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Evil Dead Rise is terrifying according to Sam Raimi

It’s no surprise that right now everyone seems to want to talk to the MCU’s Sam Raimi, with his new time-travel movie Doctor Strange 2 hitting theaters May 5th. But, it’s worth remembering that a new Evil Dead movie is coming later this year, and Raimi described Evil Dead Rise as “terrifying” and promised the horror flick would “kick people’s socks off”.

The filmmaker is probably best known for his work on superhero movies, having created the iconic Spider-Man trilogy in the 2000s, with Tobey Maguire playing the titular hero. But it’s Raimi’s legacy in the horror genre that has brought him to where he is today, with the beloved Evil Dead franchise being the legendary director’s brainchild.

In a recent interview with SlashFilm to promote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Raimi admitted he’s seen a few different cuts of Evil Dead Rise, and was full of praise for the work of director Lee Cronin and his cast. team in continuing the franchise’s legacy.

“I saw a rough edit [of Evil Dead Rise], a medium fine cut and a fine cut. There’s probably a few changes Lee Cronin is making that I haven’t seen, but it’s great,” Raimi said. “It’s terrifying and it’s going to blow people’s minds,” added the filmmaker.

While we’re sure Raimi wouldn’t exactly criticize the upcoming movie in public, he’s the kind of person who doesn’t really mince words in interviews and is always honest, so it’s exciting to hear that level of praise from mastering horror itself.

Raimi wrote and directed the original The Evil Dead in 1981, then returned to the franchise with Evil Dead II. The Evil Dead movies are considered one of the best movies of the 80s and remain a big part of popular culture to this day.

Sam Raimi is still involved with Evil Dead Rise, having co-written the screenplay with director Lee Cronin, and Raimi is also serving as an executive producer on the project. There’s still no release date for Evil Dead Rise as of yet, but the movie is dropping on the HBO Max streaming service at some point in 2022.