Particularly in the context of established horror franchises, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series stands out. It’s incredible that the first episode was release more than 40 years ago, and that every subsequent episode has been excellent. Even Ash vs Evil Dead, Starz’s television adaptation of Ash Williams’ story, managed to capture the films’ deliciously gory and sinisterly humorous spirit. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Evil Dead Rise, the newest installment in the series, to see if it will live up to the high standards set by its predecessors. And I’m happy to report that it not only lives up to but far surpasses those expectations.
The movie Evil Dead Rise begs to be watch with friends, preferably in a cabin off-grid and far from civilization. However, the actual film is set in an apartment complex. However, the story’s requirements demand that the aforemention apartment block be stuck in the middle of the city in some way. As a result, there is an earthquake that destroys mobile and power connections and uncovers the terrifying Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. Everything seems incredibly forced, but once the evil tome causes Deadite destruction and the blood, gore, and scares mount up, one hardly cares.
A young female roadie called Beth (Lily Sullivan) finds herself pregnant so visits her sister Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), a single mother, and her children — Danny (Morgan Davies), Bridget (Gabrielle Echols), and the youngest Kassie (Nell Fisher). The aforementioned earthquake causes a hole to open in the parking lot, revealing religious artifacts, including the Book of the Dead. Danny reads the book’s incantations, and a demonic entity possesses Ellie. It is up to Beth to try and keep her sister’s kids safe from the person she has become.
The fact that Evil Dead Rise is a very typical Evil Dead movie is its best feature. The movie has a Raimi-like feel, with the exception of Bruce Campbell’s witty, middle-aged Ash. The franchise’s distinctive brand of frantic, outrageous, humorously tinged horror is expertly capture by director Lee Cronin. The pacing is perfect for an Evil Dead movie, with a slow buildup of tension that explodes into a frantic climax.
Sutherland, who I recognise from the television show Vikings as Aslaug, makes for a genuinely terrifying Deadite. It makes sense that the marketing for the movie makes extensive use of her image. She gives her all to the part, bringing a terrifying and alluring sense of menace and otherworldly possession. The kids and Sullivan are all wonderful.
I think Evil Dead Rise is an excellent addition to the series. It delivers essentially everything series fans have come to anticipate, including gore, scares, and dark humour. You just need to get past a few plot devices.