Maybe you can’t get enough zombie action or maybe you’re getting a little tired of the slow walkers on The Walking Dead, well now you’ll have a new brain-bashing undead television show to occupy your free time. The first trailer for Ash Vs. Evil Dead was released at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con and it did not disappoint at all.
The new Starz show is based on Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead franchise that has gathered a massive cult following since the original horror movie scared the shit out of audiences back in 1981. Bruce Campbell is Ashley “Ash” J. Williams, a zombie hunter who is trying to save the human species from deadites (zombies) with a chainsaw and his trusty boomstick. It was 30 years ago that Ash and his friends accidentally unleashed the deadite plague after they curiously read from a magical Necronomicon, “The Book of the Dead.” Groovy Bruce was the only one of his friends to survive, but now after all this time the deadites, demons and possessed toys are after him.
There looks to be plenty of cheesy one-liners, gallons of gushing blood, ridiculously preposterous kills and various creepy dead things attempting to annihilate anything and everything in their path.
If you enjoyed Raimi’s Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness you are completely stoked for Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
When Campbell was asked how the deadites stack up against walkers from The Walking Dead he was not shy about boasting that his undead were better:
“We are competitive with The Walking Dead, like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] deadites are very clever. They 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].”
The show also stars Mimi Rogers, Lucy Lawless, Jill Marie Jones, Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago.
The television series is currently in production in New Zealand. The first season will feature 10-episodes that are 30 minutes each. Ash Vs. Evil Dead will of premiere on Starz at 9 p.m. on Oct. 31, which is of course Halloween.
“He’s got to have the boomstick,” Campbell told the Comic-Con audience. “There are certain things that you just can’t do without. Will he be a lothario? Yeah, maybe a little bit.”