It feels like Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were promising some kind of “Evil Dead” sequel for years. There was lots of talk, and more talk, but after a few years, it actually materialized: a new series from Starz featuring Campbell, called “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” The brand being what it is, a San Diego Comic-Con appearance was a no-brainer, so the entire cast showed up in Southern California and unveiled the new full trailer.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 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.
And yes, it’s still a horror comedy that arrives 23 years after “Army Of Darkness” first debuted in 1992. Sam Raimi directed and co-wrote the pilot, and he’s executive producing the show, so presumably it’s in good hands. Watch the full trailer here, plus check out some new photos.