Following the tremendous theatrical reception of Lee Cronin‘s (The Hole in the Ground) Evil Dead Rise, which opened to $146.3 million at the box office, making it the highest grossing film in the Evil Dead franchise to date, the record-breaking film will arrive via StudioCanal on digital download on July 14th and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 17th.
Revamping the franchise in unprecedented fashion, Cronin’s bold new vision tells the twisted tale of two estranged sisters (Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan) whose reunion is interrupted by the sudden arrival of flesh-eating demons, plunging them into a primal struggle for survival as they are forced to confront the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
Following scrapped plans for direct sequels to 1992’s Army of Darkness and 2013’s Evil Dead, which would have involved some form of crossover, Evil Dead Rise eventually came to fruition following an announcement by Sam Rami in 2020, in which he revealed that he had handpicked Lee Cronin to write and direct the film.
In anticipation of evil heading home this week, on behalf of Scream Magazine Howard Gorman sat down with Cronin to talk about the immense theatrical success of the film that had originally been intended to be released as a straight to streaming exclusive on HBO Max (now known as Max) and how he pitched ideas to the original film’s creators given that the franchise has been their baby for over four decades. And in closing, he revealed another much loved horror franchise that he would love to dig his claws into, were he given the chance to do so…
The special features packed with this release (available here) include an exclusive audio commentary with Lee Cronin and the filmmaker’s short film ‘Ghost Train’.