'Evil Dead Rise': Release date, cast, plot, and everything we know so far
With this new series, the "Evil Dead" franchise is on the rise again.
The cult classic comedy-horror series Evil Dead returns from the abyss with an all-new gory tale. First announced in October 2019, Evil Dead Rise is slated to hit the silver screen with a new story from Sam Raimi's influential franchise. With Raimi back as producer and Lee Cronin (The Burrow) tapped to write and direct the latest episode, viewers of the original film will want to see the same hilarious and eerie horror new installment they've come to expect from the series. But what will the new film be about? Will the story continue with gritty antihero Ash Williams? We've got all the answers to those questions and more below—read on if you dare.
When Will Evil Dead Rise Be Released?
Evil Dead Rise was originally slated to release on HBO Max in 2022, but due to a new strategy implemented by the studio and aggressive previews, the film will be released on April 21, 2023. Evil Dead Rise isn't the only film this year that was originally supposed to premiere on HBO Max, as House Party, Magic Mike's Last Dance, and Blue Beetle were also supposed to premiere on HBO Maximum exclusive. It's also similar to what Paramount did last year with horror flick "Smile," which was originally supposed to be a Paramount+ Originals movie, but the decision certainly got a boost before positive test screenings led the studio to choose a theatrical release. return.
When Did They Film Evil Dead Rise?
Filming for the reboot began in June 2021 and officially concluded in New Zealand in late October 2021. Lee Cronin announced the end via Twitter, saying he was on his way home to "cut this thing together".
Cronin posted a sneak peek via photo on his Twitter page. From his own blood-stained sneakers to... well, a pool of blood and a hunk of bloody faux flesh, you can get an idea of how this new demonic possession story will play out. Fans of the original film will be happy to know that the latest installment doesn't leave its gruesome roots behind. Both the first film in the trilogy, Evil Dead, and its 2013 remake were so gory that they were effectively banned in various countries, including Finland, Ukraine and Singapore. although unfortunately Hearing that some people can't watch the movie makes them cooler in a way. With Cronin revealing in a social media post that over 6,500 liters of fake blood were used to film The Evil One, we'll have to wait and see if the new movie faces the same blacklist. The fate of the list.
8 months, 1 Covid Lockdown, 6,500 litres of blood, and more memories than my brain can even process. That is a wrap on #EvilDeadRise. Thank you New Zealand, it’s been a blast. Time to head home and cut this beast together. pic.twitter.com/iyah4vEEqL— Lee Cronin (@curleecronin) October 26, 2021
Is There a Trailer for Evil Dead Rise?
Red Ribbon trailer for Evil Dead Rise released online on January 4, 2023. The two-and-a-half-minute spot confirms that Cronin wasn't lying when he claimed the movie wouldn't stop the gore like the trailer did. Stuffed it. With gore, gory scalps, creepy music, haunted forests and plenty of possessed victims, fans of the series will likely be pleased with this new entry.
Will Bruce Campbell Be in Evil Dead Rise?
In Legion of Darkness, the last film in the original trilogy, Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams is transported back in time to the Middle Ages, where he must find and use the Necronomicon to return to the until now. After fighting his way through, helping Duke Henry win the war and killing his own clones, Ash finds the Necronomicon and follows the instructions (as best he can remember) back to his home Now is the time to tell the story. In the film's final scene, an S-Mart customer is attacked by a time-traveling Deadite before Ash kills him with a rifle in the middle of the home improvement store where he works. Ash then paraphrased his now-famous line "Hail to the King, baby" before passionately kissing his colleague.
Unfortunately, this is the last time we see Ash Williams on film. Campbell revealed that he won't be returning in front of the camera for the new film, but rather behind the camera, as he will be producing alongside Sam Raimi and Robert Tappert, the latter of whom has produced all the Evil Dead films to date people.
Without Ash, What Will the New Evil Dead Story Be About?
The official synopsis for Evil Dead Rise comes from Warner Bros.:
Moving the action out of the woods and into the city, “Evil Dead Rise” tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Sutherland and Sullivan, whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
In a Twitter post by Cronin, he sarcastically called the film a "warm and tender family drama" and included a photo of a blood-spattered countertop. The photo, captioned "Damn kids never clean the kitchen." That hint, along with Cronin's previous films dealing with evil children, makes one wonder which Los Angeles family might end up being killed in The Evil One. Possession.
A reboot with a new storyline is A chance to modernize the franchise and incorporate new, scary ideas. In Lee Cronin's latest installment from writer and director, we can expect him to deliver some of the dark horror we saw in his debut feature, Burrow. The film, which Cronin wrote, directed, was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. The story tells of a mother whose son was behaving strangely when he returned from the woods behind their house. The woman came to believe that the boy was not actually her child, but a changeling found in European folklore, an entity said to be left in place of the child stolen by the fairies. Shot in an eerie gray rural area, the film has charming images and odd creeps in its parental horror stories. The lack of comedy in the film leaves room for speculation as to whether this newer, and possibly scarier, Evil Dead film will have the same goofy comedic flair as the original trilogy.
Damn kids never clean up the kitchen. #EvilDeadRise. pic.twitter.com/eaTn87aj3h— Lee Cronin (@curleecronin) July 21, 2021
Who Will the New Cast Be?
Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) will play mother Ellie, who lives in Los Angeles, and Lily Sullivan (Mental) will play her sister Beth. Additionally, Mia Challis (user not found) is listed to portray a A character named Jessica, while Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, and Nell Fisher are listed as unnamed characters.
Where Can You Watch the Earlier Films?
The first four Evil Dead movies are all available for purchase and rental on demand, and some are even available on certain streaming services. The spin-off series Ash vs. Evil Dead is also available on Netflix and Starz.
Also, if you're a comic book fan, Dark Horse Comics created an adaptation of the third film in the series, Army of Darkness, in 1992. The first three installments of the comics followed the original ending, but as the series was taken over by Dynamite Entertainment and Space Goat Productions, the writers put Ash in some new, non-canonical settings and made crossovers with Freddy Krueger, Dracula, and more. While it may not be canon, the manga's storyline is pretty entertaining and will hopefully appease eagerly awaiting audiences who just can't get enough of this diabolical gore tale.
Audiences can't wait for the reemergence of the Evil Dead franchise, reveling in the gore and slapstick comedy that made the film a cult classic and horror favourite. with In the 40 years since The Evil Dead, the franchise's fanbase has remained strong, and it's likely to grow even bigger with this new, possibly darker installment. We'll be keeping an eye out for more news on the horror production - but we'll be sure to stay away from those weird creepy arms sticking out of it.