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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

  • Steven Spielberg's classic and popular magical fantasy movie myth was about an alien creature and its friendship with a telepathic boy
  • in the opening scene set near a suburban development, a group of extraterrestrials (after landing), who were exploring in a California forest, were surprised by a crew of botanists (one named Keys (Peter Coyote) with a set of jangling keys); one of the aliens (later named E.T.) was left behind and abandoned on Earth after its alien spaceship took off - it was a wise creature from outer space 3 million light years away
  • after returning home with a take-out order of pizza from a delivery, young 10 year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas) discovered something in his backyard's dark gardening tool shed; he casually tossed his softball into the shed and it was playfully thrown back out to him at his feet; he ran into the house, where his disbelieving divorced single mother Mary (Dee Wallace) and older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) quickly dismissed Elliott's claims when they only found odd-shaped tracks in the dirt
  • later that night at 2 am and unable to sleep, Elliott returned to the backyard with a flashlight and entered the adjoining cornfield next to the house, where he saw the strange tracks again and moved some stalks aside; when he shined his light on the creature, they both shrieked at each other on first viewing - both equally and identically scared
  • the next day after school while riding his bicycle into the woods high up above his house, Elliott scattered bits of Hershey's Reese's Pieces (like small, round, and colorful pills) on the forest ground, possibly to locate, feed and befriend the creature or to lead the hungry creature to his home with the sweet path of chocolates

Elliott's Divorced Single Mother Mary (Dee Wallace)

Elliott's Annoying Older Brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton)

Elliott's Younger Sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore)
  • that evening at the dining table, Elliott engaged in another argument with his family - they thought he was again imagining things in the backyard and had only seen an iguana, or a stray alligator, or "maybe it was a pervert or a deformed kid or somethin'...maybe an elf or a leprechaun" - Elliott lashed out at the teasing of Michael: "It was nothin' like that, penis breath!"; his mother cautioned: "If you see it again, whatever it is, don't touch it. Just call me and we'll have somebody come and take it away"; Elliott was fearful: "But they'll give it a lobotomy or do experiments on it or somethin'" - a foreshadowing
  • later that night as Elliott slept outside on the patio, he finally got a glimpse of the short creature backlit from the light of the toolshed; the creature with two elongated fingers returned some of the Reese's Pieces that were in the forest - a symbol of friendship; Elliott quietly lured the alien into the house using the Reese's Pieces as bait to move him into his bedroom and ultimately into his closet filled with stuffed animals
  • in a profoundly simple scene when Elliott feigned illness and stayed home from school the next day, he used objects in his bedroom to introduce his 'alien' world and culture to the creature, a world of materialism and violence
  • after school was out, Elliott revealed his secret stray friend, the "goblin," to his disbelieving brother, who was dumbfounded by the creature; Elliott's younger impish blonde-haired sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) also had her first startling, face-to-face look at E.T. during Elliott's reveal to his brother; the creature craned its neck up in fear and she emitted a loud-pitched scream - the alien reacted by belching out a horrifying moan in imitation; after calming down and being amazed by E.T., both his siblings promised to keep the creature a secret from their mother and others; the next day, E.T. cleverly hid amongst the stuffed animals in Elliott's bedroom closet to avoid being detected by his mother

Elliott's Introduction of the Creature To Brother Michael

Gertie's Scream at Seeing E.T. in Elliott's Bedroom
  • explained the location of his home in the universe to the three children by levitating and rotating several spheres (five different colored objects - three pieces of fruit and two eggs) like the planets in the solar system; E.T. also healed Gertie's sick and wilting, potted geranium plant and caused it to bloom
  • while everyone was at school, E.T. had amusing experiences with suburban living after leaving the bedroom and sampling items from the refrigerator, such as an old container of potato salad; he became drunk after drinking from a pop-top can of Coors beer, experimented with a Speak 'n' Spell learning toy, and watched TV and read a Buck Rogers comic strip; he came up with the idea of building a space communicator from various spare components to transmit a message to his alien homeland
E.T.'s Funny Experiences With Suburban Living
  • at school in Elliott's school biology science lab in cross-cut parallel scenes, Elliott shared a symbiotic, extra-sensory telepathic or mentally-bonded relationship with his new friend; he decided to save the frogs from being chloroformed and dissected, with the help of young blonde classmate (Erika Eleniak), by letting them escape from their glass jars and tossing them out the window - the scene ended with Elliott kissing the girl - imitating a scene in John Ford's The Quiet Man being watched simultaneously by E.T. on television
Elliott Liberating the Frogs in Science Lab and Kissing the Blonde Girl
  • after quickly learning to speak with Gertie's help, E.T. delivered his famous line of dialogue - pointing to the heavens and indicating: "E.T. Home Phone," but then was corrected by Gertie with the right word order: "E.T. Phone home," as he pointed to the window with his long finger; she added: "He wants to call somebody"
  • Elliott accidentally cut himself on the sharp jagged edge of a circular saw blade - and exclaimed: "OUCH!"; Elliott held out his bloody, red-glowing finger into the air, as E.T. repeated the word "Ouch" and demonstrated his magical powers for the first time by reaching out with his white glowing finger and healing Elliott's injury - in the next room, Mary read the magical tale of Peter Pan to Gertie as a bedtime story; in his closet home and possessed with super-intelligence, E.T. began to build a message-making transmitter to contact his alien brethren for rescue
  • in a humorous Halloween trick-or-treat scene, E.T. was draped with a white sheet and wearing oversized clown shoes over his three-toed feet, pretending to be Gertie dressed as a goblin; from his POV, E.T. looked out through his eye peep-holes, seeing Mary dressed as a leopard-cat woman - and other ghouls, monsters, skeletons, and aliens
Soaring Into Sky With E.T. On Bicycle on Halloween
  • there were two magical, transcendent soaring bicycle scenes exhibiting E.T.'s telekinetic powers while sitting in Elliott's handlebars' basket - first with Elliott photographed and silhouetted against a giant silvery moon in the night sky - with Elliott's scream of delight at the view, enhanced by John Williams' score
  • due to depression, poor diet, and homesickness, the effects of gravity on E.T.'s body were taking their toll, with tears in his eyes, Elliott sensed that E.T. would be leaving him soon - one of the most touching scenes in the film; soon after, E.T. was discovered moaning and dying in water next to a flowing stream in the forest, weakened with a pale white color; his health was rapidly worsening and deteriorating; both Elliott and E.T. experienced the same physical symptoms and were expiring together as a result of their symbiotic relationship
  • the household was inundated with government men who quickly sealed off the area and set up a medical unit to examine and help Elliot and E.T.; both Elliott and E.T. were stretched out on long tables alongside each other within another quarantined and plastic-enclosed room; in an overwrought sequence, as E.T.'s life faded away, Elliott lost his telepathic connection to E.T. and miraculously came back to full life
  • while viewing his friend for the last time, Elliott's heart-felt love revived his friend; E.T.'s red heartlight glowed through the glass window within the lead, tomb-like container and he was resurrected; Elliott knew that he must help his friend to escape from the cold and hostile government workers and scientists so that he could return home; they devised a plan to return E.T. to the forest
  • covered with a white blanket, E.T. was placed into Elliott's bicycle basket and they all raced off on their bicycles; in a second instance, the kids escaped on bicycles from ominous adults and a resurrected E.T. lifted them off the street and over a police barricade (with armed officers in the original version) to fly away toward the forest, as the alien space ship descended into view there
  • in a touching, goodbye ending, E.T. left his earthbound friends; E.T. bid farewell to all of his friends at the rendezvous site before returning home in his spaceship; he offered advice to young Gertie: "Be Good", followed by her good-bye kiss on E.T.'s forehead; his finger then glowed as he lifted it and touched Elliott's forehead: "I'll be right here"; the film's last line was spoken by a tearful Elliott to E.T.: "Bye"
Elliott's Tearful Farewell to E.T.

Alien Spaceship Landing in California Forest

Elliott's First View of the Alien Creature in Cornfield

Elliott to Brother Michael: "It was nothin' like that, penis breath!"

Elliott's Second Backlit View of Alien in His Backyard

The Alien's Return of Reese's Pieces to Elliott

The Three Childrens' Amazement at the Alien

The Alien Avoiding Being Seen by Elliott's Mother in Closet Filled with Stuffed Animals

ET Pointing and Speaking: "E.T. Home Phone"

Elliott's "Ouch!" and the Healing of His Cut Finger

E.T. Hidden Under Sheet

E.T.'s Halloween Costume Peep-Holes

E.T. Near Death in Forest

Elliot's Symbiotic Deterioration

E.T.'s Death in Government Quarantined Lab

E.T.'s Rebirth and Resurrection

Elliott's Flying Escape with E.T. on Bicycle From Authorities

Easy Rider (1969)

  • actor/director Dennis Hopper's independent classic road film was accompanied by the sounds of 60s acid-rock 'n' roll; in the story, two hippies Billy (Dennis Hopper) and Wyatt/Captain America (Peter Fonda) - after a successful cocaine deal - rode high-handled motorcycles cross-country (eastward) to the tune of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" in the opening title credits
  • during a visit to a commune, there was a 360 degree scan view of the entire group saying a blessing for a meal; later, they went skinny-dipping at a local hot springs with two female commune members Sarah (Sabrina Scharf) and Lisa (Luana Anders)
  • the group of riders were arrested for joining in the parade without a permit and jailed, where they met up with drunken ACLU civil rights lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson) in jail; after being released, George toasted the day with a bottle of Jim Beam, accompanied by his elbow flapping on his side like a chicken: "Here's to the first of the day, fellas. To ol' D. H. Lawrence. Nik-nik-nik-f-f-f-Indians!"
  • George was invited to join them on their two-to-three day trek to New Orleans; he claimed he had always wanted to visit a famous whorehouse there printed on a business card: "The governor of Louisiana gave me this. Madame Tinkertoy's House of Blue Lights, corner of Bourbon and Toulouse, New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, this is supposed to be the finest whorehouse in the south. These ain't no pork chops! These are U.S. PRIME!"
With ACLU Lawyer George Hanson
  • Captain America questioned George: "You got a helmet?" - and George responded: "Oh, oh, I've got a helmet. I got a beauty!" - next was the priceless image of George grinning and wearing a football helmet as he rode on the back of Captain America's high-handled motorcycle (to the tune of "If You Want to Be A Bird") and spread his arms as wings
George's First Sampling of Marijuana
George's Crackpot Theory About Alien Venutians
  • at a campfire, George had his first sample of marijuana when he asked: "You - you mean marijuana. Lord have mercy, is that what that is? Well, let me see that," and then displayed paranoia when he presented his lengthy, 'stoned' theories about extra-terrestrial UFOs and alien Venutians on Earth and freedom: ("They've been coming here ever since 1946 - when the scientists first started bouncin' radar beams off of the moon. And they have been livin' and workin' among us in vast quantities ever since. The government knows all about 'em...Well, they are people, just like us - from within our own solar system. Except that their society is more highly evolved. I mean, they don't have no wars, they got no monetary system, they don't have any leaders, because, I mean, each man is a leader. I mean, each man - because of their technology, they are able to feed, clothe, house, and transport themselves equally - and with no effort...Why don't they reveal themselves to us is because if they did, it would cause a general panic. Now, I mean, we still have leaders upon whom we rely for the release of this information. These leaders have decided to repress this information because of the tremendous shock that it would cause to our antiquated systems. Now, the result of this has been that the Venutians have contacted people in all walks of life - all walks of life. [laughs] Yes. It-it-it would be a devastatin' blow to our antiquated systems - so now the Venutians are meeting with people in all walks of life - in an advisory capacity. For once, man will have a god-like control over his own destiny. He will have a chance to transcend and to evolve with some equality for all")
  • at a local cafe/diner in rural Louisiana, the shunned hippie group, immediately considered as troublemakers, witnessed "country witticisms" from good ol' boys, including both racist and homophobic slurs
  • during George's last campfire scene, he spoke about the film's prophetic theme - their threat to the Establishment and to Americans who were hypocritical about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; shortly later, he was beaten to death with a baseball bat by presumably the rednecks at the diner, although Billy and Wyatt survived
  • after visiting a bordello, the two experienced a psychedelic LSD trip in a nearby graveyard with two prostitutes: Karen (Karen Black) and Mary (Toni Basil); they frolicked throughout the crypts, but ultimately they shared a sour, bad trip together
  • during their final campfire scene as they again set off eastward toward Florida, although Billy was ecstatic about their trip: "Hey, man! We've done it! We've done it! We're rich, Wyatt. Yeah, man. Yeah. Say, we did it, man. We did it! We did it. We're rich, man! We're retirin' in Florida now, mister," Wyatt disagreed: "You know Billy, we blew it"
The Deaths of Billy and Wyatt
  • the finale was not funny - the two riders met an unexpected brutal end at the hands of two rednecks in a pickup truck - instigated first by Billy's rebellious middle-finger gesture toward the Southerners - resulting in his being shotgunned; Wyatt turned around and saw how injured Billy was on the side of the road, and then pursued the truck - which had stopped and reversed itself further down the road; suddenly, Wyatt's leather American flag-decorated bike exploded in flames (metaphorically?) (after a brief flash of red) when his gas tank was shot, but his body didn't appear in the wreckage of the bike that went sailing through the air
  • the film ended with a pull-back shot of the camera rising high into the sky to view the wreckage

The Start of the Their Eastward Journey to Mardi Gras ("Born to be Wild")

Prayer at Commune's Mealtime With 360 Degree Scan

Skinny-Dipping at Local Hot Springs

Jailed with ACLU Lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson)

Toasting Jail Release with a Bottle of Jim Beam: "Nik-nik-nik-f-f-f"

George's Last Campfire Discussion About Freedom

Billy with Prostitute Karen (Karen Black)

Hallucinating on LSD in a New Orleans Cemetery

Wyatt: "We blew it"

Erin Brockovich (2000)

  • director Steven Soderbergh's biographical legal drama about corporate pollution, based upon a true case of toxic waste and environmental activism in 1993, told about a legal assistant and single mother - the title character Erin Brockovich - who helped to reach a settlement with the Pacific, Gas & Electric (PG&E) energy company regarding contamination of the water supply in the town of Hinkley, California
  • in the film's opening, unemployed, struggling, flirtatious, and dogged lower-class Erin Brockovich (Best Actress-winning Julia Roberts), a twice-divorced single mother with three children, lost a personal injury lawsuit involving a car accident with a doctor; through her persistence, she was able to secure a low-paying job as a legal assistant/file clerk in the offices of her jaded and beleaguered lawyer Ed Masry (Albert Finney), who had recently lost her personal injury lawsuit after a car accident
  • on her own initiative after finding some medical records placed in real estate files, she did further digging into the background of the unusual medical cases related to a pro-bono case involving San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E); she discovered that the company was actively but secretly buying up properties in the town of Hinkley, California from residents who were sick; was it possible that the company's irresponsibility had led to a cover-up of contamination?
  • in a County Water Department office, the brazen and newly-hired Erin Brockovich posed as a file clerk and admitted to the nervous, anxious-to-please counter attendant Mr. Scott (Jamie Harrold) that she was on a search for records: "Believe it or not, I'm on the prowl for some water records" - she used her push-up bra and cleavage to flirtatiously access the files in the back room, when she suggested: "You know, it would probably be easiest if I just squeezed back there and poked around myself"
  • she was shocked to find key pieces of evidence in an incriminating 1966 memo (a "Cleanup and Abatement Order") that mentioned poisonous "hexavalent chromium" (known as Chromium 6) and "contamination" causing toxic "polluted groundwater" that had affected the city's drinking water supply; it proved that the corporate headquarters knew the water was contaminated with high levels of hexavalent chromium 6 prior to 1987, but did nothing about it. It was clear that PG&E had advised the Hinkley operation to keep this secret and cover it up
  • the carcinogenic substance was causing residents to suffer serious health effects (tumors, miscarriages, and Hodgkin's Disease); Erin interviewed a number of residents to confirm her suspicions, including Donna Jensen (Marg Helgenberger) and her husband Peter (Michael Harney)
  • when her boss Ed Masry, who had fired but then rehired Erin to further investigate her "cancer stuff" findings, asked how she was able to so easily obtain copies of the incriminating classified documents, she told him bluntly: "They're called boobs, Ed"
  • after faxing the copied documents to PG & E's Claims Department, young, low-level, hot-shot PG & E lawyer Mr. David Foil (Michael Shamberg) was sent to Ed's office; Ed scoffed and responded sarcastically after the company offensively offered a final value of $250,000 for the purchase of the Jensen home; Ed asserted that PG & E's own technicians had documented dangerous levels of 'hexavalent chromium' in its own test wells, and that there was proven exposure of the residents of Hinkley to the chemicals, resulting in exorbitant medical expenses; before departing, after Foil stated the entire worth of PG & E at $28 billion, Ed mocked his boast: "I didn't know it was that much! Wow! Twenty-eight billion! Holy cow!"
  • Erin and Ed became a team to bring a major class action lawsuit against the multi-billion dollar energy corporation, for its systematic coverup of the industrial poisoning of the community; however, Ed was worried that they couldn't pin the fault on the higher echelons of PGE's corporation
  • in Barstow, CA in a San Bernadino County Law & Justice Building courtroom, Judge Simmons (LeRoy A. Simmons) ruled that the lawsuit of the claimants in the Hinkley, California vs. Pacific Gas and Electric, regarding damages, medical expenses and personal trauma due to contamination of the groundwater, could proceed and go to trial
Erin Confronting a "Lame-Ass Offer" from PG & E Lawyer Ms. Sanchez, and Offering Her Water From a Well in Hinkley
  • shortly later, a negotiating conference and meeting was held at Masry's law firm with a group of PG & E officers;, Brockovich reacted emotionally with an angry outburst to a statement by Ms. Sanchez (Gina Gallego) that her offer of a $20 million settlement was more than any of the defendants had ever dreamed of: "See, now that pisses me off. First of all, since the demurrer, we have more than 400 plaintiffs. And let's be honest, we all know there are more out there. They may not be the most sophisticated people, but they do know how to divide and $20,000,000 dollars isn't s--t when you split it between them. Second of all, these people don't dream about being rich. They dream about being able to watch their kids swim in a pool without worrying that they'll have to have a hysterectomy at the age of 20. Like Rosa Diaz, a client of ours. Or have their spine deteriorate, like Stan Bloom, another client of ours. So before you come back here with another lame-ass offer, l want you to think real hard about what your spine is worth, Mr. Walker. Or what you might expect someone to pay you for your uterus, Ms. Sanchez. Then you take out your calculator and you multiply that number by 100. Anything less than that is a waste of our time"; when the representative grabbed for a glass of water, Erin added: "By the way, we had that water brought in special for you folks. It came from a well in Hinkley"; Brockovich and Masry declined the miniscule "lame-ass" offer
  • as the case progressed, Erin and Ed met with more PG & E officials regarding the company's request to seek binding arbitration without a "real trial"; the plaintiffs in the case - all 634 of them - would be offered compensation for their varying medical conditions; Erin was forced to put down the haughty tone of PG & E researcher Theresa (Veanne Cox), who insultingly asked about Erin's missing details or "holes" in her research; to prove that her work wasn't incomplete and to demonstrate that she cared, Erin gave an impressive run-down of the ailments and details of some of the 634 Hinkley plaintiff-clients: "Annabelle Daniels: 714-454-9346. 10 years old, 11 in May. Lived on the plume since birth. Wanted to be a synchronized swimmer so she spent every minute she could in the PG & E pool. She had a tumor in her brain stem detected last November, an operation on Thanksgiving, shrunk it with radiation after that. Her parents are Ted & Rita. Ted's got Crohn's disease, Rita has chronic headaches, and nausea and underwent a hysterectomy last fall. Ted grew up in Hinkley. His brother Robbie, and his wife May and their five children: Robbie Jr, Martha, Ed, Rose & Peter also lived on the plume. Their number is 454-9554. You want their diseases?"; Theresa responded: "Okay, look, I think we got off on the wrong foot here," but Erin went further: "That's all you got, lady. Two wrong feet and f--king ugly shoes!"
  • Erin learned that all the plaintiffs had to agree to arbitration by a judge (instead of a long drawn-out jury trial), whose decision was final and could not be appealed; arbitration would insure that the plaintiffs would receive the maximum payout from PG & E, but it wasn't what was initially promised to the disgruntled and resistant Hinkley residents; in order for the binding arbitration case to proceed without falling apart, it was required that about 70% of the plaintiffs had to agree (but PG & E was demanding 90% compliance) ("Everyone has to agree or no one has a chance"); there was a possibility of payouts between $50 and $400 million
  • going door-to-door in a signature campaign to get all the residents agree to binding arbitration, Erin struggled to acquire the signatures of all 634 clients from Hinkley; at a bar during her campaign, Erin was approached by ex-PGE employee Charles Embry (Tracey Walter) who admitted to Erin that he had been ordered by his supervisor to shred documents at the Hinkley water plant to destroy evidence (information about the holding ponds and readings from the test wells), but he had saved a few key documents; he sheepishly admitted: "I wasn't a very good employee"; she had obtained key evidence of corporate P G & E's knowledge of the poisoning as early as March, 1966, thereby tying them to the illegal wrongdoing; they had written - paraphrasing: "Yes, the water's poisonous, but it would be better for all involved if this matter was not discussed with the neighbors"
  • in another meeting, Erin matter-of-factly announced to her dumb-founded associates that she had obtained all 634 signatures of Hinkley residents, plus Charles Embry's damning stash of "internal PG & E documents all about the contamination"; she then answered how she had succeeded: "Seeing as how I have no brains or legal expertise and Ed here was losing all faith in the system...I just went out there and performed sexual favors. 634 blowjobs in five days. I'm really quite tired"
  • the case was decided in 1996 with binding arbitration - the judge ordered PG&E to pay a settlement amount of $333 million to be distributed amongst the hundreds of plaintiffs, while the Jensens would receive $5 million of that amount
  • in the film's conclusion in Ed's new law office building in Van Nuys, when Erin was about to be presented with her bonus check by Ed that he claimed was not exactly what she had been promised - she vehemently complained: "All you lawyers do is complicate situations that aren't complicated. Do you know why people think all lawyers are backstabbing, bloodsucking scumbags? Because they are! Now, I cannot believe you are doing this to me now....You expect me to go out there, leave my kids to be looked after by strangers, knock on doors, get these people to trust you with their lives, and the whole time you're screwing me! I want you to know something, Ed. It is not about the number! It is about the way my work is valued in this firm. It's about how no matter what I do, you're not... "
  • but then she stopped short when she saw that the check was for $2 million dollars and he explained how he had increased the amount from what she had earlier asked for; Ed noted her inability to apologize: "Do they teach beauty queens how to apologize? Because you suck at it!"
  • in a postscript, it was stated: "The settlement awarded to the plaintiffs in the case of Hinkley vs. PG&E was the largest in a direct-action lawsuit in United States history"

Single Mother Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) - Interviewing For Job

Begging for a Job From Her Litigation Lawyer Ed Masry

Erin's Sexy Pursuit of "Water Records"

Erin Revealing Her Secret Weapon to Her Boss: "They're called boobs, Ed"

Worried Hinkley Resident Donna Jensen About the Harmful Effects of Chromium 6 On Herself and Her Family

Young Hot-Shot PG&E Lawyer Mr. Foil (Michael Shamberg)

Erin's Boss Ed to Young PG & E Lawyer About the Company's Worth: "28 billion! Holy Cow!"

Erin to Prim Researcher Theresa (Veanne Cox) : "Don't talk to me like I'm an idiot"

Erin Putting Down Theresa

Erin's Statement That She Performed Sexual Favors to Obtain Signatures and Damning Evidence

Erin Complaining to Ed About the Amount of Her Bonus Check Before Looking at It

Ed's Retort

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)

  • Sam Raimi's gruesomely funny horror film sequel (and/or remake) was a well-done horror parody with an intense kinetic tone and quick edits, including incredible special effects such as stop-motion animation, reverse motion, and lengthy tracking shots
  • the film's opening sequence presented a modified or alternative recap of the previous film in which Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and his girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) arrived at a remote Tennessee cabin; unfortunately, he happened to find a reel-to-reel tape-recording made by the cabin's owner, archaeologist Prof. Raymond Knowby (John Peakes) about his translation of "The Book of the Dead" ("Necronomicon Ex Mortis"); he played the tape that recited one of the book's passages, thereby awakening evil, demonic forces in the woods and infecting Linda; she was taken outside through a broken bedroom window, where Ash decided to end her torment as a "deadite" and to save himself by decapitating her - he neatly sliced her head off at the neck with a shovel and then buried her headless body

Ash With Girlfriend Linda

The Book of the Dead ("Necronomicon Ex Mortis")

Linda Infected With Demonic Forces

Ash Temporarily Possessed
  • Ash was also temporarily possessed by the demonic spiritual forces in the wooded forest until dawn broke, when his body was picked up, carried and swept through the wooded area and dumped into a large puddle; in an attempt to drive off and escape in his Oldsmobile, he discovered that he was entrapped at the cabin due to a destroyed bridge; as darkness descended and clouds covered the sun, he was pursued in his speeding car back through the woods to the cabin where he crashed, and his body was hurled through the windshield into a tree; when he revived, he raced on foot through the woods toward his cabin, entered and tried to escape through multiple doors and hallways from the evil forces before hiding under a trap door; the demonic power retreated momentarily

Linda's Revived, Naked Headless Body Doing a Macabre Dance

Linda's Body With Attached Head

Linda's Separated Head in Ash's Lap Before Biting and Infecting His Right Hand
  • once he revived, Ash thought he had vanquished Linda, but that night, both her head and naked headless body came to life in a reanimated state; after rising up from her grave, her head was joined to her body and she performed a brief danse macabre for him before attacking him through a window; Ash woke up in a rocking chair and believed that he was dreaming; however, Linda's separated head fell into his lap where it bit his right hand, and he struggled to disattach her grip on him; he ran to a nearby workshed and pried her head off in a vise; she was joined by her headless body and again assaulted him with a chainsaw; lacking a head with eyes, the corpse bloodily and clumsily sawed into itself; Ash grabbed the chain saw and cut into Linda's head in the vise, spraying the room with blood
  • back inside the cabin, Ash swapped the chain saw for a loaded shotgun (boomstick) and noticed an invisible creature moving in the rocking chair; in a startling, hallucinatory Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-like sequence, Ash stood in front of a mirror where his reflection suddenly reached out with his infected right hand, grabbed him, and maniacally said: "We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound fine?" Then the reflection grabbed him by the throat and began choking him, and he realized he was only strangling himself; when his own possessed right hand threateningly grabbed his face - he was angered: "You dirty bastards! Give me back my hand!"
Schizophrenic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sequence -
Ash Was Attacked by His Own Demonic Hand
  • as the gruesomely hysterical fight between Ash and his own possessed, tormenting attacking hand continued - it bashed him over the head with plates, grabbed his hair, smashed his face into the kitchen sink, punched him, and tried to beat him up in a schizophrenic frenzy; it dragged his unconscious body across the floor to try and grab a meat cleaver and inflict self-harm; to stop his uncontrollable body part, Ash pinned his hand to the floor with another knife and laughed spitefully at the evil body part: "That's right. Who's laughing now? Who's laughing now?"; however, his severed hand kept assaulting him; in the gory scene, he was forced to grab his chainsaw with his left hand, and to saw off his own demonic, evil hand (before it infected his entire body), spattering his face with blood
Ash Sawing Off His Infected Right Hand With a Chain Saw,
Spraying His Face With Blood
  • the lobbed-off hand began flopping around and re-attacked; to contain it, Ash covered up his decapitated hand with a bucket, weighted down with books [Note: the top-most book was A Farewell to Arms]; after the hand escaped into a mouse hole, Ash attempted to blast it with his shotgun through the wall; in defiance, it flipped him the 'middle finger"; when he thought he had killed it for good: "Got ya, didn't I, ya little sucker!" - he was sprayed directly in the face with a torrent of blood from multiple holes in the wall; many of the objects in the living room then began laughing at him - the mounted deer head, a lamp, the books in a bookcase cabinet, the wall clock, and various wall hangings, etc. and he hysterically joined in
  • meanwhile, other additional characters prepared to arrive at the Knowby cabin - Annie Knowby (Sarah Berry), daughter of Prof. Knowby, and her blonde handsome boyfriend Ed Getley (Richard Domeier); she was bringing her father's missing pages from the Book of the Dead; for a $100 fee, the two were led to the cabin on an obscure trail (since the bridge was twisted and mangled) by a local redneck named Jake (Dan Hicks) and his girlfriend Bobby Joe (Kassie Wesley)
  • Ash fired at the front door and then approached cautiously and opened it, believing that the evil forces were possibly on the other side; suddenly, Jake burst through the entryway and tackled Ash to the floor; Ed joined him to restrain Ash and knock him out; Annie entered and worried: "Oh my God, where are my parents?"; she saw the bloodied chainsaw on the floor, and suspected that Ash might have killed her father Knowby and his wife Henrietta; to protect themselves, Ash was thrown down a trap door and imprisoned in the fruit cellar
  • Annie listened to more of the Professor's tape recording which divulged that his wife Henrietta (Lou Hancock) had become a demonic deadite that he had to destroy (but not dismember) and bury in the cellar: ("I fear that my wife has become host to a Candarian Demon. May God forgive me for what I have unleashed unto this earth. Last night Henrietta tried to kill me....Henrietta is dead. I could not bring myself to dismember her corpse. But I dragged her down the steps and I buried her. I buried her in the cellar")
  • Henrietta came to life in the cellar and horrifically confronted and attacked Ash face-to-face; after he begged: "Let me out! There's something down here!", he was released from the locked fruit cellar; while imprisoning Henrietta away underground, both Jake and Ed were grabbed by the face - Ed was thrown into a wall and knocked out, and Henrietta's dislodged eyeball was propelled in the air into Bobby Joe's mouth
  • Ash explained to everyone: "There's something out there. That, that witch in the cellar is only part of it. It lives out in those woods, in the dark, something, something that's come back from the dead"; he urged everyone to wait until daylight to escape; the deadite Henrietta (taking the form of Annie's mother) begged and tempted Annie to be released from the cellar by singing a familiar lullaby from her childhood, but she refused
  • fighting back, Henrietta possessed Ed who levitated and chanted: "Dead by Dawn" and then grabbed Jake and temporarily knocked him out; to prevent any further harm, Ash was able to hack and dismember Ed with an axe, producing gobs of green slime; as the evil forces threatened the cabin, the Professor's ghostly disembodied head appeared and warned Ash and Annie how to defeat them, by reciting from the pages of the book Annie had brought: "There is a dark spirit here that wants to destroy you. Your salvation lies there. In the pages of the book. Recite the passages. Dispel the evil. Save my soul. And your own lives!"
  • after Ash's dismembered hand took Bobby Joe's hand, she became so panic-stricken that she fled outside where she was assaulted, tied up by branches, and dragged to her death by possessed demon trees
  • Annie and Ash looked at the pages from the book that she had brought; two passages revealed that in 1300 AD, it was prophesied that a "hero from the sky" would come and destroy the Evil" - a foretelling of the film's ending
  • during a futile search for Bobby Joe in the woods, Ash became possessed and attacked Jake, and then threatened Annie back in the cabin; she grabbed a large bone dagger and accidentally stabbed Jake when she mistook him for the evil Ash demon attempting to enter the cabin; Henrietta dragged Jake's body down into the cellar trap door to bloodily finish him off, creating a torrent of blood; Ash entered and tossed Annie against a wall, rendering her unconscious; after being reminded of Linda by Annie's necklace ripped from her neck, he reverted to his normal self
  • all of the characters were now dead except for Ash and Annie, who began to cooperate together to defeat the evil forces; in the film's denouement, Ash clamped the chainsaw to his severed right wrist and twirled a sawed-off shotgun into his backside-holster (and then exclaimed: "Groovy!"); with Annie's help, Ash sawed into the fruit cellar's trap door, and was able to retrieve the pages from the Necronomicon in the cellar, and toss them up to Annie
  • the demonic, monstrous Henrietta emerged and attacked both of them, before Ash (with Annie's assistance to distract the demon) was able to dismember and then decapitate the long-necked creature and ultimately destroy her with a shotgun blast to the head (Ash: "Swallow this!")
Ash's Battle Against Monstrous, Long-Necked, Demonic Henrietta
  • with little time left before the forest demons destroyed the house, Annie had only recited the first of two passages from the Book of the Dead to disperse the evil spirits through a rift-portal; as Annie was finishing chanting the second incantation to send away the evil deadite demons, she was lethally stabbed in the back by Ash's severed and possessed hand wielding the bone dagger
  • Annie's incantations of the passages from the Necronomicon were designed to create a rift in time and space to suck up all the dark forces; Ash congratulated her: "You did it, kid" as she completed the recitation, but expired; the reading triggered the opening of a whirling, spinning portal or rift that sucked Ash in (with all of the evil forces) and propelled him along with his '88 Oldsmobile and other objects, into a time-travel journey to the Middle-Ages, ca 1300s, the time of the Book of the Dead

Sucked into Time-Travel Portal

'88 Oldsmobile and Ash Landing in 1300 AD
  • Ash was surrounded by medieval knights in armor (Crusaders) on horseback; they believed that Ash was a fearsome, harpy-like deadite, but when he blasted the head of a real flying deadite with his boomstick-shotgun, he was worshipped as a liberating hero and savior by all of the knights and its leader (director Sam Raimi): "Hail, he who has come from the sky to deliver us from the terrors of the deadites. Hail! Hail!...", although he was horrified and repeatedly screamed: "Nooo!" as the camera pulled back and the screen turned to black for the closing credits

Pages From the Book of the Dead

Ash Inside Cabin With Shotgun (Boomstick)

Annie Knowby (Sarah Berry) With Boyfriend Ed Getley (Richard Domeier)

Jake (Dan Hicks) and Girlfriend Bobby Joe (Kassie Wesley)

The Group Looking Down on Ash After He Was Thrown Into the Fruit Cellar

Deadite Henrietta Knowby (Lou Hancock) Threatening Ash in the Fruit Cellar

Henrietta's Dislodged Eyeball Propelled In Air

Ed Possessed by Henrietta

Foursome Scared by Demonic Forces In and Outside Cabin

The Professor's Disembodied Head

Bobby Joe Dragged to Her Death by Possessed Trees

Prophecy of Hero Vanquishing Demons in 1300 AD

Annie With Bone Dagger, Used to Accidentally Stab Jake

Jake Stabbed in Abdomen

Ash With Chainsaw Strapped to His Right Wrist to Open Up Trap Door

Annie Stabbed in Back by Ash's Own Possessed Hand Wielding Bone Dagger

Annie Finishing the Incantation Before Dying

The Film's Ending:

Ash's Arrival in Middle Ages

Shooting at Flying Deadite With Shotgun

Ending: "Nooo!"

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