Ash vs Evil Dead premiere review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

Ash vs Evil Dead Premiere Review

Bruce Campbell returns as the chainsaw wielding anti-hero, Ash Williams in Starz Network’s new horror comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash is back and that’s really Groovy for fans of the Evil Dead franchise

Season 1, Ep. 1 | Premiered Oct 10, 2015 at NYCC | Airs Oct 31 on Starz
by TS Alan

Ash vs Evil Dead premiere review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

Attendees at the packed Ash vs Evil Dead panel was given an amazing surprise, when star Bruce Campbell and executive producer Sam Raimi revealed that the audience was not going to get the trailer like San Diego Comic Con had, but the entire first episode was going to be screened.

The audience exploded with enthusiastic cheers and applause at the announcement, giving those who made the trek — and the long wait in line — to the off-site venue (Hammerstein Ballroom) the best Halloween treat ever. The raucous capacity crowd did not stop their noise making once the pilot started. It was a roller coaster ride of blood, gore, scares and laughs as Ash Williams took on the deadites that he has been running from for thirty years, and the crowd reaction revealed that the audience was amazed and pleased that the iconic Ash character was back.

There is so much I could say about this half-hour horror-comedy, but I would give too much away and spoil the ride that the premiere episode will take you on. However, there is one reveal I will tell you, which came from Lucy Lawless during the panel discussion. Lawless told the audience that Ruby is actually Ruby Knowby, the daughter of Professor Raymond Knowby, and she’s hunting for Ash. Though Lawless’s part in the premiere episode was a mere cameo, it will build throughout the series, especially when she teams up with Amanda Fisher played by Jill Marie Jones. The how and why of the two getting together, however, I will not reveal.

Ash vs Evil Dead premiere review by TS Alan | Zombie Education Alliance

L to R: Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Bruce Campbell as Ashley “Ash” J. Williams, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell

By the end of the first episode you’ll be wanting to watch more of the aging Lothario and his new cohorts kick deadite ass and save the world from the Evil Dead. You’ll also never be able to listen to Deep Purple’s “Space Trucking,” again without thinking of Ash driving his 1973 Olds Delta 88.

As I tweeted from the NYCC panel, the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead is ‘balls out awesome.’ It’s a show not to be missed.

Bruce Campbell returns as the chainsaw wielding anti-hero, Ash Williams in Starz Network's new horror comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead Ash is back and that's really Groovy for fans of the Evil Dead franchise Season 1, Ep. 1 | Premiered Oct 10, 2015 at NYCC | Airs Oct 31 on Starz by TS Alan Attendees at the packed Ash vs Evil Dead panel was given an amazing surprise, when star Bruce Campbell and executive producer Sam Raimi revealed that the audience was not going to get the trailer like San Diego Comic Con had, but the entire first episode…

Review Overview

5 out of 5

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Summary : Balls out awesome! What every Evil Dead fan has been waiting for and more. If you love horror-comedy, then don't miss Ash vs Evil Dead.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.

8 comments

  1. I switched from Cinemax to Starz just so I can watch this.

  2. I’m so excited for Ash vs Evil Dead to premiere. I’ve been a huge Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell fan ever since I first saw Evil Dead all those years ago when it was first released in the theaters. Bruce is such a great Ash. I love the combination of Bruce and Sam Raimi and how Sam made an amazing first movie on a low budget. It’s a classic that will always be loved by all who discover it.
    I’ve loved everything that Bruce has been in but so glad that he’s back as Ash. I can’t wait to see what the character gets into next and how he saves the world from Deadites.
    Thank you for the great contest and the opportunity to win. I love collecting Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness items and have quite a good collection so far (I even have a vanity license plate to show my love of Evil Dead) but nothing for Ash vs Evil Dead since I wasn’t able to go to any of the Comic Cons.

  3. I loved Evil Dead II so much, I was always showing it to everyone hoping they’d love it too. Now, all these years later, seeing the series has fan base strong enough to warrant a television series, just blows my mind! From cult film series to prime time- Hail to the king, baby!

  4. Watching all the evil dead movies I wished we could see the character in another movie or tv show. Now learning about the return of ash and reading your review I am so pumped to see this show! Thanks for the contest, I always wanted a t-shirt involving the evil dead movies, but I watched it many years after the movies released and lost my chance.

  5. Wow..evil dead is so oddly exhilarating. My boyfriend a huge fan whose seen every spanking Evil Dead movie out there and one who knows the nervous anxiety i get if i see blood, or indescribable and out of this world movies like gore. However after the girlish screams and brief eyes closed moments, I lightened up to Evil Dead films and am actually excited for the Starz show. I mean who else can rock a beauty like a saw with a badass demeanor as a hand. Ash is more groovy and modern than good ol Captain Hook. Im ready to scream and whimper in the ear of my poor soon to be earless boyfriend.

  6. Oh man, this looks amazing. I have a friend that I’m going to have to tell about this. She loves herself some creepy things!

  7. This sounds pretty awesome! Can’t wait to see it!

  8. I have only one word to say about this show… Groovy