It was given approval of a second season three days before it even premiered on the Starz network on 10/31/15.
Was originally meant to be the fourth movie, but due to so much material being written, the makers decided to turn it into a TV series instead. If the entire first season was a movie, it would've been over 4 hours long.
The yellow Oldsmobile Delta 88 that Ash drives is the same make, model and color used in the original trilogy. The original car belongs to creator and writer Sam Raimi, and was bought new by his father.
Picks up 30 years after the events of The Evil Dead trilogy. For the first season, Universal Studios/MGM did not allow Starz to use footage or elements from Army of Darkness. For the second season, Universal/MGM gave Starz permission to use elements from the third installment of the Evil Dead trilogy.
The third film of the series, Army of Darkness (1992), had to be largely ignored in the first season because Starz couldn't get the rights from Universal Studios. The creators have confirmed Ash's trip into Medieval times did occur, but it just couldn't be referenced for legal reasons. At San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Rob Tapert announced that Universal had given them permission to use elements from Army of Darkness for season two.
Sam Raimi originally intended to follow Army of Darkness (1992) with a fourth Evil Dead movie; the plan for which was to follow both the theatrical and director's cut endings of the film with a film that followed two different timelines simultaneously. The concept was eventually abandoned due to its complex nature.
Early in the first episode, Ash is seen performing a "powerslide", which is a stunt that requires the driver to steer the car into a tight turn at high speeds, and apply the handbrake, which causes the back tires to lose traction with the road and slide into the turn. Bruce Campbell has revealed that he was taught to perform this move by William Shatner, who was known to perform the stunt regularly in his 1980's TV series, T.J. Hooker (1982).
The fact that Ruby's Kandarian Dagger can sear the flesh of the possessed wasn't created for the TV series. It is seen doing this in the very first film when Scotty uses it to stab the possessed Shelly in the back and she uncharacteristically reacts in extreme pain for a Deadite. Blood and smoke are then seen pouring out of the mouth of the ornamental skull on the blade's handle.
Joseph LoDuca, the music composer for several Sam Raimi films including The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992), returns to score the TV series.
The series marks the first appearance of Bruce Campbell as Ash since Evil Dead: Regeneration (2005) video game, not including his cameo at the end of the 2013 remake Evil Dead (2013).
The songs that appear in the series' soundtrack are all from the 70s and 80s and were picked by Raimi and Tapert because they believed they would be songs that Ash listened to back before his first demonic encounter in the cabin and symbolized his lack of growth since that night, with Raimi stating "the music should reflect the last time he was engaged in society, and living".
Executive producer Rob Tapert is married to Lucy Lawless who portrays the character of Ruby Knowby.
Mimi Rogers threw out her back a couple days before shooting her cameo as Kelly's mother. Nevertheless, she insisted on performing as many of the stunts she could physically do, including fight scenes, falls, and crawling on walls.
This is another collaboration between Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. The two have previously appeared together in Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and Burn Notice (2007).
Sian Davis, who played Ash's elderly neighbor Vivian, also appeared in an episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which was produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and co-starred Bruce Campbell. She was also the voodoo doctor seen in the opening scene of Evil Dead (2013).
To give the co-stars, Pablo and Kelly, their own iconic look to stand up to Ash's classic blue shirt and brown pants, the wardrobe department created an individual tone to their costumes. Pablo always wears clothing with the color green and graphic T-shirts, and Kelly always wears purple-colored apparel along with distinct rings she wears that spell out different words in each episode. They also created multiple versions of Ash's wardrobe for diverse reasons, including blood splatter, tears, and stunt work. They even had a collection of shirts that was a lighter tone of blue for scenes with darker lighting.
Ellen Sandweiss (Cheryl) is the only other cast member from the original Evil Dead to appear and reprise her role.
A make-up test photo of Samara Weaving was used as propaganda by a Twitter account called "Conservative Nation", claiming her to be a bludgeoned Donald Trump supporter who was beaten by numerous liberals. Not only was this false, but she wasn't an American citizen, nor was the photo taken in the United States. It wasn't until lead actor Bruce Campbell proved it to be false that they deleted the post. It wasn't until they received numerous angry messages from both liberals and conservatives, that they deleted the account entirely.
It has been 24 years since Bruce Campbell has starred the live-action role of Ash Williams.
Sid Haig auditioned for the role of Brujo, but the role was given to Hemky Madera instead.
Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi, and Joel Tobeck previously appeared on Hercules the Legendary Journeys and Xena the Warrior Princess.
This TV series continues the tradition set forth by the original Evil Dead Trilogy, in that each episode begins right where the previous episode left off.
Starz could not get the rights to Army of Darkness. Which is why Army of Darkness hasn't been mentioned or any footage (until Season 2) has been showed, but this may change in the future.
In the last three episodes of season one, several elements of the cabin set contradict their appearance in Evil Dead II (1987). For instance, the stairs to the basement were originally torn down during Ash's battle with Henrietta in the film, but are still standing in the show. Some latticework constructed of sticks on the side of the cabin that was torn down by the possessed Ash while attacking Annie in the film are still standing in the series. The front door was torn off by the evil force during Ash's fight with the demon, but is back in its place in the series. A number of shelves hanging in the kitchen that fell off during the trees attack on the cabin in the film are back on the wall, as well as some boards covering broken windows that fell off, but are back in place. Another example is the cross over Linda's grave is still standing, even though we saw it fall when she originally rose from the dead in the film.
For the fight scene with the possessed Vivien in the climax of the first episode, a much younger stunt double wearing a curly wig can be seen portraying Vivien for much of the action scenes. She is more noticeable when Vivien has Kelly pinned against the cabinet and is attempting to stab her in the eye with her fingernails.