PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25:  Director Lee Cronin attends the "The Hole In The Ground" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre on January 25, 2019 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
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Director Lee Cronin Wanted To Keep One Key Aspect Of The Cabin For Evil Dead Rise
Without beloved character Ash Williams or Sam Raimi in the director's chair, it was uncertain what "Evil Dead Rise" would look like. The film, which hits theaters on April 21, 2023, dropped its initial trailer earlier in January, and its fresh setting of a Los Angeles apartment complex still delivers what the "Evil Dead" cabin is most known for.
Speaking about the location, the film’s director Lee Cronin told Total Film magazine, "It still needed to maintain some of the claustrophobia and that translated really well from the cabin into an urban environment." Cronin added, "This is about a family in a rundown building stuck in their apartment, so it follows the same rhythm but puts it in a more contemporary space."
The filmmaker said he was "always pretty comfortable making that move" to Los Angeles, thanks in part to other classic "Evil Dead" elements. Cronin assured fans that the movie contains "the book and an extraordinary amount of vicious, malevolent Deadites" — along with plenty of horrors to be found in a cramped apartment.