Hail to the king, baby.
Executive Producer Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell are resurrecting their Evil Dead franchise like a rotting, blood-slobbering deadite with Ash vs. Evil Dead, the long-awaited 10-episode Starz series set to bow on Halloween night.
The first trailer for the series debuted at Comic-Con in July and popped up online shortly thereafter; the network just followed with a shorter clip that won’t disappoint. There’s the chainsaw, the Classic, Raimi’s patented dark humor, and, yes, the chin.
Here’s the official synopsis from Starz:
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, 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.
Raimi directed the first episode himself, which he co-wrote with his broher and fellow Army of Darkness scribe, Ivan Raimi. Sounds groovy.