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Ash vs Evil Dead

Posted November 27, 2015 into Telly by John Birmingham

First of all, it should be The Evil Dead, but that's the only complaint I have about Sam Raimi’s reboot, running on Stan here and Starz in the US. It’s way better than I imagined or hoped, partly because everyone – producers, writers, actors, everyone – has taken the cheesy awfulness of this idea and run hard with it. The balance between scares and larfs is pretty much just right and there were more than a few times while I was watching that I thought, “We really don’t need an adaptation of the Dave novels. They’ve been done.”

The premise is pretty simple. Thirty years after Ash Williams bested the beasts of Hell, he’s living in a trailer park, possessed of just enough remnant mojo to have his way with the less choosy ladies and inspire the admiration of the weak willed and infirm of mind. After getting stoned with one of his conquests he foolishly reads her some ‘poetry’ from the Necronomicon, opening the gates to the UnderRealms or the Hellmouth or, you know, whatever.

Hell is back, and after some initial reluctance to get involved, so is Ash.

A hiatus of twenty or thirty years has allowed for a few quantum leaps in special effects and the show looks really good, without ever abandoning its pulpy origins. The script is witty and although Army of Darkness can legitimately lay claim to being one of the holy texts of the comedy-horror genre, the genre did continue to develop in the years after 1993 and this series really benefits from that. It’s genuinely funny, but still scary enough at times that you might not want to serve it up for the kiddies after dark.

I’m still at the start of the series, with new eps every week, meaning a binge is off the table unless you want to wait for the whole season to drop. But I’ll be happy calling in on Ash and THE evil dead over the summer as deadlining allows.

8 Responses to ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted November 27, 2015
And she's awesome.

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she_jedi reckons...

Posted November 27, 2015
“We really don’t need an adaptation of the Dave novels. They’ve been done.”

No. No no no no no. Not to cast aspersions on Ash, because I'm very much looking forward to getting into this, but does Ash have dragons? Kickass Russian assassins? Zen surfer Christian SEALs? Didn't think so. We still need movie adaptions of The Dave thank you very much. Get your people onto it :P

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted November 28, 2015
I wholeheartedly agree with you - quite possibly for selfish reasons.

she_jedi is gonna tell you...

Posted November 28, 2015
Selfish or not, this is another compelling reason. Ash clearly does not have a Professor P N Boylan in its universe either, proving once and for all that the Dave movies have most definitely not been done already. Shame JB, shame.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted November 28, 2015
Your logic and excellent argument forces my agreement.

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted November 27, 2015
Understatement much. Its the reason I signed up for Stan.Which of course meant having to a PS4 because reasons.

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nuff said has opinions thus...

Posted November 30, 2015
Hail to the King, Baby.

It's more Evil Dead II than 3. Even reused some of the joke's,
It's been picked up for a second season.
Can't help but think hour ep's would have been better. Half a hour of Bruce a week just isn't enough.

Can't wait for you to write some more time travel shenanigan's and have him fighting zombie Hitler.

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