As the fifth instalment of the famed franchise, Evil Dead Rise’s standalone story is set mainly within one night, shifting focus from the familiar cabin-in-the-woods scenario to an alarmingly claustrophobic old apartment building in Los Angeles.
It is a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, Beth (Lily Sullivan) and Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), trying to save their loved ones from Deadites. Their reunion is cut short by The Evil Dead’s infamous Necronomicon, AKA the Book of the Dead. Its curses open a Pandora’s Box of demonic possession, endangering the family and thrusting them into a battle for survival.
The final scenes give birth to a new supervillain in the Evil Dead world, The Marauder, a terrifying blend of Deadites – mum Ellie, and kids Bridget (Gabrielle Echols) and Danny (Morgan Davies) – who were joined to form a gruesome spider-like beast. The Marauder attempts to merge with the final child, Kassie (newcomer Nell Fisher), but heroic sister Beth boldly stands in the way.
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With principal photography in New Zealand between June and October 2021 and its release to enthusiastic review in 2023, Cronin’s work successfully expands the Evil Dead saga. Aside from its terror-inducing violence and inventive jump scares, the director received acclaim for his writing and directorial efforts, with actors Sullivan and Sutherland’s performances considered noteworthy.
Evil Dead Rise premiered at South by Southwest on March 15 and was released throughout the United States on April 21, 2023. The R-rated feature was produced by New Line Cinema, with Warner Bros. Pictures releasing the film theatrically.
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