ASH VS EVIL DEAD
Get ready to feel groovy with Ash Vs Evil Dead: Round Two
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.
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