The cult film series has inspired countless horror films, has one of the most rabid fan bases around and is about as timeless as any piece of artâ€”so there is no shock here when it was announced that Raimi would be expanding the â€œEvil Deadâ€ universe with a new STARZ original series â€œAsh vs Evil Deadâ€ with Bruce Campbell returning as Ash Williams, the character that made him a cult icon.
With principal photography just beginning just a couple days ago in New Zealand, Review Fix had the pleasure to chat with Raimi, Campbell and executive producer Rob Tapert about the new seriesâ€”from our conversation we have compiled a list of 5 reasons why you should be pumped for â€œAsh vs Evil Dead.â€
Itâ€™s set in a new universe
â€œIt doesnâ€™t really exist in the exact same universe,â€ said Raimi.â€Itâ€™s a slightly altered universe. It takes place somewhere in an alternate universe after Evil Dead 2.â€
Now, anyone who has seen â€œArmy of Darknessâ€ knows that time travel plays a factor in the seriesâ€”so who knows how the events of that film has affected the universe, I guess we will have to wait and see to find out.
The universe will grow
â€œWeâ€™re trying to expand the universe so the story telling over the first ten episodes, we will encounter Deadites which are very different than other forces of evil out there,â€ said Tapert. â€œAnd then we will take the audience – weâ€™ll expose the audience to new entities that were not yet presented in the Evil Dead universe so that the audience is surprised.â€
This is almost a given with it being a 10 episode season, which covers more ground than the three filmsâ€”but how exciting is it to hear that even after three films and a remake that the â€œEvil Deadâ€ universe will be able to shock and surprise.
No holds barred
â€œThis is not going to be a watered down version of Evil Dead. The very first Evil Dead has no rating. The second Evil Dead has no rating. Only Army of Darkness was the only one that was ever rated,â€ said Campbell. â€œSo thankfully, by partnering with Starz, the gloves are off and we have no restrictions — almost literally. And thatâ€™s going to suit the Evil Dead fan because they donâ€™t like it watered down. They want the hardcore stuff and theyâ€™re going to get it.â€
Like Mr. Campbell stated, fans of the â€œEvil Deadâ€ do not want stepped on stuff. One of pillars of the franchise is its ability to go 0-100 real quick with the gore and STARZ has proven with shows like â€œSpartacusâ€ that they are willing to go there.
A sequel to the â€œEvil Deadâ€ remake is still a possibility
â€œBut we wanted to make – after we had made his movie, as much as the fans loved it, they also seemed to want to see Bruce again in this series. So we thought this is our time,â€ said Raimi. â€œSo we just chose to make Bruceâ€™s story right now. I hope we can get (Freddy Alvarez) to continue the new â€˜Evil Deadâ€™ series once weâ€™ve reestablished Bruceâ€™s story.â€
This is refreshing considering the remake was successful both critically and commercially, which is always a recipe for a sequel. Alvarez delivered a movie that was both new and gave the fans something in line with what made the original â€œEvil Deadâ€ such a fixture in horror.
And whatâ€™s most importantâ€¦MORE BRUCE CAMPBELL
â€œMore and more, we seem to realize the thing that made them different was Bruce Campbell. And more and more we brought him to the forefront of the pictures,â€ said Raimi. â€œThe audience really likes this guy and heâ€™s the thing that makes it special.â€
The â€œEvil Deadâ€ is known for the gore and comedy; Campbell anchored the films with his performance. Even with the success of the â€œEvil Deadâ€ remake, fans kept clamoring for the return of Ashâ€”of not just the character, but Bruce Campbell in the role. With a premium cable series, true fans and newcomers can marvel in the joy of Campbellâ€™s performance as Ash.
Given all this, how excited are you for â€œAsh vs Evil Deadâ€? The series is set to premiere on STARZ this fall. Keep it locked for more.