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Sam Raimi Says ‘Terrifying’ Evil Dead Rise Is Nearly Complete

May 2, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Evil Dead Remake Evil Dead Rise Image Credit: Sony Pictures

Sam Raimi is producing the new Evil Dead Rise and recently gave an update, noting that it’s almost complete and will be “terrifying.” Raimi is producing the new film, for which Lee Cronin stepped into the director’s chair, and he spoke with /Film while promoting Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and gave an update on the movie.

“I’ve seen a rough cut, a medium fine cut, and a fine cut,” Raimi told the site. “There’s probably a few changes that Lee Cronin is making that I haven’t seen, but it’s great. It’s terrifying and it’s going to knock people’s socks off.”

He also talked about Cronin directing the new film, saying, He had always liked Evil Dead, and I loved The Hole in the Ground. And that picture was brought to the executives that I work with and they showed it to me and I thought, this is really a great director. And we met and we talked and he said he really liked The Evil Dead. And I said, then why don’t you make the new one? I think you’re just the kind guy I’d like to do it. He said, great. Let’s go. We put together a script and we gave notes and he made some changes and then we raised money for the movie and he went down to New Zealand to shoot it with my partner, Rob Tapert. Now Bruce Campbell is working with him in post production sound.”

The new film stars Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher, Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan. It is set to release on HBO Max later this year and is described as follows:

In the fifth Evil Dead film, a road-weary Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A apartment. The sisters’ reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie’s building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable.