You might be aware of the fact that there’s an Evil Dead show hitting the air thanks to Starz Channel, but the network is going all out for the debut of the show and the upcoming Halloween holiday with a marathon of the movies.
You’ll have to wait till October 31st to see the first episode of Ash vs The Evil Dead (which’ll air at 9pm eastern and pacific), but you can get up to speed on the history of the horror turned horror/comedy series the night before the launch of the new show with Starz’ marathon of the classic movies.
Things start off on the cable channel with the original Evil Dead movie, which is straight-up horror for the most part, before flipping into the more comedic Evil Dead II (which is kind of a remake of the original), and then wrapping up with the downright funny Army of Darkness. If you love the series, this is a night that you don’t want to miss out on even if you’ve seen the three movies a hundred times over. Why’s that? Because the whole series is being capped off with a sneak peek at Ash vs The Evil Dead (at 12:15am eastern and pacific), so you can see what’s new in Ash’s world the night before you check out the first installment.
Here’s the time list and the descriptions of what’s on tap:
- The Evil Dead marathon kicks off with the original 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead at 8:00pm ET/PT on STARZ. 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 marathon continues with the 1987 sequel, Evil Dead 2 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Ash, the lone survivor of the original demon attack, returns in the second chapter of the cult franchise. Armed with a chainsaw and a shotgun, he again must fight the evil dead when a group of strangers interrupt his romantic vacation in a lonely cabin in the woods.
- The Evil Dead marathon concludes with the 1992 third installment, Army of Darkness at 10:55pm ET/PT and a sneak peek at the first episode of the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” In Army of Darkness, our hero, Ash, is transported back in time to 1300 A.D. and once again faces off against the evil unleashed. In order to return to the present and get back home, he must take up his chainsaw and “boomstick” to defeat the Deadites and return the Necronomicon to its final resting place.
Oh, and while you’re watching, make sure to catch the special hashtags that’ll be popping up here and there to join in on the party on social media, including the all-encompassing #EvilDeadMarathon tag.