Ash vs Evil Dead is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy for the Starz network. The show ran for three seasons until it was announced on April 20, 2018, that Starz was cancelling it due to diminishing audience figures.
The series is set in Raimi’s Evil Dead universe, with Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ash Williams. Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago (Trash Fire), Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless also star. In Season Two, they were joined by Lee Majors (Killer Fish; Strait-Jacket), Michelle Hurd, and Ted Raimi.
[Season 3, Episode Two]: “As always, Ash vs Evil Dead ends up wickedly entertaining, outrageously funny, and irreverent as hell! Campbell’s well known physical acting chops are put the to the test in the sperm bank sequence, which is hilariously cringe-inducing. Brandy’s character is barely expanded upon here, so it seems like we’ll have to get to know her better throughout the rest of the season.” Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central
O’Neill, who previously appeared in House Husbands, Suburbs, and the Spierig Brothers’ Predestination, joins the core Season Three cast that includes Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless returning in their respective roles.
The series is executive produced by Campbell, Raimi, Craig DiGregorio, and Robert Tapert, who originally produced all four Evil Dead films.
The series premiered on October 31, 2015. Three days before the series’ premiere, Starz renewed it for a second season, which premiered on October 2, 2016. The third season premieres on February 25, 2018.
On October 7, 2016, while at the New York Comic Con Starz announced that the series had been renewed for a third season. It was later reported that Arielle Carver-O’Neill has joined the cast as a series regular to play: “…Brandy, a smart middle-class American high school senior whose life is up-ended when she finds herself caught up in violent demonic events.”
Meanwhile, Season 2 is released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 22 via Lionsgate. Special features:
- Audio commentaries
- Season 2 First look
- Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead featurette
- Up Your Ash featurette
- Women Who Kick Ash featurette
- Puppets Are Cute featurette
- Dawn of the Spawn featurette
- Bringing Henrietta Back featurette
- The Delta featurette
- How to Kill a Deaditefeaturette
- Fatality Mash-Up
Thirty years after the events in the first three Evil Dead films. Ashley J. “Ash” Williams works at the “ValueShop” mart as a simple salesclerk. His life has gone nowhere and he now lives in a trailer, drinking in bars at night and having occasional sex with desperate women, usually after making up a sensational story about how he lost his hand.
After having inadvertently read the incantation from the Book of the Dead again, he unleashes the Kandarian Demon one more time. A new set of events brings him to assume his former fighting persona and face the new demonic plague in order to save the human race…
” … when the Deadites come out to play, so does the entire crew behind “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” From lighting and costumes to effects and direction, these action scenes are ridiculously bloody, imaginative and oh so fun. Scares are teased so carefully with sound and shadows it’s impossible not to get goosebumps, and other frights are deeply chilling thanks to Raimi’s experience with one of his best creations.” Ben Travers, IndieWire
“When the Deep Purple kicks in on the soundtrack, Ash locks in his chainsaw hand, and the blood hoses are turned on, Ash Vs. Evil Dead is everything fans hoped it would be. Hopefully the series doesn’t get dragged down by the TV format, because in this case getting there just isn’t as much fun.” Katie Rife, A.V. Club
“Ash vs. Evil Dead is clearly a labor of love for all involved. It moves quickly, has good scares and big laughs, and the moment when Ash shifts from clown to killer is every bit the big hero moment you would want after all this time.” Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
” …the bloody roots of Evil Dead are fully honored as well; it’s doubtful there has ever been a more red-covered show in TV history. But the overarching goofiness of everything tempers any disgust factor.” The Detroit News
“While season one had its strong points (that killer pilot helmed by Sam Raimi himself, a slew of memorable one-liners), overall, Season Two felt like a far more polished and consistent season. Thankfully, the gore and FX were 99 percent practical this season, with only a hint here and there of CGI enhancements, and Bruce himself has never been funnier or better as Ash.” Rob Galluzo, Blumhouse.com
Joseph LoDuca, a frequent Sam Raimi collaborator who composed the scores for the Evil Dead films, contributes the original music for Ash vs Evil Dead. The series also leverages excerpts from various 1970s and ’80s popular songs, particularly featuring artists (e.g., Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, The Stooges and Frijid Pink) from the greater Detroit area where Season One’s action is based (and where Raimi, Campbell and Tapert grew up). In an interview, Sam Raimi states that the music selected for the series is based on the lack of growth the Ash character has progressed over the past 30–35 years, and that, “the music should reflect the last time he was engaged in society, and living”