Comedian Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi’s favorite actor and star of the first three “Evil Dead” films, has just given some details about the next license opus: “Evil Dead Rise”.
evil Dead : an emblematic saga
In 1981, the young Sam Raimi makes a name for himself in the film industry when he directs evil Dead. Worn by his friend Bruce Campbell, the film received a warm and totally unexpected welcome that propelled the careers of the two artists. For a totally derisory budget, evil Dead first of the name, reports more than $ 2.8 million in box office revenue. A mind-blowing score for Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. New Line Cinema, which distributes the film, therefore decides to produce an entire saga.
In 1987 Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell return for Evil Dead 2. The feature film works even better. Then, in 1992, Universal Pictures recovered the operating rights for the franchise and produced a third film, Army of Darkness, which brings in more than $ 11 million in box office revenue.
Then you have to wait until 2013 to see the universe evil Dead return to center stage. Indeed, Fede Alvarez realizes a remake of the cult film of Sam Raimi, this time without the presence of Bruce Campbell. This new evil Dead is well received by critics and earns over $ 97 million in box office revenue (for a budget of 17 million). Finally, in 2015, Bruce Campbell is back in the skin of his character on the occasion of the series Ash vs Evil Dead, which was canceled after three seasons.
Evil Dead Rise : some new elements
Produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead Rise is a remake of the first iconic opus of the license. This time it’s the Irish director Lee Cronin who is responsible for directing this new component. In front of the camera, the cast consists of Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan and Mia Challis. In a recent interview with BlairWitch., comedian Bruce Campbell gave some details about Evil Dead Rise:
This one is dark and pretty serious. It is a single mother who must now keep the book. The Necronomicon is passed down, people try to get rid of it, they try to bury it or destroy it but it always comes back. It’s just another story of what happens if this book appears in the life of a particular group of people.
He also took the opportunity to sing the praises of Lee Cronin, who is in charge of the staging of this new chapter of the license:
Lee Cronin is a very serious director. Sam Raimi chose him because he did a great job on his film The Only Child. He’s a very atmospheric director. It’s going to be really good, we’ve seen a rough version of it already and it has all the components we need.
Coming soon to HBO Max
Evil Dead Rise go then unfold in modern times and focus on a new family. No more cabins deep in the woods, since the plot will take place in an urban and familiar environment. The Necronomicon is back to terrorize new characters from one and the same family, as Bruce Campbell once again confirms. He specified in particular that every character is linked in this new movie, which reinforces the emotional distress of the protagonists, and therefore of the spectators:
We let the filmmaker have a lot of creative freedom, but the basics remain the same. The book, the possession, the rules for getting rid of it, nothing changes. Each new heroine or hero must learn to dispel evil. And not everyone understands it easily. This family is not the same at the end of the film. They are emptied, the whole family is destroyed. These people are possessed; brothers, sisters, sons, daughters. This film is a family affair. I think that makes possession and, having to kill your siblings, things like that, even more difficult. Because in the first Evil Dead, there was a brother-sister combo, Ash, and his sister Cheryl. The others were just friends. Now, they are all related in this home.
Evil Dead Rise does not yet have a specific release date, but should arrive during the year 2022 on the HBO Max platform.