A TV series however, opens whole new worlds. “All the good work is going to television!” Campbell said when announcing his hit horror/comedy movie was getting the small screen treatment.
“And that’s good for us schmoes (the actors) because that means there’s more work out there!”
More importantly it’s good news for the fans who get to see (in the case of Evil Dead) their hero in the same world they knew, but with a very different mission.
In Stan’s latest series First Wives Club, the 1996 film’s story of a group of women moving on with their lives after being dumped or done wrong by their spouses has taken a new direction with a new generation.
With Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau as the new wives, this time it’s a story of empowerment perhaps more than it is about revenge.
“I wouldn’t call it a revival (of the film), Bathe said, “It felt like it was about, as women, we are taking the baton. That’s a different thing.”
Bathe plays Ari, a lawyer who has put her life on hold to support her ambitious husband’s pursuit of political power. When she finds that isn’t enough – and that he doesn’t want her to take control of her life – we see exactly why she was so good in the courts.
As Hazel, Jill Scott is a performer loved by her fans, but not her husband and Buteau rounds out the trio as Bree, the orthopaedic genius trying to lose her cheating husband.
Together, the women find a strength they didn’t know they had and in a story that has been given a fresh twist to meet the challenges of the 21st century. And once again, it’s everything fans want – to finally find out what happens next, which Stan has made even easier by dropping the entire series in one hit.
Here’s another six films that have moved onto the small screen to found a new freedom and new direction.
What the film showed us: A group of university students accidentally awake an ancient demon who sets out to kill them and destroy the world.
Where the series takes it: Decades after last fighting the demons, Ash (Bruce Campbell) is forced out of retirement by a fresh wave of attacks, joining forces with two sidekicks to save the day once more.
Watch every episode of Stan’s Ash Vs Evil Dead here.
What the film showed us: Three backpackers holidaying in remote Australia find themselves hunted by a murderous killer (John Jarratt) stalking the outback.
Where the series takes it: When the family of a young girl (Lucy Fry) is attacked by the same killer while on holiday, she decides to take justice into her own hands and sets out to find and kill him.
Every episode of the Stan Original Series Wolf Creek is now streaming here.
What the film showed us: Teenager Scott Howard (Michael J Fox) discovers he is a werewolf and uses his new-found powers to win popularity, a girlfriend and basketball matches.
Where the series takes it: After being bitten by and transformed into a werewolf, Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) discovers he is part of a much larger supernatural community living among us, some good and some evil.
Watch all six seasons of Teen Wolf here.
What the film showed us: Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) was a typical high-school student until she discovered she was “the chosen one” whose job it was to protect the world from vampires.
Where the series takes it: With Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy, the series became iconic, found a new range of monsters for her to battle over a massive seven seasons and created a fearless female at a time when the stereotypes were far less flattering.
Watch every episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Stan here.
What the film showed us: An alien artefact found in Egypt opens a door to different worlds, but might also lead an ancient enemy back to earth.
Where the series takes it: With multiple Stargates now up and running, a team of military adventurers (led by Richard Dean Anderson) sets out to unite the oppressed and fight Earth’s enemies throughout the galaxy.
Stream the iconic Stargate SG1 series here.
What the film showed us: When smart but cynical Veronica (Winona Ryder) moves to a new school, she forms a bond with the local bad boy to take down the school’s alpha females.
Where the series takes it: In this darker, grittier version, Veronica (now Grace Victoria Cox) takes revenge to a whole new level, leaving us wondering just who is the villain this time around.
Watch the Stan exclusive series Heathers here.