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“Ash vs Evil Dead” a Bloody Good Horror Feast

Weird, corny, silly, ridiculous, disgusting and nearly vomit inducing, all the things you will like about Ash vs Evil Dead 2.  It’s the kind of horror and bloody mayhem that when presented with tongue-in-cheek comedy can be very amusing. It’s for those who have become fans of the Starz TV Network program or just need a break from the ordinary.  Although I am a fan of Army of Darkness, it was my first time seeing this spin off off of The Evil Dead Trilogy.  This is the second season of Ash vs Evil Dead and is now on Blu-ray/DVD.

The first season set the characters and the tone of the series. It expands Ash’s (Bruce Campbell) role from The Evil Dead franchise and starts a whole new adventure. Along with his best friend Pablo (Ray Santiago) and the lovely whimsical Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), the trio strive to clear out those that would destroy the existence of life on Earth.

 

Bruce Campbell as Ash in ASH VS EVIL DEAD season 2

Starting where Ash left off we find him sporting his chainsaw artificial right hand at a party in Jacksonville.  Still wowing the ladies, he’s having a good ole’ time until a cyclonic wave shakes up the place.  At first thinking it’s a freak storm, he looks back to two lovely ladies that have now turned into fierce devils about to attack him. When he finds out they have been sent by the malevolent immortal Ruby (Lucy Lawless), he cannot believe his eyes, or all the blood for that matter.

 

Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly and Ray Santiago as Pablo in ASH VS EVIL DEAD season 2

Following this confrontation, Ash, Pablo and Kelly head for Elk Grove, Illinois were Ash was born.  There we find ash’s dad played by Lee Majors who shares the rest of season one helping his son.  From there on Ash gets into one hair raising situation after another throughout the ten episodes. It’s a fun ghoulish romp fighting the Spawn and Deadites with an untold number of frames filled with blood, guts and surprises.  It’s a series fit for horror fans and those that just want a laugh along with their need for the sight carnage.

In Elk Grove we get a more in depth look at Ash as they throw back to his Evil Dead/Army of Darkness days. It’s here he has to confront the daemons of his past. The list of chapters tell some of the story, but you’ll have to watch the unrated wild and wicked second season to savor the fine acting and skills of the whole crew. Disc 1 has “Home”, “The Morgue”, “Last Call”, “D.U.I.”, and “Confinement.” Switch to disc 2 for “Trapped Inside”, “Delusion”, “Ashy Slashy” (My favorite as it’s a look back at his school days), “Home Again” and finally “Second Coming”.

 

Ruby (Lucy Lawless) stands over Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly and her Spawn in ASH VS EVIL DEAD

The whole season is filled with amazing CGI special effects, make-up, props, prosthesis, gallons of blood juice, stunts, costume changes, creative sets, brawls, slicing, dicing, stabbing, shootings, piercing and dismemberments.  The excellent stunt doubles take a lot of the beating portraying the evil daemons attacking Ash and his friends.  Speaking of the actors, they’re also paired off with some exceptional stunt doubles themselves. A tip of the hat to the unsung heroes of the clean-up crew, it must have been an awful job of tidying up after every take. (Pass me some of the raspberry sauce for my sundae, will ya?)

I don’t know when this year I’ve had so much fun watching a series so well balanced with good scripts, devoted actors and direction that interprets just what Evil Dead heads would love.  I’m sold on the adventures and look forward to Season 3 (not yet greenlighted however).

But, it doesn’t stop there as the two discs harbor some very nice extras! Do NOT watch these until you have seen every episode as there are a lot of spoilers.

BONUS FEATURES:

“Audio Commentaries” featuring Bruce Campbell (Ash), Ray Santiago (Pablo), Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly) and Lucy Lawless (Ruby).

“Season 2 First look” A quick compilation of the season.

“Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” this featurette is very cool.  It takes each episode and dissects it.“Up Your Ash” this featurette shows the making of the episode with special effects.

“Women Who Kick Ash” It’s a featurette where the girls talk about the power of their roles in the episodes.

“Puppets Are Cute” Featurette. Here they show how the episode with the puppets was filmed.

“Dawn of the Spawn” Featurette.  This one gets very creepy as they show how the Spawn are made.

“Bringing Henrietta Back” Featurette. How they copied Henrietta from the original Evil Dead film to make her return to this series.

“The Delta” Featurette. The story behind Ash’s Delta 88 Oldsmobile featured in the episodes.

“How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette. Includes a lot of slicing, shotgun blasts, chainsaw, etc.“Fatality Mash-Up” a gory featurette with enough blood to fill a truck load of oil barrels.

 

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 has not been rated by the TV Ratings Bureau, but contains nudity, sexual innuendos, and bloody violence mixed with rude, crude and unglued language. Not recommended for immature adults.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very funny take on horror.

Specifications and additional video information:

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless, Michelle Hurd, Ted Raimi, Pepi Sonuga, Lee Majors, Joel TobekDirector: Sam RaimiMPAA Rating: Video Not Rated, (TV-MA) contains bloody violence, language, nudity Genre: Horror, ComedyRunning Time: 288 minutes (10 episodes) Video Release Date: August 22, 2017Original Starz TV Release Dates: October 2 thru December 1, 2016Language: EnglishReviewed Format: Blu-ray (also available on DVD)Audio: English Dolby Digital True HD 7.1 (changeable to Spanish and French)Video: Widescreen 1080p, Aspect ratio 1.78:1Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, FrenchNumber of Discs: Blu-ray 2 DiscsDistributed by: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com