If there’s one thing the Evil Dead franchise has taught us, it’s to be wary of things that look too good to be true. The zombies in this series love to disguise themselves as the reanimated friends and family of the film’s heroes. And then, when the good guys let their guard down, the monsters strike.
Ecstatic altogether though we are to have ol’ Groovy Bruce back in the saddle for Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, one can’t help wonder if Ash might cross paths with the rebooted Evil Dead world. We’ve heard Sam Raimi say as much before, but are Ash and Mia going to be vs.-ing the Evil Dead any time soon?
In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Each week (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).
For as much as Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead intends to reward fans of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell’s Evil Dead trilogy, new viewers will undoubtedly need some jumping off point. Thankfully, Starz knows just how to conjure nostalgia and education alike, marathoning all three Evil Dead movies to lead into a Halloween sneak peek of Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
For decades, Evil Dead lovers have begged, pleaded, and pestered director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell for another movie. None of the three films were huge box office smashes, and none were critically acclaimed in their initial release. But on home video and cable they methodically built one of the most passionate and loyal fanbases in all of horror moviedom. And that fanbase wanted more.
Groovy Bruce isn’t going to let fall premiere week have all the fun, but gladly put his ego aside to introduce the rest of Ash Vs. Evil Dead. The Starz scream-fest has released a new video introducing Ash’s sidekicks with plenty of new footage, and a touch of Evil to come, Dead and otherwise.
Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead gave us a taste of groovy Bruce reprising his chainsaw-wielding icon, as will Friday’s Comic-Con 2015 panel Hail to the King by a full trailer, but why wait? Bruce Campbell himself has revealed the first footage of the new Sam Raimi series, while an inside look at the Necronomicon also previews the Deadites’ return.
Good ol’ groovy Bruce Campbell has remained as handsome as ever, but can the aging lothario still slip into the aging lothario role of Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead? A resounding Hail to the King, as Ash returns to chainsaw-wielding form by the first photo of Starz’s new Deadite drama.
Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead won’t officially get groovy until its fall 2015 premiere, but our favorite former S-Mart stockboy was going to have to bloody up that chainsaw sooner or later. Hail to the King with a new revved up promo fro Ash’s glorious Deadite-sawing return.
So far, there have been four total Evil Dead movies: The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness and Evil Dead (2013). Every one of them has featured the same 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (nicknamed “The Classic”), which is director Sam Raimi’s car from college. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which heads to a cabin in the woods with the Evil Dead series!