New Book of the Dead Unearthed in Latest Evil Dead Rise Clip

Director Lee Cronin’s upcoming horror movie Evil Dead Rise has released a new clip featuring the discovery of The Book of the Dead. As the caption reads, the book is “NOT an easy read,” which holds true for fans of the franchise who know it’s never been a simple or harmless tome.

In Army of Darkness, the third installment of the Evil Dead series, director Sam Raimi introduced the idea that there are at least three Necronomicon books, also known as The Book of the Dead, in the world. Cronin builds on this concept in Evil Dead Rise and explained in a recent interview with SFX Magazine that the film is set in the same world as the previous movies. The events in the story take place after Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead and Raimi’s original films.

Cronin also elaborated on the book’s significance, stating that the one featured in Evil Dead Rise is connected to the past. He was given the opportunity to tell an Evil Dead story in the context of the third book, which had not been featured in the previous movies.

The film follows a road-weary Beth, played by Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), as she reunites with her older sister Ellie, portrayed by Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock). Ellie is raising her three kids in a cramped L.A apartment, and the sisters’ reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in Ellie’s building. The discovery unleashes flesh-possessing demons, leading Beth to fight for survival in a terrifying battle. The cast also includes Gabrielle Echols (Reminiscence), Morgan Davies (The End), and Nell Fisher (Splendid Isolation).

Evil Dead Rise is set to release in theaters on April 21, 2023.

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