With Evil Dead Rise, the fifth film in the franchise now out with its full on gory effects many are wincing at the scene with the cheese grater, a scene that has had audiences screaming out. Writer – director Lee Cronin was asked about how that cheese grater scene in Evil Dead Rise came into being and he replied……….
‘ It was necessity. It was the hunt for something different. I wrote this movie right at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, so I was locked in my apartment writing this script on my bed with an evil force outside my door, a.k.a. COVID-19. Being trapped in that space gave me a lot of time to look around at things. I always wanted there to be a fight in a kitchen. Being Irish, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where people congregate. I knew I wanted there to be this domestic showdown in that kitchen and thought about the different things that could be used in there. It was just one of those moments where I thought, ‘I don’t think I’ve seen anybody use a cheese grater before, or certainly not in a horror context.’
Once I landed on it, it’s like our version of the dancing M3GAN. This is the ‘Evil Dead Rise’ thing, the damn cheese grater. Even last night we had the European premiere of the movie here in Dublin in a beautifully-dressed cinema. In the party area with all the tables, there were these beautiful flower displays that were coming out of cheese graters. I’ve also got a cheese grater tattoo on my arm now, which I did right at South by Southwest in a moment of tomfoolery. There’s no escaping the cheese grater.’
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Here’s our chat with Lee Cronin about the making of the film and what went on behind the scenes…