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Thursday, August 20, 2015

I Am Irrationally Excited about Jill Marie Jones and Lucy Lawless in ASH VS. EVIL DEAD

I didn't even love the Evil Dead franchise (its ridiculously fake 80s gore tactic was just silly to me), but I am geeked about the idea of an episodic series. I think it will give the writers more time to develop the scant premise into something far more substantial than a "haunted cabin in the woods" type story that has been done to death (literally). Plus, Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends) and Lucy Lawless aka Xena, Warrior Princess team up with Bruce Campbellthe franchise's sole surviving actor?! Sold. If ASH VS. EVIL DEAD isn't kickass, I will be highly upset. (I realize movie-to-film adaptations don't exactly have a good track record, but I am still keeping hope alive).

In case you're unfamiliar with this series, which will debut on Starz on Halloween, read up on it below:

“Ash vs Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror films The Evil Dead. The 10-episode half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

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,” “Xena”) 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 watch the trailer here.

Anyone else psyched? ASH VS. EVIL DEAD premieres Saturday, October 31, at 9:00pm ET/PT exclusively on STARZ with a 10-episode season.


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