Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 1 (2015)

Developed by: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless, Samara Weaving, Ben Fransham, Phil Peleton, Jared Turner, Hemky Madera, Kelson Henderson

It's been 30 years since the events of the Evil Dead and Ash Williams (Campbell) is still on edge as the protector of the Book of the Dead. A middle-aged man who finds comfort in his trailer, sleeping with random women and experimenting with any drugs he can get his hands on, Ash inadvertently reads from the book one debauched night releasing the Evil Dead.

Figuring he is the only one who knows how to defeat the spirits, Ash is joined by his 'ValueShop' co-worker Pablo (Santiago), a man who believes Ash is a conqueror of evil, and Kelly (DeLorenzo), Pablo's crush bewilldered by the sudden return of her missing mother (played by guest star Mimi Rogers). Meanwhile, Michigan cop Amanda Fisher (Jones) has her own battle with Evil Dead which leads to her pursuit of Ash.

The whole gang is back once again in this sequel that doesn't fail in its nostalgia. Executive produced by Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert, the director, producer and star of all the previous instalments, what is most disappointing is the length and the needless misadventures the group get up to, but once it returns to the cabin in Episode 8 (Ashes to Ashes), everything becomes complacent even though they could have just made a fourth sequel and be done with it.

Don't get me wrong, there is much fun to be had and the comic-book effects suit this more than any other production and is in keeping with the comic-book form, such as Sin City visually achieved. Campbell is also in great form, alongside terrific newcomers Santiago and DeLorenzo, that it seems the Evil Dead remake was merely a waste of our time. I'm not sure what Season 2 has in store, but hopefully it keeps its spirits up.

3.5/5

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