The Horror Honeys: Honey Buzz ~ 5 Things You Need to Know about Ash vs The Evil Dead

Honey Buzz ~ 5 Things You Need to Know about Ash vs The Evil Dead

So, everyone knows by now that the TV version of The Evil Dead is coming to Starz this Fall. Filming is set to begin shortly in Auckland, New Zealand and even though the creators and stars have been spilling details about the show like creamed corn vomit, there seems to be MORE to learn from Sam Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and smirky star, Bruce Campbell. 

For what we already know about the show - check here and here  - story line possibilities and certainties, guest stars and so much more.

Is there really anything left to spill? Well, from Collider's interview with the trio, I pulled some tidbits that haven't been in any recent news blurbs - they also happen to be tidbits that I find interesting... so, there.

The tidbit: Ash Vs. Evil Dead will feature new Deadite designs, and entirely new entities altogether. According to Tapert, “We certainly will play to what we once did with Deadites, even through the remake, but we’re trying to expand the universe…We will encounter Deadites, which are very different from other forces of nature out there, and then we expose the audience to new entities that were not yet presented in the Evil Dead universe.

What it means: WELL, this is an ambiguous tidbit to be sure. The original film trilogy featured crazy dentures, angry molesting trees, a skeleton army, the Filth of the Pit, blank blind eyes, flying banshee/harpy creatures, and some weird monkey noises. The new film played it closer to the chest sticking to practical effects that were arrestingly beautiful and focused on the freaky instead of the freakish. So I'm not actually sure how I feel about this. TV budget isn't film budget, and that being the case I'm going to cast my bet that the Deadites in the series will be closer to the film Deadites, and will expand beyond floating hags with bad prosthetics in the Housewares aisle. 

The tidbit: Tonally, the series is a mix of the visceral horror of Evil Dead and the slapstick comedy of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Raimi described, “We have elements of the Evil Dead films, which have always had very hard-edged, intense horror really designed to frighten the audience, and no holds barred there…But also, there is a comedic element that is alive in this…. I think what we tried to do is go back to the horror of the first and second Evil Dead, but with the character that Bruce created over the second and third Evil Dead. We’re really a combination; something we haven’t quite seen before.”

What it means: So... Raimi is planning to combine the "playing it straight" approach of the first film (I found the second far too campy to be scary) which actually held some legitimate scares, and still does, with the smart assery of Campbell's Ash from the 2nd and 3rd films. While I love that Ash, it was his innocence that made the horror of the first film believable. I'm not sure how this is going to play out. We'll call this one, cautiously optimistic. 

The tidbit: The effects are designed to continue the Evil Dead tradition. Tapert said, “We’re working with a great makeup effects artist down in New Zealand, Roger Murray, we’ve worked with him on various things over the years. That’s one of the expectations from the franchise; makeup effects, gore effects. So absolutely we plan to have those and continue with what the audience expects from the franchise in a new and different way.” Campell agreed, “This is not going to be a watered down version of Evil Dead. The very first Evil Dead has no rating. The second Evil Dead has no rating. Only Army of Darkness was ever rated. Thankfully by partnering with Starz, the gloves are off and we have no restrictions, almost literally…[The fans] want the hardcore stuff, and they’re going to get it.

What it means: ALL THE CLAPPY HANDS. When you're promised gore, you expect gore. Horror TV has come a long way in the past few years when it comes to what can be beamed directly into viewers' homes. Can they deliver? My fingers are definitely crossed. Roger Murray has been on props departments for some spectacular effects projects - Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Evil Dead 2013, The Dead Lands, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, 30 Days of Night... I'm fucking sold. 

The tidbit: Sam Raimi will only direct the pilot. They’ve already got their other directors lined up, including Michael Bassett (Silent Hill: Revelation), Michael Hurst, and Rick Jacobsen.

What it means: Nothing, really. People get extremely uptight and excited when it comes to casting the director of a pilot. However, I've seen some terrible pilots for some amazing series' that have gone on to eclipse whoever directed the pilot. That's no smear on the inaugural director, but it goes to show the the series can be bigger than its originator. Or... it could be a death knell. Either or. Regardless of the fact that Raimi will be abandoning the rest of the series and will act only as a consulting voice, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The other directors mentioned are an interesting list. The only one I'm worried about is Michael Bassett... for Silent Hill reasons. Michael Hurst is known more for his acting, but he has recent TV directing experience and did helm several episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, which is all winning in my book. Rick Jacobsen also has a TV directing history which also includes Xena: Warrior Princess... I'm actually sensing a trend here... This may or may not be awesome. I can't even decide yet. 

The tidbit: Don’t count out another Ash-centric Evil Dead film either, even if the show doesn’t take off.  It’s a possibility no matter what happens, because I think we always want to keep that ability in the back of our minds to tell a story on the big ol‘ screen. Nothing will preclude anything, regardless of what happens.”

What it means: Don't be a tease, boys. We all know that you're not going to pass up an opportunity to make more money off of this franchise. I mean really... c'mon. Come ON. 

The verdict: I'm ready to see what they're going to do with this old and busted, internal demon battling Ash. I think.

For the full list of 32 things you should know about Ash vs The Evil Dead check out Collider's original post.