“Klaatu barada nikto” is the phrase that starts off all the trouble in the Evil Dead franchise. It's also lifted word-for-word from the classic 1951 science fiction film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Sam Raimi's series of darkly comedic horror films are cult prospects for a reason, and dorky little in-jokes like that is just one explanation for their success.
Beginning with The Evil Dead in 1981, made on an incredibly low budget by Raimi and a group of mostly unknown actors – amongst them Bruce Campbell, who became a B-movie star thanks to his later collaborations with the director – and continuing with a slapstick sequel, medieval threequel and 2013 remake, the series has been summoned again.
Campbell's put-upon hero is going to be fighting the force of darkness again in Ash Vs Evil Dead, a TV series picking up the struggle against Deadites with just a boomstick and chainsaw hand. A trailer at Comic-Con 2015 was more than enough to get the franchise's obsessive fans hailing to the king once more, baby.
From those who watch the trilogy obsessively to the viewers who caught a bootlegged VHS of the original, banned film back in the eighties, there's a significant fan base for the Army Of Darkness out there. But even they may be ignorant to why there's multi-coloured blood in the second film, how different the third is in Japan, or when Ash met Spider-Man...