions of a
      much larger evil. It is this force that resurrects the dead
      and possesses the living. A dark and brooding force that roams the
      forests and unholy bowers of man's domain. A living nightmare
      that no man has ever seen.

            ASH
      I've seen it.

            EVIL ASH
      No, you haven't.

            ASH
      Yes I have.

            EVIL ASH
      No you haven't.

            ASH
      Yes I have.

            EVIL ASH
      No you haven't!

  Ash is dragged near a pit of coals.

            ASH
      I tell you, I saw the stinkin' thing!

            EVIL ASH
      And I tell you, you have not!

            ASH
      Get the fuck outta my face with that talk. I know what I saw, stupid.

  Burt stops dragging Ash, for he's reached the end of the line. He walks away.
  There are flames all around.

            EVIL ASH
      If you are unmistaken this will be of great use. Tell me, what does
      this force look like?

            ASH
      Not much, really.

            EVIL ASH
            [angry]
      "Not much?"

  The Evil Ash suddenly, in his anger, assumes a tangible form.

ANGLE ON PIT OF FLAMES

  The possessed Linda, smiling, walks out of the flames. She actually looks rather
  beautiful. She is wearing the same silver necklace the living Linda did.

ANGLE ON ASH

  He gasps.

ANGLE ON EVIL ASH

  He gasps too.

ANGLE ON ASH, EVIL ASH, AND POSSESSED LINDA

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Are you ready to join us in our cause?

            EVIL ASH
      No he isn't.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Who the hell are you?

            EVIL ASH
      I'm not sure. Kind of a possessed Jiminy Cricket, I think.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Well, we can't have that.

  She picks up the Evil Ash easily, and tosses him into the pit of flames.
  He screams.

  He dies.

            ASH
      NO!

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Forget about him. Think about me. We could rule a good portion
      of the world together.

            ASH
      Not all of it?

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Don't be greedy.

            ASH
      So you're completely evil now. Nothing good left in you.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      It's wonderful. Join us.

            ASH
            [points]
      Hey look! That pop star who's popular right now!

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Where?

  BAM! He punches her, and drives her to the edge of the pit.

            ASH
      Eat fist.

  He punches her again, in the face. She teeters on the edge, dazed.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Ash! I thought you loved me!

            ASH
      I do. But you always hurt the ones you love. YEEHAAAA ...

  His third and final punch pushes her off the edge, and she falls into
  darkness.

  Silence.

  Ash shrugs, turns around and walks away.

  Behind him, slowly, we see Possessed Linda rise up out of the pit ...

  She SCREECHES and GRABS him, flying with him higher and higher, clawing
  at his face ...

110   TRACKING UP FAST, CRASHING THROUGH CEILINGS, HIGHER AND HIGER       110

  Using Ash's head as a battering ram, she breaks through layers of soil and
  rock beneath the S-Mart, and emerges out of a new hole right next to the old
  one. She is still flying.

  The camera takes an overhead view, and spins with her ...

111   OVERHEAD VIEW - EXT. S-MART ROOF - NIGHT               111

  A pause, then they CRASH THROUGH THE ROOF, Ash with bits of soil and concrete
  all over his dazed head.

TRACK UP - FLYING - FULL MOON

  They fly up in front of a beautiful full moon. EviLinda howls at it. She
  loses speed, and begins to move downward ...

TRACKING DOWN -- DIVE-BOMBING

  Ash screams -- EviLinda flips herself and him upside-down, and dive-bombs straight
  for the concrete pavement, Ash's head to hit first ...

112   EXT. S-MART PARKING LOT - NIGHT                 112

  Ash falls headfirst with a crash onto the pavement, EviLinda body-slamming him
  like a professional wrestler. The axe finally falls out of Ash's holster
  and clatters onto the ground.

  He sits up, dazed, unable to move much. Then he sees something next to him.

            ASH
      Linda?

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

            POSSESSED LINDA
      THERE IS NO MORE LINDA! SHE ROTS IN HELL!

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      Looks to me like she's rotting out here.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      HUH?

ANOTHER ANGLE

  We see that somewhere near Ash is what appears to be the body of the real
  Linda, as she looked just outside the doors of the S-Mart, just before
  she became possessed.

            ASH
      You undead bitch! You didn't steal her body at all!
      You just dumped it out here, like garbage! Like trash!
      Was my girlfriend trash? HUH? Don't answer that.

  He stands up and grabs the Possessed Linda's jaw, forcing its mouth open.

            ASH
      Where is it? Where are you hiding her soul, damn you?

  Ash suddenly notices the necklace.

            VOICE OF REAL LINDA
            [faint]
      I don't want to be dead, Ash.

ANGLE ON NECKLACE

  It sparkles in the moonlight.

ANGLE ON ASH

            ASH
      The necklace.

  Without even looking, he yanks the necklace into his hands, severing the
  Possessed Linda's head as he does this. It falls with a "clunk" to the
  ground.

  He walks forward, toward the body of Linda.

REVERSE ANGLE - ASH & BODY OF LINDA

  Slowly, cautiously, holding the necklace, he walks toward Linda's body.

REVERSE ANGLE - POSSESSED LINDA

  She screws her head back on with a grunt and bares her teeth in anger.
  She gives a flick of her hand and --

REVERSE ANGLE - ASH & BODY OF LINDA

  A flash of light. Linda's body suddenly becomes possessed, like a marionette
  puppet made from a dead person.

            POSSESSED LINDA'S VOICE
      YOU SHALL NEVER DEFEAT THE ARMIES OF THE DEAD!

            ASH
      Yeah? Watch me.

  He pulls the shaking, possessed body of the real Linda down to where he can
  reach it, and slips the necklace around her neck.

  There is a FLASH of WHITE LIGHT.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She screeches and covers her eyes.

ANGLE ON REAL LINDA & ASH

  Light is coarsing through her, out of every pore. She glows an unnatural
  yellow, and you seem to see right through her.

  She is being resurrected.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She is shaking -- the light is flowing right through her too, and is
  destroying her. She is unable to cover her eyes any longer, and
  a terrible light flows out of them ... the seam where her head was
  severed becomes very very obvious ...

ANGLE ON REAL LINDA

  She is restored to look better than she did before.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA

  She screeches, and her body explodes. The head falls lifeless onto the
  pavement.

ANGLE ON REAL LINDA & ASH

  She is alive. Her eyes open wide with a combination of happiness and fear.
  The light is burning so bright within her that it seems as if at any
  moment she might burst.

  Suddenly the light fails, and she drops limply to the ground.

  Ash takes her in his arms.

            LINDA
      I thought I'd never see you again.

            ASH
      I thought I'd never want to see you again.

            LINDA
      What?

            ASH
      Don't take any offense or nothin', but when you were possessed, you
      got real ugly.

ANGLE ON POSSESSED LINDA'S HEAD

  The severed head of the possessed Linda, bleeding into oblivion on the ground,
  springs to life suddenly.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      YOU AND YOUR BITCH LINDA WILL ROT IN HELL! WE ARE VICTORIOUS!
      ALL WILL DIE!

ANGLE ON ASH & LINDA

            ASH
      See what I mean?

            LINDA
      I'll get an axe.

            ASH
      I've already got one.

  He flips the axe out of his holster with a fancy motion. She takes it from
  his hand, smiling.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      Slay me and ten will rise to take my place!

            LINDA
      Yeah, well, everything's a gamble, isn't it?

  She steps forward, holding the axe like a pro.

            POSSESSED LINDA
      FEEL THE POWER OF THE NECRONOMICON!

            LINDA
      Feel this.

  With shocking savagery, Linda chops the other Linda into muck.


FADE OUT

FADE IN ON:

113   INT. S-MART BOOK AISLE, IN RUINS                 113

  Only about three minutes have passed.

  We see a slow pan over the ruins of S-Mart. There are many dead bodies,
  skeletal and otherwise, and even more blackened, human-shaped stains on
  the ground that indicate a body simply disintegrated.

  All that are left are Teddy, Emily, Eric, and six Lost Souls.

            TEDDY
      How many dead?

            EMILY
      Too many.

  We see Eric, in his chair, holding a damp cloth to his nose.

            ERIC
      Dear god, what an amazingly unpleasant smell.

            FIRST SOUL
      It's impossible to identify most of the bodies. The damage done to
      them by the Ultimate Evil was just too great. They simply ...
      .. disintegrated.

  Ash and Linda walk into view.

            EMILY
      Ash! You're alive!

            LINDA
      Relatively speaking.

            TEDDY
      No offense, old man, but we'd thought you were dead eight times
      over.

            ASH
      Don't believe everything you read in books. Watch movies instead.

            EMILY
      What are we going to do, Ash?

            ASH
      YOU'RE not going to do anything, Goldilocks. The evil doesn't want
      you. I don't even think it wanted Linda. It wants me. I have to
      face it on my own.

ANGLE ON ASH, DEFIANT

  We see he's got his gun back. His mechanical arm makes a whirring noise as he
  loads it.

            ASH
      Bring me my uniform.

            TEDDY
      Your uniform? I thought you quit this place.

            ASH
      Well, it didn't quit me. Let's go.

CAMERA PANS AROUND ASH

  A perfect quarter circle -- as it moves around his back everything goes dark --

114   MATCH CUT S-MART, CAMERA STILL MOVING               114

  The camera comes out of darkness still moving around Ash, and as it moves
  to the front of him it pulls back. In one unbroken camera movement we see
  him transformed, now dressed as an S-Mart clerk, cleaned-up and ready to
  kick some Deadite ass.

  The First Soul approaches him with the battered human flesh sheets that
  comprise the Lost Pages of the Necronomicon. He is also holding the second
  ice grenade.

            FIRST SOUL
      I was unable to find any copies of the paperback Necronomicon
      that survived the battle. But these Lost Pages are all you need.
      They contain the words that will summon the beast and allow
      you to confront and perhaps reverse the damage it has caused.

            ASH
      More damned words ...

  Ash snatches up the priceless pages and crumples them into his pocket.

            FIRST SOUL
      You will also need this, the second ice grenade ...

            ASH
      No. No more of that thing. I was a different person when I made
      that. I don't need him anymore.

            FIRST SOUL
      But these could very well save your ...

            ASH
      Button it, deadhead. I'm doing this one alone.

            FIRST SOUL
      Suit thyself.

            ASH
      Well, that's about it then.

            LINDA
      Wish him luck, damn you!

            ERIC, EMILY, TEDDY, AND LOST SOULS
      Luuuuck.

            ASH
      Let's pray we live to see dawn. If you do and I don't ...
      Teddy, I want you to have my chainsaw.

            TEDDY
      Uh, thanks.

DISSOLVE TO:

115   EXT. S-MART, OUTSIDE FRONT DOORS, NIGHT               115

  The stormiest, most horrendously ominous night in history.

  Ash walks outside clutching the precious pages of the book.

            ASH
      Well, here goes humanity.

  He SCREAMS OUT AN INCANTATION, a very long one at that.

  There is a long pause. Nothing happens.

  Ash yawns.

  Suddenly, there is an EARTHQUAKE, an UPHEAVAL, an enormous seismic change.
  The ground has come alive ... it lifts up Ash and the S-Mart ... Ash has a
  much more prominent fire and quake and upheaval under him than the S-Mart has,
  and he is eventually dumped flat on his face somewhere on the S-Mart roof.

  The ultimate evil appears. It is very big, very black, and slightly sparkly.
  Possessed Jane and Burt are with it, along with other things that we cannot
  see.

  It is female, and we cannot see it directly. We only see blackness, complete
  blackness.

  It is seventy feet high, and growing.

            EVIL ONE
      At last we meet, Ashley.

            ASH
      The name's Ash.

  He cocks his rifle.

            ASH
      Housewares.

            EVIL ONE
      The clothing matters little. A man in uniform is still just a man.
      Weak underneath, spineless, crushable.

            ASH
      Yeah? And you're ugly.

            EVIL ONE
      You insult me?

            ASH
      I'll do more than that in a minute.

            EVIL ONE
            [laughs]
      Amusing insect.

            ASH
      You're nothing, y'hear me, nothing!

            EVIL ONE
            [laughs]
      I am everything. I am evil.

            ASH
      Evil? You're a bad halloween show. People went to see you, they'd
      ask for their money back. Just a couple meaningless shapes and
      shadows in the dark. Hints of things, impressions, glimpses.

            EVIL ONE
      The cowardice and hatred in men.

            ASH
      All they've got in 'em that's weak. You feed yourself on fear.
      Trouble for you is, I'm not afraid.

            EVIL ONE
      You think I will bow down and leave, thanks to the strength of
      one foolish man?

            ASH
      You forget how strong and foolish I really am.

            EVIL ONE
      I do not.

            ASH
      Go home, sugarcakes, or I'll blow your undead brains in.

            EVIL ONE
      I will never end your torment, Ash. You are mine.

            ASH
      Then come get some of me.

  The Evil One, now up to her full hundred-foot height, opens her mouth wide,
  and fifty tormented souls can be seen within, moaning. Ash just spins his
  rusty hand defiantly at her, and flips a repeating Winchester rifle into his
  grip. He fires two shots, which go right through her, and her massive jaws
  bite down on him. We see her suck him down like candy.

  Ash screams and is gone.

            POSSESSED BURT
      You got him.

            EVIL ONE
      Yep.

            POSSESSED BURT
      Now that wasn't so hard, was it?

            EVIL ONE
      Nope. Actually, in the end it was kind of easy.

FURTHER DOWN

  We see Emily and Teddy, climbing up the burning spire in great pain. Emily is
  holding Ash's chainsaw.

BACK UP TOP

            POSSESSED JANE
      Shall we destroy the rest of the human race now, o evil one?

            EVIL ONE
      Sure, why not? Fetch me some wild boar's meat too, will you? I need
      thicker blood.

  A low buzzing sounds in the distance.

            EVIL ONE
      What is that noise?

            POSSESSED BURT
      It sounds like the human Ash.

            EVIL ONE
      It can't be! I swallowed his soul!

  We see Teddy trying to hold Emily up in the air. She looks quite frightened,
  cutting into the Evil One's leathery skin with a chainsaw she doesn't quite
  know how to use. Intestinal juice is spilling out all over Teddy. It has
  covered up his glasses. He scowls.

            EVIL ONE
      No! I feel his blade yet! He still lives!

  Linda steps forward, surrounded by smoke and flame. She has a shotgun and batting
  glove on, and her hair is tied back. She wears a tight S-Mart uniform and looks
  exactly like a female version of Ash.

            LINDA
      That's right jerkface, he still lives, in the memory of everyone
      who ever met him.

  Out of the distance, we see six lost souls rise up. Their transparent,
  ghostly forms are all dressed like Ash too.

            LINDA
      He was a fighter. A warrior. A loud-mouthed braggart. He was mean to
      women and nasty to men. He made more enemies than anyone I've ever
      known.

  All the lost souls are now clearly equipped with chainsaws for one arm,
  shotguns for the other. The chainsaws start up, and the guns point themselves
  straight at the Evil One.

            LINDA
      And I loved him. He taught me what human beings are supposed to be.

            SOULS
      REAL BASTARDS!

            LINDA
      If some evil bitch with a shriveled grapefruit for a head comes up to
      you and tries to pull your eyes out, what do you do? Do you run away?

            SOULS
      NO!

            LINDA
      You shoot it!

            SOULS
      SHOOT IT!

  They fire all their guns forward over Linda's head. The Evil One screeches.
  Emily is still going at her side with the chainsaw.

            LINDA
      We're human beings. We own this planet, regardless of how much we do
      to screw it up. Who cares if sometimes we act like jerks? We're in
      charge, dammit, and we want it to stay that way!

            SOULS
      RIGHT!

  They all reload at once.

            LINDA
      So if you wanna stamp out our human race, YOU DISGUSTING PILE OF
      UNDEAD MONKEY SPIT, I've got a little something to say to you!

  Everyone whistles at once, in Ash's manner.

            SOULS
      YOU WANT SOME? COME GET SOME.

  The souls fly out, yelling a battle-cry, chainsaws roaring. Linda jumps out of
  the way and runs for her life. The souls fly around the Evil One's spitting,
  shouting head, nicking her as they do with all their chainsaws have to offer.
  Emily tosses Ash's own chainsaw into the gaping hole she's dug in the Evil
  One's side, and falls into Teddy's arms, frightened. Teddy is very pleased by
  this, to say the least. Carrying her, he runs for his life too. The souls'
  rapid movements set the Evil One's head spinning round and round. Soon we can
  see little but white and red streaks. The circle they make around her head
  gets thinner and thinner, indicating that they are whittling the Evil One's
  head down to nothing. There is a terrible screeching sound -- a thousand
  screams, bound together with duct tape.

  We hear another chainsaw sputter to life INSIDE the Evil One, and a geyser of
  blood flows out of the hole Emily made. Then, a bloody chainsaw sticks out.
  It stops, and a bloody hand reaches out. Then a bloody Ash falls out, quite
  painfully. Acid spews on his face, and he screams. Trying to wipe it off,
  sneezing and whining, he just plain runs.

  In a fantastic pyrotechnic display, the Evil One, minus a head, tries to suck
  the stars themselves into her dying body. She begins to implode, and all the
  evil forces which tormented the town are drawn into her. The lost souls are
  the last to go.

            SECOND SOUL
      We will not survive this, you know.

            THIRD SOUL
      I know. I am undead. Do you think I know nothing about failing
      to survive things?

            FOURTH SOUL
      It is glorious. We give our lives for the cause.

            FIFTH SOUL
      Hope I go to heaven this time. I really hate hell.

            SIXTH SOUL
      Oh, hell's not so bad.

  They are dragged down into the abyss, but as the First Soul goes he tosses
  down the second ice grenade ...

  Ash, covered head to toe in incredibly thick blood, catches up to Teddy,
  Emily, and Linda, all of whom are watching the whole of the S-Mart hell
  collapse in upon itself like a deck of cards being burnt up in slow-motion.
  This they watch from the safe distance of the other side of the street. No
  one sees Ash -- their eyes are open too wide on the spectacle of a billion
  pinpricks of evil bursting into fireworks in the sky.

  The ice grenade hits on a rolling hill and rolls with it --

  The spires of S-Mart Hell collapse so thoroughly that they start to suck the
  very ground down too. There is an enormous hole in the ground, and it is
  growing. Very, very fast. Teddy, Emily, Linda and Ash realize this when the
  ground starts to give under them.

            TEDDY
      For god's sake! How do you stop it?

  Eric screams and is sucked down into the dirt. As he goes down the ice
  grenade lands in his dying hands. He thinks a moment and throws it as
  far as he can.

  Ash notices and jumps to catch it. Which he does.

  Teddy, Emily, and Linda run at top speed, and the entire forest disappears
  into the void. They are not running fast enough. Ash is sucked down into
  the dirt.

            LINDA
      ASH!

  Ash is buried alive ... but wait! We see his hands burst out of the ground!
  He still has the ice grenade! With his last gasp he pulls the pin ...

  There is an enormous explosion. The ground turns to ice, everywhere.
  Everything freezes, including Ash. it begins to snow. But the void is no
  longer growing.

  A moment's pause. A frozen Ash is thrust out of the ground, which suddenly
  hardens flat. The Ashsicle begins to melt from the heat of the warm earth and
  blood covering him. He breaks free, shivering. He breaks one of the pages the
  lost souls gave him free, too. It is frozen stiff.

            ASH
      Th-there. That wasn't s-so tough, now was it?

  There is no response. Teddy, Emily and Linda are frozen. Their faces are
  locked into visions of horror, still caught in mid-stride. Ash is looking
  depressed at the pages.

            ASH
      Let's see -- what does this thing say?

  A pause.

      Dammit! I can't read these stupid Frenchy words!

  Another pause.

  Now we see Ash's face look upwards, with an expression we've not seen on him
  before. He looks like evil Ash, but he is not possessed. He speaks in a more
  intelligent voice.

      Sound it out.

  Losing some of the intelligent expression, but none of his basic
  determination, Ash looks over the page again.

      There's nothing ancient about this alphabet. It's a translation.
      I can read this. It's a different language, but I can read it.

      Necronomicon enthos regorgitas manos deferros davurldas ARBOS!

  A tree next to Ash becomes unfrozen, and starts to bloom.

      Wait a minute! Arbos. Arbor day. That's a tree.
      Necronomicon enthos regorgitas manos deferros davurldas LINDA!

  Linda comes back to life, and warmth. She breathes hard, as if she'd been
  drowning. Ash laughs madly and triumphantly.

      Necronomicon enthos regorgitas manos deferros davurldas TEDDY!

  Teddy is instantly unfrozen, and falls flat on his face on the ground. He has
  tripped over his own feet.

      Necronomicon enthos regorgitas manos deferros davurldas EMILY!

  Emily becomes unfrozen, slaps her heart to start it beating again. She sees
  Teddy, and bends down to help him up. Her legs make a cracking noise, and she
  winces. She's still not quite unfrozen yet.

      Necronomicon enthos regorgitas manos deferros davurldas S-MART!

  And this is what does it. The frozen void warms up and rises again. Rows and
  rows of trees and road reappear from out of nothingness. One man, in his car,
  honks his horn impatiently and drives out of the hole as if nothing had
  happened. Everything is suddenly in full spring bloom, alive as if there had
  never been death in the world, and never would be again. And finally, at the
  center of it all, the ruins of the S-Mart rise up and reform themselves into
  a brand spanking new S-Mart, clean and sparkling. The automatic doors open,
  and Eric, in a wheelchair, bewilderedly wheels himself out.

  A pause. No one says anything.

            ASH
      What a bucketload of screwball shit that was, huh?

DISSOLVE TO:

  A new and nicer S-Mart, still selling middle-range stuff at middle-range
  prices. Ash walks into view, with the smug hint of a smile. He clips on a new
  employee tag reading "Assistant Manager." The doors "ding" open and Linda
  walks in, in a green spring dress, very fancy.

            LINDA
            (sexily)
      Why hello, Mr. Assistant Manager.

            ASH
      And good day to you, Miss Unemployed.

  We see Emily, on crutches, enter. She has her leg in an Ace Bandage but is
  wearing her weekend clothes well. She hops over to checkout, where Teddy
  growls amorously at her, scanning frozen dinners and menswear at record speed.

            EMILY
      What are you working today for? Eric said that after what happened
      last night, we could all take one day off, anytime.

  He stops in the middle of scanning an old man's fedora hat.

            TEDDY
      You're taking yours now?

            EMILY
      Of course, silly.

            TEDDY
      So am I.

  He plunks the hat on his head, and over his eyes, grinning, and turns to
  leave.

      Wait, lemme get my coat.

  He grabs a long trenchant from the same shopping cart and tosses it on his
  back. The tags flap defiantly as he carries Emily off.

      Remember, always shop smart! Shop S-Mart!

  A small alarm goes off as he leaves.

  We see Eric in his office, swear and shut it off.

  Linda is very close to Ash, and there is a dewiness in her eyes.

            ASH
      Everything's changed, hasn't it?

            LINDA
      You've changed.

            ASH
      I have?

            LINDA
      Don't worry, it's for the better.

            LINDA
      I'm gonna get respectable now, Linda. Leave it all behind. Snag a
      house, and a real career. I'll be a one-woman guy this time.

      She embraces him. He embraces her. We see that there is a chainsaw
      permanently attached to his right arm.

            LINDA
      ... But what about the chainsaw?


        ASH
      I'm not gonna change that much, baby.

  He grabs her ass, and they kiss. The camera pulls back through the aisles.
  Whistles and applause from some of the shoppers, who are watching.

  A hideous horned deadite now swoops down in front of the camera and shoots
  forward toward Ash. Pull forward. He pulls his lips off of Linda's, and revs
  his chainsaw. It flies right at him screeching, and is cut in half
  immediately. Black blood splatters on the ground, and one of the maintenance
  kids, with a bucket and mop, cleans it up. Slightly cautious cheers from some
  of the shoppers.

            LINDA
      You hear that, Ash? They're cheering for you. You're still the king.

            ASH
      Yeah. Hail to the king, baby.

            LINDA
      And hail to the queen.

            ASH
      Shut your stinking pie-hole, Linda.

  They kiss again. Pull back through the aisles. One living-skeleton Deadite
  turns to another.

            SKELETON
      Let's get the hell out of here!

  The two skeletons run away.

DISSOLVE TO:

  Grainy black-and-white footage. The distorted final words of Evil Ash.

            EVIL ASH
      A moment's peace this morning with it brings.
      The night, for sorrow, will not show its face.
      Go hence, to have more talk of these frightening things;
      Of the fear and cowardice we have for the moment displaced.
      For never was a tale told of more dread
      Than this one, of Ash, and the Evil Dead.


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