Rent Evil Dead Rise (2023)

3.2 of 5 from 223 ratings
1h 33min
Rent Evil Dead Rise (aka Evil Dead Now) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Moving the action out of the woods and into the city, Evil Dead Rise tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan, 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.
Actors:
, , , , Noah Paul, , , , , Billy Reynolds-McCarthy, Tai Wano, Jayden Daniels, , Melissa Xiao
Directors:
Producers:
Rob Tapert
Writers:
Lee Cronin
Aka:
Evil Dead Now
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Countries:
New Zealand
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/07/2023
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Exclusive audio commentary with Lee Cronin
  • Lee Cronin's short film Ghost Train
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/07/2023
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Atmos
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Exclusive audio commentary with Lee Cronin
  • Lee Cronin's short film Ghost Train
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/07/2023
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Atmos
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Exclusive audio commentary with Lee Cronin
  • Lee Cronin's short film Ghost Train

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Reviews (5) of Evil Dead Rise

"Come get some." - Evil Dead Rise review by NP

Spoiler Alert
17/08/2023

I wondered if there was some kind of competition going on as we were being introduced to this film’s quota of stoned/horny young characters. “Hey, that’s culturally insensitive,” reprimands one, as her contemporaries attempt to beat their friends’ smart-arsed barbs with smart-arsed barbs of their own. A bunch more willed to be slaughtered by whatever evils Evil Dead Rise produces I have rarely met this side of a Wrong Turn sequel. Why do characters have to be so entirely horrible? Adolescents can be tricky company, but there’s no need to paint them all with the same broad strokes of dreadfulness. Imagine liking some of these characters – just imagine that – and actually caring whether they live or die. It doesn’t happen here (incidentally, there’s no ‘I got to go pee’ moment, but one girl warns us ‘I think I peed my pants’ just over 11 minutes in – so that’s one box ticked. The response? ‘Is it warm?’ Scintillating).

I’m giving the impression I don’t like this film. That’s not entirely true. The run-down apartment block is a good setting and well realised, and the acting is at least intense - but the characters are a real problem – and their lack of appeal isn’t restricted to the younger ones. The story and effects are alright; as a whole, the film does exactly what you’d expect it to, but not an iota more. Curiously, any humorous elements present in the original Evil Dead films are jettisoned here, which is an emission I’m not dissatisfied with – that is, if this version brought in some new elements to replace the dark grins. It doesn’t.

The original film was a notorious independent gore-fest that took years to produce and was a revolutionary horror production. In 2023, the latest reimagining is the same as most other mainstream genre offerings.

Perfunctory. My score is 4 out of 10.

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Plenty of gore, but little else - Evil Dead Rise review by PB

Spoiler Alert
08/09/2023

The original Evil Dead trilogy did something pretty unique, successfully marrying 80s splatter with slapstick comedy, and it pulled off this feat with one of the most charismatic and likeable leading men in Hollywood history in Bruce Campbell. Evil Dead Rise has none of those qualities.  

Of course there are some nods to the originals in Rise, but ostensibly this is a modern horror replete with the standard issue cast of thoroughly unlikeable and personality free characters,  the story is as by the numbers as it's possible to get, and it all feels so generic and soul-less I have to wonder why this movie even exists. It has absolutely none of the fun of the originals, none of the comedy, none of the charisma, none of the originality, and frankly there's no reason to watch it. 

My advice, watch the original trilogy again. You'll have a big smile on your face from the get go, which is something which certainly won't happen with Rise.  

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More franchise milking - Evil Dead Rise review by JD

Spoiler Alert
20/09/2023

A new version of evil dead made for modern audiences, by modern film makers.

As you can imagine it has no relationship to the original at all. Apart from a book and some minor details in how the evil operates. Oh and there is a chainsaw in it.

As with many modern remakes affairs you get the feeling the writers and director never actually watched any evil dead or really cared for what it set out to do.

They have scanned over it, made some notes and then made there own film and dropped in the odd half hearted reference.

What you do get now however is something much better.

Your introduced to the evil and horror at the very start, so dont worry about boring tension building. There is also a mystery for you to solve. Which one is the daughter and which one is the son. That one had us stumped for most of the film.

and never fear, men are either bad in conversation (the main characters are a pair of who needs men go getters) or simply there as red shirts. Perfect.

And the gore is mostly just thrown in 'coz horror' Its copies scenes from far superior films, only in a way that makes it naff, pointless and out of context.

Id highly recommend you watch the series instead, its brilliant.

This, for all my sarcasm really only misses on 2 points. It doesnt have Bruce Campbell in it and it isnt directed by Sam Raimi. If it had those 2 things it might of been good.

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Critic review

Evil Dead Rise (aka Evil Dead Now) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Ten years ago, an Evil Dead remake arrived as the first return to the cabin of horrors with the Book of the Dead but without the character of Ash (Bruce Campbell). At a convention panel, one fan asked Bruce if this new film would be good. He brought up how the new film was being made by people with a bigger budget and more competency than the original low-budget picture. Although the remake did little to embody the goofiness of the gore, it still tried to hit a more straight-faced horror of recovery amid the demonic.

Evil Dead Rises is more refreshing as it switches up the setting. Instead of a rural cabin, the new location is a decaying urban apartment building. A struggling family torn apart by life problems stumbles upon the Deadite curse lurking underneath the complex. It’s a hell of a time for Beth (Lily Sullivan) to return to her poor pack amid her life of drugs and being a groupie. Her sister Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) despises her nomad lifestyle while she’s still raising her three kids in a grungy apartment soon to be torn down. Their lives are about to get a whole lot worse when Deadites start ripping their flesh and souls apart in a building with no escape.

The plot pretty much proceeds down the familiar route of terror, blood, guts, and compelling camera moves. This includes everything from the following shot of a demon to the decapitated dead speaking evil to the deadly vines being replaced with cables. It’d be easy to mark this film down as just being Evil Dead with a city glaze. Thankfully, there’s just enough to be invested in with the setting and the characters, so this feels like more of a new Evil Dead iteration than yet another remake. It also has some clever stagings, as with the records of the Deadites being deciphered with a record player.

The fears of never living up to a legacy and having the world crumble around you make for solid themes in this picture, going beyond the good-but-not-great trauma of the previous picture. It’s also easier to be invested in a family struggling to keep things together when everything seems to be going wrong. Life is already cruel for the ensemble and only worsens when it leads to torn faces, contorted limbs, and glass chewing. Considering one of the kids is young, it’s even easier to care that at least she makes it out alive.

Director Lee Cronin makes an astounding jump his previous horror film, The Hole in the Ground. As his second film, there’s a drive to the horror so that there’s some thematic meat behind the actual meat. The dark style works well for this dimly lit apartment, fitting the brooding atmosphere perfectly. It also has enough uniqueness to the familiar elements that it rarely feels like it’s trying to recapture the same magic as Evil Dead or Evil Dead 2. Let’s face it; nothing could top Ash with a chainsaw hand and spouting one-liners while carving up Deadites. Watching Beth chuck them in a woodchipper is fun in its own special way.

Evil Dead Rise probably won’t impress Evil Dead fans who can’t let go of the original trilogy, but it should give a solid thrill to those willing to give it a chance. It doesn’t harp on the same settings or even the same logic. It offers more Deadite gore and grit in a refreshing change of location, with characters worth caring about more than any other entry. Not a bad film for returning the franchise about the dead that can’t stay dead.

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