Evil Dead Rise is one of the most disgusting movies I have ever seen. And I mean that in a good way.
After an earthquake unearths the Book of the Dead, siblings Bridget, Danny, and Kassie inadvertently invite a spirit to possess their mother, Jessica (Anna-Maree Thomas). It’s up to them and their Aunt Beth (Lily Sullivan) to save their mom and themselves.
Evil Dead Rise features some of the gnarliest imagery I have seen from a major film studio in years. I lead with this because I know that if you are reading this review, you have your mind made up if you want to see it or not. If you somehow have not decided, use this as a litmus test. How would you feel about seeing a cheese grater being used on human flesh? If the answer is something different than “absolutely not,” this movie might be for you!
For me, I found myself both disgusted and compelled by some of the ways director Lee Cronin made use of the human body and the limited space they had to play around with. Although I spent many much of the movie hiding behind my fingers, I was enthralled with it. From one kill to the next, I was shocked by how many times this movie made my jaw drop. As soon as I thought, “That’s one of the grossest things I have ever seen,” the next moment would dare to top it.
It is so clear from the beginning of this movie that Cronin loves the material. Evil Dead Rise is shot with such flair and confidence that it feels like he has been with the franchise since the beginning. It is such a testament to his vision that Evil Dead Rise made me and my entire audience audibly gasp throughout. I love horror movies. The more they make me squirm, the better. Evil Dead Rise made me SQUIRM. Because of that, I fully recommend it to those who get the same kick out of being made uncomfortable.