Evil Dead Rise Director Explains Big Change for New Film

Evil Dead Rising director Lee Cronin explained a major new change for the upcoming film.

Written and directed by Cronin, Evil Dead Rising moves from traditional cabin in the woods to an apartment building in LA.

O independent filmwhich is separate from the original trilogy as well as the 2013 rebootfollows Lily Sullivan’s Beth as she visits her sister Ellie (Vikings star Alyssa Sutherland) and his family in the city.


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Speaking with SFX regarding the change of location, Cronin said that he “wanted to do something new” and that he would have turned down the film had it been set in a cabin with beloved franchise protagonist Ash Williams.

“As much as I said I always wanted to do a evil Dead movie, if the guys had put a script in front of me and said, ‘Here we go: It’s in the cabin, it’s with Ash,’ I probably would have said no, because I want to tell my own stories. But they didn’t want that either.

“I’m very drawn to the horror of the domestic,” Cronin said. “To me, it’s the most beautiful cheat sheet for a filmmaker, because you’re exploring things that people are so familiar with. Not everyone has spent a weekend in a cabin in the woods with their friends, but at some point everyone is had a sense of home, or had their version of a family unit around them.

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Opening about the return of flesh possessing demons known as the Deadites, Cronin said he wanted to see them in a new environment.

“Being a fan of those films, I thought, ‘I want to see Deadites in downtown LA, in a family home. How is that?’ It felt like the natural move if the goal was to take the franchise somewhere new.”

Evil Dead Rising opens in theaters on April 21.

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