Ash vs Evil Dead - The Complete First Season
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“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode, half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The series follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip. The cast is led by Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio (“Chuck”), who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
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I am delighted to tell you that my face has fully melted, and I had a blast watching the first season. I haven't gotten to laugh this hard in a very long time. Bruce Campell is still hysterical, and the supporting cast are pretty good too. I won't even lie, there are definitely some times that it was pretty frightening. Overall, if you don't like this series it is because you are a lousy person.
Ash vs Evil Dead is the perfect blend of the films. I've always felt like Evil Dead was horror, Evil Dead 2 was comedy horror, and Army of Darkness was comedy. Ash vs Evil Dead keeps the humor from Army of Darkness, but brings back the scary from the previous films. What's great is they not only introduce Ash at a completely different time in his life years after the films, but they bring in new characters that don't feel out of place. It all fits together nicely like a big Evil Dead puzzle.
That's not to say, however, that this isn't just a love letter to fans. They are able to pay tribute to everything you love about Evil Dead and even bring new things to the table. This show has it all. The soundtrack itself is amazing, the chainsaw is back in action, the cabin returns, time travel, the classic, the shotgun, the deadites, the book, and oh dear god, the blood. Starz was definitely the perfect choice for this show as they not only let them do what they want, but also tell them to go even further.
As if that all wasn't enough, the writing in the show is fantastic. Bruce Campbell has definitely come a long way since the first Evil Dead, and it shows. The stories they tell are not only hilarious, but can also be intense. It's not just the decapitations you care about, but you actually give a s*** about the characters, you actually want to see what happens next, and you even get stuff you didn't even know you wanted. Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, the showrunners, the network, the writers... you can tell they care about this show. You can tell they care about the fans. They're not just making a show to get people to shut up about another Evil Dead. Love definitely goes into the making of Ash vs Evil Dead, and it shows.
I'm trying my best to write this review without any spoilers, which I'm finding difficult, so I will just end it here. If you're reading this, please know that this show is amazing and it's for both fans and newcomers alike. There are so many ways to see shows like this nowadays, but I actually bought and pay for a Starz subscription SPECIFICALLY so I can watch and support this show. Before there was a Sam and Dean, there was Ash, and Ash is back in business. HAIL TO THE KING, BABY!!
It's scary, funny, cool!
Never would have believed 30 years ago that a tv series would spin off, much less that it would be brilliant!