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RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E03, Books From Beyond

RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E03, Books From Beyond

By Kev B.

Episode three Books From Beyond

Well episode three has the show up to full speed and the plot is starting to thicken. We open with Ruby not far behind Ash and the others, as she arrives at Kelly’s parents farm. She finds the graves left behind by our heroes and interrogates Kelly’s deadite Dad. We find out that the deadites know who Ruby is. We also find out that she has a dagger much like the one left behind at the cabin… And we’ve all been wondering what happened to that!

Meanwhile, Ash and company arrive at the book store, Books From Beyond, to see Lionel and have him translate a spell to reverse what Ash has mistakenly unleashed. Detective Fisher is leaving as Ash enters, and once outside she requests the police sketch to see if that is the man she is pursuing. Upon making a positive identification she goes to her car to get her gun and go back in. Across the street Pablo and Kelly are waiting in the car and, just as Pablo realizes he is falling fast into the friend zone with Kelly, they see Fisher cocking her gun as she re-enters the book store.

Ash vs Evil Dead ep. 3

The two follow her in and just as she draws her sidearm and announces she is a police officer, Pablo hits her from behind and knocks her unconscious. “She say she was a cop?! Oh shit! I just knocked out a cop.. It was self defense.” Lionel from the book store is strangely o.k. with all the chaos and allows them to cuff her in the back room. He’s more interested in the book. He’s fascinated, almost obsessed.. “It’s real” he says as he examines the book. It proves his life “has meaning” and goes on to explain the origin and uses of the Necronomicon Ex Mortis.

Turns out the book was written by “The Dark Ones”, beings not human nor demon, as a weapon against humanity, with the power to create portals connecting our world to the underworld. Bound in the flesh and inked with the blood of the dammed, the dark ones used the book to hold power over all mankind. Cool little animated back story ensues, and essentially, it’s a tool of evil. Pablo being Pablo, says “I wish we could just summon an answer”. Ash being Ash takes it one further and tells Lionel to summon the “weakest” demon in the book and ask it how to undo the other spell.

Lionel suggests Eligos, a lesser demon who possesses knowledge of hidden things. Ash says he sounds like a total nerd, get him out and lets chat .They succeed in summoning him, and in the end it seems that wasn’t the best of ideas. That whole scene, actually the whole episode was chock full of that genius dark comedy/horror that keeps me coming back each week. This episode has so much great dialogue, and its my favorite episode so far. But , for me anyway, each episode is better than the last and the show just keeps getting better.

Bruce Campbell is perfect as always, and Lucy Lawless is as hot as she’s ever been. Pablo’s character finally won me over in this episode, and next episode we meet his uncle the brujo. Kelly’s goin’ thru a lot right now, and understandably conflicted. Amanda Fisher is cuffed to the bookcase in the store and about to be attacked by deadite Lionel, and Ruby is gonna’ catch up to Ash sooner or later. Stay tuned for episode four Brujo. New episodes Saturday nights on Starz.


Posted by Kevin Belyski in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SERIES REVIEWS, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Dead Snow (2009)

MOVIE REVIEW: Dead Snow (2009)

 

By : John Roisland

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In 2009 the snow covered mountains of Norway were invaded by Nazis. Flesh eating Nazis, and did I happen to mention that they are also dead?

Writer/ director Tony Wirkola who also brought us Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, Hansel + Gretel: Witchhunters (written by),  brings you one of my most loved in the zombie film genre, DEAD SNOW.

 

A passer by  warns them of evil things in the area, of course  our group pays them no mind until they discover a box containing old  gold jewelry and golden coins. Then, things get fun.

Seems the new treasure was once a buried treasure that belonged to , ... you guessed it, NAZIS!!! Now they are rising from the snow covered earth to reclaim what is theirs as....you got it, NAZI ZOMBIES!!! Seems during WW II, the Nazis would bury their new found treasures during the war in the hills. Seems like I smart thing to do, after all, who's going to find it...other than a group of now drunk friends on a weekend outing.

Let me tell you what, I am in way shape or form trying to sound like I am supporting the SS, but damn, those outfits were awesome!!!

The films is a horror comedy, and a great job they did covering both ends! There's enough blood spraying to make a thousand vampires drool. And the best way to explain the comedy aspect of it is to compare it to the likings of Evil Dead meets Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. And it works!

The film stars, Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow 2, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Stig Frode Henriksen (Dead Snow 2, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Charlotte Frogner (Dead Snow 2), Evy Kasseth Rosten (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Max Manus), Jenny Skavlan (Body Troopers) and was released by Euforia Film and Barrents Film AS.

Sadly enough when the film hit the states, it bombed, bad! It only grossed 41k. The film has however turned into a bit of a cult horror classic, and seems to be gathering more fans all the time!

The film to me is a pure fun time, and posses some truly classic scenes. How could you not get into a film where a guy hangs off a cliff holding on to dear life, ...to a zombies intestines .

This and its sequel Dead Snow 2 : Red vs Dead are both currently on Netflix, so if you haven't,...you must!!

7/10

Keep it Evil

Posted by John Roisland in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 1 comment
RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E01, El Jefe

RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E01, El Jefe

By Kev B.

Ash is a badass

So don’t even tell me you still haven’t seen the premiere of Ash vs. Evil Dead yet. It’s been on Starz like every other hour since Halloween night. The staff here at Tortured Souls basically seems to concur that the show was awesome or they don’t get that channel. To them I said, It’s streaming free at Starz.com and also on the Ash vs. Evil Dead Facebook page. And now that you know, you have no excuse, either.

Now I’m not going to sugarcoat my review, but I really only had one small gripe. It’s those three words that make every old school gore hound cringe… Computer-generated imagery. Yep, they got some CGI goin’ on in there. We want practical effects and buckets of real (fake) blood a la Dead by Dawn, not CG splatter a la Sharknado. I guess all we can do is hope that with time and growing interest that the budget will increase and they can sell the computers and buy some buckets. Aside from that, I liked it a lot!

The king is back, and boy have we missed him! We join our reluctant hero some thirty years after the events of the Evil Dead or Dead by Dawn (not quite sure as the continuity is hazy at best). From what I gather, they don’t even have the rights to reference Army of Darkness. Ash is still stuck in the same kind of shitty job (at Value Mart now, no longer S-Mart) and he still drives the same classic ’73 Oldsmobile. He now lives in a mobile home in a trailer park in Michigan.

The show opens with Ash rockin’ out to some Deep Purple and suiting up to go out, maybe to kick some deadite ass? No, he speeds on down to a local bar, and enters strategically at 10 minutes before closing. He’s just out looking for some sugar, and his pick-up game is hilarious. His story of losing his hand by stopping a train to save a young boy (well, the truth would be harder to believe than this BS fiction) is too funny. Campbell’s performance is great, as always, and he seems right at home back in the role of Ash.

The episode sets up the show, introduces the characters, and got me all amped up for more. Unfortunately, the lovely Lucy Lawless was only in this episode for a short time. But she will play a big role in the future as a descendent of Professor Raymond (the one who discovered and translated the book), Henreitta, and Annie Knowby. The show as a whole looks to be promising, has me optimistic, and gives all of us Evil Deadheads something to look forward to each week, with new episodes Saturday night at 9pm on Starz.

Posted by Kevin Belyski in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SERIES REVIEWS, 0 comments
Swallow this! It’s the premier of Ash vs. Evil Dead

Swallow this! It’s the premier of Ash vs. Evil Dead

By Kev B.

Ash VS Evil Dead

Hail to the king, baby… In preparation for what may possibly be the greatest television event in modern history premiering on Starz this Halloween, Ash vs. Evil Dead, we bring you a refresher course on all things evil and dead. First let us run down some reasons why I’m extremely excited for the show.

1. It’s created and produced by the team that brought us the original three movies, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert.
2. It’s a direct sequel to Army Of Darkness.
3. It’s got Bruce Campbell.
4. It’s got Lucy Lawless!?
5. It’s on Starz, the channel that brought us the nearly pornographic, ultra-violent splatterfest Sparticus. Do you like gladiator movies?
6. It looks like they got a nice budget to work with.
7. All the trailers and sneak previews look awesome.
8. Its already been renewed for a second season days before the premier, I guess based on audience reactions at screenings and online fan buzz.

I wouldn’t have the high hopes for greatness that I have, but horror has made a main stream resurgence that I for one never would have believed. If you had told me 30 years ago when I was sitting in the theater watching Day of the Dead that in the future a show about zombies would be the most popular show on television, I would have said you’re insane. But here we are, and Americans are horrified and amazed by the likes of American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and, of course, The Walking Dead (just to name a few of the popular new crop of horror shows).

Just in case you don’t know these movies by heart like the rest of us at House of Tortured Souls, Starz is running an Evil Dead marathon the night before the Halloween premier.

Friday October 30th @8pm EST Evil Dead, the original classic from 1981. Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

9:30pm EST Evil Dead II Dead By Dawn, my favorite of the series from 1987. The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

10:55pm EST Army Of Darkness, The over the top third installment in the franchise. Ash is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

The show times look a little off, but this is direct from the Starz web site, so I suggest you check your local listings and set your DVR. accordingly. And don’t forget the premier of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Saturday the 31st at 9pm est, 9:45pm est, and again at 11:30pm est. Also airing Sunday November 1, 2015, and Monday, November 2, 2015.

Posted by Kevin Belyski in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Evil Dead (1981)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Evil Dead (1981)

I Love You, Bruce

By Margeaux DeMott

Bruce Campbell The Evil Dead

Excuse me sir or ma'am do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Bruce Campbell? Now that you know where I stand, my over abundance of swooning won't be confusing to you.

I genuinely love this movie and its sequels. Literally everything about this movie is amazing, down to the claymation monster(s) meltdown at the end (SPOILER ALERT*) - or is it the end?

Quick synopsis: Ash (Bruce Campbell), another guy, and three ladies go out into a cabin in the woods. The other's names are Scott, Cheryl, Shelly, and Linda - but that doesn't matter. They are out to enjoy a relaxing getaway-from-the-city mini vay-cay. However, they end up awakening an ancient evil. You know, typical weekend stuff.

Things go awry rather quickly when what's-her-face #1 (it's Cheryl. I think. Yes. Definitely Cheryl, because that is Bruce's, er, Ash's sister, anyways-) she gets her hand possessed and then decides to go looking for non-existent people in the woods. Did I mention the reading of (H.P. Lovecraft's) Necronomicon immediately preceding this? No? Doesn't matter. Bruce Campbell.

Speaking of Bruce Campbell, his acting is superb in The Evil Dead. It was before he went all ham and campy in the sequels (which I also love), and shows a real transformation from affable nerd to survivor bad ass.

I love this movie because it was the first movie I saw showcasing the amazing talents of one Mr. Bruce Campbell, but I also love this movie for everything it has to offer. The gore, the settings, the camerawork - Raimi invented a shaky cam for the project because they couldn't afford a steady-cam - it all just works. I love the do-it-yourself feel of the project because you can tell it was a labor of love, and you STILL get lost in the movie while you watch it. It's the movie that influenced me to go into acting and play around with special effects makeup. I'm not an (paid) actress or a special effects artist, but if I didn't watch this movie I might have never learned that I enjoy doing doing both of those things. So go and watch it again. I know that I will.

10/10 perfect chins

*Seriously - I feel as though if I have to tag a thirty-five year old movie with spoiler warnings, especially one that is as awesome as The Evil Dead, then I probably should include a Parental Warning for the explicit use of the word fuck, as in: Why the fuck haven't you seen this fucking movie?!

Posted by Margeaux DeMott in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
Evil Dead: The Musical Returns to Detroit for 6th Season

Evil Dead: The Musical Returns to Detroit for 6th Season

By Amy Lynes

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The bloody tradition of this "disarmingly funny" production continues! Beginning October 1, 2015, Evil Dead: The Musical, presented by The Ringwald and Olympia Entertainment, will begin it's sixth season at the City Theater in Detroit, Michigan. The production will run every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 8pm through the entire month of October, with the final show happening on Halloween night.

Based on Sam Raimi's cult classics, the show tells a familiar tale (a mash-up of all three films) that we have all come to know and love: Boy takes girlfriend and some friends to a deserted cabin in the woods hoping to get lucky but instead awakens an ancient evil, his girl and friends turn into Candarian demons, and he fights them all night long, trying to stay alive and not become one of them.

The production will feature a cast of talented local area members who will bring this fan favorite to wildly hysterical life with side-splitting musical numbers such as "Do The Necronomicon", "All The Men In My Life Keep Getting Killed By Candarian Demons", and "What The Fuck Was That?", and audience members can even choose the sit in the "splatter zone" for a real interactive (and messy) experience that they will never forget!

Performance schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, October 2, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, October 23, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, October 30, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ 8 p.m.

Tickets prices are $15 for opening night, $29 ($40 with service charge and fees) for all other shows and can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

Posted by Amy Mead in ATTRACTIONS AND DESTINATIONS, HORROR NEWS, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, 0 comments