It goes without saying that one of the most loved horror movie series of film is ‘The Evil Dead,’ even if the remake of a couple of years back didn’t quite deliver the comedic thrills and spills that the original trilogy did if not unintentionally.
For awhile now fans of the original movies have been gagging to see a return of Bruce Campbell as Ash. The character that broke out of the movie screens and become a horror and genre icon.
Well it looks like the fans will finally have their wish. A number of months back it was announced that plans were afoot for an ‘Evil Dead’ television series and today the plans have been confirmed because the show has been picked up by STARZ the same premium cable channel that brought us ‘Spartacus’.
The series, which is titled ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ is written and produced by ‘Evil Dead’ creator and acclaimed film director Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan.
Here’s the official synopsis of the series from Starz:
The STARZ Original series officially titled “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as 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…
If that hasn’t got you running for your boomsticks then maybe the following quote from Bruce Campbell will.
“I’m really excited to bring this series to the Evil Dead fans worldwide – it’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor,” said Bruce Campbell.
The original ‘Evil Dead’ movies were a part of teenage life during the 80s and were warmly received due to their low budget and tongue in cheek and somewhat sick humour. Although the first movie never truly played it for laughs. It was only the second and third that deliberately embraced the comedic potential of Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash.
Over the intervening years the success of Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ movies has spawned numerous ‘Cabin In The Woods’ style horror films, but none have really ever topped the innovative work that was done in Raimi’s original, which pretty much spawned the sub genre of horror.
As a casual fan of the original films I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I also think making it a half hour show is just the perfect idea. Hopefully Starz along with Sam Raimi and the team managed to pull this off. I mean seeing an older version of Ash on the small screen is worth the price of admission alone.