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Bruce Campbell On What to Expect From Evil Dead Rise, Possible Animated Series

March 6, 2023 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
EVIL DEAD RISE Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Bruce Campbell is a producer on the upcoming Evil Dead Rise, and he recently talked about what to expect from the horror flick. Campbell spoke with Bloody Disgusting’s Alex DiVincenzo for a new interview in which he talked about the April 21st sequel, as well as plans for an animated series and more. You can check out the highlights below:

On what to expect from Evil Dead Rise: “[Director] Lee Cronin did a really bang-up job. You can expect to be very disturbed. It’s when mommies go bad. We dragged it out of the woods. We’re in an urban environment, which gives it a really gnarly feel. I think people are in for trouble. I feel sorry for audiences in advance!”

On the film’s tone being similar to 2013’s Evil Dead: “Both filmmakers are equally capable individuals, so they both really just spanked it. It’s not a yuk-fest. It’s not hardy-har-har. It’s not Ash shooting finger guns. This is real shit going down. These guys took it real seriously. Lee Cronin is Irish, and he brings kind of a European feel to this thing.”

On the special effects work in the movie: “No one will ever be able to make fun of the Evil Dead special effects ever again as long as I’m alive. They used to love to do that; cheese-ball effects, garden hoses spewing stuff. Well, you know what? Eat it, bitches, because this is good stuff you’re about to see!”

On being hands-on as a producer: “I spent a month and a half in Europe last year on the post-production and all the sound. We sort of split up our duties. I like to get involved in the casting and post-production. Rob Tapert oversees the production in New Zealand. And Sam Raimi’s the Great Poobah. He’s the orchestrator. He makes sure it fits the Evil Dead mold.”

On enjoying working behind the camera: “It’s what makes the wheels turn sometimes. As an actor, you don’t have control over stuff. As a producer, you have control, so I produce as much stuff as I can get my hands on, just to be involved. It allows you to do your own thing. In a creative industry, I don’t really want to be told what to do by pretty much anybody, especially if you’ve been in it for a while.”

On an Evil Dead animated series with Ash: “All I can say is we’re actively pursuing it. Sam’s a busy guy. [Sam Raimi] had a big hit movie, so he’s got a lot on his plate, but he and his brother are actively shaping out the world. It’s one thing to get an animator and say, ‘Hey, animate this!’ You’ve got to know what you’re going to animate. I look forward to it, because my voice hasn’t aged as much as I have.”