Description: ‘Ash Vs Evil Dead’ is a sequel to the popular ‘Evil Dead’ movie series, which picks up the action 30 years after Ash had his first encounters with the Deadites and the book of the dead. A book, which he still clings to.
Review: Starz were kind enough to send me a press pack for this new series, which included the first two episodes titled ‘El Jefe’ and ‘Bait’
‘El Jefe’ reintroduces us to Ash who although older he is very obviously none the wiser and still full of wisecracks. The premier episode introduces us to Ash’s new friends Pablo and Kelly who when the story picks up are both working at the ‘Value Stop’ with him.
The episode also introduces us to Detective Amanda Fisher whose story kind of runs parallel with that of Ashe and his new friends for the first two episodes.
The first episode does a fair bit to reacquaint us with Ash and although early days you can pretty much tell right away that Bruce Campbell has a really strong chemistry with newcomers Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago who play Kelly and Pablo. In fact the first two episodes have plenty of laugh out loud moments involving Ash and Pablo.
The second episode ‘Bait’ is pretty much Ash’s first real adventure with his new allies and the episode very much lives up to its namesake and centres on providing a way and a means for Ash and Pablo to bond with Kelly.
In terms of the Deadites. The make up and gore effects are very much in keeping with what we have seen in the movie series and the level of blood and gore are hilariously over the top as you’d expect.
There are loads of one liners from Ash as you’d expect and there is even a funny moment where ash tries his hardest to be politically correct, but fails spectacularly.
These two opening episodes are really strong and will hopefully pave the way for a series that can run for a few years.
The new actors are fun and keep it real in the context of the high camp world of gore and fun that we have all come to know and love from Sam Raimi’s horror comedy franchise.
In terms of spoilers. My lips are sealed, but I will tell you that the wait for this is well and truly worth it and well worth tuning in for on Halloween.
The 30 minute format for this series feels absolutely spot on. The two episodes I watched were very nicely paced and not a single moment was wasted.