EVIL DEAD RISE Director Says His Movie Is „Firmly In The Universe“; New Image Released

Still no sign of a trailer, but thanks to Total Film, we do have another promo still for Lee Cronin’s upcoming horror „requel,“ Evil Dead Rise.

While chatting to the mag, Cronin revealed that his movie is very much set in the established Evil Dead universe (so we’re assuming it’ll disregard the 2013 remake), even though it will be missing a couple of key elements from those original films.

„It’s firmly in the universe,“ the director explains. „There’s a lot of fun callbacks, and there are direct lines to the past. But part of the goal of making this movie was to create something that could expand the Evil Dead universe further.“

As expected, Bruce Campbell will not reprise his iconic role as the original trilogy’s chainsaw-wielding hero, Ash Williams.

„There’s no Ash in this story and there’s no cabin in the woods, and they’re two iconic elements of what Evil Dead is,“ he added. „But the movie does include the book and an extraordinary amount of vicious, malevolent Deadites, so I was always pretty comfortable making that move [to LA].“

Check out a new shot of a Deadite (presumably?) doing her best Jesus impersonation at the link below.

Evil Dead Rise is set to hit theaters on April 21, 2023. The horror flick will ditch the usual forest setting and move the gory action to the city, as „two estranged sisters’ reunion is cut short when flesh-possessing demons thrust them into a battle for survival.“

Alyssa Sutherland (The Mist, Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jungle) will play the lead roles.

Sam Raimi’s microbudget original is still considered one of the best horror movies of all time, with direct sequels Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness as well as recent TV show Ash vs. The Evil Dead upping the comedic elements. The well-received 2013 remake was a far more serious affair, but it’s not known which direction Rise will head in from a tonal standpoint.