This Halloween, fans got the first official look of the Deadites, normal people who are possessed by a demonic entity, in Evil Dead: Rise. And the very first announcement of a Friday The 13th TV Show on streaming platform, Peacock. Both are some fantastic news for horror fans, especially the Friday The 13th news!
Evil Dead: Rise
This Halloween, Evil Dead fans were treated nicely to the very first look of the Deadite designs in the film. From what we know so far, this film will take place inside of an LA apartment building and will follow single mother Ellie, her sister Beth, and her three daughters.
Their reunion is cut short when they discover a book deep inside the bowels of Ellie’s apartment. The book is none other than the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, a.k.a the Book Of The Dead. As any other character does in this franchise, they read from the book and unleash an ancient Kandarian demon.
Evil Dead: Rise does require the viewer to possess some knowledge of the franchise, but not much compared to the original trilogy and TV show. The film will be released in theaters on April 23rd, 2023.
Friday The 13th: Crystal Lake
This piece of news is absolutely amazing not just for Jason fans, but for every horror fan out there! We haven’t seen Jason in any piece of media from the Friday the 13th franchise in a very long time due to a lawsuit that occurred over the rights of the franchise.
Victor Miller claimed to have written the script of the first movie without being employed by Sean S. Cunningham, owner of the Friday the 13th franchise, but Cunningham said he was an employee at the time. Years of back and forth go by and they finally reached a conclusion last year- Miller would own the rights to the first film including the name Jason, the name Camp Crystal Lake, and the name Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother. Cunningham owns the rights to adult Jason, the iconic hockey mask and machete.
What makes the announcement of the TV show so massive is that Miller and Cunningham have come to an agreement to share the rights with show creator Bryan Fuller, and to NBC Universal’s streaming service, Peacock. This means that the character of Jason Voorhees can now finally have his own movie after years of not having anything; his last film was all the way back in 2009.
This also means the license of Jason Voorhees and Friday The 13th can be shared with BHVR Interactive, who are the developers of the hit video game: Dead By Daylight, and are famous for adding popular 80’s horror characters into their game.
How Are The 2 Franchises Connected?
Evil Dead and Friday The 13th are connected to each other from their comic origins. In Friday the 13th Part 9: Jason Goes To Hell, Necronomicon Ex-Mortis was found inside of the Voorhees’ home. Jason Voorhees also faced off against Freddy Kruger in 2003’s, Freddy Vs Jason.
There were plans to have the pair fight against Ash Williams, the main character of the Evil Dead franchise, but it was canceled due to creative disagreements. A comic spin-off was created in place of the film, which then resulted in the only logical answer of Ash defeating Jason and Freddy.