Evil Dead Rise - Everything You Need To Know (2024)


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Things are about to get ... groovy.

The first "Evil Dead" was a scrappy little B-movie that proved what you could do with grit, gumption, and barely any money. The sequel expertly blended chills and comedy to create perhaps the best horror-comedy ever made. "Army of Darkness" took things to the Middle Ages, and the 2013 film got really, really gory.

However, it's been nearly a decade since the last "Evil Dead" movie hit theaters. But fortunately for fans of chainsaw action, possessed deer heads, and memorable one-liners, the wait is almost over. The fifth film in the franchise is headed to theaters, and from all reports, it's going to be a bloody good time.

However, this one is going to be a bit different from all the previous films — different when it comes to the cast, the plot, the setting, and who's sitting in the director's chair. So what horrors do the Deadites have in store for excited gorehounds? Well, let's delve into everything we know so far about the upcoming "Evil Dead Rise."

When will Evil Dead Rise be released?

Originally, "Evil Dead Rise" was headed for HBO Max, but a funny thing happened on the way to the streamer. One — David Zaslav decided to emphasize theatrical releases after taking over Warner Bros. Two — Deadline reports that when the film's trailer played at the trade show CineEurope (a trailer that hasn't yet been released to the public), people ate it up, proving the film was good enough for theaters.

So when can we expect to get in line and buy some tickets (assuming our possessed hands don't fight back)? Well, we'll get to see "Evil Dead" Rise hit theaters on April 21, 2023, as announced via Bruce Campbell's Twitter account. The actor also shared a first-look photo of the film, which showed a smiling Deadite leering through an apartment's blood-soaked peephole.

Interestingly enough, when "Evil Dead Rise" releases in 2023, it won't be the only horror-comedy that month. The flick will be competing against "Renfield," a film focusing on the titular familiar, with Nicholas Hoult as Renfield and Nicolas Cage as his master, Dracula. It'll be interesting to see which horror-comedy walks away dominant.

What is the plot of Evil Dead Rise?

Throughout the "Evil Dead" franchise, there has been one constant — someone reads an evil book (most commonly called the Necronomicon) and unleashes the forces of hell. In the first two "Evil Dead" movies, we watch this horror show play out in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, with a group of young people getting picked off and possessed by sad*stic demons. Of course, the big difference between the two films is that "The Evil Dead" is straight horror while "Evil Dead II" is a brilliant horror-comedy.

Things get weird in "Army of Darkness" when franchise hero Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) goes back to the Middle Ages to fight a skeleton army, and things get gorier than ever in 2013's "Evil Dead" when a group of friends trying to help a woman kick a drug habit decide to hole up in a cabin and release the Deadites. But what will "Evil Dead Rise" be about? Will it follow the standard "Evil Dead" formula of a cabin in the woods, or will it get a bit more creative a la "Army of Darkness?"

Well, this time, the Deadites are headed to Los Angeles, and they plan to unleash havoc on an apartment complex. As the official synopsis reads (via Fangoria), "In the fifth 'Evil Dead' film, a road-weary Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A. apartment. The sisters' reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie's building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable."

Who is starring in Evil Dead Rise?

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In the first three "Evil Dead" films — and the Starz series "Ash vs. Evil Dead" — the franchise was anchored by the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-wielding Ash Williams, played by the one and only Bruce Campbell. In the 2013 installment, the focus shifted to Mia, played by Jane Levy, a woman struggling with drug addiction who must also face an onslaught from hell when she tries to go cold turkey.

So who will be leading "Evil Dead Rise?" According to /film, Lily Sullivan will be playing the lead role of Beth, who goes to visit her single mom sister and finds herself facing an apartment complex full of Deadites. You may have seen Sullivan in miniseries like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" or movies like "Mental." Opposite her, Alyssa Sutherland will play Ellie, the mother of three living in the aforementioned apartment complex, whose life gets even more complicated with the appearance of the flesh-bound Necronomicon. If you're a fan of the TV series "Vikings," you'll definitely know Sutherland best for her role as Queen Aslaug.

In addition to Sullivan and Sutherland, "Evil Dead Rise" will feature the talents of Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher, and Mia Challis (via Fangoria).

Who is directing Evil Dead Rise?

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The first three "Evil Dead" films were famously directed by Sam Raimi, who went from microbudget filmmaker to mainstream director on the success of this trilogy. The 2013 "Evil Dead" was helmed by Fede Álvarez, who kept things intense with his two other features — "Don't Breathe" and "The Girl in the Spider's Web." So who's in charge of all the mayhem, murder, and madness this time around?

"Evil Dead Rise" will be directed by Lee Cronin. Sure, he isn't a household name yet, but we have a feeling he will be soon. At the moment, Cronin has just one released film to his name — 2019's uber-creepy "The Hole in the Ground," a film that follows a single mother in Ireland who suspects her son might not actually be her boy anymore. Raimi (who's executive producer on "Evil Dead Rise") was super impressed with Cronin's work because he hand-picked him to direct the new "Evil Dead" film.

Speaking with /Film, Raimi said, "'I loved 'The Hole in the Ground.' And that picture was brought to the executives that I work with, and they showed it to me, and I thought, 'This is a really great director.' And we met, and we talked, and he said he really liked 'The Evil Dead.' And I said, 'Then why don't you make the new one? I think you're just the kind [of] guy I'd like to do it." That's high praise from the man who conjured the "Evil Dead" franchise into existence.

Are Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell involved with Evil Dead Rise?

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The two people most closely associated with the "Evil Dead" franchise are the two who brought the series to life — director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell. Without these titans of horror, we wouldn't have Ash Williams duking it out with undead monsters, sawing off his own possessed hand, or reigning supreme as the king of S-Mart. However, neither one will be reprising their original positions for "Evil Dead Rise." Raimi isn't directing, and Campbell isn't starring.

So will these two be involved with "Evil Dead Rise?" Fortunately, the answer is yes. Both Raimi and Campbell will be serving as executive producers (via Bloody Disgusting), along with Robert Tapert, who's been involved with the franchise since the first film. As for Raimi, he actually hand-picked Lee Cronin to serve as the film's director. And Campbell has had nothing but positive things to say about the film, telling Collider, "[Evil Dead Rise] does not suck in the least. Lee Cronin did a great job. ... It's a very European 'Evil Dead.'"

We're assuming Campbell is referencing European horror sensibilities, although we don't know if he's talking about Italian giallo, French Extremity, or some other style. Whatever we're getting, it's sure to be scary, as Raimi told /Film, "It's terrifying, and it's going to knock people's socks off."

What will Evil Dead Rise be rated?

If you know anything about the "Evil Dead" series, then you know it's not exactly a PG-rated franchise. The first film scared up the dreaded NC-17, with the subsequent entries all earning an R-rating with their severed limbs and geysers of gore. So what will "Evil Dead Rise" be rated? Will it compare to previous entries, or will it go the route of so many modern movies and play it safe with an audience-friendly PG-13?

Well, never fear, diehard fans. "Evil Dead Rise" is gonna keep things nasty. According to Fangoria, the 2023 film is officially rated R. How come? As you might expect, Lee Cronin's upcoming movie earned the big bad R due to "strong bloody horror violence and gore, and some language." Obviously, you can't have an "Evil Dead" film without delivering on the kills. Well, "Army of Darkness" isn't exactly the hardest R, but from everything we've heard, it seems likely this one will have more in common with the first two films and Fede Álvarez's installment.

Is there a trailer for Evil Dead Rise?

If you're at work, watch out. The red band trailer for "Evil Dead Rise" isn't messing around. The trailer begins with possessed mother Ellie, cooking the world's worst batch of scrambled eggs and describing a lovely dream ... where she violently murders her whole family. Clearly, paging through the Necronomicon and playing that old creepy record her kid found was a mistake. From there — accompanied by Doris Day's "Que Sera, Sera" — we watch as scalps get ripped from heads, Deadites swallow shards of glass, and our bloodied hero Beth finds herself guarding a group of poor kids from their very undead mom. Yes, that "Evil Dead" staple — the chainsaw — does make an appearance, promising plenty of severed limbs and arterial sprays, and we're also terrified to see what happens with that cheese grater.

Where to watch previous entries in the Evil Dead franchise

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Before "Evil Dead Rise" hits theaters, you might want to brush off your copy of the Necronomicon and do a bit of research into all the horrific history that came before. Or you can just go back and watch the previous films (and TV show) in the franchise.

Sadly, at the moment, the film that started it all, 1981's "The Evil Dead," isn't available to stream for free, but you can rent it for $3.99 on Vudu and $5.99 on Amazon Video. However, that's okay because "Evil Dead II" is basically a bigger, better remake of the original film. You can stream that on IndieFlix or rent it for $3.99 on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and YouTube.

If you want to take a trip back to the Dark Ages and hail the king, you can rent "Army of Darkness" for $3.99 on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and YouTube. Fede Álvarez's brutal 2013 gorefest can be rented for $2.99 on Amazon Video or $3.99 to watch it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, or YouTube.

And if you want to be a completist (and trust us, you should be), then you need to check out the massively underrated "Ash vs. Evil Dead" series, which follows Bruce Campbell's character in later life as he's still dealing with those pesky demons. All three seasons of the Starz shows can be streamed on Netflix.

Where did the series and storyline leave off?

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When it comes to iconic horror franchises, few are as extensive as the "Evil Dead." This is a series with three original mainline movies, two standalone reboots, one video game, and an entire three-season television series on Starz. Thanks to all this content, the "Evil Dead" storyline can be a bit confusing for new fans to wrap their head around.

The very first "Evil Dead" movie pits Ash Williams and his friends against otherworldly demons while they're stuck in a remote woodland cabin. With Ash as the only survivor, his story continues into the events of "Evil Dead II" and "Army of Darkness" as he slowly and surely becomes a Deadite-killing, chainsaw-handed hero. Following his time in the Middle Ages during "Army of Darkness," Ash spends the next 30 years as a total loser working at ValueStop before accidentally reading from the Necronomicon once again to initiate the plot of "Ash vs Evil Dead." Now, it's important to understand that the world of "Evil Dead Rise" is supposedly linked to the original trilogy rather thanthe 2013 reboot titled "Evil Dead." Some key elements are carried over from what came before, however, such as the Necronomicon and the appearance of horrifying Deadites.

The franchise's history with Fede Álvarez

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"Evil Dead Rise" has had a slightly complicated development history, as have many installments in this franchise since its beginnings in 1981. This whole mess started back in 2013 after director Fede Álvarez was given free rein to make his own remake of the original film, similarly titled "Evil Dead." That movie reimagines the events of the first movie with an emphasis on realistic gore, nuanced characters, and more modern horror. Additionally, completely new characters are added to the canon including new heroine Mia Allen (Jane Levy), although Ash Williams himself does make a small cameo appearance in a post-credits scene.

Following the release of "Evil Dead," Álvarez was slated to make a sequel to his reboot with the backing of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, but things stalled as Álvarez found success with his own original "Don't Breathe" series. The Uruguayan filmmaker even Tweeted a poll back in 2018 asking fans which of his big movies they'd want to see a sequel of and then expressed his disappointment in the results. He told MovieWeb, "When I tweeted that I was interested in seeing what people prefer. We were having some internal debates about what people would be interested in most. Unfortunately, 'Evil Dead 2' won. Which, I guess I would have preferred 'Don't Breathe 2' to win because it's one of my own creations. Obviously 'Evil Dead' has the bigger following. So that's what happened." It seems he ultimately decided to go his own way, since that proposed sequel morphed into an entirely new spin-off movie now known as "Evil Dead Rise" without Álvarez at the helm.

The enduring popularity of the Evil Dead franchise

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There's something special about bloody, gory cult horror movies that get certain types of people frothing at the mouth (in a good way). "Evil Dead" has proven to be one of the most popular franchises of its kind with seemingly endless fans inspired by the way Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell merged the genres of horror and comedy seamlessly together. Indie filmmakers everywhere have cited "Evil Dead" as a fundamental touchstone of their own desire to make no-budget movies, with some pretty big names in entertainment pointing to Raimi's work as inspiration such as Peter Jackson and Edgar Wright.

Even filmmakers as prestigious as the Coen brothers got their start editing for Sam Raimi on "The Evil Dead," and the influence of its filmmaking style left an impact on their own work with movies like "Blood Simple" and "Raising Arizona," even if they've never gone full-tilt horror. That said, this is a franchise that has consistently produced commercially successful and critically acclaimed content that fans can't get enough of. Overall, the franchise has made over $150 millionon a relatively small budget, and the films are constantly screened at fan events and around Halloween, which shows just how much people love to see Deadites get cut in half with a chainsaw.

The filmmakers used 6,500 liters of fake blood

If there's one thing to know about "Evil Dead" movies, it's that they're bloody. Like, really bloody. So bloody that they leave any audience member wondering how much fake blood could they possibly have used on set to make this happen. Luckily, the production crew of "Evil Dead Rise" is happy to share their red-tinted statistics with fans to assure them their gory franchise is in good hands.

"Evil Dead" movies have many things in common, but the one that tops them all is over-the-top gore. One famous scene in "Evil Dead II"features Ash shooting a hole into the wall which then shot a horrific well of blood all over his body, and the blood rain from the end of the "Evil Dead" remake is equally unforgettable. For "Evil Dead Rise" to live up to its namesake, they needed to bring in a lot of fake blood this time around. So that's exactly what they did. According to a 2021 Twitter post by director Lee Cronin, the production used upwards of 6,500 liters of blood at the time filming wrapped. That's more than 20 bathtubs full of blood.

Stephen McKeon did the score

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Music has always been an important element of the "Evil Dead," movies since horror can be punctuated by a perfectly timed score. For the original franchise, the music was done almost entirely by composer Joseph LoDuca who did work for "The Evil Dead," "Evil Dead 2," "Army of Darkness," "Ash vs Evil Dead," and even the video game as the main person behind each score. He also created the iconic "Evil Dead" theme, which can be heard throughout all the major films (aside from the 2013 "Evil Dead" remake, which instead recruited composerRoque Baños).

For "Evil Dead Rise," director Lee Cronin decided to go in a different direction by bringing in a composer he had previously worked with on his 2019 film, "The Hole in the Ground,"Stephen McKeon.This Irish composer has had an extensive career, having created music for projects like "Queen & Country," "The Tiger's Tail," and "Blind Flight," which earned him award nominations in his home country of Ireland. Thanks to his background creating scores for other horror entertainment such as "Black Mirror" and "The Cellar," McKeon seems like the perfect successor to create an "Evil Dead" score to match LoDuca's enduring work.

The film switched from streaming only to a theatrical release

It's been a weird time for Warner Bros.since its merger with Discovery, Inc., and the company has as a result seen a major restructuring of its business model. There's been some controversy in recent months thanks to the new management removing shows from its streaming platforms, canceling projects already in production, and outright scrubbing already-completed films like "Batgirl" from existence to save money. It's clear to anyone paying attention that things are moving at a breakneck pace at Warner Bros., which means that many of the films and shows under their production banner are subject to change.

That's where "Evil Dead Rise" comes in. The film is being distributed by Warner Bros., and until recently, the latest Deadite-fest was planned to release straight to streaming on HBO Max without any kind of physical theatrical release. Understandably, that upset many hardcore "Evil Dead" fans who wanted to get the crap scared out of them in a theater. Due to the shifting priorities of the new entertainment conglomerate Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. away from streaming-only projects, "Evil Dead Rise" was changed to have an actual theatrical run across the country following its premiere at South by Southwest in March 2023.

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Why was Evil Dead banned? ›

While the original was beloved by horror fans and became a huge box office hit, the Sam Raimi-directed flick did spark controversy due to its extreme levels of gore and graphic violence – leading it to be banned in several countries including Ireland.

What's the point of Evil Dead Rise? ›

“Evil Dead Rise” follows a family trapped on the top floor of their apartment building as the discovery of a demonic book leads to the release of demons who are determined to possess and kill everyone inside in the most horrifying ways possible.

Why did Bridget turn into a deadite? ›

Cause of Possession

After Danny discovered an ancient book hidden beneath the apartment building in which the family resided, Bridget was eventually attacked by her demon-possessed mother, and was transformed into a Deadite. Bridget first appeared in the 2023 film Evil Dead Rise, portrayed by Gabrielle Echols.

Does Evil Dead Rise connect to the other movies? ›

It's in the third movie, Army of Darkness, that the appearance of the Necronomicon provides a link that explains how both Evil Dead Rise and 2013's Evil Dead – neither of which are direct sequels to the first three movies – could share the same demonic universe.

What is the scariest movie in the world banned? ›

10 Horror Movies That Were Banned Around the World
  • 8 'The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)' (2011) ...
  • 7 'Braindead' (1992) ...
  • 6 'The Devils' (1971) ...
  • 5 'Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom' (1975) ...
  • 4 'A Serbian Film' (2010) ...
  • 3 'Cannibal Holocaust' (1980) ...
  • 2 'I Spit on Your Grave' (1978) ...
  • 1 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974)
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What is the most banned movie ever in the world? ›

Umberto Lenzi's 1981 Italian horror film Let Them Die Slowly, aka Cannibal Ferox, has the distinction of being recognized by Guinness World Records as the most banned movie ever, officially banned in 31 countries (A Serbian Film claims to be banned in over 40, but is not officially recognized by Guinness for the record ...

Was Beth pregnant in Evil Dead Rise? ›

Bridget revives and fatally stabs Danny, who sets Bridget on fire before dying as Ellie infiltrates the apartment using the vents. Realizing Beth is pregnant, Ellie attempts to rip the fetus out of her, but Beth and Kassie are able to incapacitate her with scissors.

Why is Ash not in Evil Dead Rise? ›

The actor explained, "I'm done playing Ash, so that determines a lot of where we go with the franchise without that character, but there are more stories." However, Evil Dead Rise was a phenomenal success, making almost $150 million worldwide (via Box Office Mojo), despite having a budget of just $15 million.

Who was the girl at the end of Evil Dead Rise? ›

In the last scene of Evil Dead Rise, something lunges at Jessica (Anna-Maree Thomas) as she walks through the apartment building's parking lot. This suggests that there are still creatures lurking around and that there could be another movie in the horror franchise.

Why did Ellie get possessed in Evil Dead Rise? ›

Cause of Possession

After her son Danny discovered an ancient book and accidentally awakened the Kandarian Demon, Ellie was attacked by the creature and became a Deadite. Ellie first appeared in the 2023 film Evil Dead Rise, portrayed by Alyssa Sutherland.

How come Beth didn't get possessed in Evil Dead Rise? ›

This is likely because she never let her fear overwhelm her. In Evil Dead Rise, Beth wanted to save her nieces and nephew and her strength, like Ash in Evil Dead, allowed her bravery to overwhelm the fear, and the weakness deadite possession requires was nowhere to be found.

Is Danny in Evil Dead Rise a girl or boy? ›

Morgan Davies Is A Transgender Actor Who Played Danny In Evil Dead Rise. Morgan Davies is an up-and-coming transgender actor who is now most known for his role as Danny in Evil Dead Rise. The Australian actor came out as trans in 2020, with him being one of the higher-profile transgender men in Hollywood.

What demon is in Evil Dead Rise? ›

The Marauder Is Evil Dead's Most Horrifying (& Chaotic) Demon Yet. Evil Dead Rise's Marauder is now the Sam Raimi franchise's most terrifying demonic creature yet, not just because of the grotesque body horror used to create it, but also because of the difficulty in destroying it.

How do Beth and Kassie survive? ›

Beth And Kassie Are The Only Ones To Survive

In a visually spectacular callback to The Shining, Beth and Kassie escape their floor through an elevator flooded with blood. Despite the overflowing blood, the aunt-niece duo manages to get out of the lift and walk into the parking lot.

What is the story behind Evil Dead Rise? ›

A twisted tale of two estranged sisters 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.

Why was The Evil Dead controversial? ›

In the US, the film received an X rating. Films with this label were quite violent and disturbing, and the rating was often held by p*rnographic films. The film has since been re-rated NC-17 for “substantial graphic horror violence and gore”, though many recent home media releases have been released without a rating.

What is the goriest movie to ever exist? ›

Spoiler Alert: Many of the following descriptions contain explicit details of famous scenes from the movies they describe.
  • 8 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • 7 Terrifier.
  • 6 Braindead (AKA Dead Alive)
  • 5 Cannibal Holocaust.
  • 4 The Devil's Rejects.
  • 3 Re-Animator.
  • 2 The Fly.
  • 1 Tokyo Gore Police.

What movie was banned in 46 countries? ›

Censorship. Due to its graphic content, Faces of Death was banned and censored in many countries. The movie is often billed as "Banned in 46 Countries", but this claim is doubtful.

Why was Evil Dead 2013 bad? ›

The Good: The common criticism of 2013's Evil Dead is that it lacks the humor and heart of the original films (this is a bit of revisionist history, since Sam Raimi's original was not really a horror comedy, as people tend to remember). There is no Ash, there is no absurdist humor, there are no crazy camera angles...

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