The Hole in the Ground director Lee Cronin’s Evil Dead Rise will ditch the cabin in the woods for a skyscraper, punish the audience accordingly, and f*ck up an entire city. And if that wasn’t enough, today Cronin teases it’s a roller coaster of terror.
He tells ComicBook.com: “I think what Fede said was very true, because there is a nightmare logic at play, which I think is natural to what an Evil Dead movie is. For me, the key thing that I kept reminding myself of, when you’re in the trenches and you’re developing something, was to make sure it’s a roller coaster, to make sure that it has twists and turns and that it’s visceral and engaging. Some of that is going back to what I just said, is that I wanted to create a roller coaster of terror. That was really, really the key for me. My memories of Evil Dead, when I watched them at a young age, was always marveling at “how does this even exist?”
Written and directed by Sam Raimi, the original classic centers on Ash Williams and four pals who hike into the woods to a cabin for a night away. There they find an old book that reawakens the dead when it’s read. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life.
Rated R for substantial graphic horror violence and gore, the film sports a 95% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: This classic low budget horror film combines just the right amount of gore and black humor, giving The Evil Dead an equal amount of thrills and laughs.