Evil Dead is a movie that I grew up with watching over and over again. I feel lucky enough to have been exposed to it early on in my horror journey, as it essentially shaped my vision and expectation for the horror genre itself. Bruce Campbell’s cheekiness and sort of reluctant hero type was the perfect anti-hero, a much welcome change from the super alpha hero John Wayne, who I grew up watching in cowboy movies with my father.
There was something special about Ash… he was different, nontraditional, and he brought about a new sort of cool. After Evil Dead, I soaked up everything else I could religiously re-watching Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, and finally Evil Dead (the remake). As I succumbed to the irresistible charm of Ash and his compelling “grooviness,” I began to learn a few things about myself. I learned that not feeling inclined to being the super alpha hero was okay. Growing up on John Wayne movies and Superman comics, I had been over saturated with the ideal notion of the hero as the “golden boy.”
So not the case with Ash and his ragtag minions that helped him fight, wiggle, and shotgun blast his way through the rotting corpses of the evil dead. I learned that there are other ways to be a hero. I could be weird, funny, and insecure and still meander my way to the very end aspiring to be my own type of hero, just like Ash. I didn’t have to be super tough or bulletproof, all I needed was what made me me and a little bit of motivation from the weird and groovy anti-hero Ash of Evil Dead.
It is with great pleasure that I bring you the trailer for the upcoming show Ash vs Evil Dead. I am really looking forward to getting to know Ash even better as he continues to chainsaw and rip his way through the juicy flesh of the darkness vomiting forth from the Necronomicon.