Anticipation was very high for the newest entry in the Evil Dead franchise called Evil Dead Rise. Besides the trailer, I went into the film completely blind, and I had a complete blast. This was everything an Evil Dead film should be with throwbacks to what came before as well as some new innovative things.
The story sees the reunion between two sisters who have a strained relationship and when the deadlites arrive and possesses one of them, it will be a battle to save their family from the terrors they face from the demonic entities.
We start with a cold open with a scene that plays on how Cheryl gets possessed in the very first Evil Dead film. Then we flashback to how the events all got started. The version of the Necronomicon that appears is more grotesque in ways with detailed illustrations included. The way the words get read is a bit different. Now since this takes place in an apartment building, the subsequent possession takes place a little differently as well.
That’s the major difference here as it takes Evil Dead that usually happens in an open area and turns it into an urban horror. Makes it more of an confined horror mostly about protecting a family from the horrors they are facing. Now of course, you would expect multiple possessions to take place, and when they happen, it really starts ramping up.
There are tons of references to previous films, especially Evil Dead 2. Now if you are expecting a certain cameo, it does happen, just not in the way you would think. Same thing with the Delta, it would not be Evil Dead without the car, and it does show up, but again not in the way you would expect. Which is fine, because this gives the film a chance to become it’s own breed where it can rely on what came before but also take it in a new direction.
When it comes to that, we definitely see new lore given to the Deadites. They are just as deadly here as you would expect and when it comes time for the final battle, both boomstick and chainsaw come to play when it comes time to face the monstrosities once and for all.
This film is very bloody and kinetic as you would expect. There’s a few scenes such as an almost tattoo needle to the eye and one involving a cheese grater that got me to wince. Now I will say this movie was not as good as the Evil Dead reboot that released in 2013, but it’s pretty good for what it is. It really leaves things open for future entries if they decide to continue it. I would say on my list of favorite Evil Dead films, this would be somewhere in the middle.
Now do you need to see any other Evil Dead entries before seeing this one? Not necessarily as in a way this is its own thing. You may appreciate it more knowing what came before but if this is your first introduction, then that’s fine too. It is currently in theaters and if you are a horror fan, you owe it yourself to see this. I give it my highest recommendation.
If you already seen Evil Dead Rise, feel free to give your thoughts below!!
Till next time, stay scared!!
-Tha Thrilla –