Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In retrospect, it’s obvious why Evil Dead 4 never came together. Sure, Army of Darkness is beloved now, but it was a box office whimper back in 1992. And then director Sam Raimi became one of the biggest and busiest filmmakers in Hollywood with the original Spider-Man trilogy. And then Drag Me to Hell, a spiritual cousin of sorts to the Evil Dead movies, was a financial bust. The external factors alone, including a very good remake, made a big screen continuation the original Evil Dead series feel nearly impossible.
Of course, the new adventures of Bruce Campbell‘s chainsaw-armed demon hunter have found a new home on Starz with Ash vs. Evil Dead, which is set to return for its second season this fall. In the meantime, the first season has just hit Blu-ray and DVD and Raimi has revealed some of the abandoned concepts for the never-made Evil Dead 4. It seems that various creative issues also kept this project from finding life.
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Starz presented a panel for season two of Ash vs Evil Dead, their series based on the Evil Dead films. Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless and producer Robert Tapert spoke with reporters in roundtables, where Tapert stated that the current focus is to produce more seasons of the TV series. However, success means a fourth movie is more likely down the line than it would have been without a TV show.
“Yes, the focus is on more seasons of the show,” Tapert said. “Sam [Raimi], bless him, talked about doing Evil Dead as a movie for many, many years and teased the fans forever and a day. Finally when the day came, we went, ‘Well, we think it might be better as a TV show.’ That was other people who thought that and Bruce really welcomed the idea and I welcomed the idea because Bruce said, ‘Look, I did three movies. I’m not certain I knew my last name so at least in a TV show I get to explore the character and who he is and all that more.’ Is there a movie out there that we are thinking about that would continue on that would merge everything? There certainly are those thoughts starting to percolate.”
Campbell, ever the showman, joined Raimi in keeping hope for a new film alive. “One feeds the other,” Campbell said. “The movies were dead. Now the TV show comes back, the movies come back to life. It’s funny how that works.” Read More »
San Diego Comic-Con tries its best to stay family-friendly. Every once in a while, the powers that be deem some footage too mature for kids in attendance. That’s what happened with the latest trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead season two, which features plenty of limbs flying through the air and some great, messy practical blood effects.
Below, watch the Ash vs Evil Dead Banned Comic Con trailer.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Starz was so high on Ash vs. Evil Dead, they renewed it for a second season before the first season even premiered. And they’re so thrilled about that second season, they’re wasting no time showing it off. Though Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 won’t premiere for another few months, Starz has just served up the first deliciously gory teaser trailer and image. Read More »
Starz has inspired a resurgence of Sam Raimi‘s cult classic character Ash Williams thanks to their series Ash vs the Evil Dead. So if you’ve been going back to watch the original Evil Dead movies and now you’re itching for a groovy new collectible, Sideshow Collectibles have you covered with a new figure inspired by the chainsaw-armed version of the grocery store clerk from Evil Dead II. Check out some photos of the new character below! Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Fred Topel
Sam Raimi finally gave us more Evil Dead, and not just another movie but a whole TV series. He even directed the pilot of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell, but of course Sam Raimi is a movie director. He can’t run a show full time, so he found an experienced show runner.
Craig DiGregorio has worked on Chuck, Reaper, Workaholics and more. He was on a panel with Raimi and Campbell for the Television Critics Association this summer, where Campbell characteristically took over and Raimi modestly downplayed his greatest contributions. We got to speak with DiGregorio at length about Ash Vs. Evil Dead, which picks up Ash today living in a trailer and working at Value Stop when he reads from the Necronomicon he’s kept all these years. Lucy Lawless also stars as Ruby, the daughter of Professor Nowby, whose incantation Ash played in the cabin. Hit the jump for the Ash Vs Evil Dead Interview with showrunner Craig DiGregorio.
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It’s only been 23 years since Army of Darkness debuted in 1992, but when we are reunited with Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz this Halloween, within the confines of the narrative, 30 years will have passed since our chainsaw-handed hero took any responsibility as the monster hunter meat to stop the Evil Dead.
And if you want a sneak peek at the return of Ash, the first four minutes of the series have been made available online as a way to convince anyone who doesn’t pay for Starz to call their cable subscriber and change that. Will this new Ash vs Evil Dead clip be enough to convince people to pay for another set of channels? Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
With Ash vs. Evil Dead set to arrive Starz this Halloween, the chances of a proper Evil Dead 4 just dwindled to near zero. After all, surely a new TV series can cover whatever ground a proper film sequel would have have gone over. If it’s a hit, Ash vs. Evil Dead could essentially become Evil Dead 5 and Evil Dead 6 and so on, taking this beloved horror series in whatever direction it desires for as long as it desires.
But there’s still that aura of “What-if?” and mystery surrounding a third Evil Dead sequel, and franchise director and mastermind Sam Raimi has only compounded it. Now that he’s started talking about what could have been, we really want to see it happen.
For details on the dead (for now) Evil Dead 4 plot, hit the jump and read on.
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Bruce Campbell returns as the dopey, selfish Ash in Sam Raimi‘s new TV series Ash vs Evil Dead, but this time he isn’t alone in his battle against demented, relentless evil.
There’s a whole set of new characters around him, from the two sidekicks (at least one of whom might be a lot smarter than Ash) played by Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, to the cop played by Jill Marie Jones and Ruby, the tough new character for Lucy Lawless. Meet them all in a new featurette below, which also has a bunch of new footage, and even a good hint about how Ash unleashes the Evil Dead this time. Read More »