On April 15, 1981, the landscape of horror cinema underwent a profound transformation with the release of The Evil Dead. This low-budget supernatural slasher not only introduced acclaimed filmmaker Sam Raimi and the beloved action-horror icon Bruce Campbell to the world but also pioneered conventions and elements that would influence the genre for years to come. Remarkably, it achieved all of this on a shoestring budget of just $350,000 USD. Despite its modest beginnings, The Evil Dead swiftly ascended from a cult classic to a globally recognized sensation, raking in over $2.5 million USD at the box office and receiving a glowing endorsement from the master of horror himself, Stephen King.
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Six years later, Raimi and Campbell demonstrated that their initial success was no accident with the release of Evil Dead II, a sequel that some argue is on par with or even superior to the original. This installment injected a dose of dark comedy while retaining the bloody horror that fans loved. Raimi rounded out the unique trilogy with Army of Darkness, a film that fully embraced the action-comedy genre, sending franchise hero Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) back in time to the Middle Ages to confront evil once and for all. For a time, it appeared that Ash had emerged victorious, and his story remained untouched as the franchise ventured into a rock-solid remake with Evil Dead, a film that returned to the series’ horror roots. Ash eventually made a triumphant return in the Starz series, Ash vs Evil Dead. However, when it came to theatrical feature films, the Evil Dead series lay dormant for over a decade… until now.
Evil Dead Rise emerges from the creative mind of Lee Cronin, the writer/director of The Hole in the Ground. This time, the franchise bids farewell to the iconic cabin in the woods and ventures into the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles. After a family stumbles upon a new Book of the Dead, single mother Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) falls victim to possession by the Kandarian Demon, transforming into a formidable and terrifying Deadite. The responsibility now falls on Ellie’s estranged sister Beth (Lily Sullivan) to rescue her sister’s children from their own demon-possessed mother. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, both integral to the franchise, returned as executive producers for this fifth installment.
To learn how and when you can experience this eagerly awaited return to the spine-tingling series, read on for details on how to watch Evil Dead Rise.
Where Can I Stream Evil Dead Rise?
As of today, June 23, Evil Dead Rise is officially accessible for streaming, exclusively to Max subscribers.
Originally, Warner Brothers had intended for the film to be an exclusive offering on HBO Max. However, the overwhelmingly positive responses from test screenings led to a change in strategy, resulting in a theatrical release instead.
Is Evil Dead Rise Available On-Demand?
Yes, indeed, Evil Dead Rise can now be purchased on-demand. You have the freedom to select the platform that suits you best using the links provided below.
When Will Evil Dead Rise Be on DVD and Blu-ray?
Here’s some more good news for those who want to have Evil Dead Rise as part of their home media collection. The film is set to be physically released in various formats, including a 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD, all hitting the shelves on June 27, 2023. To secure your copy, you can use the links provided below to pre-order the film from your preferred retailer.
When Did Evil Dead Rise Come Out?
Evil Dead Rise made its grand return to theaters on Friday, April 21, 2023, almost exactly 42 years after the first spine-tingling installment of the Evil Dead franchise first graced the screens.
Is Evil Dead Rise Still in Theaters?
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to catch Evil Dead Rise on the big screen, I regret to inform you that the film has concluded its theatrical run.
The last Evil Dead film to grace the theaters was the 2013 remake. Evil Dead Rise marked a triumphant return to the big screen as an exclusive theatrical release. This latest installment has already proven to be a major box office success, raking in over $114.8 million internationally and securing its position as the highest-grossing film in the franchise’s history.
Watch the Trailer for Evil Dead Rise
The thrilling and blood-soaked red-band trailer for Evil Dead Rise kicks off with a truly nightmarish breakfast scene. Possessed Ellie, in her deranged state, prepares a gruesome meal while chillingly discussing her desire to inflict the most horrifying deaths on her own family. While much of the film is expected to unfold in an apartment complex, the trailer hints at a pivotal cabin scene, likely where the accursed Necronomicon was discovered, and the source of this new terrifying ordeal. Interestingly, this Book of the Dead appears different from its predecessors in the franchise. Instead of the familiar ghastly, screaming visage, this tome boasts a plainer, vein-covered design with teeth-like tendrils adorning its cover. However, it still appears to be bound in human skin and scrawled in blood, leaving us to wonder if it’s a variation of the dreaded book or an entirely new incarnation. As expected from any Evil Dead film, the rest of the trailer promises a relentless onslaught of gore, bone-chilling scares, and introduces our new heroine, Beth, armed with her very own groovy chainsaw.
What Is the Plot of Evil Dead Rise?
The official plot synopsis for Evil Dead Rise offers a glimpse into the film’s premise:
Breaking away from the eerie woods and venturing into the heart of the city, “Evil Dead Rise” unfolds a dark narrative centered around two estranged sisters, portrayed by Sutherland and Sullivan. Their long-awaited reunion is abruptly interrupted by the emergence of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival against the most grotesque manifestation of family imaginable.
While the trailer introduces us to new characters, a fresh storyline, and a revamped Necronomicon, it’s important to note that Evil Dead Rise isn’t a complete reboot akin to the 2013 film. Rather, it takes the route of a soft reboot, implying that it exists within the same continuity as the original Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness, and Ash vs Evil Dead. This technical sequel also leaves the door open for the possible return of some familiar faces.
Are the Other Evil Dead Films (and Show) Available to Watch Online?
The Evil Dead franchise has seen its films shift across different streaming platforms over time. Let’s take a look at the current options for streaming all the main installments in the franchise.