Bruce Campbell: ‘Evil Dead Rise’ Is In “Good Shape”

Bruce Campbell has seen the rough cut of Evil Dead Rise–and he likes what he saw.

The actor who made his bones playing the iconic role of Ash Williams in the Evil Dead series–and who is now the executive producer of the latest installment–recently spoke out about the new horror entry, as reported by

Campbell in an interview said a rough cut of Evil Dead Rise has been assembled and “it has all the components we need. It just has to be tightened–but we’re good. We’re in good shape.”

In describing the New Line Cinema film, Campbell said “this one’s dark–this one’s pretty serious. It has good, strong performances.” He added that “it’s more about the book (the Necronomicon). That book gets around–it’s handed around, passed along, people try to get rid of it and they really can’t.”

So, really, Campbell added, “it’s just another story of what happens if this book appears in this particular group of people’s lives and how it intersects.”

Evil Dead Rise–written and directed by Lee Cronin–follows Beth as she pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three children in Los Angeles. But the visit is cut short by “the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie’s building,” according to the official synopsis.

And, as it turns out, this fateful discovery “gives rise to flesh-possessing demons” and thrusts Beth into “a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable.”

The cast of the film–which is planned for a debut on HBO Max sometime next year–includes Mia Challis, Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies and Nell Fisher.

The successful franchise started with Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead in 1981, and continued with Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1993). The films also spawned the Ash vs Evil Dead TV series, comic books, video games and even a stage musical.

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Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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