More details have surfaced from the grave (well, when we say “the grave,” we actually mean Starz head-honcho Chris Albrecht), regarding the upcoming horror series Ash Vs Evil Dead, from gore-maestros, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. Since the initial details were released about the series, fans have been haemorrhaging arterial-spurts of blood-induced galore, at the prospect of seeing the iconic Ash return to ‘slice-n-dice’ some demons. (more…)
Bruce Campbell will be gracing the small screen again and this time he is reprising his iconic role of Ash from The Evil Dead franchise. A role that is, quite frankly, been made for him, and has to be one of the most quoted fictional characters to this day. So, there’s no surprise that Campbell is saying that the TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, is the “real deal“. Campbell has been building up the new show, telling fans that “this is what they have been waiting for.” (more…)
We had Fede Alvarez’s critically acclaimed remake back in 2013 that certainly didn’t hold back in terms of the amount of gore and blood that was used during production. Supposedly they used 50,000 gallons of blood for the final scene alone, but the somber and serious tone took away from the heart of the original trilogy. There was also a certain character – and thus so, lack of one-liners – missing from the movie. So, the news that Starz have greenlit the long-awaited follow-up to the classic film franchise The Evil Dead has us very excited indeed. If there is two words to some up how we are feeling, then they would be “Groovy Baby.’ (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: Story updated from 1/25/14. Original article carries on below.
Fans of the Evil Dead franchise we’re surprised when Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert and his brother Ivan Raimi announced at San Diego Comic Con that a Evil Dead TV series was in the works (see below). As if that wasn’t exciting enough, a recent tweet by Bruce “The Chin” Campbell has implied he will not just be involved in the series, but actually be starring in it, reprising his role as Ash Williams.
The third movie in the Expendables series comes out at the end of summer, and, as with the previous two entries, it’s expected to be a tremendous success. We’ve already heard about the potential for at least one spin-off film in The Expendables style, the female-centric Expendabelles, which will feature a cast of kick-ass ladies from franchises across the big screen. This where Bruce Campbell comes in. The Evil Dead icon once discussed the idea of a Horror icon-version of The Expendables that would feature, among others, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees Kane Hodder, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Kruger Robert Englund, and, of course, The Chin himself, Bruce Campbell. (more…)
Fair warning — Bill Lustig is a personal hero.
The work Lustig has done in the arena of film preservation and presentation with his company Blue Underground (whose output has sadly slowed down to a halt recently) is top tier stuff, bringing us amazing exploitation gems that would otherwise be lost forever. It also helps that he’s made a slew of bonafide classics (fuck that condescending “cult classic” bullshit) such as Vigilante, Maniac, Relentless and, of course, the Maniac Cop films. I got to meet the big man from 42nd Street a few years back (at a 35mm screening of Maniac, after which he gave one of the best Q&As I’ve ever witnessed) and was literally shaking with excitement to get my Vigilante blu-ray signed — to the point that wife actually had to do the talking for me because I was so nervous. That’s just who I am. If Tom Hanks were to start talking to me, I’d play it completely cool. But Bill Lustig? That man’s a goddamn knee-clack-inducing legend.
All of this is a long-winded intro to the news that Maniac Cop (yes, the Larry Cohen/Robert Z’Dar collabo.) is being remade. Now, most people would be mad that one of their heroes’ best films is being redone for a new audience. But when you tell me that Lustig himself is producing, along with modern exploitation auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), my eyes light up like stars. Now they’ve added none other than Ed Brubaker (Captain America: the Winter Solider) to script the redux, and I am literally counting the days until I can watch it.
Sometimes the Internet is a harsh mistress, raising our hopes and then laughing manically as they come crashing down around us. All we can do is pick up the pieces and move on, though sometimes the bad news is enough to scar us for life. This time the Internet brings us the horrible words of Bruce Campbell who has stated that there will be no Army of Darkness sequel. (more…)
Apparently, in real life, the boomstick is his mouth.
Bruce Campbell took to the stage at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con on Friday, answering a direct fan question about the possibility of an Army of Darkness sequel, prompting the 55 year old big-chinned cult icon to say…
It’s been 10 years since the release of Freddy Vs Jason, the definitive face-off of two of horrors biggest icons. The film did enjoy success at the time of its release, earning just over $82 million at the domestic box office, but if it took nearly 20 years to figure out a way to get Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees together on the same sound stage. Figuring out what to do for sequel would have been murder (so to speak).
Producers went through various iterations, maybe Freddy and Jason would fight Pinhead next, or Michael Myers, but they eventually settled on Ash, the hero of the Evil Dead series played by Bruce Campbell. Apparently, New Line even talked to Sam Raimi and Campbell about this potential Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash, and things seemed to progressing well, until they didn’t. So what happened? Well, Freddy himself, actor Robert Englund, shed some light on the subject while at the Nashville Comic Expo. Here’s what Englund had to say according to ComicBook.com:
To be really honest with you guys, Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash—just say that five times fast—came this close [making an inch mark with his fingers] to being made as a movie,” said Englund. “Right around the time Sam Raimi was the richest man in Hollywood after Spider-Man, he had a big meeting with Bob Shaye of New Line Cinema, the people at Time Warner, and they were thinking seriously about making it.
But I think that Sam wanted Ash to win. Well, I liked that idea actually. I had this idea for a poster with Bruce Campbell with his abs all airbrushed like for 300 with his shirt open, standing there with my head under this arm and Jason’s head under this arm, and it would say, ‘Keep the world safe from sequels.’
I’m laughing already. It’s too bad the sequel didn’t happen, I have to say. I thought Freddy Vs Jason was an enjoyably campy romp and it would have been fun to see “The Chin” get in on the action. That’s Hollywood for you though, so many missed opportunities.
Since fans and critics everywhere have all but universally declared Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake even Eviler and Deader than the original – not to mention pulled in a tidy $26 million for the studio over the past weekend – it comes as no surprise whatsoever that talk of a sequel, or even a whole new franchise is in the air.
Alvarez and original Evil Dead trilogy star/J.R “Bob” Dobbs avatar Bruce Campbell recently sat down with IGN and rapped about the future of the Evil Dead series. With any luck, we’ll have both a second installment of Alvarez’s Evil Dead – AND Army Of Darkness 2 to look forward to…not to mention a possible crossover between the respective fictional universes.
Let’s give ‘em a listen, shall we?
In the meantime, I’ve yet to encounter anyone who has anything negative to say about the new Evil Dead. I haven’t been fortunate enough to see it, but I hope to remedy this soon.
Evil Dead is now playing at theaters nationwide.