Evil Dead Rise: Directed by Lee Cronin. With Mirabai Pease, Richard Crouchley, Anna-Maree Thomas, Lily Sullivan. 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.
This is the first Evil Dead movie that I’ve seen that wasn’t by Sam Rami, but Lee Cronin captured a few of Rami’s old tricks so well that I had to look it up to be sure. I skipped the previous film in the franchise, which was apparently fine, as there’s no connection between the two, The story is nice and small with only about 9 people in total in the film, not counting the spooky voices on the record player. The tone of the film is right in line with all the other Evil Dead flicks, but I do dearly miss the cheesy that Bruce Campbell would bring to the screen, as there are no real humorous parts to this one, just gore, horror, and more gore.
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