These are indeed dark times, but in a rare moment of good news, Bruce Campbell has officially brought back Ash Williams — to battle coronavirus. As the world heads into lockdown to combat COVID-19, Campbell is dusting off his chainsaw and adding another appearance as the Evil Dead favourite to his CV.
Bruce has become synonymous with playing Ash since the character’s debut in 1981’s The Evil Dead. Since then, he’s reprised the role for 1987’s cult classic Evil Dead II, the criminally underrated Army of Darkness in 1992, and Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead.
Since Season 3 came to an end in 2018, Campbell claims he’s retired Ash. Well, that didn’t last long, did it? From comic conventions to rumours of Sam Raimi returning for Evil Dead 4, we’re not buying that Campbell will ever be done playing Ash.
Returning to play the square-jawed hero for a public service announcement, Campbell took to Twitter with a Memoji for his fans. He gave coronavirus a stark warning, and believe me, this is one guy you don’t want to be messing with.
An important message… pic.twitter.com/So6zy6dwHB— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce)
In the clip, Campbell is sporting Ash’s new silver streak from Ash vs Evil Dead. He warned people to stay indoors and stop panic buying as only Ash can. “Alright, you primitive screwheads. Listen up: there I was, minding my own beeswax on my back porch in retirement, and some goddamn, a****le virus bullsh*t comes rearin’ its ugly head,” said Campbell “Shop smart, lay low, don’t make me come back.”
In January, Raimi teased what’s next for Evil Dead and gave his horde of horror-hungry fans an update on where the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis is these days during a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything.
Raimi said, “Bruce, Rob [Tapert] and I are working with a young filmmaker who is writing a new Evil Dead story that he will direct.”
Discussing his involvement (and Bruce’s), Raimi teased, “As for me…. I would love to direct a new Evil Dead movie… but I’d really like to do it with Bruce. And he says he’s retired the character. I hope not.”
With self-isolation forcing us all back into our homes, now is the perfect time to binge the entire Evil Dead catalogue and also revisit Fede Álvarez’s forgotten reboot from 2013.
Who knows, maybe a potential Army of Darkness sequel could see Ash in the futuristic world of 2020 and doing battle with a deadly global pandemic that forces people to buy excessive amounts of toilet roll and be unable to adhere to simple social distancing rules? I know I’d pay to watch that!
[Featured Image: Universal/Starz]