The fifth movie in the four-decades-old Evil Dead franchise, EVIL DEAD RISE, will likely delight hardcore horror fans yet disappoint some long-time Evil Dead fans but can be enjoyed by anyone with no previous knowledge of the franchise required.
Evil Dead Rise Review – High Gore, Low Camp for a Killer 5th film in the Evil Dead Franchise
Those long-time cult fans of the Evil Dead franchise may be disappointed in Lee Cronin’s homage to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead characters, but hardcore fans of horror and gore will be in for a pleasant surprise with the latest installment in the Evil Dead film franchise, which has been revived after a decade of silence.
The reunion between two estranged sisters, Beth (Lily Sullivan) and Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) gets 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. Just remember when your parents tell you not to steal things, there’s a reason…you may discover the Necronomicon, inadvertently unleashing the mother of all evil.
EVIL DEAD RISE – Blood, Guts, and Gore
Right out of the gate, EVIL DEAD RISE brings the gore, with its first moments of horrifically bloody scares just moments after the film opens and before the opening credits rise–and the gore doesn’t stop. In fact, it’s one of the goriest and scariest films we’ve seen in a long time.
Horror films don’t generally come with trigger warnings. However, if attacks on children bother you, you’ve been forwarned you may squirm a little extra with this film.
EVIL DEAD RISE – Gore vs. Camp
Unlike the rest of the franchise, EVIL DEAD RISE is far gorier than it is campy, which isn’t a terrible thing unless you’re looking for that classic Sam Raimi EVIL DEAD camp.
In fact, the moments of camp are so limited they are borderline nonexistent. There are a few chuckles and laughs here and there, but really just enough to break the tension and distract the audience from the next big bloody attack.
There are also some great nods and Easter eggs that tie the film to the cult classics that make it an obvious part of the franchise (spoiler alert, it wouldn’t be an Evil Dead film if the demons didn’t die via chainsaw). While franchise star Bruce Campbell isn’t IN the movie, it’s nice to hear his voice in a line of dialogue.
EVIL DEAD RISE – No post-credit scene
The EVIL DEAD franchise isn’t big on end credits, so despite the fact that the 2013 movie had a quick scene after the credits, this one falls in line with the first three and does not have an end credit scene.
About Evil Dead Rise
A twisted tale of two estranged sisters whose reunion 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.
Runtime: 96 mins.
Rating: R, for strong bloody horror violence and gore, and some language
Director: Lee Cronin
Writer: Lee Cronin
Based on characters by Sam Raimi
Executive Producers: Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Romel Adam, Richard Brener, Macdara Kelleher, John Keville, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri
Producer: Rob Tapert
Cast: Mirabai Pease, Richard Crouchley, Anna-Maree Thomas, Lily Sullivan, Noah Paul, Alyssa Sutherland, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher, Billy Reynolds-McCarthy, Tai Wano, Jayden Daniels, Mark Mitchinson
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