'Ash vs Evil Dead'
Sat. (starting October 31st), 9 p.m., Starz
Damn right, the evil dead: It's like they never left. More than two decades after his classic Evil Dead flicks, Sam Raimi brings the franchise to TV, and despite sky-high fan expectations, he does the legacy proud. Bruce Campbell makes his long-overdue return as Ash, the chain-saw-toting lowlife anti-hero with the wooden hand and the bad-ass one-liners ("I got news for you, pal. You ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and shit. And Jack left town!"). Ash has spent the past 30 years trying to hide from the Dead-ite demons, getting wasted in his trailer to Deep Purple, while working as a stockboy. Once again, those occult words from the Book of the Dead get read aloud and wake up something dark in the woods. And once again, the only hope to save the human race from the undead is Ash. From his new sidekicks (welcome, Lucy Lawless!) to the gory fight scenes ("My heart's jackhammering like a quarterback on prom night!"), Ash vs Evil Dead proves that we need Ash now more than ever. As the man himself would say: Groovy!