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Once Ellie is possessed, Cronin straps us in, take the brakes off and hits the gas, never taking his foot off until the very end and its riotously entertaining. From the minute the demons come to play, the film has a breakneck level of absolute ferocity to it, hardly pausing to allow it or us to draw breath. They get a visit from Ellie’s sister, Beth (Lily Sullivan), she’s a sound technician with a band and is now pregnant.

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Comparing this film to the original Evil Dead or Evil Dead 2, however, what it lacks is the campy, comedic undertones and anyone as charismatic as Bruce Campbell to help carry the film. Directed by Lee Cronin, this film is centered around a dysfunctional family of two estranged sisters Beth (Lily Sullivan) and Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) who see other for the first time after many years. And it’s this grim potency that gives the film’s insane gore levels its, dare I say it, fun – it’s an incredibly thin tightrope tonally for it to walk: it takes the torture meted out, be it the relatively low-level battery of chewing broken glass or the explosive impacts of a point-blank shot gun blast, very seriously, yet it never becomes po-faced. The skin tones are a little darker than usual, but that's a stylistic choice and not something to do with the transfer.In “Evil Dead Rise,” the action moves out of the woods and into the city, and tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Sullivan and Sutherland, 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. The bigger moments with fire and the climactic sequence toward the end of the film are flawless which allows for the natural reverb and spacious echoes that are used. We meet Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland), a single mom who’s doing her best to raise her three kids: Bridget (Gabrielle Echols), Danny (Morgan Davies) and Kassie (Nell Fisher).

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Hopefully, the next go-around will examine the dark comedy that these films have delivered so well before. Evil Dead Rise may not be quite as much of a departure as Army of Darkness was for the series when it debuted, but it nonetheless proves to put its own stamp on what the series can be.

Atmos heights and surrounds channels are literally teeming with all sorts of ambient energy, and I had this weird sensation of not being able to detect in cracks in the location shifts. On top of Director Lee Cronin’s short film, he flies solo for a fully engaged and interesting commentary.

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