Do you love the “Evil Dead” franchise, Bruce Campbell, or the work of Sam Raimi? Then you, sir or madam, are in for a treat. I don’t know if you know this, but there’s a TV show on Starz now. As you can see from the title of this article, it is called “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
Now, if you know the franchise, then you know it is based around The Necronomicon, a.k.a. the book of the dead. When someone reads from this book, it raises the forces of evil. That’s what started this all. Ashley Williams, his girlfriend, and his friends went up to vacation at the creepiest cabin in the world. While there, they stumbled across The Necronomicon, read from it, and unleashed the ancient evil.
Before you could say, “raped by a tree,” one of the females in the movie was being raped by a tree. That’s the first one I’m talking about, and man, did that movie scare the bejesus out of me. It’s really intense. Then the second one came out, and it was much more about comedy. That was definitely the way to go. It added such an interesting element to the franchise. It continued on into “Army of Darkness,” which is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.
After the third film, “Evil Dead” fans were chomping at the bit to get a fourth. Sam Raimi was constantly asked about it. Whether he was promoting “Spider-Man,” or “OZ: The Great and Powerful,” somebody wanted to know what was up with another “Evil Dead.”
Then the remake happened, and it was surprisingly good. Unfortunately for Raimi and Campbell, all that did was stoke the flames of interest, yet again. Everywhere they went, anything they promoted, they were hit with questions about when Ash was going to ride again.
Now, here we are. Not only is “Ash vs. Evil Dead” airing its first season on Starz, but it’s already gotten an order for a second season. That means at least two years of Ash, and the deadites, and I couldn’t be happier.
I’m actually watching the third episode as I write this, and it is great. They just introduced the first non-deadite demon into the franchise’s mythos. They also explained where the book came from. It was forged by beings that were not quite human, and not quite demon. They made it as a weapon against humanity, to be wielded by either the very powerful, or the very stupid (Ash).
That’s my favorite part of the new series, by the way. It all starts up again, because Ash reads from the book, while trying to get laid. That was the cold open of the first episode. He has a run-in with a deadite, which spooks the shit out of him. So, he runs home to check on the book, unsure of how they could possibly be back in the fold. Then it all comes back to him: he got hammered, brought a girl home, and read from it to try and impress her.
That is absolutely hilarious. I’m telling you, guys. You should definitely check this show out. It’s got some wonky CGI from time to time (it is a television show). Other than that, it is funny, scary, and most importantly, bloody as all hell. If I had to pick one problem with it, I’d have to go with the fact that the episodes are only a half hour long. Give me three hour episodes – I don’t care.
I’ll take all the “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
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