Friday, October 30, 2015

"Ash vs. Evil Dead" is Groovy, Gory Fun!

Horror enthusiasts have been clamoring for a sequel to “Army of Darkness” since the day it came out in theaters 23 years ago. Actor Bruce Campbell and Director / Producer Sam Raimi couldn’t escape one question every time they made an appearance at a convention or red carpet event: “Will we ever see a fourth ‘Evil Dead’ movie with Ash in it?” The answer is finally here in front of us. Instead of being in theaters, we’re getting a television series through the Starz network.

In “Ash vs. Evil Dead," our reluctant hero (Bruce Campbell) has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. After unleashing the Evil in an act of carelessness, a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind. Ash becomes our only hope once again.

“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is rated TV-MA for sex and nudity, violence and gore, profanity, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and frightening and intense scenes. Ash likes picking up chicks at the bar and smoking a little pot in his time off from Value City. The non-stop gore here is a perfect combination of the realism found in “The Evil Dead” remake and the cartoonish bloodletting we witnessed in “Evil Dead 2.”

The first episode of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" is everything you've been waiting 23 years to see. My only complaint is the needless sexual content. Director Sam Raimi has done the impossible by finding just the right mixture of campy CGI gore and convincing practical effects for the latest entry in his comedic horror saga. The audience is definitely left full of anticipation as the credits role.

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