With the key creative partners behind the original film all returning, there’s little chance the new television adaptation of the “Evil Dead” franchise will be deadite-level dumb. But the first full live-action trailer should excite fans more than anything they’ve seen since “Army of Darkness” debuted more than 22 years back.
With Sam Raimi directing and co-writing the pilot episode alongside Ivan Raimi (“Army of Darkness”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck”), as well as a cast featuring Campbell and Lucy Lawless, there’s a lot to be amped about in the upcoming Starz series. Add to that the above trailer, featuring many of the same traits that made “Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness” cult classics — including some grotesque camp, clever quips and high-style action (not to mention the trademark “through the woods” camera crawl) — and we can almost say, “Hail to the King, baby.”
The official synopsis reads as follows: “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.”
[cont’d] “The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (‘Evil Dead,’ ‘Burn Notice’) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (‘Salem,’ ‘Spartacus’) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (‘Touch,’ ‘Meet the Fockers’) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and 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.”
Fans gathering at Comic-Con Friday were the first to see the new spot, as well as learn the Halloween release date — a choice so perfect we should have been predicting it for months now (not only do the obvious horror connections apply, but Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and Starz loves airing its shows on Saturday nights).
Check out the trailer above and two new official images below. The 10-episode season will kick off with its first half-hour entry October 31 at 9pm.