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Steve Niles

Growing up in a household where movies, music and comics were touted as “wastes of time and money” caused me to carry these ideals into my adulthood. As I matured and began to develop my own sense of the world, it was difficult for me to lose that mindset. For years I denied myself the pleasure of going to the theater or picking up a comic to even casually flip through the pages. I was all too often reminded of my childhood and instances where I would run excitedly to my mother with the newest Superman or Batman comic in hand, only to be shot down time and time again. “Go put that back!” my mother would say. “That stuff is a waste of good time and money!”

Eventually I began to peel away the stigma my parents had placed on movies and found that I could actually go see an occasional film without my children starving to death. Let’s put it this way: I didn’t go to the theater between the time The Rock was released until I was taken on a date to the X-Files movie! But the comics! The comics were surely still a waste of time (of which I had very little) and definitely money (of which I had even less).

Years later my husband brought home a stack of comics. I secretly damned him for wasting our money (thanks, Mom), and then while he was at work, I committed a sin against my upbringing. I read one! Then the strangest thing happened. Guess what?! I absolutely LOVED it! I absorbed every page with anticipation of the next. Before I realized what had happened, I had read the whole stack!

Obsession took hold, and I found myself scouring the internet for more information on this comic writing genius who had caused me to stray so far from the beliefs that had been instilled in me for so long. It got so bad that I went to my local comic book store and PAID for a membership so that I could BUY more of this man’s work! I had a file that automatically filled with more bloody goodness on a regular basis. I was hooked!

You may be wondering who in the hell could cause such a reaction from a comic book prude such as myself. Well, it was none other than Steve Niles, creator of titles such as 30 Days of Night, Wake the Dead, Criminal Macabre, and more recently The Creeper just to name a few. In his career he has worked with the likes of Rob Zombie, Ben Tempelsmith, Thomas Jane (The Punisher), and Bernie Wrightson.

Steve Niles brought me out of the mental dark ages and transported me into Dark Days instead! To my surprise and overwhelming glee I was recently given the opportunity to interview the man himself! And this is how it went…


30 Days of Night
Melissa Bostaph: Hello Steve, I can’t thank you enough for giving me some of your valuable time. I’d like to start in with some background information so our readers can get to know you a bit. When did your interest in horror begin?

Steve Niles: When I was very young. I started with issues of Creepy and Eerie Magazine, and then when I saw Night of the Living Dead on TV for the first time, I was hooked for life.

MB: Did your family support your interest in horror?

SN: What a great question. I don’t get to give props to my mom too often, but she was insanely supportive of my love of horror. She bought me the first issue of Fangoria when it came out despite her sisters saying they would never let their kids even look at that filth. My dad bought me my first Super 8 camera even though he didn’t really like the stuff I filmed. But it was my mom really. When I was 16 she bought me my first bottle of foam latex so I could create gore effects and stain the walls with fake blood. She even helped me get my first bass. I never made decisions she was very happy with, but she always backed me up, and now today she has this shelf with all my book and news clippings she shows off to her friends.

MB: Who/what have been the biggest influences in your writing career?

SN: Hands down, Richard Matheson. He not only made me want to write but he was the first author I ever read that I enjoyed. They had a tough time getting me to read anything but comics when I was a kid, but when I was given a copy of I AM LEGEND all that changed. I’ve been a voracious reader ever since.

MB: Were comics always your passion, or did your creativity start some other way?

SN: I always loved comics, but I thought I wanted to be a filmmaker or a special effects artist when I was a kid. I idolized guys like Dick Smith, George Romero, Rick Baker, John Carpenter, and Rob Bottin. It was only after becoming frustrated with amateur filmmaking that I looked to comics.

MB: Can your fans look forward to seeing any Steve Niles cameo roles in any of the upcoming films you are connected with?

SN: If you look very carefully, you might spot me in 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, but I can’t say for sure since they are still filming.

MB: Speaking of your upcoming film projects, I am very excited about 30 Days of Night being put on the big screen!

SN: Me too! And I couldn’t be happier with David Slade at the helm. He’s an outstanding director. And with producers like Sam Raimi, Mike Richardson, and Rob Tappert involved, I feel that much more secure that we’re going to get a great horror film next year.

MB: Now 30 Days of Night has a very odd history. The comic version came about only after the story was turned down, when you originally pitched it as a film, and now it has come full circle.

BatmanSN: Yeah, it was one of a dozen or so stories I pitched to everybody who would listen in comics and film, then when I did the comic, it was like they’d never seen it before. I was so shocked at the response, but obviously really happy. That books success gave me and Templesmith our careers. I’ll always be eternally grateful.

MB: Did you ever imagine after the initial rejection that you would ever see this particular project on the big screen?

SN: Not in a million years. I had other projects like Freaks of the Heartland and the Cal McDonald books and comics I thought had a better chance. Now because of 30 Days, those stories have life and you never know, they might wind up on the screen someday.

MB: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, and most recently, Danny Huston have all been cast in major roles in the film. Are you pleased with the casting so far?

SN: Very much so. I heard a lot of criticism about Josh Hartnett, but I think he’ll make a great Eben. He has that stoic, stone-faced quality that I always pictured for the character. I recently saw Lucky Number Sleven and that sealed it for me. He was great in it. To be honest, I hadn’t seen a lot of Melissa George, but since she was cast I’ve checked out her work and she seems like she’ll make a rock solid Stella. As far as Danny Huston, I couldn’t be happier. He’s an amazing actor and comes from such an historical filmmaking family. I can’t wait to see what he does.

MB: Did you ever have anyone else pictured for any of these roles?

SN: Not really. I try not to think about those things. I like leaving it in the capable hands of the director and casting agents.

MB: Director David Slade has said “We’re faced with a tremendous task, which is making a scary vampire film”. This shouldn’t be too difficult considering you have created a new breed, if you will, of vampires. Not that I am complaining AT ALL, but your vampires are vicious killing machines. What made you decide to take the all too common “romance” out of your vampires?

SN: Vampires are the most common monster and that makes them seem safe and harmless. We have everything from Count Chocula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to action vampires in Blade and Underworld. It waters down the scares. As much as I love Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, to me there’s nothing scary about her undead. When I think of something scary, I think of the shark in Jaws. It doesn’t care one shit about you and will doing anything it can to eat your flesh. That’s what I wanted to see in vampires; ruthless, feral and do not care one bit about human life.

MB: Slade has also said “Indeed, I don’t believe there’s much of the genre left in what we’ve written, but it’s very faithful both to Steve Niles’ writing, and the town and the esthetic–we hope at this point, because we’re not shooting until the summer–will be very close to Ben Templesmith’s artwork. But we’re going to maintain the level of realism.”. Ok…The first part of that makes me nervous! The story is non-stop dread and blood! How can they take the “genre” out of a Steve Niles HORROR story and still stay true to the original vision?

SN: Why? David is just talking about what he wants to do. The reality of the story is that it’s about a town attacked by vampires. I think David will do it justice.

MB: Josh Hartnett was recently quoted: “It’s less of a horror movie. You saw ‘Alien,’ right?” Hartnett asked. “It’s like that. It’s kind of a supernatural, but kind of a western, you know, in that genre. It’s all about being on the edge. The outskirts of society. Having to create your own society with an outside element creating massive fear and panic. Most of the film you don’t even know they’re vampires.” Again…My Fan-girl cries when I hear stuff like this! Please tell me that 30 Days of Night isn’t going to be missing the horror or more importantly the VAMPIRES?

SN: I knew this was coming. We have to remember that the mainstream mainly sees horror as women in high heels being victimized by guys with chainsaws and they want to distance themselves from that. That’s what I read into what he’s saying. People get so caught up with labels. I try not to. I know Alien is a horror movie. I know Silence of the Lambs is one as well and so is Jaws.

MB: 30 Days of Night isn’t the only movie your name is attached to right now. You have joined forces with Thomas Jane and Lion’s Gate to produce five films which include The Lurkers and In the Blood.

SN: We have a production company called RAW. I’m writing The Lurkers right now, a second draft actually so the project is moving along nicely. The other title we are working on is Dark Country written by Tab Murphy. I’m excited about both movies and when I get a chance to start writing In the Blood I’ll be thrilled. I’ve always loved werewolves and that’s my chance to go nuts with that particular monster.

BigfootMB: Can you share any other titles with us?

SN: My first screen credit will be as a producer. Through RAW, Tom and I helped produce David Arquette’s directorial/writing debut on The Tripper. It’s a great little horror film with a political slant. It’s premiering at Screamfest here in LA on Friday the 13th. I’ve also just completed a draft of BIGFOOT based on the comic I wrote with Rob Zombie. Rob is also helping with the writing chores. A Cal McDonald film (Criminal Macabre) is still going to happen. I’m working closely with Mike Richardson and we’re trying to find the right place to do it.

MB: When can we expect to start seeing these films?

SN: The Tripper, Friday October 13th and 30 Days of Night is set to be released October 19th 2007. None of the other films have dates yet.

MB: Jane is set to star in The Lurkers, has anyone else been cast for the film?

SN: Not yet, but we have some ideas.

MB: You are also the executive producer of The Tripper. How did you become involved with that project?

SN: Tom is married to Patricia Arquette so he’s David’s brother-in-law. David asked us to read the script and Tom and I thought it would be fun to do. Tom also took on a role in the film and he is absolutely hilarious…in that funny/scary way Tom is so good at.

MB: Wake the Dead is one of my personal favorite retellings of the Frankenstein story. I haven’t heard anything about Dimension or the possible movie for a while. Is there anymore news on the Hollywood front pertaining to that project?

SN: Yeah, that one sort of got lost in the shuffle when the Weinstein’s made their break. I’m still trying to figure out how to get that one up and running again.

MB: You were hired by Fox Atomic Comics a short time ago to write a graphic novel called 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, which will tie the movie 28 Days Later to its upcoming sequel 28 Weeks Later. How is that project coming along?

SN: I’m really having fun with the project. It’s an 88 page graphic novel but I’m writing them as four 22 page shorts that will all interconnect and bridge the first movie to the second. I’m working with three different artists so I think it’s going to turn out to be a pretty cool book.

MB: Bigfoot and The Nail are two comics that you collaborated on with Rob Zombie. With all your recent projects your work with Rob seems to have taken a hiatus, will we be seeing anything more from Creep Entertainment International?

SN: Both of us became suddenly really busy, Rob with his films and music, me with my usual overload of writing, but we’re still doing stuff together. Right now we’re working on the screenplay for Bigfoot which we sold to Rogue last year. We’re really close to have a draft right now.

Criminal MacabreMB: Having worked with some of the most amazing talents in the comic world throughout your career, is there anyone you haven’t worked with that you would like to?

SN: Too many to name. There are so many great artists out there, it would be almost impossible to start naming them all.

MB: If you could only continue work on just ONE of your projects/characters which would it be and why?

SN: That’s easy…Cal McDonald because he’s so fun to write.

MB: And just for fun…Are there any new movies coming out that you as a horror fan are excited about?

SN: Rob’s Halloween remake. I’m anxious to see what he does.

MB: The Dread Central staff members have each compiled their top 5 Halloween movie recommendations. What would be your top 5 picks for the upcoming holiday?

SN: Nosferatu, Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, The Exorcist, Jaws.

MB: Well, that about wraps it up for me. Again, I can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me; it has been a thrill for me!

SN: Thank you!


Big thanks to Steve for taking the time out to speak with us. Be on the lookout for more of his work to be covered here really soon!

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The Harrowing Starring Michael Ironside and Arnold Vosloo Premiered at EFM

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The HarrowingOne of the great modern horror movie actors out there is Michael Ironside. No question. It is with this in mind, and our love for his performance in Turbo Kid, that we always look forward to a new Michael Ironside film.

Case in point, Jon Keeyes’ new, mind-bending horror-thriller The Harrowing co-starring and produced by Matthew Tompkins. The film held its world premiere and EFM debut in Berlin on Friday, February 18th and hopefully, this means we will be hearing about its eventual release very soon.

But until we know an official release date, you can check out the poster to the right, and a bunch of quotes from the filmmakers along with some choice stills below.

After that let us know what you think of The Harrowing thus far!

“As a lifelong genre fan, The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world,” Keeyes says. “We’ve carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this – that is both entertaining and thought-provoking – has been a joy.”

“We’re thrilled to screen The Harrowing to distributors and audiences for the very first time in Berlin.” Film Mode Entertainment’s Clay Epstein added. “Horror and thriller fans are in for the ride of their lives with The Harrowing – a gripping, mind-bending, nail-biter of a film that has a great deal of worldwide commercial appeal with the recent success of the genre.”

“The Harrowing is carefully constructed to be a powerful synergy of elements that make it one of those rare ‘elevated’ genre films with true crossover appeal to a wide variety of hardcore fans…,” Tompkins says. “The film is a potent mix of horror and supernatural elements that underpin a very smart, disturbing, and complicated psychological thriller…the idea of being able to drive the narrative utilizing all of these things, to truly pull that off, from both a commercial and artistic perspective, was a fantastic opportunity for us as Filmmakers.”

The Harrowing is written and directed by Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead) and stars Michale Ironside (Scanners, Turbo Kid), Matthew Tompkins (Sicario) and Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy).

We’ll let you know when we hear more!

Synopsis:

A Vice Detective (Tompkins) is wrongly accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend. Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he goes undercover and discovers the truth behind a demonic myth.

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Spoilers: Which Major Walking Dead Actor Might Leave the Series After This Season?

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*** POSSIBLE SPOILERS ***

Like many of you out there, I gave up on AMC’s The Walking Dead a long time ago. In fact, I gave up after they fired Frank Darabont following the horrendous second season.

That said, I’m not bitter towards the series, and hell, even I watched the season premiere where Negan beat the brains off Big Red and the dude from Mayhem.

Also, I’m aware there has been some controversy surrounding the “death” (yeah, right) of Chandler Rigg’s character. I have no opinion on the matter.

Speaking of character deaths, we might want to expect another this season as it looks like Lauren Cohan, aka Maggie, has taken another job on the ABC pilot “Whiskey Cavalier.”

While this doesn’t immediately mean Cohan’s Maggie character will kick the big old zombie-bucket… it pretty much means that.

Variety reports that Cohan has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her return, but she does not currently have a contract for the ninth season and will instead take the lead in the new ABC pilot.

Do you think this means Maggie is done for? Let us know below!

“The Walking Dead” returns on Sunday, February 25th.

Season 8B Synopsis:
All-out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the people at Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered — half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.

At the very center — Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan’s attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity — lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward.

But Rick isn’t the only person who’s living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside — unclear if they’re in friendly territory, or if they’ve just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop, and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she’s currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader.

In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others’ thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene’s loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves.

As all-out war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger — to feel safe and have a world worth living in.

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Filthy and Fine! The Best Shots of Ash vs. Evil Dead

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The Evil Dead franchise is my all time favorite horror series, which evolves its mythos with each entry. Of course, the original Evil Dead has been just a straight-up horror film, but thanks to the fateful meeting of filmmaker Scott Spiegel, director Sam Raimi took the franchise into a strange comedic territory, using slapstick while still keeping the tones of sheer terror. What makes this terror stay with the franchise even with Ash’s loudmouth persona is it’s influential and inspiring camera work that Sam Raimi makes a legend behind the camera.

After years of waiting for the master of horror to return to the Evil Dead franchise, our palates were satiated with “Ash Vs Evil Dead” which continued the inspiring cinematography. With two seasons of a television show under Raimi’s watchful eye and a third season on the way, I took a look at every episode in the series to see if each director on board the project kept that eye for cinematography and shooting style. The series was notorious for it’s over the top gore and gags and I could’ve sat here and just gushed over the geysers of blood emitting from every orifice in the show, but, what I found in each episode brought more and more to the table. There are still horrifying shots to balance out the comedy of the show, but there are also amazing character moments within that foreshadow and evolve each character.

Think about it, other than Ash we’ve never had a cast of characters that survived more than two minutes but now there’s a crew of Ghostbeaters! Don’t worry as we still have randoms coming in and out that leave you to ponder, “How long can this poor Shemp live?” as they burst into blood and viscera. There are shots that revel in the grotesque, but there are also shots that revel in who our heroes are and delve into their psyches, the specialty of the Deadites! For those who’d like to follow along with the shots in the show, I’ve given you the time these shots show up if you’re watching the show on Netflix skipping the recaps.

To see the images in their full-size glory, give them a groovy little click!


S1E1: “El Jefe”
Directed By Sam Raimi
12:53
The flashlight twirling on the ground illuminating the scene as it spins on the two detectives faces gives way to one of the best sequences in the series. As Amanda’s deadite partner attacks her, the light spins furiously with the actions of the scene as she tries to retrieve her gun. When she retrieves the gun and aims it at the deadite the audience member would get a sigh of relief that she would triumph but is then tricked into terror. The flashlight spinning becomes slower and slower on both their faces as the man cries in pain pleading to his partner. The light illuminates his transformation back into a deadite horrifyingly for a slow dread filled shot. This shot and sequence show Sam still has it and sets up the series for what’s to come.



S1E2: “Bait”
Directed By Michael J. Bassett
12:30
As Ash brings down the cross upon the ground the camera pans to Pablo and Kelly with a bright sunrise upon them. While the horrors of the night are over it is this sunrise the signifies the dawning of Kelley’s new life and her dialogue over this shot swears her vengeance.


S1E3: “Books From Beyond”
Directed By Michael J. Bassett
2:38
Up until this point, Ruby has remained a mystery and not given us a sense of danger. Against the howl of the windmill in the background bathing in the moonlight we see her unleash the Kandarian dagger upon the already impaled deadite with a smirk on her face. This shot unravels her mystery bit by bit hauntingly as the first person besides Ash to stare down a Deadite with no fear.


S1E4: “Brujo”
Directed By David Frazee
22:40
The Brujo’s entire set up is pretty creepy with all sorts of totems that he utilizes for good but look haunting. When Kelly steps into the barn possessed by Eligos the totems come to life and react to the evil stepping before them. The best one though is the face that quickly begins to disappear bit by bit as Kelly approaches. It utters the word Mentirosa, Spanish for a liar, as she steps forth, giving way to a visually striking and terrifying warning.


S1E5: “The Host”
Directed By: David Frazee
21:26
Pablo bids farewell to his youth and tutelage under the Brujo while stepping into a new life with Ash that is more in tune with his family’s spiritual upbringing. With each totem lighting up as Pablo walks by the shots build Pablo’s feelings of loss toward a teacher as Pablo emerges a warrior that foreshadows his importance later to come as the first magical force of good in a fight that’s only ever cast spells of evil.


S1E6: “The Killer of Killers”
Directed By Michael Hurst
20:24
This is one of the most hilarious yet meaningful shots of the episode. Amanda’s boss has become a deadite ready to kill her. Ash shoots Amanda’s boss in the head, making her question the authority she had adhered to so much. Her idea of Ash as a villain changed with that charming Smile and look to Amanda in a gory pose over the lower jaw of her former boss. Ash looks to her like Uncle Sam simply saying join us! Blood and viscera flowing around him like a fountain. Dangling legs in the background as an added bonus!


S1E7: “Fire In The Hole”
Directed By Michael Hurst
19:25
Actions in combat can tell a story just like any dance. The compatibility between our heroes is evocative of Ash and Amanda’s budding romance during the entire sequence. However, it is this one masterful shot of the two working in unison dodging hellfire that tells the story of warrior’s love lit by demon fire!


S1E8: “Ashes to Ashes”
Directed By Tony Tilse
18:21
Ash can never escape the past it seems as the series goes on. He is hesitant to trust Pablo and Kelly as friends in his adventure for fear of losing them like he has lost so many others. This infamous shot from Evil Dead 2 is one of the few things that could make him question his machismo. This time he doesn’t even bring the chainsaw down on his beloved Linda but is forced to watch as an invisible chainsaw comes down upon her head forcing him to be reminded of what he did. This plays heavily into his decision making near the end of the season.



S1E9: “Bound In Flesh”
Directed By Tony Tilse
25:20
We finally get to see the book speak and beg Ash to not destroy it. This is something we’ve become accustomed to in the comic series, but have never been treated to the book itself speaking to Ash otherwise. We as the audience become the eye of the book and in true Evil Dead fashion watch, Pablo scream as the camera rushes toward him and he fuses with the book. This moment is the change in Pablo that clashes with his new direction discovered in the shot in Episode 5, which then tortures him internally until the end of season 2 where he is constantly being pulled by the necklace of the Brujo and the evil of the books spells.


S1E10: “The Dark One”
Directed By Rick Jacobson
19:06
A dreary moonlight shot of blues against the cabin looking ominous as Kelly stares on drenched in blood and anger. It’s a hauntingly beautiful shot. Kelly has fully embraced herself as a ghost beater and is done being tormented ready to start saving her boys. For a lot of characters, this could easily be a breaking point, but this shot affirms Dana Delorenzo as Kelly among some of the most powerful and able Final Girls on the rise.


S2E1: “Home”
Directed By Rick Jacobson
27:31
This shot is very telling of Ruby’s betrayal to evil. As her children surround and attack her, she is obscured by darkness and where she lies in terror a bright light emanates from behind her illuminating the scene as if to show her becoming a hero against evil.


S2E2: “The Morgue”
Directed By Tony Tilse
16:41
When this episode aired it was one of the most talked about and disgustingly depraved things to see. A simple Camera rig in front of Ash as he struggles to get out of a corpse, pubic hairs and dick swinging in his face. If Dead Alive wanted to take Evil Dead’s title of biggest gross-out scenes, then “Ash Vs Evil Dead” took the title back with excrement and body fluids all over our hero.


S2E3: “Last Call”
Directed By Tony Tilse
23:08
There are a ton of great shots of the evil Delta but perhaps the best one is this single frame of Lacey telling her boyfriend she loves him as he is splattered across the windshield. Blood and glass between them as they try for one last kiss against the fire and demonic lighting coming from the Delta and then splat! It’s a small touching moment that makes Lacey’s character a bit more sympathetic as the show goes on. As for her boyfriend? Well, I told you there would be plenty of Shemps to kill off.


S2E4: “DUI”
Directed By Michael J. Bassett
1:45
After splattering Ash’s dad across the street, The Delta pulls up with a camera spin into the grill revealing an eye stuck in it. Ash’s one true love, his car, that’s survived everything has turned against him and killed his father just as they had reconnected. A perfect role reversal as Brock William’s severed eye is now staring down Ash through the grill of the car. No longer a window into Brock’s soul, but a sick vision of Ash’s love turned enemy.


S2E5: “Confinement”
Directed By Michael J. Bassett
17:46
Flashing between light and darkness as the skin is ripped and blood is splattered gives us a horrifying look for the first time at the main antagonist of the season. Baal emerges from the flesh of humanity showing how we are all merely tools for his psychological deceptions.


S2E6: “Trapped Inside”
Directed By Mark Beesley
11:37
The moon reflects an eerie light upon Cheryl’s picture as it begins to bleed like the statue of Mary. The innocence of Ash’s sister was never saved and her soul weeps as the flesh is resurrected for evil’s bidding.


S2E7: “Delusion”
Directed By Mark Beesley
23:59
This entire episode is about breaking down Ash’s spirit and character, making him think he’s truly insane. As he’s at the breaking point he sees his friends and his love for them saves him. It’s a really simple shot that’s amplified by Bruce’s performance, but that disturbed look against the shadowy bars across his face in the dreary room give him his eureka moment where he comes down from his insanity and understands what he has to do to win.


S2E8: “Ashy Slashy”
Directed By Tony Tilse
14:13
Throughout the season the town builds up a boogeyman mythos in Ashy Slashy that we know as an audience member isn’t true but this shot brings Ashy Slashy to life. That boogeyman becomes real as the straight jacket becomes Ashy Slashy’s costume and the fire created by the chainsaw shows a side of Ash we’ve never seen. In this shot, we are convinced he had become a mindless killer.


S2E9: “Home Again”
Directed By Rick Jacobson
19:51
We’ve only ever heard his voice and seen his ghost save for a few shots of him discovering the Necronomicon in Evil Dead 2. Professor Knowby watches his student, Tanya, bleed out on the floor. She looks up at her mentor with horror as light swings back and forth casting shadows on his face. He is almost serial killer in nature and the shot reflects how his quest for knowledge outweighs his humanity. We see Professor Knowby and his daughter Ruby are not too dissimilar.


S2E10: “Second Coming”
Directed By Rick Jacobson
26:12
The finale brings Ash back to the cabin having to completely confront his past to change the future. With Pablo dead, because of Ash’s own follies, it is in the ashes of Ash’s dark past that Pablo is reborn, no longer tormented by the Necronomicon he takes his first breath as a new human. The evil within him gone and his life ready to begin anew.


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