Ash vs Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell is the face of horror for many fans but he thanked The Walking Dead for helping to mainstream the genre on television.
The Walking Dead is still the top scripted show on television well into the AMC program’s eighth season and the popular zombie survival drama series continues to pull in massive numbers of viewers on a regular basis.
Fans of the horror genre may be a bit torn sometimes since Sunday nights are shared by the flagship undead show and the Starz show Ash vs Evil Dead starring horror legend Bruce Campbell based on cult favorite film series.
Recently, Bruce Campbell spoke with Digital Spy about Ash vs Evil Dead having a time slot competing with The Walking Dead and how he views them in terms of competition.
"“These are my brothers. I’ll never turn a dark eye to The Walking Dead. I’ll never say a disparaging word against any of those guys. Greg Nicotero’s a homie after Evil Dead 2, these are my brothers. So it’s all good. Here’s where I’m glad – they brought horror into the mainstream, horror was literally in the shadows – horror has come out of the shadows, it’s come out of the closet.”"
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Campbell isn’t one known to pull any punches or say things just to be nice. His respect for AMC’s zombie drama and love shared for executive producer and special effects guru Greg Nicotero is a refreshing look at competing in a genre as well as a time slot.
Speaking of The Walking Dead, Digital Spy asked whether or not he sees a lot of similarities between him and Norman Reedus, who plays the popular character Daryl Dixon on AMC’s zombie drama and he gave a fun and interesting reply.
"“No, I don’t wear sunglasses and I actually comb my hair. That’s part of his allure though. If I was Norman Reedus, I wouldn’t do that either. I’d look just like I’d rolled out of bed in the morning, and women would say ‘I’ve got to take care of him’ – they want to mother him, and smother him, and do other horrible things to him. And that guy, I can’t say I know him well, but he’s a real sweet guy, very magnetic and the women f**king shit themselves when they see him.”"
Bruce Campbell saying kind things about both The Walking Dead and Norman Reedus is great to see. The horror genre on television is well-represented these days with shows like American Horror Story, Bates Motel, Scream Queens, and many other shows, but fans shouldn’t forget about Ash vs Evil Dead to get their fix of gore and humor.