Friday, August 17, 2018

Bruce Campbell Details the Future of the 'Evil Dead' Franchise and Remake Sequel Possibility

After starring in three Evil Dead films and three seasons of Ash vs. Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell has left the franchise that helped launch his career behind. While he might be done portraying Ash Williams, Campbell knows the series has plenty of avenues to explore without him.

"You have Ash's daughter, Brandy. She provides the lineage. Ray [Santiago] is a shaman now, you know as Pablo, and Kelly's just a full-on Lucy Lawless type badass who's got vengeance in her eyes," Campbell shared with "So, that's enough for me, three's a good number. I would also continue the movies with Mia, with Jane Levy, because she's awesome."

The Evil Dead launched the franchise in 1981, with Campbell starring in the original films and being intrinsically linked with the series. The 2013 remake saw Campbell serving as a producer, though the Ash character didn't appear. Now that he's retired from the series, Campbell would happily encourage new stories to be developed.

"I have great affinity toward the series. It got me into the film business, but there's only so much I can do now, but the trick is, why not encourage other people?" the actor pointed out. "I wouldn't mind seeing another Ash. Get in there bud, what do you got?"

The remake was directed by Fede Alvarez, who has delivered audiences Don't Breathe and the upcoming The Girl in the Spider's Web. Alvarez has regularly expressed interest in making a sequel, though Campbell thinks that would be unlikely.

"We'd be lucky if we got [Alvarez for a sequel]. Fede has a career. Fede's going to be unaffordable very soon," Campbell joked. "[Original Evil Dead director] Sam Raimi picked him out of nowhere when you would just pick another guy, but I have to say, Fede, I'm so pleased for him. He was able to crawl out from under the Evil Dead shadow, make his own second movie, which was really crazy, and then start making mainstream movies now with big actresses. It's great, I love it."

Despite his enthusiasm to see the Evil Dead franchise continue, Campbell isn't holding out hope that there will be any major developments in the franchise for the foreseeable future.

"We'll see where the Evil Dead road goes. There's no puppet master though," the actor admitted. "I don't think Sam Raimi's sitting in his office going, 'Okay, now we move the chess piece over here. We do this.' It's always been a ramshackle operation. We're sort of like a franchise with a small f. It was never meant to really be a franchise. So, I don't know, we'll see what happens."

Fans can enjoy Campbell's final portrayal of Ash when Season Three of Ash vs. Evil Dead hits Blu-ray on August 21st.

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Watch an Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Blu-ray Bonus Feature Clip from ASH VS EVIL DEAD Episode 3.03


When you're making a show that features as many blood-spattered practical effects as Ash vs Evil Dead, unexpected things can happen while you're filming, but as executive producer Rob Tapert explains in our exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature clip from the upcoming season 3 Blu-ray, sometimes those accidents can be happy ones that improve the scene... even when the jaw is ripped off a decapitated head.

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Castle Rock’s Jane Levy Is Horror's Secret Weapon

I am a huge proponent of the 2013 Evil Dead remake. It's so gross.

Jane Levy: Thanks! Yeah, when I read Evil Dead, I was working on an ABC sitcom called Suburgatory, but I read Evil Dead and I thought it was just so ridiculous and funny and just so extreme that I thought, This would be the diametrically opposite job I could take right after finishing the first season of this TV show. I really wanted that part. And then from then on, continuing to work in the horror genre hasn't been something I've been looking for necessarily, but they do come to me.

Why do you think that is, besides Fede Alvarez wanting to work with you again on Don't Breathe?

I've thought a lot about why that is. Some of it is just that it's an industry where if you're in one thing that's successful, people think about you in that way and continue to ask you to do parts like that.

But I also think that there's something about my sensibility. Nothing gets me to the movie theater quicker than horror. I like things that push buttons and push boundaries, and horror and comedy are genres that do that. I guess, I hope, there's a quality in me that is vulnerable yet strong, which is a really funny thing to say about yourself. I am a huge crybaby, but I'm also really tough. I used to be a soccer player so I have an athletic background. It's a quality a lot of final girls have.
Evil Dead was your first starring role in a movie. I imagine that was a real trial by fire, in a debut, to have the opportunity to jam your hand into a chainsaw and cut a demon version of yourself in half.

Right? And get buried alive and cut my tongue in half and barf all over someone. Yeah, it should have been a miserable experience, right? It wasn't.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

[Exclusive] Bruce Campbell Will Be Voicing Ash Williams in an Upcoming ‘Evil Dead’ Game!


Earlier this year, in the wake of Starz cancelling “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” Bruce Campbell announced that he had officially retired from playing Ash Williams, and he has since remained firmly committed to that choice. But what about outside the realm of film and television? As he teased back in May, when asked if he’d be up for voicing Ash and/or doing the motion capture for a video game, “upcoming iterations” of the franchise are in the works.

That began speculation that a video game was in the works, and we can now confirm that the Evil Dead franchise will indeed be expanded upon with a new game… with Campbell as Ash!

Speaking with Bruce for a full interview that’s coming to BD very soon, our own Meagan Navarro just got the scoop.

Oh no no, that’s different,” Bruce replied, when Meagan asked about potential video games and if they apply to his vow to stay retired. “I have previous obligations I have to fulfill. They are doing a video game. A whole immersive kind of dealio. I’ll be Ash for that, because I wouldn’t want someone else’s voice hamming it up.”

For now, Campbell is remaining tight-lipped about the specifics, but his comments to Meagan seem to suggest something in the realm of virtual reality. Stay tuned for more.

Over the years, Campbell voiced Ash for multiple Evil Dead video games, including Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick and Evil Dead: Regeneration.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fright Rags Adding More Apparel to THE EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2 Collections

PSA: If you ever come across a book made of human flesh... don't touch it. Don't open it. Don't read any of the words aloud. On August 15th, Fright Rags will add new apparel to their Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 collections, featuring designs by Ralf Krause, Abrar Ajmal, and Jimmy Breen. They are even bringing back the "Bloody Ash" design as well as new Ash socks by Sara Deck and five pins (one of which has a working trapdoor) designed by Matt Ryan Tobin.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Contest: Win a Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray of Sam Raimi’s ARMY OF DARKNESS


"This is my boomstick!" Giving horror fans a new way to collect Ash's Deadite-slaying adventures in the Middle Ages, Scream Factory is releasing a limited edition Steelbook Blu-ray of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness, and as a very special treat for Daily Dead readers, we've been provided with three copies to give away!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Evil Dead arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) 10/9

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From the official press release:

Available for the First Time on
4K Ultra HD Combo Pack
Including Dolby Vision™

Street Date: 10/9/18

4K UHD SRP: $22.99

Celebrate the original beginning of the cult classic series when The Evil Dead arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) October 9 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Bruce Campbell in the role that made him a cult icon, this film follows five college friends who accidentally release a legion of demons and spirits. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K, as well as Dolby Vision™ HDR, to bring to life the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, The Evil Dead 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

More than 35 years ago, a low-budget horror movie roared across movie screens and changed the velocity of fear forever — and made a cult legend out of Bruce Campbell in his iconic role as the lethal, wisecracking Ash Williams. Now, for the first time, you can experience the ferocious ingenuity, relentless shocks, and gore-gushing havoc of the original Sam Raimi masterpiece in 4K!

Bruce Campbell                      Army of Darkness, TV’s “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Burn Notice”
Ellen Sandweiss                     Evil Dead (2013), TV’s “Ash vs Evil Dead”
Richard DeManincor              Crimewave, Morrow Road, Bong Fly
and Betsy Baker                     Sharp Objects, Hand of God, Oz the Great and Powerful

 Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, producer Robert Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell

 For Artwork:

Year of Production: 1981
Title Copyright: Program Content and Package Artwork: © 1982 Renaissance Pictures, Ltd. Package Design and Summary © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: NR
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Thriller
Closed Captioned: NA
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH
Feature Running Time: 85 Minutes
4K Ultra HD™ Format: Dolby Vision, 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 Widescreen 1.33:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 Widescreen 1.33:1 Presentation 
4K Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Blu-ray Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD

Friday, August 3, 2018

Third And Final Season Of "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" Receives Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook


The final season (cries) of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" was already released digitally this past May but if you're like me and collect physical media like a madman/woman, you won't wanna miss out on picking up this exclusive Steelbook from Best Buy! Available on August 21st from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. You can also pre-order the season now on DVD and Blu-ray.

“Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 features Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero –discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” stars Bruce Campbell (of course), Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (TV’s “Worst Year of My Life, Again!” and “Suburbs”).