If you read some of my other reviews, you can tell that I’m a big 80’s fan. There’s something about cheesy, over the top violence and impossibly ridiculous slang (and haircuts!) that makes me both cringe and laugh about that bygone era. The Evil Dead series occupies a special slot in my heart, and when I heard that they would be making a sequel series I was very very afraid they would screw it up.
I am glad to say, they didn’t, and if I had to describe the series in one word it would be this: GROOVY.
CREATOR: Sam Raimi
PRODUCERS: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy.
STARRING: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless and Scott Fyfe.
Ash vs. Evil Dead, First Episode
The pilot does a good job of establishing the tone of the series and it’s characters. This episode is focused on two things: reintroducing the franchise to a new generation and reviving Ash’s character. By introducing new character -and audience surrogate- Pablo, we get a quick recap of the movies for those too young to have seen them or heard of them. A police investigation of the arrival of the deadites adds more original characters and the brief appearance of no other than Lucy Lawless!
Adding so many characters is in stark contrast to the movies, that mainly focused on Ash and any other character was barely two dimensional. I think it’s great, because Ash isn’t the best of guys. He’s dumb, aggressive and sexist, which makes him an unlikely hero and all the more amusing to watch- in a movie. In a weekly series, it can get old fast, which is why a strong supporting cast can take the spotlight off of him and also help his character develop. Also, I couldn’t help but notice that Ash acts a lot like Sam Axe, another great role of Bruce in the past years.
This hits the big three for comedy horror: it’s funny, gory and scary. Even if the series turns out not to be so great, this is one of the best pilots I have ever seen and any fan of Evil Dead or the horror-comedy genre HAS to see this. The pilot was so strong, network Starz decided to renew it for a second season even before the premiere!