While I stuck this in the Reviews category, it’s really more of a first impression thing and I won’t be rating by stars or anything.
I, like many other people, have been eagerly awaiting the premier of Ash Vs. Evil Dead since I first heard confirmation the series was happening. That day finally arrived, fittingly on Halloween, this past Saturday.
The excitement this series generated online caused Starz to renew it for a second season before it even premiered. I no doubt contributed to that, sharing several posts from the show’s Facebook page while watching and reading whatever I could find about it.
First, I’d like to say Evil Dead is probably my favorite horror franchise. Take what you want from that, as I’m not usually someone who gets really into horror movies or even books. The first Evil Dead movie is quite possibly the creepiest film I have ever seen. The first time I saw it, it brought me to a level of suspense not unlike paranoia. It’s not the scenes of graphic violence and death that did it, but rather all the space between. Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness managed to keep a level of weirdness similar to the first movie, then add a thick layer of fun like no one but Bruce Campbell can. This TV series continues that in the same gory form.
The first episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead was everything I could want it to be and even a little more. Ash is back. There was comedy. There’s Bruce Campbell. The characters are simple but not flat, as is what you’d expect and need to tell this sort of story. Oh, and it’s Bruce Fucking Campbell playing Ash again.
One thing to note is Sam Raimi, creator of the Evil Dead franchise wrote and directed this first episode but none of the others in this season. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t worry be a little. I eagerly look forward to next week’s episode. It’s even half as good as the first, this will be a series worth watching again and again. If it’s not, hopefully they can find what writers work best for the series and give us a great second season. Either way, I’ll probably keep watching.
First and foremost, this show is for those who are already fans of the franchise. That much should be obvious. After them, it’s for the growing faction of horror TV fans. Do you like American Horror Story but want something a bit more off-the-wall insane? Do you like The Walking Dead but wish it weren’t so goddamn boring? This show is for you.
I’d suggest anyone who can stomach a lot of gore and wants something exciting should check it out. If you’ve already watched the show, I’d love to hear what you thought of it in the comments.