Of all the new horror movies coming out in 2023, Evil Dead Rise is hands down my most anticipated. Evil Dead is my favorite horror franchise of all time, so naturally, the prospect of a fifth film in the series gets me super excited. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this movie ever since I first heard about it, and today, my enthusiasm for it has gone through the roof. Warner Bros. just released the first trailer for Evil Dead Rise, and from the looks of it, we’re in for a real treat. Here’s what the film is about:
Moving the action out of the woods and into the city, “Evil Dead Rise” tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters…whose reunion is 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.
I have to be honest, this trailer isn’t exactly what I was expecting. We previously heard that Evil Dead Rise would be connected to the original trilogy, not the remake, but from the looks of it, this movie is going to take its cue from Alvarez’s 2013 reinterpretation. For example, the Deadite in this trailer looks like the ones from the remake, and the title at the end is stylized like the 2013 film.
On top of that, the Necronomicon doesn’t look quite like the one from either timeline (although it’s closer to the remakes), so I’m not sure how Evil Dead Rise is going to fit into the franchise. Is it really going to be connected to the original trilogy, or is it going to be a standalone reboot?
I guess we’ll have to see the movie to find out, but either way, I’m still super excited. Evil Dead Rise looks like it’s going to tell a new and exciting story that’s very different from anything the series has given us before, and if the trailer is any indication, this will also be the darkest and scariest Evil Dead movie yet.
Evil Dead Rise hits theaters on April 21.