It has been almost two decades since Ashley J. Williams last fought the Deadites and thanks to a little help from his medieval allies, the nightmare has long been dispelled and the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, the book of the dead, sits safely locked away in a highly secured vault.
Ash has let himself go since then, dispirited by a lifetime of nightmares, three divorces and eternal boredom with his job as Deputy Manager of S-Mart; and at the back of his mind after all this time he's still waiting for the Evil Dead to return, all the while drowning his sorrows with drinking buddies Earl and Jeff.
So when a drunken night at the bar watching the football is prematurely ended by the local-townsfolk murdering shenanigans of a demonically-possessed street hooker, Ash is more than keen to pick up the bartender's sawn off shotgun and go find a chainsaw to replace the prosthetic hand the quacks replaced his mechanic gauntlet with.
It transpires as Ash battles his way across small town America and chased by his Deadite-possessed ex-wives that the Necronomicon has been stolen by the late Professor Raymond Knowby's co-archaeologist Dr Dan Jones, who helped him to find the Necronomicon, who has gone on the run with all of hell chasing him.
Hunting Dr Jones down into the country, Ash battles his way through a white trash shanty town ruled by the inbred banjo twanging Lynn Hickey, a summer camp full of devil children, a church full of possessed pensioners and the demonic Father Aykroyd only to have to step through another portal into Hell to retrieve the Necronomicon once more, leading him into a battle of wits with the Devil himself.
Cunningly escaping with the book and driving back to town where the Deadite infestation is threatening to finish off the population, Ash, reunited his buddies, must fight them off and again try to dispell the incantations of the Necronomicon… and maybe save his ex-wives!
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