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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 Alan Smithee in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SERIES REVIEWS, 0 comments
RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E02, Bait

RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E02, Bait

By Kev B.

Ash V Evil Dead Episode 2

Okay so, episode one was a fun ride for the set up and introductions, but episode two, Bait, was a little more intense. All mixed in with that dark comedy that I look forward to each week. The series is progressing nicely, and episode three, Books From Beyond, is the best one yet!

Here is a little refresher before you get there:

  • We are starting to see that maybe Ash has had some trouble getting over the events of his first battle with evil. He seeks comfort in good ol’ sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, as fleeting as it may be. Upon receiving signs from the deadites that they are coming for him, he realizes he may have mistakenly unleashed the evil in a drunken/drugged haze trying to impress a woman. Detective Fisher went on a call with her partner of ten years and meets the aforementioned woman Ash was trying to woo, now possessed by Kandarian spirits. Fisher emerges the only survivor, and things are starting to look like they are happening for a reason and all roads lead to Ash.
  • Pablo (Ash’s coworker and only friend) intervenes on a Deadite attack in the stock room at Value Mart and saves Ash, prompting him to tell the tale of the cabin and the book. Pablo tells Ash how he was to be trained as a shaman by his uncle, a Brujo, and how he spoke of good and evil… And a man called El Jefe who will fight the evil. Naturally, Pablo thinks Ash is El Jefe and vows to fight with him. Meanwhile, Kelly (Pablo’s only friend and love interest), receives word her mother has returned home six months after his death. And we have Ruby, closing in fast on the trail of our heroes, who holds Ash responsible for the demise of her family.

Boomstick Bruce

Episode two, “Bait”, opens with Kelly speeding off to her parents’ house on Pablo’s motorcycle. Pablo tells Ash she took the book, which at this point Ash has decided to take to a bookstore to be translated. With Ash and Pablo on the way to Kelly’s parents’ house, they survive another Deadite attack and meet up with Kelly just in time for dinner. Ash’s instincts tell him things are not what they seem, and two shallow graves later, Kelly has the motivation to join Ash and Pablo to help rid the earth of the evil that took her family from her. Detective Fisher follows clues to Ashes trailer park and finds the business card for Books From Beyond, while his neighbors give a description to a sketch artist. And thanks to the delay at Kellys family’s home, Detective Fisher beats them to the bookstore. Stay tuned for episode three – Books of Blood.

My favorite quote from episode two:

So look, um… I’m not a grief counselor, but if it’s any consolation, I have had to kill and bury loved ones before… A bunch of times actually.
-Ash
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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.

Posted by Alan Smithee in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
Ash vs. Evil Dead

Ash vs. Evil Dead

Evil (Dead) Has Met Its Match?

By John Roisland
Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz

October 31, 2015, Halloween night, saw the world television premiere of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz.

The long awaited follow up to the huge cult film franchise that began in 1981 as The Evil Dead. Not a bad night to open with if you want my opinion!

The series is set 30 years after The Evil Dead, with Ash living as a loner who is unable to come to grips with what happened all those years ago. Ash lives a dull life but seems to prefer it to fighting the forces of evil. Unfortunately for Ash, a Deadite invasion has begun, and Ash must draw upon his experience, boomstick, and chainsaw to stop the evil from spreading. all while finally coming to terms with his past.

The first season is set up with ten half-hour episodes and is produced by Sam Raimi (Drag Me to Hell), Rob Tapert (The Possession), AND Bruce Campbell (Bubba Ho-Tep) – all of the original The Evil Dead team. Campbell reluctantly jumps back into action as Ash, the chainsaw-handed demon hunter we’ve all come to love! Starring alongside Bruce is Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Ruby Knowby, a character who strongly believes that Ash is to blame for the evils that they encounter. (Ash vs. Evil Dead also sees Campbell, Raimi, Lawless, and Tapert reunited, the quartet having all worked on Xena: Warrior Princess.) The show also stars Ray Santiago (In Time), who plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick.

So let the kids run amok in the other room until they pass out from their trick or treating sugar high! Plop your ass in your La-Z-Boy, and grab your remote. It’s time to fight evil!

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments