Starz has released a new trailer for Season 3 of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, although it doesn't feature any actual footage from this upcoming season. Instead of showcasing Ash vs. Evil Dead footage, the video is a commercial for Shemps Beer, featuring Bruce Campbell's Ash and Dana DeLorenzo's Kelly Maxwell having some fun at a lounge, set to the 1980s classic "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" by Cutting Crew. For those who are longtime fans of the Evil Dead movies, there's a good reason this beer is called Shemps.
The term is a reference to late Three Stooges actor Shemp Howard, who died in 1955 while the Stooges still owed Columbia Pictures four more short films. They replaced him with the actor's stand-in, Joe Palma. The term "Fake Shemps" was coined by director Sam Raimi on the first Evil Dead movie, since actors weren't always available for the low-budget production. This lead to the director enlisting a number of different people, 18 in total, including the director's brothers Ivan Raimi and Ted Raimi, to fill in as monsters and other characters, who would all be credited as a "Fake Shemp."
Grab your chainsaws and watch out for Deadites because the grooviest show on TV returns in all its Ash-kicking splendor with more grisly battles, ghoulish banter and more blood-drenched fun than ever. The highly anticipated 10-episode third season of STARZ Original horror-comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead will premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9PM ET/PT. The wickedly gore-filled series stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, the chainsaw-wielding anti-hero tasked with saving the world from evil, Lucy Lawless as Ruby, the unpredictable foe and occasional ally who has strong ties to the origin of the "Necronomicon," Ray Santiago plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash's loyal sidekick and eternal optimist and Dana DeLorenzo returns as Kelly Maxwell, orphaned in Season One and ready to kick some evil ass.
The upcoming season also finds Ash discovering his long lost daughter, Brandy Barr, played by newcomer Arielle Carver-O'Neill (House Husbands, Suburbs, Conspiracy 365). The third season finds Ash's status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby's fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn't done with them. The cast also includes Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher and Mimi Rogers as Suzy Maxwell. Sam Raimi co-created the series with Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy, who executive produce with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert.
We reported in October that, during a convention appearance, series star Bruce Campbell called out illegal downloaders of his show, although it remains to be seen if that will have any impact on how much the show is downloaded by online pirates. We'll likely be getting much more footage between now and the February 25 date, as this series' return gets closer and closer. Until then, take a look at this unique video from Starz YouTube.