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The arrogant, chainsaw-handed Ash Williams from Sam Raimi’s cult ‘Evil Dead’ franchise returns to once again fight demonic forces. Having already spawned sequels, spinoffs, games and reboots, a television series was bound to happen sooner or later.

Saturated with forced one-liners, some awful effects and ‘Deadite’ dialogue with less forethought than a Donald Trump speech, ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ may not appeal to everyone but it’s definitely worth a try, largely due to the antics of Bruce Campbell who reprises his role as the eponymous hero.

Older but still as much a dick, Ash is now living in a trailer park and working in a ValueShop attempting some normality. Despite eluding the evil stalking him for nearly thirty years, Ash reads from the Necrinomincon during a drug-fuelled evening and the Deadites find him once more. With the help of fellow employees Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), Ash once again begins his quest to vanquish evil for good.

It may seem like nothing new, but switching the main focus from horror to comedy in ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ has allowed the franchise to diversify and have a lot more fun with some fairly silly and surreal horror writing (not that it ever took itself too seriously). It also means that the heavy and unrealistic use of blood and gore is now intended to be humourous, as it’s hard not to start laughing at some of the more exaggerated eviscerations.

With a former warrior princess playing Ruby (Lucy Lawless) as as season two featuring cast members from the original films, this crass and often cliché franchise still has a few things left to give. It’s not top of the pile of recommendations but it has to be in there due to the irksome magnetism of B-lister Bruce Campbell and with ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ set for a third season I’m sure to keep watching.

And I haven’t even told you about to the time travel yet.

 

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