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April 21, 2023

Evil Dead Rise Writer / Director Lee Cronin & Stars Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan

Evil Dead Rise Writer / Director Lee Cronin & Stars Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan

In this episode of Pop Culture Weekly, Kyle McMahon delves into the terrifying world of Evil Dead Rise with stars Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan and writer / director Lee Cronin.

Alyssa and Lily share their experiences playing sisters Ellie and...

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In this episode of Pop Culture Weekly, Kyle McMahon delves into the terrifying world of Evil Dead Rise with stars Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan and writer / director Lee Cronin.

Alyssa and Lily share their experiences playing sisters Ellie and Beth, discussing the film's focus on family and exploration of toxic relationships. Lee talks about the challenges of making a movie with such a vocal fan base and creating a film that appeals to both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Don't miss this episode packed with horror, family, and all things Evil Dead Rise!

Additionally, Kyle discusses the Regal Unlimited Pass for unlimited movie viewing and details on the Taylor Swift contest which gives away two tickets to her sold-out Era's Tour in Philadelphia. Plus, announcing an exciting collaboration with Deadline, bringing their editors on as guests for future discussions.

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In this episode of Pop Culture Weekly, it's all about evil dead rises. I talk to the stars, Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sella. In and writer director Lee Cronin. Let's go. Welcome to pop culture weekly with Kyle McMahon from iHeart radio. Your pop culture news, views, reviews, and celebrity interviews on all the movies, TV, music, and pop culture you crave weekly. Here's Kyle McMahon. Net. Net. Net. Net. Net. Man in, and hello, and welcome to pop culture weekly with Kyle McMan, I of course. Emkayle McMan, and I'm excited because it is all about the brand new her film evil dead rise.

It is so good. I don't know if you saw my review, read my review, if you haven't go to pop culture weekly dot com. And I'll just tell you a little bit about it here. It is brutal in a good way. It is nonflinchingly unflinchingly. Unflinchingly. Yeah. Unflinchingly, horror filled. It is so good. I love love love it. I can't believe some of the things that happened in it, and I don't wanna, you know, totally spoiler free, of course. But I'm I'm really happy. It sounds sick as a horror fan. I'm really happy as a horror fan that they went to some of the places that they went. I mean, it's if you're a horror fan, you will love this movie. If you're an evil dead fan, you will love this movie. There's so many great Easter eggs and references and callbacks to the various, you know, films and the series and and comics and all of that. Stuff. The whole evil dead franchise. There's various Easter eggs and references and callbacks to many things throughout the Evil Dead franchise that you will love it. I'm gonna go see it again. I saw it a couple of weeks ago in New York So, you know, I could interview the cast and do my review and all that. But now that it's out in theaters, today, I'm gonna go see it again because there's so first of all, it's so good. But secondly, there's so much that references and and easter eggs and stuff that I wanna make sure that I got them all. You know? And I'll probably go on the Internet and see which ones I missed and then go see see them in the theaters using my Regal Unlimited Bass. You know, I love that. And by the way, if you're not using the Regal Unlimited Bass, what are you even doing with your life? It's like twenty two dollars a month to see unlimited movies. I could go four times a day if I wanted. I could go four times a month if I wanted. And that's all it is. It's twenty two dollars to go to see unlimited movies. That's it. And you get ten percent off all your sessions and you get all kinds of rewards and bonuses and points and all that good stuff. So I love my Regal Unlimited Pass and I'll probably be using it to go see evil dead rise once again because it's so good.

Also, I told you last week or last episode I should say in my because we had a special episode yesterday, depending on when you listen to this. We had a off schedule episode for air. I talked to Matt Maher as well as in celebration of four twenty, which of course is potential day. We had the broken lizard comedy troop on as well as Adrienne Pulicki who star in the new Broken Blizzard film quasi, which is really awesome. But in in that, I also announced a Taylor Swift contest to win, two tickets to see the Era's Tour in Philadelphia, all three nights at the Lincoln Financial Field sold out and you have your chance to win two tickets to see Taylor Swift on the Arris tour courtesy of pop culture weekly, you're welcome. I am really excited. It's a huge giveaway. I'm gonna be at the show, of course. Because, you know, I stay on a tight, hey. And I love midnights, and I love Taylor. And so go to pop culture weekly dot com and you can enter to win. If you're not in the Philly area, you're gonna have to provide transportation for yourself, but it's gonna be an awesome time. Okay.

Also in the previous episode, I talked about I'm I'm gonna be I'm going to start working with deadline who I love. Deadline has been around since two thousand six. They are like a breaking news entertainment industry Hollywood bible. I go to deadline thirty times a day to get the breaking news. And, you know, I get press releases and my friends in the industry and and all that stuff. I get my news from lots of places, but deadline is always on top of things immediately as it happens with really in-depth reporting great content. And so I'm really excited because I'm gonna be working with them. And what we're gonna be doing, I'm I'm really stoked about this. We're gonna be having some of the talent, the editors, you know, and such from deadline come on the show is guests, and we'll talk about various things going on in Hollywood. You know, maybe it's something like best fall TV shows to look forward to or best, you know, summer movies to look forward to or whatever it may be. So I'm really stoked about that.

One of my favorite podcasts of theirs that I mentioned this, you know, in the previous episode as well, is deadline. It's called twenty questions on deadline, and each episode. They talk to a different star. They give them twenty questions, and it talks really it's really all, like, encompassing about their dreams and their hopes. And their failures and successes. It's really a great podcast. And if you like my show, if you like pop culture weekly, you'll like twenty questions on deadline. So I have the show In the show notes, I have the links. And by the way, If you want more in-depth show notes, go to podcast dot pop culture weekly dot com. So pop culture weekly dot com is all your, you know, your the blog and the videos and all that stuff. If you go to podcast dot pop culture weekly dot com, that goes really in-depth with trends scripts and uncut interviews and all kinds of stuff. And it's all free, obviously. So check that out.

But today, let's get in because I'm really really excited about this because I love evil dead rise. It is so good. We need more horror films like this. I am talking to the stars of Evil Dead Rise, Alyssa Sutherland, and Lily Sullivan, Alyssa plays Ellie and Lily plays Beth, their sisters. Oh my god. I can't I don't even wanna talk about it too much because I don't wanna give anything away. It's so good.

And I talk with Lee Cronin, who is the writer director of evil dead rise. And Lee, you may know for you big horror fans like myself, He did a film in twenty nineteen called The Hole in the Ground, which was awesome. Extremely creepy, supernatural kind of horror, and that was his debut film. And it follows a girl who suspects that her or I guess a woman who suspects that her son's behavior is linked to this, like, sink cold that has popped up. Premier at Sundance in twenty nineteen so good. And so if you like supernatural horror, go check out his debut film, the hole in the ground. So anyway, I talked to Lee about the fifth film in the Evil Dead franchise, which he wrote and directed Evo dead rise.

So let's just get right into it. Okay? Let's get right into it. Let's first start off with the stars of evil dead rise. Here they are, Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan. Hey, Kyle McMan. IHeart's rate I I don't even know my show iHeartRadio's pop culture weekly. How are you booked? Hailing. Thank you for joining me. Right. So I saw evil dead rizlet last night and I was blown away and how awesome it is. I'm a huge horror fan. I'm a huge evil dead fan. And so this was so awesome for me and, you know, and evil dead fans is I'm sure you guys have have learned are very vocal and opinionated, and I loved it. So congratulations to both of you for that. I think we need a lot. Yeah. So for you and listen, we can start with you. You know, you What I loved about one of the things that I loved about People Dead Rise is it has a lot of heart and soul which is, you know, seems kind of funny to say, but it really, really does it.

To me, it's really about family Did you find that interesting, you know, coming into this big horror franchise and I'm being like, wow, I have this juicy, meaty role? Yeah. Absolutely. I mean, how often does that come along? Like, I think just generally speaking, you don't get to play two roles in a film very often. But then to take that further to be a woman and for, you know, the bigger of those two roles to be just a completely psychotic female monster. Like, that just doesn't come along and it was such a gift for me. I I been aching for a role like this for so long, and I love what Lee has done with Eagle dead Rise.

It's like, you take that premise of the cabin in the woods, but you put it in your home. And it's so close. Like, all of a sudden, the place where you're meant to be safe, the woman that's meant to be safe to you, isn't anymore. And it, like, flips your world upside down because what you believe to be your security is taken out from under you. And I love that we do that. Like, the state is at at their highest. Mhmm. And how about for you, Lily? Especially, you know, you have an incredibly deep backstory as well.

Yeah. I mean, I love that the film takes that little bit of time at the beginning. So then it can, like, you know, kick you in the guts. And that's creditally. But yeah. I mean, I I love I love the idea of horror taking a domestic situation and fully messing it up completely. And I also like to believe that the film explores like cutting out toxic relationships and setting boundaries and when, you know, when to let relationships die or not. So I think it's you know, it's a really complex film. It's not a groupie. I've never. And I, you know, I I also love that it's very female centered. I feel like so many times, you know, we especially in American horror, it tends to go, you know, this kind of masculine thing. And I love that it's, you know, primarily dominated by women, but on both sides, you know, the main on the the evil side and and the non evil side, I guess. So I really do love it. Thank you both so much. We're out of time. I really appreciate it.

And I can't wait for everybody to see evil dead rise exclusively in debuting in theaters. April twenty first. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Oh, the best.

Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan. Awesome. They are so good in evil dead rise. It's oh, my I can't wait to talk to you about this. Go see it so we can talk about it on Twitter and Letterbox. And Reddit and Facebook and everywhere else that I am. Wherever you are, I am. So just talk to me about it on there because I can't wait to talk to you about evil dead rise. Alright. Next up. Rater. Director. Lee Cronin. Here we go. Lee Cronin. Thank you so much, Lee, for speaking with me. I really appreciate it. My pleasure. Hi, Kyle. How are you? I'm doing well. Thank you. I absolutely love people dead rise.

I saw it last night and it is so good as a huge fan of the franchise and horror myself. You know, for you, What is it like to to do a film that has such history and love from a very vocal fan base? It was a it's a really exciting prospect. It's a hard job. Moviemaking is always tough, but I love the evil dead fan base from the point of view of that date. They want more and they want more adventure, they want more story, they want more horror, they want the lore to grow. So it's just a really exciting opportunity.

And I think one of the things that that I was really enthused by in approaching the movie was to both give the fans more of what they hoped for, but actually to open up the world and bring in new fans because I think this movie is something that, yes, it's scary as a good horror movie should be, but it's also a really entertaining roller coaster something that you can go with your friends and have a really good time at the movies. So from that point of view, it was it was yeah. It was a real pleasure and kind of adventure. It was a really hard movie to make. It's so technical and so practical, but always in service of, as I said, this spectacle and this bloody roller coaster journey that I wanted to take an audience on. I love it, and I think it was done extremely successfully.

And one of the things that I love about it, at least for me, in my opinion, is that you and, you know, you you could obviously tell me it's I'm wrong as the the writer and director, but I feel like it could be a a sequel. It could be a prequel. Like, it, you know, it's a really great hopping on point for for somebody who's never seen anything with evil dead. Is that kind of how you see it? Or do you leave it up to interpretation? Or Yeah. I think look, I in terms of timeline, I always thought it's coming next. If you look back through the history of the movies and how they've traveled through time, this to me was always the the next the next junction point, the next stop off point.

But it was very intentional to create something that maybe a younger audience who haven't seen an evil dad movie before could come and have that experience. It's a little like for maybe someone growing up didn't get to see Jurassic Park, but then they got to see Jurassic World. Right? That they got to step into that world. At a different entry point, but then they can go forward and back, you know, on that crazy train and experience the different movies that are there. And that was really intentional because I look at, say, my nieces and nephews who are younger, and I wanted them to be able to enjoy this movie, you know, to be able to to watch maybe when they're like fifteen or sixteen years old, watch, like, their first seriously scary movie, and that was something that was on my mind. Yeah. And you you you it's amazing, and I think you achieved that as well.

And the other thing I really love is all the little callbacks and easter eggs for fans like myself with the the well, I won't spoil it. But there's so many cool Easter eggs, I feel like four fans of the four fans of the franchise that really showed your love of the this world as well. Yeah. And I think it was important to to offer those to the fans. I think with this movie, actually, the deeper you look, the more that you'll see, Some of them are very obvious. Some of them are direct callbacks to moments that people love, but some of them are much more buried in the detail of the movie. So It's definitely a film you need to watch more than one time to pick up on on all of those little details that the fans will love. Awesome. Thank you, Lee, so much for joining me. I can't wait to everybody to see Evelyn Den rise in theaters only. Thank you so much. Take care. Lee Corona. Oh my god. He is so awesome and I a bit of it's gotta be Ugh.

Having problems speaking today because I'm so excited about People Dead Rise. So I can't say anything about it without giving it away. I mean, I mean, not that it's I would be spoiler free, but I just want you to go in and just love it. With knowing as minimal as possible. But obviously, the gist is that, you know, these two estranged sisters come together and end up just trying to survive to save their family from deadites. From, you know, from the dead, the demonic creature people, deadlights. Alright. So and and and then and then and then and then I I'm really having a problem today and has nothing to do with four twenty. So, alright, I will see you next time. Thank you for hanging out with me.

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