Ash vs Evil Dead was a bloody, gruesome, and groovy ride during its first season, and now the wait for owning it is over. This week Starz and Anchor Bay announced the Blu-ray release date for Ash vs Evil Dead season 1, and it’s Aug. 23, 2016!
Starz also released a full description of the Blu-ray, which you can find below.
“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell reprises 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.
The cast also includes Lucy Lawless as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones 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.
Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 Episode Guide
director: Sam Raimi
“this is definitely Evil Dead, baby. Grab an axe.” Den of Geek Review
director: Michael J. Bassett
“That’s one of the reasons why “Bait” falls flat in some areas, thanks to a frustrating (yet requisite) sense of inertia.” Den of Geek Review
director: Michael J. Bassett
“Although it spends most of its running time fleshing out (heh heh) the bigger picture of Evil Dead and setting up a foggy destination for the first season’s master plan, “Books from Beyond” is a solid episode of a new series that already has a loveable identity.” Den of Geek Review
director: David Frazee
“So Ash vs Evil Dead is becoming more of a character study for Ash than anything else. It’s putting him on trial in a way. And that’s groovy.” Den of Geek Review
director: David Frazee
“Since we’re already at the halfway point of season one, this is a good statement to make, because things on Ash vs Evil Dead are starting to get silly. No, not Army of Darkness silly. We have to pace ourselves here (season four, maybe?). But silly enough to warrant a few eye-rolls from the uninitiated and several quizzical looking emojis from the experts.” Den of Geek Review
director: Michael Hurst
“You know what else is groovy? “The Killer of Killers.” I’m talking groovy as in “hell yes,Evil Dead is on top of its disgusting game again.” Groovy as in “Hail to the King because he’s forever going to be a lovable douchebag.” Groovy as in “this episodes is just about as satisfying as the series premiere was.” Groovy as in…okay, I’m done with this. You get the picture.” Den of Geek Review
director: Michael Hurst
“Last week on Ash vs Evil Dead, my hopes for this little movie-to-television experiment were renewed. “The Killer of Killers” was, for lack of a better term, a killer episode. It was a sufficiently ghoulish checkpoint for the first season that managed to dish out plenty of cheap thrills and disgusting spills we won’t soon forget. This week, however, my expectations have been tempered again since what I’ve just witnessed might possibly be the lowest point of the series so far.” Den of Geek Review
director: Tony Tilse
“Although I’ve been fairly outspoken about my issues with the way Amanda Fisher’s character has been handled, her death is offensive in this episode, and equally disturbing to watch. Although not quite on par with Maddie’s death in Twin Peaks, it certainly ranks in the top ten in terms of suddenness and brutality. Fisher’s character may have been made of bubble wrap, but watching Evil Ash pulverize, violate and murder the show’s only black female character was not a fun experience for me. It felt downright ugly, in fact.” Den of Geek Review
director: Tony Tilse
As soon as the episode kicks off, I had a gut feeling that this installment was written from a completely different angle than its dreary predecessor was. We left off in a somewhat disturbing place last time: Ash suddenly had yet another evil doppelganger grown from his old hand that brutally murdered Agent Fisher by impaling her on a pair of antlers, just like how her partner from the pilot died. It was a grim note to end on, and the cartoony duel between the two Ashes that immediately followed gave us a case of tonal whiplash that I’m still recovering from. Den of Geek Review
director: Rick Jacobs
“Now that we’ve got a full season of Ash vs Evil Dead under our skins, I can safely say that it’s been a not-so-long but very strange trip. Each week, we’ve had the unholy delight of witnessing yet another experiment with the Evil Dead formula, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and watching a show based one of the most notoriously violent and wacky movie trilogies find its identity in a television format. Yes, there have been more than a few distracting potholes along the way. Some episodes worked better than others some gags fell flat; certain characters were worthless robots programmed to move the story along; the tone was never consistent; and sometimes the major story arc could have had a clearer direction (or purpose.) But even if it is rough around the edges, the first year of Ash vs Evil Dead has never, ever been boring. And that’s what really counts.” Den of Geek Review
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Ash vs Evil Dead TV Series Story
Here’s the official synopsis:
Bruce Campbell returns 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.
We are introduced to a nomadic Ash, a figure who’s not only haunted by traumatic memories but also terrorized by the unwelcome continuance of Deadite attacks, which have followed him to the myriad Midwestern trailer parks he’s been forced to call home. In an effort to eke out an existence and in keeping with his previous choice of career, the character spends his days working at Ted’s Superclub as a stock room trainee and, in true Ash fashion, his evenings chasing skirt in roadside bars.
Ash vs Evil Dead Cast
Ash vs. Evil Dead also stars Lucy Lawless as Ruby, “a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks,” 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,” Ray Santiago (Touch, Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, “an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick,” and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, “a moody wild child trying to outrun her past.”
Mimi Rogers of Mad Men and Austin Powers has joined the cast of the Army of Darkness TV series. Rogers will play Suzy Maxwell, a woman reunited with her family and several uninvited guests (Deadites or the Chin?) following a freak accident.
But by sending Den of Geek editor David Crow to the Ash vs. Evil Dead panel at San Diego Comic-Con, we learned first hand that Lucy Lawless will also be playing Ruby Knowby, a relative of Professor Knowby from the original Evil Dead Trilogy , who was the first fool man to dare to read from the Necronomicon! Lawless’ character will also believe that Ashley Williams is personally responsible for the evil deriving from the Book of the Dead and is hunting the poor sap down to “eviscerate him!” (Lawless’ words)
Ash vs. Evil Dead Production
Ash vs. Evil Dead has a ten episode season planned, and production is underway in New Zealand. It should premiere on Starz in time for Halloween. Sam Raimi will direct the first episode. Bloody Disgusting has the details on who will direct future episodes of Ash vs. Evil Dead (Sam Raimi is doing the honors for the pilot). Michael J. Basset, David Frazee, Michael Hurst, Tony Tilse, and Rick Jacobson will each occupy the chair.
By the way, Bruce Campbell has some choice words for The Walking Dead, the show that dominates zombie television at the moment:
“We are competitive with ‘The Walking Dead,’ like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] Deadites are very clever. They’re not stupid shufflers. They can mimic people; they can drive cars. They’re a fun threat. They [‘The Walking Dead’] are right up there [though] with being responsible for the current resurgence [of horror].”
This sounds like a blast. More on Ash vs. Evil Dead as we hear it, but for now we have more thoughts on our podcast…
Ash vs. Evil Dead Spin-Off?
We also were there at San Diego Comic-Con Friday when Sam Raimi revealed that while they truly hope Ash vs. Evil Dead lasts for many years (Bruce Campbell wants people to be bored of these “goddamn Ash vs. Evil Dead panels by season 7!”), he also plans to make a fourth Evil Dead film where Bruce Campbell’s Ash teams up with Jane Levy’s Mia from the Evil Dead remake!
While Raimi personally told us that he has not talked in-depth with Fede Alvarez about this yet, and that such a spin-off would be a long-time off, Bruce Campbell seemed game. He even told a room full of fans that he saw it as a potential “father/daughter” relationship. Of course, Raimi found that idea offensive, stating they’d be “buddies in arms,” but there is plenty of time to work it out…
Ash vs Evil Dead TV Series Photos
The chainsaws may change, but the chin always stays the same. That’s certainly the case of Bruce Campbell in the heroic role of Ashley Williams–the middleaged stockboy lothario who can still rise to the occasion to battle armies of the dead.
It’s official: Ash vs. Evil Dead is going to be at New York Comic Con, and we’ll be there to cover every bit of their panel, which will have Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Lucy Lawless, Dana DeLorenzo, and Ray Santiago in attendance. Also related to the event, we have a new image from the groovy series, which you can view below. Feast your eyes on the king, baby (Bruce Campbell) and his new sidekick Kelly Maxwell, played by DeLorenzo.
Check out the first official Ash vs. Evil Dead poster from Starz with Bruce Campbell’s glorious chin being prominently featured. Plus a shotgun. Your welcome.
Check out more images from the new series, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, below!
In addition to the above groovy image, we are allowed to dare look into Ash’s folly once more, as the pages of the Necronomicon have been revealed before Comic-Con via EW. Below, check out the literature nasty images, which look remarkably restrained compared to the recent Evil Dead remake. We’re certainly going back to the mythology of the original trilogy. Of course, I still hold out wild hope that Jane Levy’s Mia will appear for a guest spot to join chainsaw forces with the chin….