MOVIE PREVIEW – The Necronomicon returns to haunt the living in Evil Dead Rise. Here’s everything we know about the film so far!
Evil Dead Rise is already in post-production, while Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has just hit theatres. Although he didn’t direct this upcoming Evil Dead, he has given it his blessing and has worked closely with director Lee Cronin to secure fan approval. Funny how Raimi’s fans are now so excited about the famous cult horror franchise. Perhaps it’s because Bruce Campbell, the hero of the original films, is playing Doctor Strange, not Evil Dead Rise. Yes, that’s the first shocking news we’ve had: sadly, the legendary Mr Campbell will not be appearing in the new sequel to the horrors of Necronomicon. However, he will be working with Lee Cronin in post-production to help develop the film and set the mood.
Although there is no release date set for Evil Dead Rise, it will likely hit cinemas sometime this year. In the meantime, if you’d like a taste of the new Evil Dead director, here’s a sneak peek. Sam Raimi said he enjoyed watching Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground. The film is about a single mother who finds her lost child but expects that it may not be her son who returns to her. While fans may worry any time an old favourite is “reimagined” (call it the Star Wars curse), it seems like the Evil Dead reimagining may meet the needs of fans.
Let’s see what we know so far about Evil Dead Rise.
“When road-weary Beth visits her older sister Ellie, who is raising her three children alone in a cramped Los Angeles apartment, the sisters’ reunion is interrupted by discovering a mysterious book in the depths of Ellie’s house. The book’s contents, spoken aloud, raise flesh-and-blood demons, and Beth finds herself in an ancient struggle for survival as she confronts the terrifying version of motherhood imaginable.”
Interestingly, this particular Evil Dead film will be set in a city. While Evil Dead barely managed to play up the cliché of the cabin in the woods, it has now become a somewhat trite concept. Even as a parody, it now seems tired. So this new location, a housing estate, could be a good field for creative expansion. Lee Cronin’s last subject was a single mother on whom he focused his lens. This means that he has experience working with this emotional premise, but it also suggests that there is something about this subject that Cronin needs to explore. It’s a clue to true passion, and that’s always what you want from people who make films.
If the power of the Necronomicon is unleashed within a city, the whole place can be taken over. Not only that, but the skyscraper on the film’s poster looks pretty tall, so maybe the only way to escape is to go higher. The synopsis also refers to a “nightmarish version of motherhood”, so there’s probably no doubt that children will be possessed. Other than that, little else is known about the film at the moment. But hardcore fans need not fear Sam Raimi’s endorsement.
More good news is that Rob Tapert is helping to produce the film. And as always, Bruce Campbell keeps a close eye on everything that happens with Necronomicon. And everyone will feel a little safer if he’s involved.
The cast of Evil Dead Rise
Bruce Campbell is not in this film, but several excellent actors are — Alyssa Sutherland is the first among them. Not related to Kiefer Sutherland in any way, Alyssa played Ragnar’s second wife, Queen Aslaug, in the hit series Vikings. She also starred in the 2017 TV series The Mist, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Before that, he was seen in The Devil Wears Prada as the chatterbox who Meryl Streep reprimanded.
The TV miniseries Romper Stomper is set 25 years after the events of the seminal film of the same name. Lily Sullivan also stars in the lead role. The acclaimed actress and model is best known for her role in the Australian comedy Mental and has also appeared in several short films. Other actors include Nell Fisher, Jayden Daniels, Tai Wano, Gabrielle Echols and Billy Reynolds-McCarthy.
The film also stars Morgan Davies, a trans actor who began his career as a child and came out as transgender in 2020. Before that, he starred in several short films and TV series, including Terra Nova, The Devil’s Playground and The Girlfriend Experience. After coming out, they appeared in the series The End and the short film Beautiful They. And for all you anime fans, Davies will appear as Koby in the new One Piece live-action TV series.
Evil Dead Rise is expected to be released in 2022, although no exact date is known.