As if the name alone wasn’t an immediate draw, there are a bunch of reasons why Ash vs Evil Dead is one of the coolest shows of the year. And one of those ways is how much it fits in with the original film trilogy in terms of both the look and the character of Ash. That’s obviously an intentional draw, and here’s how showrunner Craig DiGregorio describes creator Sam Raimi’s approach for the show’s appearance.
Obviously just having Bruce Campbell around immediately reminds people of the first Evil Dead film, which came out 24 years ago, and its sequels. And even he is presented to resemble how he looked as Ash in the past. His hair is colored jet black, his skin is bronzed, and though his body isn’t quite as svelte as it used to be, he still looks like he’s in great shape. That definitely helps when one is jumping around and blasting deadites with boomsticks.
The show itself also features lots of visual callbacks to the original films. There’s the signature “non-steady cam racing forward throughout the woods” shot, the “car facing the camera head-on so that it looks extremely wide” shot, and others. Though Raimi only directed the first episode of the TV series, he did so in such a way that offered up a blueprint for the filmmakers that followed him. As well, I’m sure he had more than a few conversations with other helmers about what details he would want the show to call back to.
DiGregorio also explained to Collider how great it was to see that the Ash character is basically still the same guy as the one from the movies.
Maybe Season 2 will be all about him getting married and having some kids, but probably not. Check out new episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead every Saturday night on Starz. If you’re somehow not already watching, you’re doing yourself a non-groovy disservice.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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