The Evil Dead is the story of 5 University kids who visit a cabin in the woods, find a book bound in flesh and a reel-to-reel, and unleash an unspeakable evil on the world. There are two young couples, Ash (Bruce Campbell) and Linda (Betsy Baker). Scotty (Hal Delrich) and Shelly (Theresa Tilly), and Ash’s sister Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss) comes along as a fifth wheel, because that is required of all Horror Movies.
The characters are archtypical on one hand, but still break the mold a bit. Scotty is clearly a douche, and Ash is kind of a dork. None of the women seem to burst out of the gate as whores, virgins or bookworms… but since Cheryl is the fifth wheel, and draws pictures, she’s clearly the bookworm. She’s also the closest thing to a stick in the mud, so she can claim the Virgin card… until she’s raped by a tree, anyway.
Shortly after listening to the reel-to-reel, the ground starts smoking and possessions start happening, and the world basically turns to shit. One by one the young college students become possessed by the evil they’ve unleashed, until only Ash remains. He goes batshit fucking insane, and eventually defeats the demons with the power of Stop-Motion Animation.