While no one’s happy about the fact that Ash vs Evil Dead has been canceled, we should be happy we got it at all. Indeed, it was an ultra-violent rarity on Cable TV, the likes of which delighted hardcore horror fans to no end. Starz took one hell of a gamble, and now we have tons of new canon for the franchise launched by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell way back in 1980.
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The end of Ash vs Evil Dead is the perfect time to reflect on the iconic, highly-influential franchise in its entirety. As part of his ongoing Screen Smart series, Irish academic and film critic Ryan Hollinger delves deep, taking us back to the twisted roots of The Evil Dead. It’s a must watch for new and old fans alike. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
About the Show: Screen Smart is a show celebrating Ryan’s love for film, games, art, and entertainment through personal retrospective analysis that aims to explore what made them so good.
Check out the trailers and synopses for the original Evil Dead Trilogy below. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
Official Synopsis: The second of three films in the Evil Dead series is part horror, part comedy, with Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) once again battling horrifying demons at a secluded cabin in the woods. After discovering an audiotape left by a college professor that contains voices reading from the Book of the Dead, Ash’s girlfriend Linda (Denise Bixler) becomes possessed by evil spirits that are awakened by the voices on the tape. Ash soon discovers there is no escaping the woods.
Official Synopsis: Ash is transported back to medieval days, where he is captured by the dreaded Lord Arthur. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the power to summon an army of ghouls.
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