Evil Dead Rise is the latest installment in the cult horror franchise that started with Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic The Evil Dead. This time, the action moves from the cabin in the woods to the high-rise apartment in the city, where a single mother and her two daughters must face the demonic forces unleashed by the Necronomicon, the book of the dead.

The film tries to balance the gore and humor that made the original films so beloved by fans, but it falls short on both counts. The scares are predictable and repetitive, relying on jump scares and CGI blood splatter. The jokes are few and far between, and mostly consist of references to previous films or cheesy one-liners. The characters are bland and forgettable, and their decisions are illogical and frustrating.

The only saving grace of the film is the performance of Alyssa Sutherland as Beth, the mother who has to protect her daughters from the evil dead. She brings some emotional depth and intensity to her role, and makes us care about her survival. She also gets to wield a chainsaw and a shotgun in some of the more entertaining scenes of the film.

Evil Dead Rise is not a terrible film, but it is not a good one either. It is a mediocre and unnecessary sequel that does not live up to the legacy of its predecessors. Fans of the franchise might enjoy it as a guilty pleasure, but others should avoid it at all costs.

I would rate it a 4 out of 10. It’s not the worst film I’ve ever seen, but it’s far from being good. It’s a shame because I really liked the original Evil Dead films and I was hoping for a worthy sequel.

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