Cult actors Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless lead the charge against the undead at the premiere of new comedy horror television series ‘Ash vs Evil Dead.’ Rough Cut – no reporter narration
Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead rise again on television
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1981’s “The Evil Dead” is arguably one of the most successful cult films of all time. Shot on a budget of a reported $90,000 dollars by the then-unknown Sam Raimi (‘Spider-Man’ franchise), it made $2.4 million dollars on its theatrical release in the US, according to cinema business site boxofficemojo.com. The film spawned a sequel/remake in 1987’s ‘Evil Dead II’ and a third film ‘Army of Darkness’. The success of all three films cemented director Sam Raimi’s place in Hollywood and lead actor Bruce Campbell became a cult figure as the bumbling, chainsaw-armed, cartoon-like hero Ash. Now Raimi and Campbell are both back for the television series ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ which picks up where ‘Army of Darkness’ left off (although not for UK fans, where the third film had an alternative ending). Starz, the network behind the show, announced on Wednesday (October 28) – the same day as the premiere – that they were commissioning the show for a second season. Another cult actor appears in the series in the form of Lucy Lawless. She worked alongside Campbell and Raimi in the classical series ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ and now appears as the mysterious Ruby, who Ash believes is the source of the new plague of Evil Dead. The evening was finished off with a performance by Iggy Pop, which took place in the street outside the TCL Chinese Theatre. ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’, which also co-stars Ray Santiago (Pablo), Dana deLorenzo (Kelly) and Jill Marie Jones (Amanda) premieres on Starz on October 31.