Evil Dead Rise director explains major change for new movie

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Evil Dead Rise director explains major changeCourtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin has explained a major new change for the upcoming movie.

Written and directed by Cronin, Evil Dead Rise relocates from the traditional cabin in the woods to an apartment building in LA.

The standalone movie, which is separate from the original trilogy as well as the 2013 reboot, follows Lily Sullivan's Beth as she visits her sister Ellie (Vikings star Alyssa Sutherland) and her family in the city.

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Speaking to SFX about the shift in location, Cronin said that he "wanted to do something new" and that he would have turned down the movie if it was set in a cabin with beloved franchise protagonist Ash Williams.

"As much as I said I always wanted to make an Evil Dead movie, if the guys had put a script in front of me and said: 'Here we go: it's at the cabin, it's with Ash,' I probably would have said no, because I want to tell my own stories. But they didn't want that either.

"I'm very drawn to the horror of the domestic," Cronin said. "To me, it's the most beautiful cheat sheet as a filmmaker, because you're getting to tap into things that people are so familiar with. Not everybody's spent a weekend in a cabin in the woods with their friends, but at some stage everybody's had a sense of home, or had their version of a family unit around them.

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Opening up about the return of the flesh-possession demons known as Deadites, Cronin said he wanted to see them in a new environment.

"Being a fan of these movies, I was like: 'I want to see Deadites in downtown LA, in a family home. What does that look like?' It felt like the natural move if the goal was to take the franchise somewhere new."

Evil Dead Rise is released in cinemas on April 21.

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