One upon a time, there were a trio of guys from Michigan that decided to make a movie. For the then princely sum of $350,000, writer/director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell created a seminal indie horror hit that’s still beloved and referenced by fans and audiences to this day. It inspired two sequels, a remake and a beloved interactive musical that’s been performed on stages the world over. Next: TV. The television continuation of The Evil Dead featuring original star Campbell has been in the works for a while, and now Starz is wetting your whistle for what’s to come when the adventures of Ash Vs Evil Dead. (more…)
Bruce Campbell is the King, baby, and every chance he has to remind his legions of fans of this fact, he takes. Fans are chomping at the bit to see the new Evil Dead television series, Ash vs. The Evil Dead, and for good reason! The series will reunite Campbell with his long-time collaborator, director/writer Sam Raimi, and give fans more of the character that they fell in love with back in 1981 with the cult classic horror flick, The Evil Dead. However, while speaking with Movieweb, Campbell just gave horror fans some news in which to sink our teeth. It looks like Campbell is working on an Expendables-type horror flick. Or dreaming about one. Either way, this idea could have some potential. (more…)
“In a time of evil books, deadites, and smart ass S-Mart clerks, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero”. She was Lucy Lawless, a well-known cult actor forged in the heat of several TV series that appeal to a nerdy/obsessive audiences. The power. The danger. The one-liners. Her courage will change the upcoming Starz series Ash Vs. The Evil Dead. That’s all a roundabout way of saying, yes, Lawless has been cast to join Bruce Campbell in the new Starz series that continues the story of Ash and his neverending fight against The Evil Dead as featured in the trilogy of movies of the same name. (more…)
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…)