Weeks of rumors finally ended as a fact. Starz!, main producers and USA TV distributors of the popular horror comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018) have decided to cancel the show after its current 3rd season. Therefore, the season finale scheduled to air on April 29, will now also serve as the series finale. This is very bad news for the fans of Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams, the charismatic survivor and main star of the Evil Dead film trilogy, consisting of The Evil Dead (1981), its sort-of-remake-but-not-really Evil Dead II (1987) and the crazed follow up Army of Darkness (1992).
An instant cult classic The Evil Dead (1981) is the adventure of five college friends who travel to a cabin in the woods where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. They find a weird looking book called the Necronomicon, Book of the Dead, and the taped translation of the text. One by one, the youngsters are possessed and killed in horrid and gorish ways. Only one survives the night and him alone is to battle the evil dead.
The movie was written and directed by a very young Sam Raimi and starring the future horror superstar Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams. Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert also were executive producer of the film. And it was this team that almost 35 years after developed the sequel TV series Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018). Directed by several directors, including Sam Raimi himself in charge of the pilot episode, the show tells how Ash has spent the last thirty years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and he becomes mankind’s only hope.
The show had a very good number of 437,000 viewers its opening day back in 2015, but the audience has been decreasing alarmingly. That is what has taken the people from Starz! to cancel the existence of a fourth season, even before this third one has officially ended. Bruce Campbell stated the previous weeks that once Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018), that would be the end of the Evil Dead since he won’t get in the pants of Ash Williams anymore.
Together with the undisputed star of the show Mr. Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Jill Marie Jones, Arielle Carver-O’Neill, Ted Raimi, Lee Majors, Michelle Hurd and Joel Tobeck also starred in all or several of the episodes.
Last Friday, after the cancellation of the show, Bruce Campbell (aka @GroovyBruce) made a very touchy state on Twitter. Love, respect and admiration now and always for Ash Williams and all the people who made possible this character, one of the most iconic in horror history, to exist.
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! 😎 pic.twitter.com/oNmTopS1Ab
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) April 20, 2018
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