While the cameras have yet to roll on Starz’s ten-episode sequel series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, that hasn’t stopped the network from assembling a brief teaser to clue audiences in on the forthcoming show. Returning to tackle the Deadites once again are original Dead director Sam Raimi, producer Bob Tapert and star of the show Bruce Campbell as the buffoonish Ash, for what’s shaping up to be a glorious return to the world of the Evil Dead.
This simple promo zones in on established elements from the Dead mythology: Ash’s iconic chainsaw, random groans, and the striking visual of the titular anti-hero lifting his weapon to the sky. As teasers go, it’s a remarkably short offering, but that’s not to say it won’t quench the thirst of diehard fans eager for more bloodshed when the show debuts.
In addition to the moving slideshow, Starz has unveiled a new poster that revolves around much of the same eye-catching artwork. As the show has yet to lens a single shot, it’s no surprise that these early promo tidbits lean heavily on pre-existing materials. That won’t be the case for much longer, however. Raimi is gearing up to shoot the pilot in New Zealand, based on a script he co-wrote with brother Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy, so expect a first look from the set to hit the web shortly.
Before Ash Vs. Evil Dead premieres later this year, check out the full-length synopsis below and be sure to let us know your thoughts on Raimi’s revisit to the world of the Dead.
Bruce Campbell will be reprising 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, 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, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past.