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Buckets of blood The Book of the Dead and a chainsaw? Yes, it's an Evil Dead movie, of which there's no good movies in the horror series. The group that's been around since the beginning, starting with 1981's The Evil Dead, producer Rob Tapert and executive producers Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell (who played the character of the first film, Ash Williams), reunite for Evil Dead Rise.
The fifth instalment is helmed by filmmaker Lee Cronin, who updates the cabin-in-the-woods style to include the location of an apartment located in Los Angeles branded a "condemned dump" that will soon be destroyed.
It's there where single mum Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) lives with her three children: teens Danny (Morgan Davies) and Bridget (Gabrielle Echols) and her youngest Kassie (Nell Fisher). The is a distant sister Beth (Lily Susan Sullivan) appears out of the blue in the middle of the night. This is where the plot gets confusing - her arrival is shortly followed by an earthquake that creates a huge hole in the parking garage. Danny visits the garage and picks up some vinyl records and the Book of the Dead.
We find out that the structure was once an old bank, but there's tons of religious items within the rubble, such as an enormous Cross depicting Jesus Christ. What's the connection between this and other things? We're not certain if it's something to do with the safety deposit box. Do we care? Really.
Danny opens the Book of the Dead and plays the recordings (listen out for an audio appearance by Campbell) that unleashes the demonic Deadites that come to possess Ellie.
Following this, the film is a constant bloodbath that offers a terrifying, heart-rending entertainment that makes you think, "This is what I came for!" The film gives people who love previous Evil Dead films something newly claustrophobic with the action taking in the living room along with the corridor and unstable lift. Yet, you don't need to be a fan of the previous films - this is watch-through-your-hands horror at its finest.
There are some wonderful little nuggets that reference the original films - such as choking on an eyeball or creepy nursery rhymes and even using silver duct tape for wrapping up wounds. There's also Evil Dead Rise full movie to The Shining's "elevator from blood" sequence. How do you not love that?
While Evil Dead II is viewed as a comedy horror, Evil Dead Rise is more of an all-out gorefest, however, it has its moments, like when Ellie, the possessed Ellie informs her children that she's "free from you titty-sucking parasites "...
Sutherland is the star of the show as Ellie, who only needed only a little prosthetic to highlight parts of her face. Her performance is absolutely amazing when she puts her children in danger and her sister by using knives as well as a tattoo gun, and the cheese grater to cause some of the most venomous assaults.
In the finale, Ellie is terrifying enough on her own and she does not need anything else "extras" she's offered here. Less is so much more when it comes to terror. But when Beth, played with real depth and a tough determination to make it through by Sullivan who revs the chainsaw, and says, "Come get some," her own version of Ash's "groovy" is all that can be forgiven.
After scrapping the money together, the trio embarked on the creation of the fun, ingenious feature that would ultimately producing a series of sequels, an off-Broadway musical and a niche, but adored TV show. For the serious horror fan, the Evil Dead might not be considered to be particularly sophisticated or artistic however, fans of body horror films would fight to make it look like good fun regardless.
I'm pleased to report I'm pleased to report that Evil Dead Rise upholds the tradition of the infamous classic and also holds its own as a stand-alone feature.
Evil Dead Rise is refreshingly simple -- a family due to be evicted from their would-be-Airbnb-goldmine apartment in the shell of a dilapidated ex-bank become subjected to a night of sheer terror after the teenager Danny (Morgan Davies) discovers a mysterious vault that houses -- you guessed it -- the Necronomicon.
From a plot point of view There's nothing particularly original or innovative happening from a plot perspective, but trust our word when we claim it isn't a problem. Because at the end of the day, Evil Dead Rise is an incredible film that has enough fun and gore to keep you on the edge of your seat without much need for actual narrative.
The mood of white-knuckle violence in Evil Dead Rise will be established instantaneously when viewers are thrown into a whiplash-inducing opening camera position. It causes discomfort right off the bat, and successfully does not let up throughout the rest of the film's run. In the opening, it's perfectly unusual, and does not overstay its welcome. In fact, when the bulk of the film actually starts to move, you'll forget that it ever happened.