Horror Movie Madness: And The Best Franchise Is…


Evil Dead is an American supernatural horror film franchise created by Sam Raimi consisting of four feature films and a television series. The series revolves around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, an ancient Sumerian text which wreaks havoc upon a group of cabin inhabitants in a wooded area in Tennessee.

The protagonist, Ashley Joanna “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell) is the only character to appear in every installment of the original trilogy, with the notable exception of his main love interest Linda, who appears in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness during only the prologues. The original trilogy includes The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992), all written and directed by Raimi, produced by Robert G. Tapert, and starring Campbell. The franchise has since expanded into other formats, including video games, comic books, a musical, and a television series.

The franchise was resurrected in 2013 with Evil Dead, both a reboot and a loose continuation of the series directed by Fede Álvarez, who co-wrote the screenplay with Rodo Sayagues, and produced by Raimi, Campbell, and Tapert. A TV series named Ash vs Evil Dead premiered on cable network Starz in 2015 starring Bruce Campbell as Ash and executive produced by Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert, which lasted for three seasons and ended in 2018.

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The Road to the Championship

Evil Dead steamrolled through the first two rounds by destroying the competition and eliminating the Jaws and Hellraiser franchises. However, in the elite eight round, A Nightmare on Elm Street put up a hell of a fight before falling 58% to 42%. In the final four matchup, Evil Dead would slay the Universal Monsters before moving on to the championship round where it would take on a heavyweight in the Friday the 13th series. It would come out victorious by only one vote.

Hail to the king, baby! SAW’s Horror Movie Madness winner for best Horror Franchise is the Evil Dead.

Were you shocked by the winner or did you see this coming all along? Were there any surprises during this tournament of certain movies winning or losing?

Author: Vincent Kane

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