Warner Bros. has exciting news for horror fans! Their latest spine-tingling installment, Evil Dead Rise, is set to haunt your screens when it hits the streaming service Max on June 23. Directed by the talented Lee Cronin, the film will arrive on the platform after originally debuting in theaters this past April.
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This fifth chapter in the Evil Dead series, masterminded by the iconic Sam Raimi, introduces us to a pair of estranged sisters, Beth (played by Lily Sullivan) and Ellie (portrayed by Alyssa Sutherland). Warner Bros. tantalizingly describes their reunion as “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.” Unlike its predecessors, which mostly unfolded in remote wooded areas, Evil Dead Rise ventures into the heart of the city. The film also features the talents of Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, and Nell Fisher.
The decision to release Evil Dead Rise on Max brings it back to its intended home. Originally slated for Warner Bros.’ streaming platform, then known as HBO Max, the film generated considerable buzz when it was first announced in 2021. The involvement of Sam Raimi, who served as an executive producer alongside the beloved Bruce Campbell, combined with Lee Cronin’s directorial prowess, certainly raised expectations. Additionally, the shift from the traditional wooded setting to an urban backdrop intrigued fans and contributed to the studio’s decision to initially give it a theatrical release after receiving positive feedback from test screenings. The film made its theatrical debut on April 23, 2023, following a world premiere at South by Southwest.
Evil Dead Rise Performed Very Well at the Box Office
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Warner Bros. appears to have made a strategic move by initially releasing Evil Dead Rise in theaters before its streaming debut, and it’s paid off handsomely. Despite having a relatively modest reported budget of around $20 million, the film has proven to be a box office sensation, amassing a staggering $146 million in global ticket sales. This includes a substantial $67 million from domestic audiences and an impressive $78 million from international markets. This outstanding performance now crowns Evil Dead Rise as the highest-grossing entry in the iconic Evil Dead series. The previous record holder, 2013’s Evil Dead, had a total gross of $97 million.
Fans of the franchise who may have missed the theatrical run and don’t have access to Max will soon have a chance to own a piece of the terror. Evil Dead Rise will be available for purchase as a 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, or DVD starting on June 27, offering viewers the opportunity to enjoy its horrifying delights from the comfort of their own homes.
Evil Dead Rise emerged as the latest installment after several previous attempts to continue the franchise, most notably seen in the television series Ash vs. Evil Dead in 2018. Given the resounding success of this film, Bruce Campbell, a central figure in the Evil Dead universe, has hinted at the possibility of more films in the pipeline. Additionally, plans are in motion for an animated revival of Ash vs. Evil Dead, suggesting that fans can eagerly anticipate a wealth of new Evil Dead content on the horizon.