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Plot: Two sisters find an ancient vinyl that gives birth to bloodthirsty demons that run amok in a Los Angeles apartment building and thrusts them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
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If you are expecting an Evil Dead movie… well, I guess it depends on what generation you’re from. If you are expecting Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, the films of the unholy trilogy… you are going to be gravely disappointed. This isn’t Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead.
This is, well, this is the Conjuring just like almost every other Horror movie past 2014.
It doesn’t really breathe “new life” into the franchise, instead it takes the Evil Dead and breathes the PG-13 Neo-Horror Movie breathe into a franchise that used to be a heck of a lot of campy immature fun.
Here you get the same as everything else.
Evil Dead Rise Gives Series Fans A Fresh Take And Plenty Of Gore
Usually when a film series is embarking on a fifth outing the challenges
of keeping things fresh and original yet being new and creative can be a
Horror series ranging from “Halloween” to “Friday the 13th”, “SAW”, and
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” all faced issues with moving the series along
yet trying to stay true to the original film that inspired them and in
every case; failing to fully capture what made the original film a hit.
“Evil Dead Rise” is not only the latest entry into the series but a bold
take on the cinematic series as it abandons the remote cabin setting of
the first two films and the reboot in favor of an urban setting.
The film does open in a remote lakeside locale before jumping a day
earlier to California where estranged sisters Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland)
and Beth (Lilly Sullivan) reunite. Beth has been working as a guitar
technician and bristles that her sister refers to her as a groupie.
Ellie is raising three children after their father left and informs her
sister that the building they are living in is scheduled to be demolished
so they will have to move soon which is a shock to Beth as she has learned
that she is pregnant and is trying to figure out her life all the while
seeing what she thought would be a source of stability for her upended.
The arrival of an earthquake allows access to a hidden area in the parking
garage of their building and since the locale was a former bank; the kids
soon find a hidden book and records which the only son Danny (Morgan
Davies) hopes he can sell despite his sister Bridget (Gabrielle Echols)
admonishing him constantly to leave it alone and return it to where it was
The book turns out to be a Necronomicon or “Book of the Dead” and as fans
of the series know; nothing good ever comes from one and thanks to playing
old records left by a Priest describing his thoughts on the book; a
summoning incantation is read and this causes Ellie to become possessed
and unleash grotesque carnage and terror on her family.
What follows is a gory and at times intense game of cat and mouse
punctuated by moments of levity as the demonic infestation knows no end.
The film has the over-the top- gore that is expected of the series and the
makeup and effects are very effective. Writer? Director Lee Cronin has done
a great job capturing the tone of the series while moving it forward as he
cleverly incorporates lines and nods to the series without making them
Some may find the excess of blood too much but the series has always been
known for taking things to the extreme as the blend of horror and comedic
parody is what made the original film such a success.
In the end “Evil Dead Rise” does enough to keep fans of the series happy
and hopefully, we will be seeing a new entry in the series in the future.
3.5 stars out of 5
Exactly what it claims to be – gory, constantly hard-hitting and devoid of any fancy storyline
I just saw the film in a preview screening in London which featured a Q&A from director Lee Cronin.
I had high hopes for this movie given it’s current 8.1 rating on IMDb and 96% on rotten tomatoes (albeit with only 26 reviews), and especially because I actually really liked the 2013 remake (which was not the best received by fans and critics alike). I would say that generally, it didn’t disappoint, but it certainly didn’t smash it out of the park for me either.
* Gory, gory, gory. Wow. A gorefest, but somehow not overdone. It features a few massive gore moments that are memorable.
* Modern day special FX make Sam Raimi from the 1980s sad he was stuck with playdoh and experimental techniques. The characters all look damn scary.
* Acting was generally good. Nothing groundbreaking but Alyssa Campbell was fantastic (both when normal and, especially, when possessed
* Sufficiently different from the original Evil Dead that it felt fresh and wasn’t boring.
* Considering all of the Evil Deads were in a cabin in the woods, this felt like a tough ask to feature the entire film in an apartment block. But the new world that was created was dark and gloomy, and certainly fit the bill.
* It’s not an earth shatteringly different movie to ones you may have seen, meaning it’s not going to “blow you away”. It very much sticks to its lane paying respect to the Evil Dead and even the remake in some parts.
* It is pretty predictable, which can be forgiven by the fact that it’s more of a slasher than any psychologically disturbing film (I’d say the 2013 remake was more psychologically disturbing).
* You probably do need to see the original Evil Dead or at least the 2013 remake for a lot of things to make sense (such as how the characters can ‘transfer’ the demonic spirit), although it’s not mandatory.
I think in many ways this reminds me of M3Gan – it’s not trying to be a groundbreaking film and reinvent the wheel, it’s just testing a moderately new spin on an old Horror trope that doesn’t claim to be pretentious. It tries to be something a bit fresh yet familiar, and to that end it succeeds like M3Gan generally did. It’s using a cult Horror classic in The Evil Dead (with its classic plot devices and iconic scenes) and reimagining it with a new location, new characters, and a sxxxload of modern day special FX, so it’s never going to get the critical acclaim of the original nor get any brownie points for raw originality – and that’s ok! What is lacking in originality or a riveting storyline is made up for in gore and in-your-face moments.
In the Q&A Cronin said that even if you didn’t like the film, you certainly weren’t bored. I would have to agree with that and say that this film definitely will not bore. It will make you squirm in your seat at some of the attacks/kills and it may make you laugh occasionally too. I’d give it a 7.5, which rounds up to an 8 on IMDb for me.
Over a week out from the proper release of this film, my guess is that it does very well. It will settle around a 7.1/7.2 on IMDb, and gross around $200m (and, in the process, gross out a few people!)
Disney presents ‘Evil Dead Rise’
It pains me terribly to say that this movie was not good. Over the years, ‘The Evil Dead (1981)’ has become one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve watched the director commentary multiple times to see how they created a shoe-string budget indie masterpiece, which they explain through hilarious stories from the production/filming process. The entire cast/crew put themselves through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows to get the original ‘Evil Dead’ made. Nothing but sheer will-power and creative ingenuity are what got the original movie made. Actual blood, sweat and tears from the cast and crew poured onto the original, glorious-looking Necronomicon. None of that love went into this movie.
We’ve seen what a modern ‘Evil Dead’ can look like with 2013’s remake, which I thought was pretty good, definitely miles better than this. This movie was extremely tame, way too tame to have ‘Evil Dead’ in the title. The cheese grater scene that was hyped up so much (that I was looking most forward to), that they made a WHOLE POSTER FOR, turned out to be a MASSIVE let down. The tattoo gun scene you get a glimpse of in the trailer? Also a massive let down. Why were they so afraid to show gore and intense violence in this one? 2013 (and the originals) went WAY harder than this. For God sake, a woman gets assaulted by a tree within the first 20 minutes of the original! No boundaries are pushed with this entry. It makes no sense why they went so tame for this, especially since Terrifier 2 (which just released last year and made BANK at the boxoffice) was extremely BRUTAL and had insanely gory and violent scenes that showed off somewhat cheesey, but also very impactful practical effects (what ‘Evil Dead’ is supposed to be all about).
There was a decade between this and the 2013 remake, and tons of production time, so why was the script so bad? The way the Necronomicon was discovered in this movie was some of the most lazy, terrible writing I have seen in years. Also, what is up with the characters? None of them are likable and they’re all female, half of which are pronoun warriors. If I didnt know any better, I would’ve thought Disney had their hand in the writing material for this entry. The ‘Evil Dead’ franchise broke the mold by being one of the very few horror franchises to have a male be the hero/survivor. 99% of horror movies (especially today) have a final girl. We had Jane Levy as Mia in the 2013 remake swap roles with Ash by being the sole survivor of the Deadites, and I thought that worked pretty well. Levy kicked ass and earned her right to be the final girl. That is not the case in this movie.
Another thing I don’t understand is if they’re going to do something different with the franchise, why not go all the way? What I mean is that they changed the setting, and that’s about it. The Necronomicon was discovered in the same way (albeit WAY dumber and less believable in this entry), the story beats were nothing new, a close knit group has to defend themselves from the Deadites, etc etc. Almost nothing but the setting (which they didn’t even use well) was anything new for the franchise, so I’m not sure why they’re trying to pass it off as some game-changing entry. They also used one floor of the apartment for 90% of the movie, so it’s not like they even changed the setting that much.
The homages in this movie felt so out of place, like they were forced into the movie. ‘Evil Dead Rise’s’ eyeball homage made me roll my eyes to the back of my skull, hoping I’d become possessed myself because it felt so forced. I could feel the director writing all these homages with a big grin on his face like ‘Oh yeah, Mr. Raimi’s gonna love this hehehe!’. At least 2013 was subtle with their homages, whereas this movie was just blatant and forced, making the homages feel extremely out of place. I’d rather they just did their own thing and not have any homages at all than get the homages I got.
THE GOOD PARTS: The main possessed mom actress stole the show. When she first got possessed, her movements and facial expressions were top notch. I’d say she’s the best Deadite probably since first two ‘Evil Dead’ movies. I would even go to say she may be the best demonic portrayal in many years. She was really chewing up the scenery early on. Everyone else was just meh, but it’s not the actors’ fault that their characters are trashcans.
Obviously, there was gore, but really not that much, and when there was gore, a lot of the times it was implied. They’d pan away a lot when a kill or something gruesome was about to happen, or the character would kick the demon off before getting brutalized. This is easily the most tame ‘Evil Dead’ entry; some guys in the bathroom were even saying the same thing. The demon kill count is also pathetic; none of these women could kill a demon for the life of them. The theater I was in was damn near sold out, yet my girlfriend and I were the only ones to laugh during the entire showing. Everyone else was dead silent throughout the whole movie, so that should let you know how things were going.
OVERALL, this was a massive disappointment, but not just as an ‘Evil Dead’ movie, but as a horror movie. The movie doesn’t stand on it’s own enough; story and lore-wise, it just doesn’t really carry the franchise forward in any meaningful way, leaving me questioning what the point of the movie is. At this point, I think it would be best for the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise to do what 2018’s ‘Halloween’ did and only count the original ‘Evil Dead’ as existing, then make a trilogy from there. That being said, do it better than the new ‘Halloween’ trilogy because those took a nosedive quick. I’m not saying ‘Don’t see this movie’. By all means, see it. But don’t expect to be on the edge of your seat terrified. Don’t expect creative and crazy camera work, lighting or practical effects. Don’t expect the franchise’s story to move forward in any meaningful way. But most saddening, don’t expect any soul in this movie (possibly because it was sucked dry by the studio). Hopefully, for the next entry, they get Damien Leone or Ari Aster, someone who is passionate and thrives in the indie horror scene and pushes boundaries when it comes to extreme horror; something ‘Evil Dead’ is supposed to be about, but apparently not this time.
Original Language en
Director Lee Cronin
Writer Lee Cronin
Actors Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Morgan Davies
Country New Zealand, United States, Ireland
Awards 1 nomination
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