Still, that isn’t stopping Raimi and Campbell, who simply produce this time, leaving the actual filmmaking on ‘Evil Dead Rise’ to ‘The Hole in the Ground’s Lee Cronin. Hand-picked by Raimi, Campbell, and fellow producer Rob Tapert, he also worked with Raimi on the short-lived (and short-episode-timed) Quibi series ’50 States of Fright’.
Cronin, who also made his name creating horror shorts and other projects, writes and directs here, for a movie that promises to evolve the ‘Evil Dead’ story in new directions. Specifically, into the city and upwards. That ‘Rise’ part of the title seemingly referring to nasty Deadite creatures rising and the fact it takes place in a high rise.
Which is a fresh setting for a film series that has largely run around the woods and in cabins (though later movies and TV show ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ did show off some different locations).
According to the official synopsis, the movie is a twisted tale of two estranged sisters Beth and Ellie, played by Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan, whose reunion in Los Angeles 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.
From the looks of the trailer, “nightmare” certainly seems apt, one of the family becoming infested with a Deadite and turning on the others in brutal, bloody fashion.
And getting all that red stuff on screen took some doing, according to Cronin. “I had to hire an industrial kitchen to create the amount of blood we needed,” the director told Empire recently of the 6,500 liters of the stuff. “When I was checking out, I had to warn the landlord, ‘You’re going to find bloody handprints all over the apartment––but they’re not real, honest!’”
Aside from the blood, this first footage boasts a promising commitment to nasty action and some inventive uses of household implements (the cheese grater moment seems set to inspire plenty of wincing and eye-covering from audiences). It might be set in the City of Angels, but the movie appears to be chock full of demonic action.
Plus, because it truly wouldn’t be an ‘Evil Dead’ movie without it, there is indeed someone revving and using a chainsaw.
‘Evil Dead Rise’ will find its way into theaters on April 21st.