After finishing THE SPINE OF NIGHT, I was struck by a feeling that I had just witnessed a lost relic of my youth. Something that should have been passed to me on a VHS with a hand-written label by a friend, after a lengthy session of “Dungeons & Dragons”, along with a dog-eared horror paperback in exchange for trading them a bootleg copy of Ralph Bakshi’s FIRE & ICE and the latest copy of “Heavy Metal” magazine. Only to take the tape home and watch it immediately on my tiny bedroom television over and over again until the next week’s tabletop game session where the cycle of trades would continue until every one of my friends had their minds melted by this beautiful piece of animated pulp weirdness.
A new employee Ash deals with, Pablo Simon Bolivar (Ray Santiago), sees in Ash a hero – someone to look up to, even if Ash doesn’t believe in himself because he’s wracked with survivor’s guilt since all his friends and fiancee were taken from him in the first and second Evil Dead films. Pablo tends to be a bit naive but open to the possibilities of the universe as his uncle, El Brujo (Hemky Madera), a mystic shaman, reveals that Ash may be one of the “El Jefe” spirits; the Boss. It is that discovery which sets Ash’s destiny to save Mankind from the Deadites and the Dark One, performed with all playful seriousness by Lucy Lawless.