Blu-ray Review: ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ Is A Much-Watch For Fans Of The Movies

Review by Lauryn Angel

Ash Williams is back! Unfortunately, so are the Deadites.

Ash Vs. Evil Dead catches up with our hero thirty years after the events of the first two Evil Dead movies. (Aside from a medieval-looking waist-cincher, there are no mentions of Ash’s time-travel in Army of Darkness). Ash (Bruce Campbell) has moved on from the S-Mart to the Value Stop, but not much else has changed. We get our first look at the aging lothario as he is getting ready for a night out. The swagger is still there, and he’s doing quite well with the ladies.

Unfortunately, he’s still not the sharpest knife in the drawer, as, in an effort to impress a lady, he does the one thing that should know better than to do: he reads from the Necronomicon Ex Mortis – the Book of the Dead that started all that trouble thirty years ago. Now the Deadites are out to get him, taking the form of his booty-calls, his neighbors, and even toys.

This time, though, Ash isn’t fighting the Deadites alone. He is joined by his co-workers Pablo Simon Bolivar (Ray Santiago) and Kelly Maxwell (Dana DeLorenzo). Also on the scene are the enigmatic Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and Michigan State Police officer Amanda Fisher (Jill Marie Jones). Fisher is looking for answers regarding a strange encounter which resulted in her partner’s death, and the trail leads right to Ash. As for what Ruby wants from Ash . . . that remains to be seen.

The iconic Boomstick and chainsaw-hand don’t appear until near the end of the first episode, but there is plenty violence, gore, and witty banter to satisfy Evil Dead fans until that moment. The show also does a great job bringing watchers who are new to the franchise up to speed about just what happened back in that cabin in the woods thirty years ago. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell bring us the perfect blend of horror and humor that the films are known for. The effects are still very much in Raimi’s trademark style, although they are much improved from the days of the original Evil Dead.

This show is a must-watch for Evil Dead fans and fans of horror-comedy in general. My only complaint about this series is that after the first episode, “El Jefe,” which has a forty-minute run time, episodes are only thirty minutes long – just long enough for Ash to get into trouble and keep us wondering how he’ll get out of it.

In stores on Tuesday, August 23.

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