A pay-cable channel announced plans for a movie marathon as part of its rollout of a new original series. Starz today announced an “Evil Dead” marathon, to take place Friday, Oct. 30, with “Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness” on the bill.
The marathon, which launches at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will be hosted by Bruce Campbell, star of the film series and also the new Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” At the conclusion of the marathon, at 12:15 a.m., Starz will televise a sneak peek of the series’ first episode.
“The ‘Evil Dead’ marathon kicks off with the original 1981 cult classic, ‘The Evil Dead,’ at 8:00pm ET/PT on Starz,” the network said in its announcement. “This seminal horror movie features five friends who go to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They discover the Necronomicon, the Book of the Dead, which when translated releases a legion of demons and spirits. In order to survive the night, Ash must do battle with the evil dead.”
The original series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” a follow-up to the movie franchise, premieres on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, executive producer and showrunner.
“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,” the announcement notes. “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.”