This show is basically Ash vs the Evil Dead, from the Necronomicon to the infectious demons to the smarmy antihero. Only here, our antihero is essentially Scrubs' Dr. Cox strained through an Ash filter.
I love Ash vs Evil Dead and love John McGinley, so this just worked for me. However, be warned, the production value is WAY lower than anything Evil Dead and the story is about as dull and simple as possible. It's the actors/characters that make it lively, not the story's intrigue.
I "LOVE" this show! Producer Dana Gould's stamp is all over it. John McGinley is great as Stan the retired sheriff (acting very much like he did in Scrubs which is hilarious), Dana Gould shows up now and then as the grave digger. Janet Varney is great, Deborah Baker plays Stan's awkward daughter. This show is NOT similar to "Ash vs Evil". It stands alone.
This will inevitably be compared to Ash Vs. The Evil Dead for obvious reasons however, this ain't that. The hero is actually fairly heroic whereas Ash is just an incompetent cowardly boob for the most part (which is awesome). The dialogue is fun and funny, John C. McGinley is fantastic as the irascible Stan burdened with genuinely incompetent family and colleagues as well as manly stuggles with his own emotions. The show opens with a fairly dramatic and absurdist scene then jumps back to several hours / day before the scene and walks the audience back to the opening event.
I took a gamble and got the TV pass and am delighted I did so. Not for kids, not for anyone that can't keep up with McGinley's rapid fire dialogue style. The show even manages to put a unique spin on the protective spouse trope regarding Stan's wife and her death. Do yourself a favor and check out this delightful gem.
IFC's Stan Against Evil is a true original out of the box series like nothing else on tv
It has many strong elements of the Evil Dead films, WGN's Salem and Phantasm you mix up all that and you get Stan Against Evil It's a black comedy with splatter The Cast is awesome all around:
John C. McGinley (Former Sheriff Stanley Miller) McGinley can do anything a true American treasure The man is a actors actor he can do anything (comedy, action, drama) this role is perfect for him
Janet Varney (New Sheriff Evie Barret) Best known for doing v/o for The Legend of Korra then being a secondary/side character on FX's Your The Worst In this she gets to shine and shows what she can do she plays almost everything straight in a very over the top world! I hope this series puts a bigger spot light on her she is just awesome I'm now a huge fan of her and wish nothing but, the best
Nate Mooney (Deputy Leon Drinkwater) Best known as Ryan McPoyle on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia Nate is so underrated he can play all types of roles just seeing him as one of the main cast members make me smile He is over the top sleazy But, very funny and lovable
Deborah Baker Jr. (Denise Miller) Stanley's only child she is the weakest link in the series! Which really isn't her fault her character is a little generic Denise is kind of like a real life version of Velma Dinkley from Scooby-Doo but, instead of being smart she is very naive! Deborah has a great "oldschool" cartoon voice Hopefully they flush her out more
Story is very much like Salem it deals with a town that killed a lot of witches so the said town is Cursed Every Sheriff has died horribly in the line of duty except Stan (Only due to his wife being a Witch Hunter and protecting him But, now that his wife has passed away it's open season on Stan and Evie (Since they are both Sheriff's)
The series is also filmed beautifully it has a very late 1970's vibe to it Something about it reminds me of the original Phantasm The gore is crazy Evil Dead/ Dead Alive over the top exploding blood A good amount of the f/x are practical so that adds so much quality to the series If you love 1970's-1980's Horror you'll love this This is the real Evil Dead tv series it's close to perfect a real must see 10/10
I read the rave reviews, thought about buying the season pass, but decided to just buy the first episode and see. I'm glad I did.
There's nothing really wrong with this show, but there's not a lot right, either. The comparison with Ash vs. the Evil Dead is not a kind one: what this show lacks is the other show's comedic timing and directorial cleverness. This one is more like a conventional sitcom with unexceptional writing and directing.
I'll probably watch to the end of the first episode (I'm about halfway in now) but I doubt I'll watch any more. Just doesn't do it for me. Maybe it'll ring the right notes for you.
Very funny show. John C. Is great and creature/ makeup work is excellent for the modest budget I'm sure they gave Mr Gould. Fun reference and great dialogue. Wish episodes were longer, hopefully next season will have more episodes.
I have never seen anything quite like this so I am having to warm up to the whole thing. It is a combination of horror and comedy. The lead character, the former sheriff, is the gem of the show. Without him I don't think this would work. He manages to have all of these insane creatures attack him and others and somehow manages the situation. He talks like a sheriff so you initially think he's hopeless. He was married to a witch. He didn't know it. She just died. Her main witching room was her "sewing room" which he was told to stay out of as she didn't want her stuff messed up. He did so and only discovered what it really was upon her death. One minute it is as if you are watching the "Walking Dead" and then it shifts rapidly so that you are watching your favorite sitcom, like "Frasier." I don't know at this point whether I will continue warming to it or if it will all become too much for me. It sure is an original concept though.
Note: A reader corrected me on Stan's wife. She was a demon hunter who helped keep her husband alive throughout his 27 years on the job as the town sheriff. She was not a witch.