Sam Raimi

Since Starz moved Ash vs Evil Dead to Sunday night, the ratings have never recovered and the fan favorite has been canceled. That’s right. In spite of scores like a 99% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (94% on the Audience Tomatometer) and 8.5 stars on IMDb, Ash vs Evil Dead has been staked, leaving fans disappointed and wanting more.

Word hit when Bruce Campbell tweeted earlier this afternoon:

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime.
I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!
RIP Ash vs Evil Dead - Bruce Campbell's tweet

Ash vs Evil Dead, which starred Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless in addition to Bruce Campbell, saw Ash drawn back into fighting the Deadites long after the events in the movie franchise. Like the movies – especially the two sequels, Ash vs Evil Dead was a fun and gore-filled but cheesy romp through one outrageous event after another. Ash vs Evil Dead not only gave us more of the Ashley J. Williams we all know and love, it also gave us more about Ash and his family. We learned of Ash’s guilt and suffering after his sister’s death as well as his ostracization by nearly everyone in his hometown. We meet his father – and Lee Majors playing Ash’s father was positively inspired casting – as well as his daughter, and there are hints of more… so much more… to come. Alas, unless something changes dramatically at Starz, those hints are all we’ll ever have.

I’m glad to see that Bruce has a groovy attitude because I and other fans of the show are bummed.

House of Tortured Souls wishes Bruce and everyone else involved in the Evil Dead film franchise and TV series the best.

Thank you.

THIS JUST IN: Ash vs Evil Dead Canceled

THIS JUST IN: Ash vs Evil Dead Canceled

Since Starz moved Ash vs Evil Dead to Sunday night, the ratings have never recovered and the fan favorite has been canceled. That’s right. In spite of scores like a 99% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (94% on the Audience Tomatometer) and 8.5 stars on IMDb, Ash vs Evil Dead has been staked, leaving fans disappointed and wanting more.

Word hit when Bruce Campbell tweeted earlier this afternoon:

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime.
I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!
RIP Ash vs Evil Dead - Bruce Campbell's tweet

Ash vs Evil Dead, which starred Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless in addition to Bruce Campbell, saw Ash drawn back into fighting the Deadites long after the events in the movie franchise. Like the movies – especially the two sequels, Ash vs Evil Dead was a fun and gore-filled but cheesy romp through one outrageous event after another. Ash vs Evil Dead not only gave us more of the Ashley J. Williams we all know and love, it also gave us more about Ash and his family. We learned of Ash’s guilt and suffering after his sister’s death as well as his ostracization by nearly everyone in his hometown. We meet his father – and Lee Majors playing Ash’s father was positively inspired casting – as well as his daughter, and there are hints of more… so much more… to come. Alas, unless something changes dramatically at Starz, those hints are all we’ll ever have.

I’m glad to see that Bruce has a groovy attitude because I and other fans of the show are bummed.

House of Tortured Souls wishes Bruce and everyone else involved in the Evil Dead film franchise and TV series the best.

Thank you.


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Piece of My Mind: Is There Room for Fun Horror Anymore?

Piece of My Mind: Is There Room for Fun Horror Anymore?

Is There Room for Fun Horror Anymore?

Brain Damage poster / Fair use doctrine.Frank Henenlotter's seminal 80s horror film Brain Damage made its Blu-ray debut this past spring, it further remained me of those bygone days when horror films were fun and not bleak and frankly depressing. Sure, I’m glad that the genre is maturing, and films like Baskin are, in part, brilliant for their stark brutal and sobering aspects. But along the way have we lost the fun in these films?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 poster / Fair use doctrine.Why does everyone love the 80s? If you ask any fan why they recall so fondly the horror of the 80s they`ll most likely say because they had a fun, even wackiness, to them. They were horrific without being mean spirited. Just imagine Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 without the over the top humor and gore mixed with biting satire? And when you stack Chopping MallChopping Mall poster / Fair use doctrine. up with say Martyrs, I know which one I`d like to visit again and again. Even when filmmakers dealt with heavy subjects, they kept things enjoyable. House poster / Fair use doctrine.A prime example is House the movie. House tackled the subject of Vietnam and PTSD but added an almost cartoon like element which balanced it and kept it enjoyable to watch. It didn’t lessen the impact of the central themes, i.e. war and its effects on the participants; it just made it entertaining.

The Cabin in the Woods and the Return of Fun Horror?

The Cabin in the Woods poster / Fair use doctrine.Thankfully, I see a return to horror with a spark of light heartiness. The Cabin in the Woods was a breath of fresh air, because not only was it a smart sardonic take on the genre it also let itself have that 80s snarkiness. Another great example is the 2015 heavy metal horror gem Deathgasm poster / Fair use doctrine.Deathgasm. With its Sam Raimi-esque style, it straddles the line between horror and way out gags (some gross out, of course), and it makes me misty-eyed for those bygone days. Even the wonderful surprise hit Get Out deals out equal thought-provoking satire and topical issues with humor, giving the film a great balance and a better rewatchable trait.
In closing, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for horror that takes itself seriously because it’s a genre that all too often gets scoffed by alleged serious film buffs, but when it’s so grueling I feel like I want to slit my wrists, maybe it’s time to lighten up a bit. Thankfully, though, I see a return to less brutal (subject wise) films and more of what I loved from the 80s and early 90s, which is horror that was gory, goopy, and sometimes neon-tinted but not really mean-spirited. But that’s just a Piece of My Mind.
Michael Vaughn is a published genre writer and has appeared in Fangoria, Scream (UK) in print as well as sites like Films in Review.com. He also owns the blog Gorehound Mike’s Weird Cinema. Currently, he has a book coming out entitled The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema which compiles over 300 reviews spanning films from all over the globe and covering multiple genres.
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History of Horror in October

History of Horror in October

By Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in October. Click on thumbnails for full images.

October 1 - 7

10/01/1968 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
released theatrically

19680110_Night of the Living Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19741001_The Texas Chain Saw Massacre / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.
10/01/1974 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) released
theatrically

10/02/1959 – The Twilight Zone (original series) premieres on television

19591002_The Twilight Zone / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

19971002_Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/02/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the United States

10/02/2001 – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection released theatrically

20011002_Tremors 3: Back to Perfection / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20021003_Darkness / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/03/2002 – Darkness released theatrically

10/04/2002 – Red Dragon released theatrically

20021004_Red Dragon / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20041004_Zombie Honeymoon / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/04/2004 – Zombie Honeymoon released theatrically

10/04/2005 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in the United States America

20051004_Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

19191005_Donald Pleasence / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

10/05/1919 – Donald Pleasence (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1995)

10/05/1952 – Clive Barker (author, director, and artist) born

19521005_Clive Barker / Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com

19621005_Tod Browning / Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

10/05/1962 – Tod Browning (director of Dracula and Freaks) dies (b. 1880)

10/05/1999 – Angel premieres on television

19991005_Angel / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20011005_Joy Ride / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/05/2001 – Joy Ride released theatrically

10/05/2005 – Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis premiers on television

20051005_Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20051005_Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/05/2005 – Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave premiers on television

10/06/2006 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning released theatrically

20061006_The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

18491007_Edgar Allan Poe / Public domain.

10/07/1849 – Edgar Allan Poe dies (b. 1809)

10/07/1994 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation released theatrically

19941007_Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 8 - 14

20011008_Castlevania Chronicles / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/08/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in North America

10/11/2002 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union

20021011_Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

19891013_Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/13/1989 – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers released theatrically

10/13/1998– Fallen released theatrically

19981013_Fallen / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20061013_The Grudge 2 / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/13/2006 – The Grudge 2 released theatrically

10/14/1944 – Udo Kier (actor in many horror films) born

19441014_Udo Kier / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

19941014_Wes Craven's New Nightmare / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/14/1994 – Wes Craven's New Nightmare released theatrically

10/14/2005 – The Fog (2005) released theatrically

20051014_The Fog / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 15 – 21

19811015_The Evil Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/15/1981– The Evil Dead released theatrically

10/16/1987 – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II released theatrically

19871016_Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19921016_Candyman / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/16/1992 – Candyman released theatrically

10/16/1998 – Bride of Chucky released theatrically

19981016_Bride of Chucky / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20031017_The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/17/2003 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) released theatrically

10/18/1976 – Burnt Offerings released theatrically

19801018_Motel Hell / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/1980 – Motel Hell released theatrically

10/18/1985 – Re-Animator released theatrically

19851018_Re-Animator / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19961018_The Dentist / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/1996 – The Dentist released theatrically

10/18/2002 – The Ring released theatrically

20021018_The Ring / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20051018_Day of the Dead 2: Contagium / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/2005 – Day of the Dead 2: Contagium released on DVD

10/19/1990 – Night of the Living Dead (1990) released theatrically

19901019_Night of the Living Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20041019_Zombie Planet / Box artwork. Fair use doctrine.

10/19/2004 – Zombie Planet (1963) released theatrically

10/20/1889 – Bela Lugosi born (d. 1956)

18891020_Bela Lugosi / Image courtesy mptvimages.com

19421020_Night Monster / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/20/1942 – Night Monster released theatrically

10/21/1988 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers released theatrically

19881021_Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20031021_Castlevania: Lament of Innocence / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/21/2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence released on the PlayStation 2 in North America

10/21/2005 – Doom released theatrically

20051021_Doom / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 22 - 28

19821022_Halloween III: Season of the Witch / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/22/1982 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch released theatrically

10/22/1988 – Monsters premieres on television

19881022_Monsters / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20041022_The Grudge / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/22/2004 – The Grudge released theatrically

10/23/1942 – The Mummy's Tomb released theatrically

19421023_The Mummy's Tomb / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19591023_Sam Raimi / Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com

10/23/1959 – Sam Raimi (creator of the Evil Dead series of films) born

10/23/1987 – Prince of Darkness released theatrically

19871023_Prince of Darkness / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19981023_Brimstone / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/23/1998 – Brimstone premieres on television

10/23/2001 – Thir13en Ghosts released theatrically

20011023_Thir13en Ghosts / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19621024_Eyes Without a Face / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/24/1962 – Eyes Without a Face released theatrically in the United States

10/25/1978 – Halloween released theatrically

19781025_Halloween / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19931025_Vincent Price / Photo by Gabi Rona - © MPTV - Image courtesy mptvimages.com

10/25/1993 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1911)

10/25/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan

20001025_Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

19791026_When a Stranger Calls / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/26/1979 – When a Stranger Calls (1979) released theatrically

10/26/2001 – Bones released theatrically

20011026_Bones / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19891027_Shocker / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/27/1989 – Shocker released theatrically

10/27/1989 – Castlevania: The Adventure released on the Game Boy in Japan

19891027_Castlevania: The Adventure / By Judgesurreal777. Fair use doctrine.

19951027_Vampire in Brooklyn / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/27/1995 – Vampire in Brooklyn released theatrically

10/27/1998 – Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 released theatrically

19981027_Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19511028_Joe R. Lansdale / By Materialscientist. Fair use doctrine.
10/28/1951 – Joe R. Lansdale (winner of six Bram Stoker Awards for horror fiction) born

10/28/2005 – Saw II released theatrically
20051028_Saw II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20051028_Masters of Horror / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/28/2005 – Masters of Horror premieres on television

October 29 -31

10/29/1920 – The Golem: How He Came Into the World released theatrically in Germany

19201029_The Golem: How He Came Into the World / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19731029_Return of the Blind Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/29/1973 – Return of the Blind Dead released theatrically

10/29/1993 – Return of the Living Dead III released on VHS

19931029_Return of the Living Dead III / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19931029_Demon Castle Dracula X: Rondo of Blood / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/29/1993 – Demon Castle Dracula X: Rondo of Blood released on the PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 in Japan

10/29/2004 – Versus released theatrically

20041029_Versus / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20041029_Saw / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/29/2004 – Saw released theatrically

10/30/1938 – The War of the Worlds radio adaptation airs

19381030_The War of the Worlds / Image: Daily News. Fair use doctrine.

19811030_Halloween II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/30/1981 – Halloween II released theatrically

10/31/1961 – Peter Jackson (director of Bad Taste and Braindead) born

19611031_Peter Jackson / Photo by Tim Whitby - © 2012 Getty Images - Image courtesy gettyimages.com

19741031_Phantom of the Paradise / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/31/1974 – Phantom of the Paradise released theatrically

10/31/1991 – Castlevania II: Simon's Quest released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan

19911031_Castlevania II: Simon's Quest / By DASHBot. Fair use doctrine.

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COMING SOON: Don’t Breathe (2016)

The Creators of Evil Dead Don't Want You to Breathe

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Don't Breathe

As a devoted horror fanatic, I am always looking for new films as well as new filmmakers. Whenever I see a new movie, I check out the credits and then do research on some of the names I have never heard of before to see what else they may have made either previously or coming soon. When I first saw the remake of Evil Dead, I was blown away. The team did it smart and took a familiar story and made a very different approach and that was the way to go about it. The name Fede Alvarez is a name everyone should be checking up on. This guy is fresh, new, and on the horizon.

Don't Breathe - Fede AlvarezIn 2009 writer/director Fede Alvarez made a five minute short film entitled Panic Attack. The film was posted on YouTube and was eventually seen by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who are the creators of  the original Evil Dead (1981 ). Fede Alvarez was approached to write and direct the remake in 2013.  Well, they are all back and about to unleash their next picture as a team entitled Don't Breathe.

Don't Breathe - Stephen Lang and Dylan Minnette

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The synopsis is this: Rocky, a teenage delinquent living with neglectful parents, promises her younger sister to move away with her. Rocky begins looking for the right amount of cash to run away with in order to escape. When her boyfriend, Money, finds out, he convinces her to break into the home of a blind man who supposedly has a safe in the basement. With her friend, Alex, Rocky breaks in in the middle of the night, and they soon discover the blind man is hardly the easy mark they has thought. He is, in fact, really a serial killer with heightened hearing who hunts intruders in his house. After the blind man kills Money, Rocky and Alex outsmart him, but now the two must navigate themselves out of the locked apartment while being quiet enough to avoid him.

Don't Breathe

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Don't Breathe stars Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps, Let Me In, Prisoners), Jane Levy (Evil Dead, Fun Size), and Stephen Lang (Avatar, The Men Who Stare at Goats). The film has made the rounds in festivals and is getting quite the buzz, scoring a 78 at Rotten Tomatoes based on nine reviews giving it an average of 6.8 out of 10.

Reports are calling this film "a dose of Hitchcock on crack", as well as "a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans from all over".

Don't Breathe - Alvarez giving direction

That alone intrigues me. Hitchcock seems to be one of the top five influential filmmakers. Whenever I personally read something that mentions Hitchcock, I never fail to see the name Hitchcock in bold lettering.

Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures will release Don't Breathe in theaters on August 26, 2016, but you can watch the official trailer below and let House of Tortured Souls know what you think.

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BOOK REVIEW: If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell (2001)

BOOK REVIEW: If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell (2001)

If Chins Could Kill:
Confessions of a B Movie Actor

By Machete Von Kill

Chins cover

Author: Bruce Campbell; Editor: Barry Neville; Publisher: St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0-312-24264-6; ISBN-13: 9780312291457 Media: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, and ePub; Length: 304 pages; Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography; Country: USA; Language: English;
Year: 2001

“Okay, so at least you're interested enough to pick up this book and look inside. I think you and I are going to get along just fine.

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.

No, and that's exactly the point. Bookstores are chock full of household name actors and their high stakes shenanigans. I don't want to be a spoilsport, but we've all been down that road before.

Case in point: look to your left - see that Judy Garland book? You don't need that, you know plenty about her already - great voice, crappy life. Now look to your right at the Charlton Heston book. You don't need to cough up hard-earned dough for that either. You know his story too - great voice, crappy toupee.

The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.

If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.

Okay, so buy the damned book already and read like the wind!

Best,

Bruce Campbell

P.S. If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they're not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.”

If that alone doesn't make you want to pick up Bruce Campbell's autobiography, well, I don't need your negativity. Get lost. Hail to the king, baby!

While the book was originally released in 2001, your girl, Machete didn't know of its existence until my lovely and talented Facebook friend Kryssie Ridolfi (you may know her as “Cherry” the rude waitress from the viral video) posted a photo of the book. Off to Amazon I went, and within a week, the book was in my hands.

I will admit it right now, I've had a crush on Bruce Campbell since the first time I saw Evil Dead, back in middle school. I will watch anything the man does. It doesn't matter how cheesy and ridiculous it is, if Bruce is in it (even as a guest star), I MUST see it. So without a doubt, the idea of reading the book written by the man himself got me all kinds of excited (no, not that way, ya pervs). I couldn't wait to read what he had to say.

From stories of his childhood, growing up in suburban Detroit, meeting Sam Raimi and his brothers, the first films they created while still in school, and even young Bruce's first kiss, he shares it all and without holding back much. While maintaining the Bruce Campbell humor we all know and love, he shares photos and stories of the filming process for Evil Dead. He gives the average reader just a taste of the underbelly of Hollywood, without naming names and without being a douchebag. He shares stories of the audition process, on-set hi-jinks and co-star drama, industry parties and award ceremonies, even his own episodes of being star struck. Campbell also shares more personal stories, like the breakdown of his first marriage and eventual divorce, as well as meeting and wooing his current wife Ida.

Throughout the book, Campbell shares fan mail/e-mail. Not all of it is very nice. This definitely is not a “Hey, look at me! Look how many people love and adore me! I'm a Hollywood god!” autobiography. It's honest. It's blue-collar. It's relatable - even for those of us who have never been in the business. And it is totally BRUCE.

I laughed a lot (I'm fairly certain that the other patients in the waiting room of my doctor's office thought I was high, insane, or both), developed a further respect for Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead crew (which I didn't think was possible as I already had a ton of love and mad respect for everyone involved), and was sad when the book was finished. It also inspired even more questions I would love to ask if I ever get the opportunity to meet Mr. Campbell.

If you are a fan of any of Bruce's work, interested in the not so sunny side of Hollywood, or just looking for an entertaining non-fiction read, you'll want to give If Chins Could Kill a read. Like he said on the book jacket, “If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they're not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.” He's not lying, the photos alone are worth checking out.

Rating: 9.5 Deadites with typewriters out of 10

Now, head over to Twitter, find me and then retweet the hell out of this tweet. Bruce has, so let's see if we can make some magic happen via social media, eh? Do it.

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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.

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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.

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