Jul 092015
 




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Bruce Campbell has revealed that the official Ash vs Evil Dead trailer will drop at Comic-Con, so hopefully it will be on-line soon after.

To keep you going until then, tonight we have an incredibly brief teaser for the show, two bloody and brilliant images courtesy of EW, and also some of Campbell’s comment, also from EW.

When talking about the show, Campbell promised fans “It’s everything! If you watch the show you’ll go, ‘Did he just say what I think he said?’ And then you’ll go, ‘Did I just see what I think I just saw?’ ”

He continued, saying that fans will not be made to feel ripped off by the series:

This is really a nice quality show. I’m gonna feel good about presenting this to people. I really am. They will so not be ripped off by what we’re gonna do.”

He continued: “And I mean that from a horror point of view. The attempted entertainment value? Pretty high! Pretty high! The only difference now is you don’t see the hoses. You don’t see all the tubes that you used to see in the first ‘Evil Dead.’ We’ve moved past that. But when we do blood effects, it’s not digital. The other day, the guy brought in a keg! He had a keg on a cart, with the tubes coming out of the keg. This was a high-pressure situation. And then they hit us the other day with mortars. We’re using kegs to pump this blood. We’re using mortars — like air mortars! — to blow this s—. You kill a monster, it’s ugly”

Director and producer Sam Raimi also had some words, mainly about building sets:

We’re creating a world. So, we’re fabricating more stuff than you normally would for a show. Even if it’s, let’s say, a bookstore. Our bookstore doesn’t look like the average bookstore. Our diner doesn’t look like a normal diner. So, it’s all been Evil Dead-ized. So, we’re creating a world. That’s it’s own special effect. And, yeah, we’re using today’s methods and we’re using yesterday’s methods. Sam is a mix-and-match kind of guy. He’s a bait and switch. He’ll show you some stop motion animation, and throw in an old fashion matte shot. He’ll show you a miniature or he’ll show you a little digital. He’s not a one-stop guy. So, Sam’s always, ‘Look here! Look here!’ He’s a magician at heart. I was his assistant. We did bar mitzvahs. So Sam’s always used to the sleight of hand, sort of deal.”

Mimi Rogers (“Mad Men,” ”NCIS”) has joined the cast of the highly anticipated STARZ series “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” slated to debut this fall. Rogers will play Suzy Maxwell, a woman who is reunited with her family and several uninvited guests after a freak accident. The long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is currently shooting in New Zealand on the 10-episode first season.

Rogers joins the cast led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” which he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”), and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”), who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce, and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers.

Joining Sam Raimi in the director’s chair are Michael J. Bassett, who helmed Solomon Kane, Deathwatch and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D; Canadian filmmaker David Frazee who shot a few episodes of “Orphan Black”; New Zealander Michael Hurst of “Xena” and “Spartacus” fame; Aussie Tony Tilse who shot “Underbelly”; “Xena” and “Spartucus” vet Rick Jacobson is responsible for the season finale.

The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

 

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Matt Wavish

Matt WavishA keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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