If there’s one thing Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise is probably most famous for, it’s the amount of gore contained within. Well, that and Bruce Campbell’s one-liners. The original Evil Dead was quite the bloody affair, with Evil Dead II spilling enough of the red stuff to give the elevator from The Shining a run for its money. Last year’s Ash vs Evil Dead season 1 continued this tradition with relish, seemingly adorning its stars with viscera in nearly every other scene, and taking things to heights even Raimi’s films rarely approached.
As Ash vs Evil Dead season 2’s October premiere grows ever closer, Starz has kept the promotional goodies coming at a fairly rapid clip, with trailers, images, and other sneak peeks abounding.
The latest in Ash’s marketing salvo comes courtesy of EW, in the form of a new image and a quote from Campbell about a particularly shocking death fans have to look forward to in the upcoming season.
The image in question can be seen in all its gory glory above, and features Ash’s car – lovingly referred to as the Delta – covered in copious amounts of blood and guts. The photo is taken from an episode centering around the car, according to Campbell. Why is the car covered in blood? Let Campbell himself clear up that question:
“There’s an episode that’s basically around the Delta. It’s a pretty interesting episode, with perhaps the worst onscreen death in the history of all visual arts. ‘Worst’ meaning ‘most outrageous.’ Like, ‘Am I really watching this happening? Am I really watching this unfold in front of me?'”
While Campbell is well-known for his love of hyperbole, deeming something as the worst onscreen death in history is quite the lofty proclamation. Even deeming something as the worst death in the Evil Dead franchise would be a bold statement, considering that Ash’s two favorite methods of taking out Deadites are a chainsaw and a shotgun. Still, if Raimi and company’s track record is anything to go by, Campbell’s sentiments are probably not unwarranted.
Assuming that the death mentioned by Campbell isn’t of a heroic character, it’ll be interesting to see who gets to dole out this bit of the old ultra violence on an unsuspecting Deadite. While Ash naturally does most of the monster murder, Pablo and Kelly both dispatched their fair share of enemies in season 1, with Kelly in particular seeming to go completely nuts a few times. Then again, it’s hard to blame her for reacting badly to the whole “impending apocalypse” thing.
Ash vs Evil Dead slices into season 2 in October 2016.