he second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, "Burn Notice") in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless ("Salem," "Spartacus") as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago ("Touch," Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash's loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors ("The Six Million Dollar Man"), Ted Raimi ("Xena: Warrior Princess," Spider-Man) and Michelle Hurd ("Law & Order: SVU") join the cast this year as Brock Williams, Ash's father, Chet Kaminski, Ash's childhood best friend, and Linda, Ash's high school love, respectively.

Sam Raimi serves as Executive Producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, "Spartacus," "Xena: Warrior Princess"), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, "Burn Notice") and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio ("Workaholics," "Chuck"), who serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Aaron Lam ("Spartacus") and Moira Grant ("Spartacus") serve as Producers.

Season Two
In the Beginning
A Sort of Homecoming
Ruby Has Changed Her Tune
From Sidekicks to Family
Six Million Dollar Dad
Elk Grove Time Warp
Fierce Females
The Urban Legend
Necronomicon's Next Target
Small Town Michigan in New Zealand
Evil Has a New Face
Fluids and Flames
Season Two

"I'm not drunk enough to know if this is good weird or bad weird." Foreshadowing words uttered by our reluctant hero, Ash Williams, when he returns this fall in the second season of the critically acclaimed "Ash vs Evil Dead," based on the classic Evil Dead film series.

The 10-episode half-hour series picks up in Jacksonville, Florida with Ash and his Deadite-fighting compadres Pablo and Kelly, enjoying retirement after making a truce with Ruby at the end of Season One. But like most things in Ash's life, this retirement is short-lived. The team is summoned back to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan by an unlikely ally to lead the charge against evil once again!

Bruce Campbell returns as Ash Williams with Lucy Lawless as Ruby, once an enemy, now in need of Ash's help to control evil; Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash's loyal sidekick who looks up to him like a father figure; Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a woman hell-bent on avenging her parents, who were the victims of Deadites; Lee Majors as Brock Williams, Ash's bitter dad left behind to deal with the cabin aftermath; Ted Raimi as Chet Kaminski, Ash's childhood best friend; Michelle Hurd as Linda B., Ash's high school sweetheart who is now married to the local sheriff and former victim of Ash's bullying, played by Stephen Lovatt.

Returning to the small screen this fall, the series is Executive Produced by Sam & Ivan Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell–the original filmmakers–and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as Showrunner.

In the Beginning

More than 35 years ago, three college buddies from Michigan set out to make a horror film that would go on to become a worldwide cult classic. Their story inspired video games, comic books, and a musical stage production. That group of college students went on to become legendary filmmakers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, and iconic film and television star Bruce Campbell. Today, they are once again enjoying success thanks to Evil Dead in the form of television.

When Season One premiered last October, the Evil Dead team wanted to create a show unlike anything on television, which would satisfy the hunger of the fans. When the love started pouring in from these audiences, they knew they had a hit! Campbell could not be more thrilled with how Season One was accepted. "The fans loved it, absolutely loved it, and the critics couldn't pan it, because we weren't trying to make something it wasn't. We kept the practical effects because that is what Evil Dead is all about with visual effects enhancing the impact of the scare and gore. I believe their thirst will be quenched in Season Two, because the production value, stunts, and set design have been kicked up a notch," he says. "Horror-comedy is a really weird genre, so for anyone who doesn't know, I say: come for the gore, stay for the comedy."

"It's a far bigger and more ambitious season than Season One. From a production point of view, the stories are much bigger, the cast is larger. It's still Evil Dead-like, but the canvas is broader this season."
– Rob Tapert

Campbell says, "Season Two is going to throw some ringer-dingers in there. It's not the same old, same old. We're going to find out that Pablo is more than a typical sidekick, and Kelly is more like Ash than she realizes. There's more to Ruby than she is letting on." Also planned for Season Two is a dive into where Ash came from, why he left and why he stayed away.

A Sort of Homecoming

The season opens with one of the bloodiest bar scenes ever shown on TV. Heads, body parts, and cast members go flying in a double-Deadite battle royale that fades, no, slams us to the opening titles.

"This particular season, Ash is returning to his hometown, where he hasn't been for 30 years," explains Rob Tapert. "One of the great characteristics about Ash is he doesn't grow up. He makes very small, incremental changes and has accepted these two other people into his group of friends. Ash's dream of retiring in Jacksonville and just hanging out in bars on spring break, doing shooters, and playing with his chainsaw to impress girls is ruined by Ruby. She calls him back. She needs his help back in his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan and she sends a calling card." That calling card is in the form of Deadites.

Campbell says of Season Two, "We find Ash having a pretty darn good time in the amazing city of Jacksonville, Florida. Wearing Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops, he's effectively retired. I couldn't tell you why it's his favorite place. He's there because he's just seen postcards and has passed the baton to Ruby in order to save his friends." But Ruby sends a pair of Deadites to Jacksonville and, "Ash has to go home. The Deadites are very clever, very tricky. They're thinking creatures, they're not shufflers. They're like the mafia and go after Ash's family. He was doing just fine in Jacksonville, but now he has to get serious again and go back to his hometown, which is not necessarily a good thing because he has a bit of a reputation in that particular town."

Campbell says, "Ash is a reluctant hero. He doesn't want to go to Elk Grove, but he knows he has to because it's his dumb fault there's evil running wild in the first place. So it's not like a college football hero going back, they have an urban myth about him." That urban myth has left a casualty in its wake: Ash's father, Brock.

"When Ash returns to Elk Grove, the only person happy to see him is his buddy, Chet. Even his own father is unhappy to see him. Ash is the classic pariah." – Rob Tapert

Ruby Has Changed Her Tune

"Since Ruby claims she wrote the Necronomicon, Season Two reveals what kind of baddy she used to be and why she doesn't want Ash to get a hold of the book," said Campbell.

Tapert gave some clarity on the mysterious Ruby when he said, "Ruby is the dark one. We find out in the first season, Ruby is the author of the Necronomicon. In Season 2, She has been stripped of some of her powers, and it's going to cause all kinds of problems; she now needs Ash to help her."

Lawless says, "Ruby has gone from buttoned up to busting out. She's over it. Her children have grown into evil spawn and they're totally out of control. She needs Ash's help to put them back in the box, so she's part of their family now. Ruby is looking for peace, and that means getting those wretched children back down to their hell with their hideous father who is like Keith Richards with a bad attitude."

Joel Toebeck joins the cast playing Ruby's ex-husband Baal, a diabolical demon who conjures hysteria to carry out his evil deeds.

When asked about the alliance of Ruby and Kelly this season, Lucy said, "Ruby and Kelly together are an unbeatable team. The women of 'Ash vs Evil Dead' are strong, powerful, independent women who kick ass!"

From Sidekicks to Family

Ash has gone from working at Value Stop (Season One) to the Crusty Crab in Jacksonville, and he's having a blast! Pablo Simon Bolivar, played by Ray Santiago, and Kelly Maxwell, portrayed by Dana DeLorenzo, are once again his co-workers doing the work while Ash does the partying. Pablo's admiration for Ash has grown while Kelly looks at Ash as a hot mess with dumb luck. When their journey takes them back to Ash's hometown, the roles are blurred and we're introduced to Ash's dad, Brock, who proves the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Santiago says, "Pablo is Ash's main homie, and there's a dynamic of this weird motley crew that have come together to save the world."

"Pablo is, in some ways, Ash's son, in other ways an outsider who has been brought in. He has a good heart and is somewhat innocent," said Tapert.

Campbell recalls, "Pablo is more than just a sidekick. His uncle was a Shaman and he picked up some stuff from him. I think we're going to see Pablo a little more connected to the Necronomicon. Kelly is a survivor and together with Ruby she is much more fearless, much more empowered, and doesn't take any shit."

"Kelly is definitely the intelligent one; Ash is the brawn, Pablo is the heart. She's proven she can hold her own, and that she is a badass in her own right. She can make a weapon out of just about anything, but prefers guns," said DeLorenzo about Kelly's transformation this season.

Tapert says, "Kelly is the daughter Ash never had. She's on the run with an old man and perhaps an illegal alien. She is a strong, independent woman and is coming into her own. In the first season, she got to fire a gun and fell in love with the power, so now she's becoming a kind of weapons expert."

The Six Million Dollar Man

Lee Majors, who plays Ash's dad, Brock Williams, really dove into the series. "Before I began work on the second season, I viewed the entire first season. I thought the sets were fantastic and production design and cinematography were outstanding. The actual sets looked totally spooky, as if they had been there 50 years! The crew deserves great applause for bringing them to life," said Majors.

On sharing scenes with Campbell, Majors said, "Playing opposite Bruce Campbell was a blast. We had great chemistry! He's underrated as an actor! Don't know if I got used to him calling me Pop!" The characters find out this season, genetics aren't the only thing they've shared.

Campbell recalls, "He picked up on the humor, but I'm not sure the other parts of the show are really for Lee; the carnage, the mayhem, the talking about boobies… you know. But Lee has the chops, he's a pro and one of those guys that never leaves the set. He even referred to Ash's utility hand as bionic!"

Campbell said, "Ash's father, Brock, is bad, really bad. It was important to me that Brock have some Ash-isms, so that the audience actually knows some of that stuff Ash wasn't making up."

Lines like, "You're filthy and fine" and "I'm through conversatin' it's time for fornicatin'" among others not suitable coming out of Lee Major's mouth was a shock-laugh to both cast and crew during filming. It was television heaven to have a legend be a part of the Evil Dead world.

According to Lee Majors, "Ash vs Evil Dead" is "Great entertainment. Great fun. The show looks like a million bucks!" Or maybe six million?

Elk Grove Time Warp

Another blast from the past we are introduced is Chet Kaminski, played by Ted Raimi, Ash's best friend who is just living life one party after the next.

"Chet is Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High all grown up," says Tapert.

"He's a guy who stays with Ash no matter what happens. He's the guy, on a dare, who would probably eat a worm… He's a little off-center," said Raimi of his character.

"Chet is everyone I grew up with: a little behind the times, frosted hair from the 80's and he thinks that's cool. Thinks he's wired into the town. Driving his Gremlin up and down the streets of Elk Grove, honking at chicks and giving the two-fingered wave. You know if you're really cool, that's how you wave. Chet is that buddy to Ash, and the only buddy of mine I go that far back with is Ted [Raimi], and we got him," Campbell says.

A homecoming would not be complete without running into an old flame, and in pure "Ash vs Evil Dead" fashion, we meet Linda B. – not the ill-fated Linda A., whom Ash took to the cabin in the first Evil Dead movie.

"Linda B. is Ash's high school sweetheart, the one that got away," says Michelle Hurd of what her character represents for Ash. "I think Ash has some sort of twisted obsession, and she cannot resist his charisma. When Ash enters the bar Linda works in, I think she is so surprised and swept up in the memory and the romance of seeing her high school sweetheart, the whole urban legend and his murderous reputation."

Even an anti-hero needs an antagonist, and the high school sweetheart reunion is not all roses and chocolates because Linda B. is married to the local sheriff and former bully victim of Ash and Chet, Thomas Emery.

"Ash, Thomas, Linda, and Chet all went to high school together. Thomas was kind of the nerd in school and bullied by Ash and Chet. Once he graduated, he went right into law enforcement. Thomas still holds a grudge and when Ash returns, all he wants to do is take him down a few notches," Hurd says.

Fierce Females of Ash vs Evil Dead

This season, the women of "Ash vs Evil Dead" were able to come from the shadows and flex their muscles.

"Ruby and Kelly together is an unbeatable team. The women of 'Ash vs Evil Dead' are strong, powerful, independent, and kick ass," says Lucy Lawless. "Kelly doesn't just have your standard Uzi or flamethrower in her arsenal, she's got napalm in there! She's got skills."

"Kelly is fearless," says DeLorenzo. "She's proven she can hold her own and that she's not afraid to get her hands dirty. She has gone full speed with evil, and it has given her a purpose."

"I'm always for empowering women to kick a little ass, even at the expense of my character. It's more important to have strong characters. Ash has his own idiot savant approach, but Kelly and Ruby are right to the throat," said Campbell of his female co-stars this season. "Together they can be much more fearless and empowering."

Santiago adds, "Ruby is a powerful and dangerous woman. She is the bold and daring queen of the underworld who walks among us, and Kelly is a badass chick with a foul mouth who is unstoppable."

Ashy Slashy: The Urban Legend

Ashy Slashy hatchet and saw, takes your head and skins you raw! Ashy Slashy heaven and hell, takes your tongue so you can't yell!

Upon returning to Elk Grove, Ash has to face not only Deadites, but his personal demons. Being absent for over 30 years does a lot of damage to someone's reputation, especially when that reputation involves murder. What happened at the cabin all those years ago has left a nasty taste in the local population's mouths.

"When Ash returns to Elk Grove, only Chet and Linda B. are happy to see him. Everybody else, his father, the whole town, really do not like Ash," says Tapert.

Campbell explains the origin of the urban legend: "Many years ago Ash had an incident at a cabin in the woods and it's been horribly misinterpreted. He's Ashy Slashy, the boomstick butcher with the chainsaw hand."

Ashy Slashy: The Urban Legend

The Necronomicon has set its sights on some very important things in Ash's life, one of them being the pure-hearted Pablo.

On being the new focus of this evil book, Santiago says, "Well, ever since Pablo gave birth to Ruby's demon spawn, the Necronomicon sort of became a part of him. Pablo has an undeniable connection to the book and I think he's going through a little bit of a post-traumatic stress syndrome. He's darker."

Ashy Slashy: The Urban Legend

Principal photography for "Ash vs Evil Dead" was shot in Auckland, New Zealand and marks the return of Season One's Production Designer Nick Bassett. From crematoriums and morgues to rundown houses and outdated sheriff's offices, Bassett and his team of talented artists design the locations where the battles with evil take place.

Bassett says, "The look this season is keeping with the '80s kind of horror aesthetic. It's very atmospheric, moody, and textured. The whole season has a real texture to it and a real dilapidated feeling that all adds to the mood and the atmosphere of the show."

When asked where he got his inspiration, Bassett said, "This season I was lucky enough to get a trip over to Michigan and actually went and checked out the hometown of a lot of the producers. They've talked a lot about Michigan and the spirit of Michigan and what it feels like, and I got to actually go this time. It made a massive help to me really, that was a huge advantage. That set me up really because once I'd seen what Michigan's actually like, then I get to put a little spin on it so it feels authentic."

"Ultimately Ash's childhood home is a time capsule, specifically Ash's bedroom that is kind of little piece of '70s and '80s nostalgia. In many ways it is similar to the trailer, so it's sort of his natural habitat. We kind of get into Ash's history of music. There's some Iggy Pop things there, Alice Cooper and the kind of the classic music that we thought he'd listen to. We assumed he was probably at one point kind of a normal everyday guy, and the cabin — the event at the cabin changed him a lot. So there's some quite typical things there, there's a lot of the Michigan things, there's Faygo posters, a beer can collection. There's a classical instrument that he plays, which people would look out for and think it was slightly out of character now, but once upon a time it probably made sense," said Bassett.

On a larger scale, Bassett and team were tasked with creating Main Street. Complete with storefronts, lamp posts, intersections, and the Elk Lounge where Linda B. works.

Regarding the Elk Lounge, Bassett said, "The Elk Lounge is my favorite set, and it's inspired heavily from an actual bar in Michigan. It's kind of the heart and soul of town, and it's got a lot of history. It's full Americana really."

Campbell said, "Nick took a tour of Michigan, and he went through all these small towns. He liked my little town of Gladwin so much that was some of the basis for our Main Street."

Even a new set this season – the crematorium – harkens back to Michigan. Bassett describes, "The crematorium is little piece of industrial Michigan. It looks probably more like a neglected iron works or an old industrial building. It's not a typical crematorium, I think nothing in our town's kind of typical so it's a gloomy, rusty, dark place with furnaces and dark corners."

To get the design of the sheriff's office just right, Bassett spent some time with Michigan locals. He said, "I met a sheriff, and he showed me around. The outside of the sheriff's station is literally a building I saw there, and it reminded me of a western town, what a sheriff's station might have been in the wild west."

In conclusion, Bassett says, "This season is a real homecoming for Ash. He's arrived at home after 30 years and we really take a lot of time to get the detail of that time, that town right. It needed to feel authentic, it needed to feel like part of where the story began at the cabin. So it's a really big responsibility to actually add to that town and make it feel believable."

Evil Has a New Face

Season Two introduces more than Deadites to the evil army. Spawn, meat bodies, and evil body parts also make an appearance.

Says Prosthetics Designer, Main Reactor's Roger Murray, "One of our essential characters in is Baal, and he has the ability to skin people alive, leaving their muscles and sinew and stuff underneath their skin showing." This is called the "meat body."

Murray continues, "We made a full silicon body suit for one of our thin actors, and he comes back and attacks Ash without any skin on. He's a complete visual."

To create this meat suit, Murray and his team took references from, the '70s artist Gunther von Hagens, who specialized in plasticized, skinned bodies with muscles that were actually thickened with a form of epoxy. They took a lot of his imagery and translated it into a full body suit that can actually move with the actor. Stunts are challenging, but possible, and the suit is rigged with blood tubes from the Special Effects team for the true Evil Dead effect.

Ruby's spawn are just as menacing. Shay Lawrence, Prosthetics Supervisor for Season Two says, "The demon spawn are the most labor–intense makeup prosthetic that we have to do only because they are actually a transition of full-body makeup. The look of the demon spawn is a dark, slimy, menacing creature. We apply a silicone prosthetic, which is an extension onto what they had as creepy kids on the first season. Then where the spawn makeup is applied and we actually apply this in layers to give them dimensions."

To get the veiny textured effect on the body paint, Lawrence reveals, "We have this amazing product and it's called 'demon goo' that is a slime that we string like cobwebs all over them. And that basically gives them a vein and a texture effect that really brings them to life." This arduous process takes two hours to put on and about that long to take off.

The look of the Deadites is still a homage to the original films. Lawrence says, "We've kind of kept the same original look and original style, but obviously we've reworked it for 2016. To achieve the Deadite look, we use a combination of silicon prosthetics and a three-dimensional paint technique to create the textures and the layers of the character." Their eyes have gotten some help from the VFX department.

Fluids and Flames

Special effects doesn't make the heart that may be ripped from a chest in an episode of "Ash vs Evil Dead," it makes the heart beat and squirt ridiculous amounts of blood all over the cast member holding it.

There is no shortage of new fluids in Season Two with the introduction of new evil characters like Ruby's spawn and an antagonizing internal organ Ash has to deal with. Along with blood, Lucy's character has to deal other liquids in massive quantities at various velocities.

"The war against evil is absolute carnage, and it involves vomit. It involves snot. You've never lived until you've been hit in the face by a snot cannon from one foot away. That was a big day in my life. That was a banner moment," said Lawless of her experience.

"The most thrilling splatter experience I've had this season was getting vomited on by my demon spawn because when they vomit they can just go for three minutes. It's a waterboarding with black, chunky vomit, but don't feel too sorry for me. Tastes like cola!"

Practical effects like explosions, or gunshot squibs and blood cannons are a staple to the Evil Dead franchise, a series that relies heavily on the physical effects and less on digital effects to get their point across. Brendon Durey, Special Effects Supervisor for Season Two says, "I think one of the core things that I feel about practical over [VFX], is empathy. When, people are watching a show like this, you can generally tell when there is a large amount of CGI use within a sequence. People tend to struggle to have the same level of empathy for the plight of the protagonist if they know that they're not necessarily experiencing an explosion or a gun hit near them. Viewers tend to have a real empathy when they know that the actor has actually been splattered in the face and it could have hurt."

Tapert says, "On a very practical level, dealing with the demise of a Deadite is a big event in our world. It's quite complicated because we do not want to rely on CGI, so it becomes a big prosthetic [and special effects] build. Dummies, heads, and different body pieces are built to deliver an old school kind of chopping-off effect. We've done it before, using visual effects to deliver that same thing, but the audience rejects it."

Teamwork is a theme this season with special effects, prosthetics, visual effects, and props all working together to bring the best splat-stick result possible.

"When we kill a Deadite, there are four different departments working in concert who need to design and resolve various aspects of the death in such a way as to meet the scripted vision. Props provides the physical knife going into a Deadite's chest, the Prosthetics and Makeup team would create wounds and visual effects would have an extension on the blade. Special effects would have tubes and rigs running behind the prosthetic to create the blood flowing down the chest. All these tend to come together on the day in the middle of a sequence to simulate the death as it was envisioned in the script," said Durey.

Ash Ruby Pablo Kelly Brock Chet Linda Lacey
Bruce Campbell as Ashley "Ash" Williams

Ash returns as the blowhard heroic monster fighter now struggling with the limitations of his middle-aged self. It was over 30 years ago, while vacationing in the woods with friends, he encountered creatures of unspeakable evil. Ash survived the battle, but it cost him his hand and his sense of security. Responsibility and ambition are not part of his limited vocabulary.

Lucy Lawless as Ruby

Ruby is a seductive and reclusive figure well-steeped in the ancient mythology surrounding the Evil Dead. She currently possesses the Necronomicon, but her hopes for her spawn don't go quite as planned. As havoc ensues, she has to rethink the deal she made with Ash as well as acknowledge his part in fighting evil.

Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar

Pablo is Ash's loyal sidekick struggling to deal with the trauma suffered in the cabin. He recognizes that fate has put Ash in the center of a battle of good vs. evil. Pablo feels that his destiny is to fight alongside Ash. Originally trained to follow in his uncle's footsteps to become a Brujo, a Honduran shaman, Pablo has left his legacy behind to pursue the American Dream. Pablo is the only one who believes in Ash even when Ash doubts himself.

Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell

Kelly was always rebellious, but has become hardened and cynical by the cards life has dealt her. Now she only desires payback for what the Deadites have done to those close to her. Unwilling to let go of her rage, she won't let others get too close. With her family destroyed, she turns to Ash and Pablo, the only ones who have ever stood by her. She will not stop until the last evil Deadite is destroyed.

Lee Majors as Brock Williams

Ash's surly father. He was once the owner of Elk Grove's thriving hardware store, but ever since his son was labeled a serial killer, his business has tanked. Now he spends his days in his easy chair watching television or enjoying a beer or 10 at the Elk Lounge Bar. He is none too pleased to see his son is back in town and makes sure Ash knows it. But deep down, he might just love him a little, little, little bit.

Ted Raimi as Chet Kaminsky

Chet is Ash's best friend from high school who never left the party. He's always willing to help Ash when he's in a bind, especially if the solution includes hitting up a strip club, throwing a rager or breaking and entering.

Michelle Hurd as Linda B.

She's the girl that got away. Ash regrets taking another Linda to the cabin way back when, but then again this Linda would be dead if he hadn't. She's married to the Sheriff, but deep down she may still be harboring feelings for her high school sweetheart.

Pepi Sonuga as Lacey

The daughter of Linda and the Sheriff, she's a rebellious 20-something that finds herself in the wrong Delta 88 at the wrong time. Thankfully, she finds solace and safety with Pablo until her own father makes her a pawn in his game to take down Ash.

Sam Raimi

Executive Producer

Sam Raimi has directed one the industry's most successful film franchises ever–the blockbuster Spider-Man trilogy, which has grossed $2.5 billion at the global box office. All three films reside in the industry's top 25 highest grossing titles of all time.

In addition to the franchise's commercial success, Spider-Man (2002) won that year's People's Choice Award as Favorite Motion Picture, earned a pair of Oscar® nominations (for VFX and Best Sound) and also collected two Grammy® nominations (for Best Score and Chad Kroeger's song, "Hero"). The sequel, Spider-Man 2 (2004) won the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects (with two more nominations, Best Sound and Sound Editing) and two BAFTA nominations (for VFX and Best Sound), among dozens of other honors.

Most recently, Raimi is known for directing Oz the Great and the Powerful, a commanding prequel to one of Hollywood's most beloved stories. Grossing nearly a quarter of a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, Oz has also been elected for awards across the board, including a nomination at the People's Choice Awards for Favorite Family Movie, and winning Film Music at the BMI Film & TV Awards.

Apart from creating one of Hollywood's landmark film series, Raimi's eclectic resume includes the gothic thriller The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear, and Giovanni Ribisi; the acclaimed suspense thriller A Simple Plan, which starred Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda (for which Thornton earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor and Scott B. Smith landed a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay); his baseball homage, For Love of the Game, with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston; the western The Quick and the Dead, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, and Gene Hackman; and the supernatural thriller, Drag Me to Hell, with Alison Lohman and Justin Long.

Raimi began his career in his native Michigan after directing his own Super 8 movies as a teenager. He left his studies at Michigan State University to form Renaissance Pictures with future producer Rob Tapert and their longtime friend, actor Bruce Campbell, with whom he made his very first film, Within the Woods, a short horror film they used to raise money to make a feature. That resulting horror classic, The Evil Dead (1982), financed and produced with investments from local business people and doctors, became a hit at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and spawned a sequel, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987), which, like the original, showcased Raimi's inventive, imaginative direction and offbeat humor.

Raimi next turned to the fantasy genre, writing and directing the comic book-inspired Darkman (1990), starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand, then followed with 1993's Army of Darkness, a comic sword and sorcery fantasy starring Bruce Campbell.

The mid-'90s also found Raimi producing two telefilms (with friend and partner Tapert) that would become the genesis of a pair of highly popular syndicated series–"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (on which he served as Executive Producer during the program's four-year run) and the successful companion series, "Xena: Warrior Princess" which aired from 1995-2001. His television work also includes executively producing the CBS series "American Gothic" and STARZ graphic sword and sandals series, "Spartacus: War of the Damned."

Raimi continued his collaboration with Tapert in his production company Ghost House Pictures, which produced such films as The Grudge, Boogeyman, 30 Days of Night, The Messengers, and The Possession.

Raimi's work has been a favorite on the film festival circuit, with the filmmaker winning a Best Director honor for Darkman at the 1990 Sitges-Catalonian Festival in Spain; the Critics Award for Army of Darkness at the 1992 Fantasporto Festival in Portugal; the Golden Raven, also for Army of Darkness, at the 1992 Brussels International Festival; and a Grand Prize nomination for the same title at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in France. Raimi himself has also won the Saturn Award twice (Spider-Man 2, along with a George Pal Memorial Award) from the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy.

Raimi is currently producing Season Two of the critically acclaimed series "Ash vs Evil Dead" and the upcoming Fede Alvarez thriller, Don't Breathe.

Bruce Campbell

Executive Producer

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executively produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out Poltergeist. After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it "the most ferociously original horror film of the year," New Line Cinema stepped forward to release Evil Dead in the U.S.

After co-producing Crimewave, a cross-genre comedy, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the Maniac Cop series, Lunatics: A Love Story, Moontrap and Mindwarp, a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson, during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker, Ida Gearon.

Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite. This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.," then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the King of Thieves in the #1 syndicated "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," and its follow-up phenomenon, "Xena: Warrior Princess."

Bruce has since expanded his range on television, with appearances in Disney's TV movies Gold Rush, and their update of The Love Bug. He teamed up with Fox again for the hit TV film Tornado!, and starred in NBC's top-rated "In The Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory." Following decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The X-Files," he enjoyed a recurring role on Showtime's edgy TV industry comedy, "Beggars and Choosers" and showed his political prowess when he was cast as President Ronald Reagan in FX Network's Emmy award-winning crime drama "Fargo."

At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated "Ellen," participating in one of the three touted "out" episodes. But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster Congo, John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., and the award-winning independent crime drama, Running Time. He followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, Serving Sara, Jim Carrey's The Majestic, and all three of Sam Raimi's blockbuster Spider-Man movies. After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, "Jack of All Trades," Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper Bubba Ho-Tep. His directorial debut, Man with the Screaming Brain premiered on the Syfy Channel, and Dark Horse Comics published the comic adaptation.

Campbell has since made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, and his first novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.

In the multi-media industry, Campbell provided voices on cutting-edge video games for Activision, THQ and Nova Logic - and he also enjoyed voicing characters for Disney's animated TV series "Tarzan" and the Warner Brothers feature The Ant Bully. He also voiced the character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In 2011, Campbell voiced the role of Rod "Torque" Redline in Cars 2, the sequel to the smash Disney animated feature. Most recently, Campbell directed and starred as himself in My Name is Bruce, a spoof of his B-movie career, then re-teamed with Disney for their fun-filled hit, Sky High.

In 2013, Bruce co-produced the hit remake of Evil Dead, joined his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on Oz The Great and Powerful, and completed an impressive seven-year run on the spy show "Burn Notice," USA's #1 series on cable. Campbell continues to share his acting and filmmaking experiences by lecturing at universities, including Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford.

He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.

Rob Tapert

Executive Producer

Rob Tapert is the longstanding producing partner of acclaimed director, Sam Raimi. Tapert and Raimi have been working together since they met at Michigan State University where they formed the Society for Creative Filmmaking. After producing the horror cult classic Evil Dead, Tapert continued to collaborate with Raimi on Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, Darkman, and Army of Darkness and went on to serve as executive producer on Raimi's suspense thriller The Gift, starring Cate Blanchett and the action western The Quick and the Dead, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, and Gene Hackman. Tapert also executively produced the action features, Hard Target and Timecop, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Tapert executive produced the long running worldwide sensation TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys." He co-created "Xena: Warrior Princess," and executively produced "Legend of the Seeker" and the STARZ breakout hit "Spartacus." "Spartacus" and "Legend of the Seeker" both played in over 150 markets worldwide.

In 2002, Tapert and Raimi formed Ghost House Pictures with Mandate Pictures. Ghost House was conceived to produce feature films that would deliver great scares and offer horror fans a thrill ride experience. Tapert has since produced a string of #1 box office hits that started with The Grudge, which grossed $187 million worldwide, and continued with Boogeyman, The Messengers, 30 Days of Night, The Possession and the remake of Evil Dead. In 2009, Tapert produced Raimi's first directorial effort under Ghost House: the critically acclaimed Drag Me to Hell. Most recently he produced Poltergeist for Fox/MGM and Don't Breathe, a Sony/Screen Gems release for August 2016.

Craig DiGregorio

Executive Producer, Showrunner

Craig DiGregorio is a writer and producer, with a background in both genre and comedy including: "Workaholics," a Comedy Central sitcom starring Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, and Anders Holm; "Chuck," an NBC action-comedy spy series starring Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski; and "Da Ali G Show," an HBO variety show starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

Ivan Raimi

Executive Producer

Ivan Raimi is a screenwriter of many horror and fantasy-sci-fi films, as well as a comic book author. He is a frequent co-writer and collaborator with his brother, Sam Raimi. His film credits include: Easy Wheels (1987), Darkman (1990), Army of Darkness (1993), Spider-Man 3 (2007), and Drag Me to Hell (2011). He is currently training for and helping to develop NASA's "Writers to Mars" program. When not writing for film and television, he practices emergency medicine in the Midwest.

Moira Grant

Producer

Moira Grant is one of New Zealand's leading line producers, with an extensive background in production for major international television series and feature films.

Before starting on "Ash vs Evil Dead," she was unit production manager for "Lumen," a TV pilot for TNT/Dreamworks. She has worked in various production roles on "Ash vs Evil Dead" and in Executive Producer Rob Tapert's productions.

Most recently she was Associate Producer on the three series (26 hours) of "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," "Spartacus: Vengeance" and "Spartacus: War of the Damned," made in New Zealand for STARZ.

Prior to that, she was line producer for the first series of 20, one-hour episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" and Co-Producer for the second series. She was Production Manager of the feature film Boogeyman and Production Manager 2nd Unit for the feature 30 Days of Night.

She began her association with Tapert's Pacific Renaissance Pictures as Production Coordinator on the Hercules telemovies which preceded the "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" series. She was also Production Coordinator for "Xena: Warrior Princess," "Cleopatra 2525" and "Jack of All Trades."

Her feature film credits for other producers include Line Producer on Sione's Wedding (Samoan Wedding), Production Manager on Perfect Creature, The Warrior's Way and Production Co-Ordinator for The Piano, Whale Rider and Crush.

Aaron Lam

Producer

Aaron Lam, a native Floridian who studied engineering, moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue a career in film and television. But it was his unlikely past work experience as a nanny that would eventually lead him to where he is now.

Lam has worked with Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi for over 10 years since starting as Raimi's assistant on Spider-Man 3 in 2004. After the film, Lam segued to their horror production company Ghost House Pictures in 2007 where he produced a trio of digital series (30 Days of Night: Dark Days, The Resistance and Zombie Roadkill, that guest starred Thomas Haden Church and was directed by David Green).

Lam shifted to television in 2009 and worked with Tapert and Raimi on "Legend of the Seeker" and the STARZ Original Series "Spartacus," that ran for four seasons. An avid photographer, snowboarder and professional dog lover, Lam is currently one of the Producers on the new STARZ Original Series "Ash vs Evil Dead."

Nick Bassett

Art Director, Production Designer

Nick Basset began his relationship with the STARZ network as Art Director on "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" stylized in ancient Rome and has bloomed into a beautiful romance, bringing him to the urban landscapes of Michigan on Season Two of "Ash vs Evil Dead."

His television credits as Art Director span the fictional globe. Nick has overseen the design on shows such as "Young Hercules" starring Ryan Gosling for Renaissance Pictures, "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" for STARZ, and "Blood Crime" starring James Caan for Columbia TriStar. Other credits include "Ike: Countdown to D-Day" for A&E for which he got an Emmy nod and "Murder in Greenwich" for Columbia TriStar.

As Art Director for feature films, a highlight career of Nick's was working with James Cameron on Avatar for Twentieth Century Fox, tasked with the build and detailing of aircraft and vehicles for the mega-blockbuster. He received the 2010 Art Director's Guild Award for these efforts. On Vertical Limit for Columbia Pictures he had a challenging experience with the remote New Zealand location terrain.

Nick's first horror film experience paired him with "Ash vs Evil Dead" Executive Producer, Rob Tapert on the set of Boogeyman for Ghost House Pictures. His other credits include Set Dresser in Fiji for Twentieth Century Fox's Cast Away, and Supervising Art Director on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny for Netflix.

"We are lucky in New Zealand because we get to work with some of the best in the business," said Bassett.

A former student of Carrington Polytech in Auckland, now known as Unitech, Nick built his career as carefully as he builds his sets. Exploring jewellery and furniture design fresh out of school gave him the practical skills that lead him into working for a model maker. From there, he got into television prop-making and then landed a job as a Runner for the art department on the New Zealand show "Hightide" starring Rick Springfield. From that point on, he worked his way up the ranks, spending as much time as possible on sets learning how to collaborate with other departments for the best end result.

"I love working on projects that require the art department to create entire worlds. On Avatar, seeing the Samson Helicopter come to life with such high levels of finish and detailing was really rewarding. These sets were all combined to make a believable environment."

Regarding his work on "Ash vs Evil Dead" Nick says, "Designing the world of Ash Williams is a really fulfilling process. This is such a great genre to work in. Somewhere between superhero and horror, what could be more fun? I had to think: if Ash went to the cabin for a holiday, what did his hometown look like? This was my starting point. The producer gave me the opportunity to do a quick road trip around North Michigan. I drove from small town to small town gathering thousands of photos along the way."

Fun indeed as Nick has created the dismal world of Elk Grove, Michigan: Ash's hometown he abandoned 30 years ago… and not much has changed. Nick's vision of the fictional Michigan town is depressingly fantastic and truly sets the mood for what Ash and his team have to face in Season Two.

"Lucky for me, the people in my art department are amazing and thrive on the details and research. It is a great project to be involved in."

Roger Murray

Prosthetics Designer

Roger Murray is one of New Zealand's leading film creatives and with his team at Main Reactor, has crafted a name for creative solution based props and effects for film and television for both New Zealand and international clients.

Roger Murray originally studied sculpture at ASA School of Art in Auckland before leaving in 1991. He exhibited successfully in Auckland and his 8mm film Rotoscope was shown at the Brussels, Philadelphia, and LAG Hamburg Film Festivals. In 1991, Roger began designing sets for fringe theatre. In 1993, he began working in film and television including "Shortland Street," Mysterious Island, and Hercules.

A couple of years later in 1995, Roger was asked to help set up the props workshop for "Xena: Warrior Princess." This led to him leading the props design for Pacific Renaissance shows' "Xena," "Jack of All Trade" and "Cleopatra 2525."

When these shows finished in 1999, Roger identified a growing need for a specialized props workshop to service New Zealand's growing film and television industry, and established Main Reactor, based in Auckland. Soon Main Reactor had become the props departments on productions that included Vertical Limit, Extreme Team, The Water Giant, The Chair, "Redhead – The Story of Lucille Ball," The Boogeyman, Ike Days of Thunder, and "Madigan's Quest."

In 2006, Roger and the Main Reactor team branched into the world of prosthetic effects. Beginning with The Ferryman, Roger Murray steadily won acclaim for his prosthetics design work on the "Legend of the Seeker" series (Pacific Renaissance – ABC) "Spartacus" (Pacific Renaissance – STARZ), and the Evil Dead remake. For his work on Evil Dead he was awarded the 2014 Fright Nights Award for Best Makeup and was nominated for a 2014 Saturn Award.

Roger remains committed to developing and contributing to the success of local films such as the upcoming Deathgasam, What We do In the Shadows, The Deadlands and in 2013, won the MOA for Best Makeup Effects for his work on White Lies.

Roger's most recent credits are as Props Supervisor for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II and Props and Makeup Effects Designer for "The Shannara Chronicles."

He continues to work on a wide variety of commercial projects with local and international film companies, most recently working on Ginger Bear for DDB, the Crying Women for Old Spice and the cyborg suites for Spark with Goodoil.

Roger has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Rob Tapert and Chloe Smith, starting on "Xena" in 1995 and continuing to this day, with his work as Prosthetics Designer on "Ash vs Evil Dead."

Stuart Thorp

Stunt Coordinator

United Kingdom-born New Zealander Stuart Thorp has carved out a successful international career since his first work as a Stunt Performer on "Ash vs Evil Dead" Executive Producer Rob Tapert's "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" in the 1990s. He subsequently worked for Tapert on the STARZ Original series "Spartacus," as well as the features Boogeyman and 30 Days of Night.

Notable credits to date include working as Stunt Coordinator on James Cameron's Avatar (for which he was a co-nominee for the Red Bull-sponsored Taurus Stunt Coordinator/Second Unit Director award) and Stunt Coordinator for Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Oscar-winner Catherine Bigelow.

He was Assistant Stunt Coordinator for all three films in the Chronicles of Narnia trilogy: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Dawn Treader, as well as Nicholas Cage's Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

His most recent film is Mechanic: Resurrection, starring Jason Statham. Before that, he did Jupiter Ascending for the Wachowskis. He was member of the team nominated for the SAG Stunt Ensemble award for the recent critically acclaimed David Ayer/Brad Pitt war actioner, Fury. He also worked in Morocco on the Paul Greengrass feature Green Zone, starring Matt Damon.

Also interested in developing the New Zealand industry, he served as president of Stunt Guild of New Zealand 2004-2010.

Stuart is excited to be back for Season Two of STARZ's "Ash vs Evil Dead" and to be part of expanding the ‘Evil Dead’ Universe.

Barbara Darragh

Costume Designer

Barbara Darragh is an Emmy-nominated New Zealand costume designer with numerous feature film and television drama credits. Her Emmy nomination was for the STARZ Original Series "Spartacus," produced by Rob Tapert. She also designed costumes for Tapert's five Hercules telemovies that preceded the "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" series.

She won the New Zealand Film Award (2014) for her costume design of The Dead Lands, the Maori martial arts movie directed by Toa Fraser now released in the U.S. She also designed costumes for Beyond the Edge, the ascent of Everest docudrama directed by Leanne Pooley and produced by The Dead Lands' producer Matthew Metcalfe.

She won New Zealand Screen Awards for costume design on River Queen (2006), directed by Vincent Ward and The End of the Golden Weather (1992), directed by Ian Mune. Other feature films include Bridge to Terabithia, The Frighteners directed by Peter Jackson and several of New Zealand's early features including The Last Tattoo, The Footstep Man directed by Leon Narbey and Came a Hot Friday by Ian Mune.

Cam Welsh

Co-Executive Producer

When Cam Welsh was young, during school holidays he would stay with his uncle, Australian actor David Field, who worked in theatre. He would watch rehearsals, then see the audience filled shows, followed by the excitement of being snuck into the after parties. His eyes were opened to a whole new world, and he wanted to be a part of it. After a brief stint as an actor, he decided he was more suited behind the camera and turned to producing, directing, and writing.

Cam was introduced to the STARZ network family when he worked with "Spartacus" Show-Runner Steven S. DeKnight on a series called "Incursion" that never made the screen, but his talent was harnessed for Season Two of the splatstick- horror/comedy "Ash vs Evil Dead."

"Being on a premium cable network like STARZ, we have the opportunity to push boundaries in both comedy and horror to give fans of the show an exciting ride," said Welsh.

Exciting indeed. Along with his Co-Executive Producer credit for Season Two of "Ash vs Evil Dead," Cam has also penned the second episode. Other television writing credits include episodes for "Midnight Sun" for MTV Networks and "Home and Away" for Network 7 for which he won the 2011 Australian Writers' Guild award for Best Writing in a Television Serial. He also has acting, producing, and directing credits for "Home and Away," acting credits for the Australian series "Wildside" and "All Saints" for Network 7, and Co-Executive Producer and Supervising Producer credits for NBC's "Constantine" and TNT's "The Last Ship" respectively.

Of his previous experience as a writer, Welsh says, "The writers rooms for 'Constantine' and 'Incursion' were made up of brilliant, funny, and talented people who did great work and also knew how to maintain a great sense of fun in the process. On 'Ash vs Evil Dead,' I am lucky enough to work in the same hilarious environment, plus, the show is absolutely BONKERS in the best possible way!"

When asked what "Ash vs Evil Dead" has in store for viewers in the upcoming season, Welsh says, "The audience can expect to see the world's most out of condition superhero making the world a groovier but much bloodier place, with the help of his new family – Pablo and Kelly – and his old family – boomstick and chainsaw."

Hank Chilton

Co-Executive Producer

Hank Chilton is a writer and producer whose credits include six years on Ryan Murphy's "Nip/Tuck" starring Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, and Joeli Richardson, on which he wrote 15 episodes and directed two. His other writing and producing credits include USA's "Covert Affairs" starring Piper Perabo and the CW's Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle, "Ringer," as well as multiple pilots for various networks. Previous to working as a writer, Hank worked as a production supervisor on indie films such as Girl and The Suburbans as well as the Farrelly Brothers' Me, Myself, and Irene.

Rick Jacobson

Co-Executive Producer,
Director Eps 201, 209, 210

A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts film program, Rick Jacobson began his professional directing career with legendary film producer Roger Corman. Corman hired the young filmmaker to direct the martial arts actioner Full Contact, Jacobson's first full-length feature film, at the age of 22.

Jacobson went on to collaborate with Corman on several more projects including the pilot episode of "Roger Corman Presents," an anthology series for Showtime. Jacobson was also a key figure in setting up and establishing Concorde Anois Studios, Roger Corman's Ireland-based production company employing more than 400 Irish workers full-time and hundreds more part-time.

With 15 feature films to his credit, Jacobson transitioned to television, becoming Series Director on popular television shows such as "Xena: Warrior Princess," "La Femme Nikita" and most recently, "Dominion."

In 2008 Jacobson, along with producing partner Eric Gruendemann, founded Bombshell Pictures. Their first production was Bitch Slap, a modern day take on the ’70s exploitation films Jacobson and Gruendemann wrote and produced while Jacobson directed.

After a packed premiere at the Cannes Film Festival ignited enthusiastic international sales and a sold out screening at Toronto Film Festival's Midnight Madness, Bitch Slap has gone on to cult-like status with millions of passionate fans worldwide and a sequel in the works.

In recent years, Jacobson was called upon to direct the pilot episode of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" for STARZ, where he defined the look and style of the groundbreaking series. The following three seasons, Jacobson moved into the role of Producer while continuing to direct the series' most demanding episodes, including the series finale.

Jacobson is currently tapped to direct the WWII feature film, The Mighty Eighth for Mandeville Films. A project that he wrote along with collaborator Kurt Johnstad (300 and Act of Valor).

Michael J Bassett

Co-Executive Producer, Director

Michael J Bassett is an English screenwriter and film director. His fantasy adventure feature film Solomon Kane and the horror sequel Silent Hill: Revelation 3D had worldwide cinema releases.

His other features include World War I horror, Deathwatch and the survival horror Wilderness.

His television series work includes the STARZ shows "Da Vinci's Demons " and "Power " and as Co-Executive Producer, Co-Writer, and Lead Director of the Cinemax/HBO/Sky action thriller series "Strike Back " and Director for the NBC action shows "The Player" and "Blindspot."

Tony Tilse

Director Eps 202, 203

In 2010 the Australian Directors Guild recognized Tony's directing achievements with The Michael Carson Award for Excellence in TV Drama.

With a long list of television credits including "GP," "Correlli," "Fallen Angels," "Love Is A Four Letter Word," "Big Sky," "All Saints," "Crashburn," "The Cooks," "Blue Water High," "Police Rescue," "City Homicide," "Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries," and the mini-series "A Difficult Woman," which won a Silver Medal at the New York Television Festival, Tony Tilse is undoubtedly one of Australia's leading directors.

Co-producer and set up director of the television series "Lockie Leonard," which received an AFI and TV Week Logie Award as well as a BAFTA nomination, Tony was also setup director for the multi-award-winning Screentime series "Underbelly." His other credits include Postcard Bandit, Go Big, Temptation, Small ClaimsThe Reunion, Murder In The Outback, Scorched, A Model DaughterThe Caroline Byrne Story, Panic At Rock Island as well as working on all four seasons of the cult Syfy series "Farscape," the ABC/HBO Asia series "Serangoon Road," the HBO Asia horror mini-series "Grace," the STARZ series "Ash vs Evil Dead," and the much anticipated Stan series "Wolf Creek."

Mark Beesley

Director Eps 206, 207

Mark Beesley will be a familiar name to fans of Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi's television series having directed episodes of STARZ's "Spartacus: Vengeance" and "Spartacus: War of the Damned." He's also been a regular director on Tapert/Raimi's many other TV series including "Xena: The Warrior Princess," "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," and "Legend of The Seeker."

Beesley is part of a company of New Zealand actors, directors, and crew members recruited by Tapert and Raimi back in the 1990s when the pair first ventured into television with "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess."

These shows were filmed in New Zealand well before Lord of the Rings, and put New Zealand moviemaking and locations on the international map.

"My own Super 8 horror shorts were inspired by Sam Raimi and John Carpenter so the opportunity to work with the creators of those first three Evil Dead films was irresistible to a fan of horror and fantasy like me," says Beesley who jumped at the chance to direct "Xena: Warrior Princess."

" ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ was sprinkled with visual references to the Evil Dead films. But we never thought we'd get lucky enough to work on an actual Evil Dead project. Thanks to STARZ, my inner fanboy has finally had the opportunity to spray blood all over Bruce Campbell's face and for that I will be eternally grateful."

Many of the New Zealanders who worked on those early hit shows have gone on to work on Rob and Sam's other TV shows filmed in New Zealand, including "Legend of the Seeker," "Spartacus," and now "Ash vs Evil Dead."

"Rob [Tapert] has managed to sustain a film community in New Zealand of like-minded souls who understand the Tapert/Raimi oeuvre and take pride in the pair's long association with - and faith in - New Zealand talent."

Beesley is an award-winning director who has directed episodes of hit New Zealand TV shows "Outrageous Fortune," "The Almighty Johnsons," "Westside," and also international franchise "Power Rangers."

He lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and three children.

Dave Garbett

Director of Photography
Eps 201, 202, 203 206, 207, 209, 210

David Garbett won the New Zealand Film Awards 2014 Best Cinematography award for his first feature film as Director of Photography, Everything We Loved. He had previously won the New Zealand Film & TV Awards 2008 cinematography award for the TV series "Ride with the Devil," his first TV series as Director of Photography.

He was Director of Photography on "Spartacus: War of the Damned" and "Spartacus: Vengeance" and was Second Unit Director of Photography on "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena." He previously worked for "Spartacus" and "Ash vs Evil Dead" Executive Producer Rob Tapert on "Legend of the Seeker" as Second Unit Director of Photography, having been promoted from ‘A’ Camera Operator/Steadicam Operator on the first series.

He was Director of Photography on two seasons of the BBC TV series "Atlantis," Director of Photography for the New Zealand feature film Chief Gary for Field Theory Productions and Second Unit Director of Photography on the U.S. feature film Z for Zachariah and Second Unit ‘A’ Camera Operator/Steadicam Operator for Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans.

Kevin Riley

Director of Photography 204, 205, 208

Kevin Riley, who runs rental company CineStuff with his wife Rita, played a key part in setting up the New Zealand Cinematographer's Society. But his long screen career wasn't a straightforward progression.

Unconvinced his long-time interest in photography could be turned into a career, Kevin Riley left school to become an electrician. Increasingly unenthused by the task of crawling under people's houses, he got a job in the early ‘80s as a Sparkie at TVNZ, handling studio maintenance. Sent to help out when a generator broke down on a location shoot, Riley noticed lighting crew standing around drinking coffee while waiting between shots. It was clearly time for a transfer to the lighting department.

Soon Riley was "rigging lights on all manner of vehicles, scratching my head over the lighting plan for Hudson and Halls, and hauling miles of cable around Eden Park during the 1981 Springbok test."

Riley wasn't in television long before going freelance as a lighting assistant and generator operator. Next came many gigs working as gaffer (whose job is to sort out the technical complexities of powering and setting up lights). Riley built up experience — and lighting gear — while working with talented cinematographers Leon Narbey, Allen Guilford, and Simon Raby. When it got to the point where Riley had begun to anticipate Narbey's lighting setups, Narbey suggested it was time he step up and start shooting footage himself.

In 1993 Riley commanded the camera for the first of a number of shorts: the stylish, offbeat La Vie en Rose. Soon he was put in charge of second unit photography on Rob Tapert fantasy series "Xena: Warrior Princess. " The late '90s rushed by in a high-speed blur of fight scenes and fantastical kingdoms

On the final season of Tapert's "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," Riley graduated to the key job of Director of Photography. He did the same for the whole run of spin-off show "Young Hercules," and the two short-lived Tapert series that followed: "Jack of All Trades" and "Cleopatra 2525."

There have been occasional fantasy outings since, most notably shooting alternating episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" (for which Riley won an Aotearoa Television Award in 2011). But he has also worked on his share of local stories, including combined Director of Photography and Camera Operator duties across seasons of "Street Legal," "Mercy Peak," and later, "Nothing Trivial."

He also found time to shoot American tele-movies The Vector File and Wendy Wu, and re-joined Leon Narbey to aim a second camera at the animatronic whale of Whale Rider, and the epic meal scene that dominates No. 2.

In 2005, Riley's lighting company Reel Lights morphed into CineStuff, which rents out a variety of equipment to filmmakers. A few years after that he attended the 50th anniversary of the Australian Cinematographers Society. Back home, he went door-to-door — starting with those who had taught him his craft — campaigning for a similar organization in New Zealand

Leon Narbey agreed to become the New Zealand Cinematographer's Society's first President, with Riley as Chairperson, sorting the society's structure. The aim was "to foster the art of cinematography in New Zealand, share the knowledge, and give recognition to our most accomplished cinematographers through our own accreditation system."

Tim Capper

VFX Supervisor

Tim Capper saw Star Wars in 1977 and knew at that moment, he wanted to work in entertainment. Since then, he has had a successful film and television career spanning almost 30 years.

His feature film credits include work on Peter Jackson's The Frighteners for Universal Pictures as Video Compositor and as VFX Supervisor for New Zealand-based films Slow West for Film4 and Eagle vs Shark for Unison Films directed by Taika Waititi (Boy).

For television, Tim flourished as a VFX Supervisor for such shows as "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Spartacus" a STARZ Original Series, linking him with "Ash vs Evil Dead" Executive Producer Rob Tapert. He also served as onset Visual Effects Supervisor for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny for Netflix as well as "The Moe Show," a popular children's show in New Zealand. Another project Tim has on his plate is co-creating an animated sheep series called "Robert and Sheepy" with his brother Guy Capper and "Flight of the Conchords" star Jemaine Clement.

Making a somewhat complex and twisted show like "Ash vs Evil Dead" takes an equally complex and twisted group of artists, technicians, and logistics wizards.

"One of the things about the show this year is the way VFX are working closely with the Prosthetics team at Main Reactor. Whenever we add any digital help to the creatures and gore, we're doing everything we can to continue the look and feel that Roger Murray's team creates. If we can make our digital tricks look like the physical ones, then the audience should enjoy our contribution and not even notice them."

Tim reflects, "A hugely satisfying experience is being a part of the organism that takes in the writer's and director's vision and gets to be part of making it something the fans can really enjoy."

Bruce Campbell

Ashley J. "Ash" Williams

In 1979 with his Detroit friends, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, Campbell raised $350,000 for a low-budget film, Evil Dead, in which he starred and co-executively produced. Completed piecemeal over four years, the film first gained notoriety in England where it became the best-selling video of 1983, beating out Poltergeist. After its appearance at Cannes, where Stephen King dubbed it "the most ferociously original horror film of the year," New Line Cinema stepped forward to release Evil Dead in the U.S.

After co-producing Crimewave, a cross-genre comedy, Campbell moved to Los Angeles and quickly gained a foothold producing or starring in genre films such as the Maniac Cop series, Lunatics: A Love Story, Moontrap and Mindwarp, a post-apocalyptic Jeremiah Johnson, during which he met his wife-to-be, filmmaker, Ida Gearon.

Campbell then rejoined his Detroit colleagues to star and co-produce the second and third films in the Evil Dead trilogy, completing 12 years of work on the cult favorite. This rough-and-tumble background was a plus as Campbell made his foray into television, first starring in the highly touted Fox series "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.," then as a recurring guest-star on the hit show "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." With these under his belt, Campbell easily made the transition to director, helming numerous episodes and recurring as the King of Thieves in the #1 syndicated "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," and its follow-up phenomenon, "Xena: Warrior Princess."

Bruce has since expanded his range on television, with appearances in Disney's TV movies Gold Rush, and their update of The Love Bug. He teamed up with Fox again for the hit TV film Tornado!, and starred in NBC's top-rated "In The Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory." Following decidedly dramatic turns on the acclaimed series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The X-Files," he enjoyed a recurring role on Showtime's edgy TV industry comedy, "Beggars and Choosers" and showed his political prowess when he was cast as President Ronald Reagan in FX Network's Emmy award-winning crime drama "Fargo."

At the invitation of ABC, Campbell ventured into the world of sitcoms with a recurring role on ABC's Emmy-nominated "Ellen," participating in one of the three touted "out" episodes. But Campbell didn't abandon his film roots. During that time, he had featured roles in the blockbuster Congo, John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., and the award-winning independent crime drama, Running Time. He followed these up with roles in Paramount's romantic comedy, Serving Sara, Jim Carrey's The Majestic, and all three of Sam Raimi's blockbuster Spider-Man movies. After a return to episodic television in the swashbuckling series, "Jack of All Trades," Campbell took the title role in MGM's cult sleeper Bubba Ho-Tep. His directorial debut, Man with the Screaming Brain premiered on the Syfy Channel, and Dark Horse Comics published the comic adaptation.

Campbell has since made the leap into other forms of entertainment, and is enjoying his role as an author with back-to-back New York Times bestsellers: a memoir entitled If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, and his first novel, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way.

In the multi-media industry, Campbell provided voices on cutting-edge video games for Activision, THQ and Nova Logic - and he also enjoyed voicing characters for Disney's animated TV series "Tarzan" and the Warner Brothers feature The Ant Bully. He also voiced the character of Mayor Shelbourne in the animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. In 2011, Campbell voiced the role of Rod "Torque" Redline in Cars 2, the sequel to the smash Disney animated feature. Most recently, Campbell directed and starred as himself in My Name is Bruce, a spoof of his B-movie career, then re-teamed with Disney for their fun-filled hit, Sky High.

In 2013, Bruce co-produced the hit remake of Evil Dead, joined his filmmaking pal Sam Raimi on Oz The Great and Powerful, and completed an impressive seven-year run on the spy show "Burn Notice," USA's #1 series on cable. Campbell continues to share his acting and filmmaking experiences by lecturing at universities, including Northwestern, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford.

He currently resides with his wife, Ida Gearon, in Oregon.

Lucy Lawless

Ruby

Lucy Lawless currently stars in the wildly popular Starz comedy horror "Ash vs Evil Dead," the Evil Dead spinoff, as Ruby, a mysterious figure that seeks out the source of the evil outbreaks. The series reunites Lawless with her "Xena: Warrior Princess" co-star Bruce Campbell, and the show's producer Sam Raimi, whom she also worked with on "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." She is currently working on Season Two of "Ash vs Evil Dead," with 10 half-hour episodes set to premiere in 2016.

Lucy has a variety of television credits under her belt, most recently including WGN America's supernatural drama, "Salem" where she played Countess Marburg, one of the last members of a line of powerful German witches. Lawless also recurred for two seasons on NBC's critically acclaimed comedy, "Parks and Recreation," as Diane, the wife of Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman and was seen in the Academy Award winning director Jane Campion's miniseries, "Top of the Lake." Lawless had a multi-episode arc on ABC's action filled dramedy, "No Ordinary Family," playing the mysterious "Mrs. X."

In 2012, Lawless reprised her pivotal role as Lucretia in the second season of the series, "Spartacus," appropriately titled, "Spartacus: Vengeance" where the story of the Thracian rebel Spartacus continued. Lawless made her first appearance as Lucretia on "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," a Starz original action-adventure drama series, and its prequel "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena."

Lawless, a New Zealander, rose to international fame through her groundbreaking performance as "Xena: Warrior Princess" in the cult hit series also executive produced by "Spartacus: Blood and Sand's" Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi. Her other major television role was as D'Anna/Number Three in the critically acclaimed Syfy Channel series "Battlestar Galactica."

Her other past television work includes, "Flight of the Conchords," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Code," and notable series as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The L Word," "CSI: Miami," and "The X-Files." In film, she played Aspen in Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, Mother Superior in Bitch Slap, produced by "Xena" producer Eric Gruendemann and directed by "Spartacus: Blood and Sand's" Rick Jacobson, and cameos in Raimi's Spider-Man, and Tapert's Boogeyman.

Lawless is a member of the board of the Starship Foundation, the fundraising body for the Starship Children's Hospital in her hometown Auckland. She was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004.

Lawless resides in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and three children.

Ray Santiago

Pablo Simon Bolivar

Ray Santiago has recurred on hit television shows "Bad Judge," "Touch," "Raising Hope," and "Dexter." Some of his feature film credits include Suburban Gothic alongside Kat Dennings, Sex Ed alongside Haley Joel Osment and George Eads, In Time alongside Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde, as well as American Son, Meet the Fockers, Girlfight and upcoming indie feature Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale.

The Nuyorican Santiago, currently resides in Los Angeles, but originally hails from the Bronx in New York. He also attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the "Fame" school, in New York City.

Dana DeLorenzo

Kelly Maxwell

Dana DeLorenzo, an Ohio native, has had roles in films such as A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and a leading role in The Mad Ones.

DeLorenzo's television credits include "Barely Famous," "Sullivan & Son," "Workaholics," "2 Broke Girls," "Californication," "Growing Up Fisher," "Eagleheart," and "Impress Me," among others. She also appeared regularly on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." DeLorenzo is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago and she currently resides in Los Angeles.

Lee Majors

Brock Williams

Majors started his television career in "The Big Valley," going on to star in "The Men From Shiloh," "Owen Marshall Counselor at Law," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Fall Guy," "Tour of Duty," "Raven" and countless appearances on television series, specials, award shows and movies.

He began his film career with Will Penny starring Charlton Heston. Majors recently completed filming two feature films Almosting It and Do You Believe. He will start production on two feature films this summer, plus he has a lineup of several other movies and television shows to be filmed in 2016.

Majors was an avid athlete while in college, along with performing most of his own stunts on his television shows. He is married to Faith Majors, the love of his life.

Michelle Hurd

Linda

Michelle Hurd is set to begin production on the second season of "Ash vs Evil Dead." She recently joined the Marvel Universe as D.A. Samantha Reyes, in Netflix's hit series "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones," and can currently be seen in her recurring role of Renee Grover on "Hawaii Five-0."

In addition to her tenure as Colleen Manus on A&E's cult summer series, "The Glades," other recent television credits include: "Devious Maids," "90210," "Witches of East End," "How to Get Away With Murder," "Bosch," "Mysteries of Laura," "Pretty Little Liars," "Raising Hope," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order: SVU," "Gossip Girl," "ER," "Bones," "According To Jim," "Law & Order," "Smith," "Skin," "Leap Years," "Charmed," "The O.C.," "Kevin Hill," "The Practice," and "Another World."

Film credits include the upcoming We Don't Belong Here alongside Catherine Keener and Maya Rudolph, Search Engines, Within the Dark, Girl Most Likely with Kristen Wiig, Random Hearts, Personals, Double Parked, Wolf, and King of New York.

Theatre credits include: The Dog in the Manger (Shakespeare Theatre Company), AMI (MCC), Getting Away with Murder (Broadway), The Violet Hour (Off-Broadway), Looking for the Pony (Off-Broadway), and 900 Oneonta (Off-Broadway).

Hurd is a proud alumnus of NYC's premiere artist community at Westbeth.

Ted Raimi

Chet Kaminski

Cult horror movie favorite, Ted Raimi has appeared in all three original Evil Dead movies. His additional feature film credits include Midnight Meat Train, Shocker, Born Yesterday, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Grudge, Oz the Great and Powerful, as well as the Spider-Man series of films. Television credits include "Supernatural," "Twin Peaks," "CSI: NY," "Xena: Warrior Princess," as well as "seaQuest DSV" among many others.

Pepi Sonuga

Lacey

Rising star, Pepi Sonuga, has landed strong roles on three highly acclaimed series in the past six months including a heavily recurring guest star role on STARZ's "Ash vs Evil Dead," a recurring role on Freeform's "The Fosters," and a series regular role in the new pilot "Famous in Love" from the creative team behind "Pretty Little Liars." In addition to this great work, Pepi booked the lead in The CW's 2015 pilot, "Cheerleader Death Squad" and filmed Life of a King opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., among many others in a great cast.

Pepi, born in Lagos, Nigeria, dreamt of pursuing acting since age nine. Her parents come from rival tribes and their marriage represents a rebellion from their respective upbringings, as well as a distinct commitment to each other. Pepi is a product of this defiance, which imbued in her a keen awareness and openness to all cultures and people. She hopes to return to Nigeria one day and build new schools with western-educated teachers who can educate and empower a generation of new leaders.

A passion for reading and writing sits at the core of Pepi's love for storytelling as an actor. She hopes to bring this lust for narrative and truth to the screen someday as one of Africa's most power female rulers in history, Queen Amina. She admires actors Idris Elba and Meryl Streep and is grateful most of all to her family for nurturing and supporting her while she pursues her dreams.

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