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Everything we know about Evil Dead Rise
There’s no way Sam Raimi could have known what he’s started with when he hires his friend Bruce to help him shoot a horror movie about a ghostly book that’s been left behind in a cabin in the woods. Evil Dead was cheesy but enjoyable and did well enough that Raimi could take the money and make Evil Dead 2. Only, Evil Dead 2 isn’t a sequel–it’s a retelling of the original story with great experience. Bigger fees, better effects (but not so good effects) and more fun. The Medieval Dead will eventually be renamed Army of Darkness, and continue the story of protagonist Ash Williams, the sole survivor of the first two films. That movie doubled down on comedy and top-notch effects, and helped turn Bruce Cambpell into a B-movie icon.
2013’s Evil Dead takes us back to the jungle chalet and back to the Book of the Dead, and now it’s time to reopen the book. But this time in The Demon of Death Rises, instead of taking place in an isolated cabin, the heroes will explore the book in the heart of an apartment building in Los Angeles. The two main characters play two estranged sisters, which also creates a new emphasis on family for this picture; Evil Dead movies often feature a stereotypical group of children/young adults in a wooden house (with the exception of the medieval set of Shadow Army, of course).
While Raimi has been working on other things lately, like Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, he’s assigned these newer entries to other directors and franchise guidance from the executive producer level. The relatively unknown Lee Cronin is directing Evil Dead Rise with a relatively new, relatively unknown cast.