When I first heard the news there was going to be a TV show based off The Evil Dead movie franchise I was not happy. The one thing I know about the Evil Dead movies (and what I loved about them) was how gory and insane and brutal and funny the films were. They were relentless. The kind of entertainment that never lets you catch your breath. So when I heard about a TV show called Ash Vs. The Evil Dead, I just assumed we were going to get some Canadian (no offense) show that said deadites a few times, but really had nothing else to do with the source material. I just accepted it and moved on, deciding I just wouldn’t bother with it. Then, last week, the trailer dropped and I begrudgingly decided to check it out. Wouldn’t you know, it is far more Evil Dead than I had thought prior, and the trailer got me genuinely excited for this show. Here are 5 reasons why I think Ash Vs the Evil Dead is going to be f*cking fantastic.
The Return of Bruce Campbell
I knew Bruce was going to be part of the show, but in my mind, I figured dude just wanted a check. Once I saw the trailer I was delighted at how wrong I was. This wasn’t an old Bruce Campbell dialing in a performance for some residuals. No, this was f*cking ASH from the Evil Dead movies, without question. He may have aged slightly (but let’s all admit, we ALL have) but his energy and snark and cockiness is ever-present in the trailer and tells me this shit is definitely heading in the right direction.
Also, chainsaw arm and boom stick for life, kids.
That is the one aspect I figured would get the most messed with (as gore IS Evil Dead) so I was scared, but the trailer immediately squashed those fears by showing me that this was not going to be some PG-13 Evil Dead TV show. This was going to be bloody, gory, funny, and f*cked up. In other words, awesome.
All the things that made the originals so unforgettable to horror fans.
Listen, when Lucy Lawless is on your show, your show cannot f*cking fail. I mean, come on, she played Xena the Warrior Princess. Is there ANYONE more worthy of fighting Deadites next to Ash then Xena?
No. No there isn’t.
That is pure casting brilliance, and you can already tell how well those two will work off each other. Xena and Ash fighting demons? Sign me the f*ck up, right now.
Let it be known, when I saw the first Evil Dead movie, I MAY have been on magic mushrooms. And it MAY have seriously screwed me up for a few days. For that reason, I have a very distinct relationship with deadites (see, they freak me the f*ck out). So, I had come up to the conclusion that TV deadites would not be the deadites I know and love from this series (i.e spastic and scary and aggressive). But the trailer shows us that these deadites are VERY MUCH the deadites from the first three films (minus the stop motion skeletons, thankfully).
To know these will be the lurching, insult hurling demons I feared from the earlier entries is one thing that really has me dialing in. Do the Deadites right, do Ash right, and we will watch. Looks like they knew that going and are going to deliver just that.
And the final thing that makes this show so great is….
The Eventual Crossover
Get ready to have your mind blown. The recent (and frankly, amazing) theatrical Evil Dead remake was not a remake but rather a reboot that takes place in the same universe as original movies. Believe it or not, this was all done with Ash Vs. The Evil Dead already in mind. What they plan on doing down the road is crossing this show with the next Evil Dead movie, which will actually merge the two stories.
So it will Ash and his crew crossing over the surviving girl from the reboot. And in that moment, the old and new Evil Dead worlds will merge, and all will be well with the world. Remember, he’s all out of bubblegum, so this means the only thing left for Ash to do is kick some Deadite ass.