With three movies and a quasi-remake/sequel that is officially part of Evil Dead lore, there is a lot of existing material to pull from in creating Ash Vs. Evil Dead for TV. And while there will be more than enough obvious references and homages to the original trilogy resting on the surface throughout this 10-episode run, there are also plenty of Easter Eggs hidden deep within the show itself. If you're a huge fan of Ashley Williams and his fight against this all-consuming force of darkness, you'll notice some of these treasures right away. Some are more obscure. And a lot of them are layered on top of each other in scenes that require a quick eye and a fast pause button.
In Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons -personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip. The first season will span 10 episodes, and a second season has already been announced.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash's loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
Starz announced a marathon of all the Evil Dead movies this past Friday, October 30, which was hosted by Bruce Campbell. The marathon started at 8 PM ET with 1981's The Evil Dead at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by 1987's Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn at 9:30 PM ET and concluding with 1991's Army Of Darkness at 10:55 PM ET. The marathon also featured a new sneak peek at the series. Fans were encouraged to join the social media conversations throughout the night using #EvilDeadMarathon and other scene-specific hashtags that will appear within each movie. This was a great opportunity for everyone to relive the original movies, and then be able to discover some of the Easter Eggs that are hidden in the new series. Of which there will be plenty. About all the goodies left for enterprising fans to find, Bruce Campbell had this to say in an earlier interview with EW.
"You just have got to pretty much look closely on your high-definition television set. There's a lot of stuff in Ash's trailer that is similar to what we had in the past movies. There's references to things like Michigan State University and Faygo Redpop! The art department really went crazy making it as authentic as possible. I remember Sam and I walking through it and we were just blown away. So for the intense fan there's a lot for them to look at. We're also going to revisit - I have to be careful how I say this - but we're going to revisit some things that are familiar, and the recreations are amazing."
Way back in 2012, we were allowed to visit the set of the 2013 Evil Dead remake, and as we were shown through the woods and the cabin, the set decorators pointed out that some artifacts from the first two movies had been preserved and placed back into this sorta-sequel. If you see the piano or the wall clock while watching, know those are the original props that appeared in The Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. If you look close enough, you'll be able to spot some of those exact same items in various scenes throughout Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
So far, we've only gotten an advanced look at episode 1, titled El Jefe. And held within it's tight 40 minute runtime are quite a few obscure and not easily noticeable Easter Eggs that will likely take you a second or third viewing to spot. But some are going to pop right out at you. We'll have to wait for a future episode before Michigan's favorite Faygo Redpop makes it's iconic appearance. Though, right out of the gate, we get to see Ashley sucking on a Hi-C juice box, getting hyper and rehydrating before he heads out to a night on the town drinking at the local Woodsman Tavern. The Boppin' Strawberry box art looks like blood splatter, and you'll notice that motif running through the duration of this initial episode. You may also marvel at how much it makes Ash seem very childish. Which he is. First, watch Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Then come back for these 8 Easter Eggs you probably missed!
1 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88
The classic returns! This is the easy one to spot. The 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 was the car driven by Ash in both 1981's The Evil Dead and 1987's Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. It was turned into a War Wagon for Army Of Darkness, and was even seen in the Evil Dead reboot in 2013. But more than that, this is the quintessential Sam Raimi Easter Egg. It has appeared in every single movie he has ever directed. Even the period fantasy Oz: The Great and Powerful. Though, you'll have to get a magnifying glass out to find it in that movie. While this is an easy Easter Egg to spot, as the car is back up and running, serving as Ashley's main mode of transportation, what you may not have noticed is that the address for Books from Beyond is 1973 Olds Road, Berkley, Michigan. Books from Beyond is going to play a key roll in the future of the series. And we'll likely get to meet the owner of the shop Lionel Hawkins at a later date.