ASH VS EVIL DEAD

Get ready to feel groovy with Ash Vs Evil Dead: Round Two

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He’s still scrap­ping…

things like this just don’t hap­pen. Sure, pop­u­lar fran­chises are some­times re­vived af­ter years of ly­ing co­matose, but the re­sult is more of­ten In­di­ana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crys­tal Skull than Ash Vs Evil Dead.

Then again, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell’s cult hor­ror com­edy film se­ries The Evil Dead was never about nor­mal­ity, so we shouldn’t be all that sur­prised it re­turned from the grave last year in the form of a TV show that sat­is­fied long-time fans of Campbell’s clue­less tit­u­lar

hero while also giv­ing new­com­ers the kind of out­ra­geous­ness that’s been miss­ing from movie the­atres for far too long.

Ac­cord­ing to Dana DeLorenzo, who plays Ash’s fel­low Dea­dite slayer Kelly Maxwell, the show isn’t about to take its suc­cess for granted in its sec­ond sea­son. “They set the bar so high in sea­son one,” the ac­tress tells Red Alert at this sum­mer’s Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion press tour in Los An­ge­les. “But I have to say, in the first five min­utes alone of episode one of sea­son two, we clear the bar. It’s dou­ble the gore, dou­ble the laughs, and quadru­ple the blood.”

She con­tin­ues: “They add so much rich­ness to this sea­son. What I like, as a fan of this show, is how they’ve ex­panded the world. We have Ash’s fa­ther, which means dou­ble the quotable one-lin­ers – guys, start mak­ing the t-shirts. We have Ash’s old flame, the one that got away. And there’s so many supporting char­ac­ters that we can now tor­ture!”

The sur­prises don’t stop there, with DeLorenzo’s cast­mate Ray San­ti­ago, aka Ash’s faith­ful side­kick Pablo Si­mon Bo­li­var, get­ting par­tic­u­larly gory this time around. “I rip my face off within the first episode of the sec­ond sea­son,” he jokes. “No, we’re not go­ing to back down. This sea­son I’m tor­tured not just in the last two episodes of the sea­son but in ev­ery episode of the sea­son. It has be­come a thing, and you’ll see that in a lot of ways the char­ac­ters are sort of go­ing on their own Evil Dead jour­neys, where they’re changed in a way that Ash changed in the orig­i­nal movies. Par­tic­u­larly for Pablo – he’ll be changed in a way that we’re not ready for.”

DAD’S THE WORD

One of sea­son two’s big­gest changes comes in the form of genre leg­end Lee Ma­jors, who plays Ash’s es­tranged fa­ther, with whom the one-armed pro­tag­o­nist is re­united af­ter many years apart. “It’s just [about] adding an­other gen­er­a­tion to my ca­reer,” says Ma­jors of sign­ing onto the se­ries. “Hav­ing gone through about five of them, I re­ally wanted an­other doll or ac­tion fig­ure, you know? That’s why I’m here.”

Though the Six Mil­lion Dol­lar Man star is new to the hor­ror genre, he soon learned that Evil Dead has lim­it­less quan­ti­ties of blood. “I got my in­doc­tri­na­tion with the blood in a stall in the men’s bath­room, where some­body was beat­ing me up,” Ma­jors re­veals. “I hear a chain­saw com­ing through the back and it goes into the per­son and the blood comes all over me… I didn’t have my eyes closed. It went up my nose, in my eyes; and of course you’re all bloody and you have to con­tinue all day like that. And [when] it dries it feels like card­board and it sticks to you!”

In ad­di­tion to Ma­jors, Ash Vs Evil Dead’s sec­ond sea­son also in­tro­duces ac­tress Michelle Hurd – a vet­eran of Law & Or­der: SVU and Hawaii Five-O – to the show as Ash’s old high school sweet­heart. “Com­ing from pro­ce­dural worlds of al­ways do­ing cops and lawyers,” says Hurd, “I can’t tell you how ex­cited I was walk­ing on that set. It’s very dif­fer­ent from a cop show. I don’t just go, ‘Yeah, so the perp had some se­men on the panties…’ I mean, there’s some guy stand­ing in front of you with a huge can­non that’s go­ing to shoot out blood in your face and you’re like, ‘Let’s do it!’ It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s un­like any­thing else.”

As for work­ing with Campbell, Hurd re­marks, “I mean, come on. His tim­ing is un­par­al­leled. He’s such a strong ac­tor. You can’t do [what he does] with­out be­ing com­plex and hav­ing depth and hav­ing weight to your de­liv­ery; and he re­ally does. He shares that with his cast, with his crew. He’s gen­er­ous, he’s tal­ented, he’s funny… and he’s a good kisser.” Adds DeLorenzo with a laugh: “It takes some­one very in­tel­li­gent to play some­one as dumb as Ash.”

Be­fore the cast leaves us, Hurd promises that sea­son two’s sec­ond episode of­fers “the most hi­lar­i­ous yet in­sanely dis­gust­ing Ash fight of all time, of any fight you’ve ever seen in your en­tire life.” She adds: “You will be at the water cooler the next day talk­ing about this. Like, ‘I can­not un­see that. I am hor­ri­fied but also laugh­ing. Why?’ So brace your­self for that.”

Ash Vs Evil Dead sea­son two will air on Starz in the US from 2 Oc­to­ber, and in the UK next year.

It’s dou­ble the gore, dou­ble the laughs, and quadru­ple the blood!

She was never go­ing to that man­i­curist again. Back in the red.

An ac­tion fig­ure set in the mak­ing.

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