Family affair

Evil Dead Rise is a family affair, reveals Bruce Campbell

According to the executive producer Bruce CampbellHBO Max Evil Dead Rise will be an emotionally devastating family affair. Campbell, who played protagonist Ash in the original trilogy, spoke to German outlet Blair Witch about the upcoming sequel, revealing the stakes are higher than ever in Evil Dead Rise.

According to Campbell, Evil Dead Rise follows an entire family in the midst of an attack by the Deadites, which immediately puts its characters in excruciating emotional pain. The characters had to go through the trauma of killing their loved ones in previous evil Dead films, with family relationships destroyed by the Deadites, including Ash and his sister, as well as Jane Levy‘s Mia and her brother David in the 2013 reboot. Evil Dead Rise, however, is about the struggle for survival of a single family, which will make each possession more difficult to manage. As Campbell explains:


“That family isn’t the same by the end of the movie. Well, they’re gutted, the whole family is destroyed, you know, these people are possessed – siblings, sons, daughters, you know. So yeah, it’s a family affair, this one is a family affair. They’re all connected in this one. I think that makes possessing and killing your siblings – things like that, even harder Because in the original evil Dead, there was only one brother/sister combo, Ash and his sister Sheryl. The others were just friends. Now that’s it, they’re all related in this household. Much more horrendous.

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First plot details revealed Evil Dead Rise will take place in Los Angeles and will follow two sisters who get a long overdue reunion. Unfortunately, at the same time, they find a demonic book that triggers a demonic invasion. The stranded sister will have to join forces to fight the forces of evil, which could become incredibly complicated since the older sister, Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), is currently raising three children in a small LA apartment. The new plot details also indicate that the film will focus on the younger sister, Beth (Lily Sullivan), as she’ll have to deal with a twisted version of motherhood straight from the Necronomicon.

Evil Dead RiseThe cast of also includes Mia Challis as an 18-year-old girl obsessed with fashion and social media, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisherand Gabrielle Echols. New evil Dead episode is written and directed by Lee Cronin (The hole in the ground), handpicked by the director of the original trilogy Sam Raimi. Raimi is also an executive producer with Campbell.

Evil Dead Rise will be released exclusively on HBO Max in 2022. Filming for the film wrapped last October and, according to Cronin, used 6,500 liters of fake blood during production.


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