This review of Evil Dead Rise was initially published after the movie’s SXSW debut. It has been updated and republished for the film’s public theatrical release.
In terms of sheer scare factor, your mileage may vary with Evil Dead Rise. This spinoff of Sam Raimi’s iconic franchise upholds the manic glee of Sam Raimi’s original 1980s Evil Dead movies, but the violence falls somewhere between Fede Álvarez’s 2013 remake and Raimi’s comedy-heavy Evil Dead 2. The kills are absolutely brutal and gnarly, the emphasis on child endangerment gives the action a new edge, and the tone is generally bleak and cruel.
And yet it still finds moments of levity. Though it’s far from a
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