Honey, you got real old! Here, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, is our first picture of Bruce Campbell as Ash in the upcoming Starz’ Evil Dead TV reboo-quel, Ash vs Evil Dead. Also pictured are Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), Ash’s fellow employees at the Value Stop – presumably S-Mart was bought out or closed down after not enough people shopped smart.
While the Evil Dead franchise started out as horror-proper, and as James explains is something you should watch if you’re a fan of the genre, its third entry Army of Darkness was a horror-comedy – and the TV series is continuing in that vain. Campbell will reprise his role as the older, wise-cracking, and probably not that much wiser, monster slayer later this year, but just what has Ash been doing the last twenty-odd years?
Not much! He was perfectly happy doing basically nothing – telling lies about how he lost his hand in bars late at night. That was basically his MO. So he’s not really the guy who should be dealing with this right now. But… he is. He’s our guy!
And if you were wondering just how the Deadites managed to reemerge Sam Raimi (director of the pilot episode) explains that, of course, it’s
Darryn’s Ash’s fault.
He’s the only one stupid enough to really tamper with those spirits, and he does. But he’s also still a really good monster fighter. So, he’s also going to be kicking some Deadite buttocks, if you’ll pardon the French.
Campbell also gave a brief description of how he sees the series and his role in it:
It’s The Searchers [a 1950’s John Wayne western] with carnage and mayhem. I’m relegated a little bit into the John Wayne mode these days with my team—the young, virile, evil fighters who will pair up with Ash and take on this nemesis: this never ending, ever evolving nemesis.
One things for certain, with Ash as a mentor our groovy young monster slayers are sure to defeat the Deadite scourge faster than you can say Klaatu Barada Nick! Wait! That’s not… OMG what have I summoned? NOOOoooo…..
Ash vs Evil Dead launches later this year on the Starz cable network. It also stars Lucy Lawless, Mimi Rogers, Hemky Madera and Jill Marie Jones.
Last Updated: July 2, 2015