EVIL DEAD RISE Could Be Finished Sooner Than Expected

Sam Raimi says Evil Dead Rise is “Terrifying” and is “going to knock people’s socks off.”

Bruce Campbell in EVIL DEAD II (1987) directed by Sam Raimi.

Evil Dead Rise (2022), is scheduled to release on HBO Max sometime this year, perhaps sooner than later according to a recent Slash Film interview with The Evil Dead (1981) director and creator Sam Raimi, who said the film is currently in post-production. Although Raimi opted not to direct the film, he has nothing but compliments for the new director, Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin. Raimi stated, “I've seen a rough cut, a medium fine cut, and a fine cut. 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.”

This will be Cronin’s second feature film, following his work on The Hole in the Ground (2019), a film Raimi says he loved. “He had always liked Evil Dead, and I loved The Hole in the Ground,” Raimi said. “...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 of guy I'd like to do it. He said, great. Let's go.”

Although Bruce Campbell has retired from his role as Ash after the cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead (2015), he is still one of the film’s executive producers alongside Raimi and Robert Tapert. Evil Dead Rise will star Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Mia Challis, Nell Fisher, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Jayden Daniels, Tai Wano, and Billy Reynolds-McCarthy. The story follows two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable. It’s sure to be everything we already know and love about the franchise.