There’s a new Evil Dead movie incoming and happily it looks set to continue the horror franchise’s penchant for blood, guts, and jet-black humour. While Evil Dead Rise won’t feature series icon Bruce Campbell reprising his role as Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams when it lands in theatres on April 21, he is on board as producer. This will have enabled him to check everything’s “groovy” and it looks like he’s well and truly done his job – watch the Green Band trailer above and then be sure to check out all the gory glory of the Red Band trailer once you’re done.
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Trying something new for the franchise, this instalment moves the action from the series’ traditional remote-cabin-in-the-woods setting to the city, where it will – according to the synopsis – tell “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.”
Does that sound like anyone else’s Christmas Day? Just us? Right, moving on. Evil Dead Rise seems to carry on the less campy tone introduced in 2013’s franchise refresh, Evil Dead. While the new trailer doesn’t contain anything quite as wince-inducing as that flick’s tongue-splitting scene, we’d be surprised if the filmmakers aren’t keeping some nasty surprises under wraps for those brave enough to catch this one in the cinema.
Writing and directing duties here fall to Lee Cronin, whose last feature – the creepy A24 flick The Hole in the Ground – was very well received (certified fresh at 83 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes). But perhaps more important is the fact that Cronin was hand-picked by series creator Sam Raimi to helm this outing.
In front of the camera this time around are Alyssa Sutherland (best known for her work in Vikings) and Australia’s very own Lily Sullivan, who we first saw in one of the very best episodes of Rake and here gives us strong Ellen Ripley from Aliens vibes, swapping out her flamethrower for a chainsaw. Whether or not Sullivan’s character is deserving of such lofty comparisons remains to be seen, but we think it all looks rather promising. Be sure to check out the Green Band trailer above or the Red Band trailer via the link below and let us know what you think. Evil Dead Rise will start terrorising audiences from April 21.