‘Evil Dead Rise’ Earns The Customary R Rating

by Thomas Tuna

Yup, Evil Dead Rise looks to be a bloody good time.

The fifth film in the popular Evil Dead franchise–expected to debut on HBO Max later this year–has officially been rated R by the MPAA, according to a report on screenrant.com, following in the tradition of the series.

The expected R rating–due to “strong bloody horror violence, gore and some language”–falls in line with all but one of the Evil Dead entries through the years. Only Sam Raimi’s original 1981 The Evil Dead was singled out for an NC-17 rating.

Evil Dead Rise–written and directed by Lee Cronin–stars Mia Challis, Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies and Nell Fisher.

In the horror film, a woman named Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who lives in Los Angeles with her three children. During that visit, they discover a “mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie’s building,” according to the logline.

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.”

Franchise icon Bruce Campbell will not reprise his Ash Williams character this time around, but does serve as executive producer. Evil Dead Rise, Campbell said, is “dark and pretty serious. It has good, strong performance.”

The franchise–which began with Raimi’s The Evil Dead–gave birth to sequels, the Ash vs Evil Dead TV series, comics books, video games and even a stage musical.

With no debut date on HBO Max yet announced, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Evil Dead Rise.


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