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« on: May 24, 2009, 05:04:22 AM »

Director Raimi takes time out for horror ride

Thu May 21, 9:53 PM
CANNES, France (AFP) - "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi has returned to horror with "Drag Me To Hell" but says its bank clerk heroine has a lot in common with the nerdy superhero student of his blockbusters.
 
"They are both stories of regular people who extraordinary events happen to," he said in Cannes where he has taken his new movie for an out-of-competition red carpet gala screening.

"Peter Parker (alias Spider-Man) at one point didn't do the right thing and spends the rest of his life paying that debt," he said, referring to the murder of his uncle at the hands of a criminal Peter failed to stop.

"Christine Brown also makes a selfish choice," he said of the heroine of "Drag Me To Hell," in which the bank clerk opts for career advancement over charity by refusing a home loan extension to a weird old gypsy woman.

The audience at a press screening at Cannes both squirmed and giggled as it watched Christine being mentally and physically tormented by an ancient demon called the Lamia as a result of a curse the gypsy casts on her in revenge.

It was Cannes that launched Raimi's career when he showed his 1981 horror movie "The Evil Dead" here and saw it snapped up by European distributors after repeated rejection in his native United States.

Raimi has spent the last few years knocking out "Spider-Man" box-office busting blockbusters but has taken time out from that franchise -- before getting to work on "Spider-Man 4" -- to return to his beloved horror genre.

He and his doctor brother Ivan wrote "Drag Me To Hell" before the economic crisis set in, but its release in this year of recession could not be more timely.

Britain's Guardian newspaper said the tale of a woman losing her home because of a callous banker "could be the first credit crunch horror movie."

"The film is about the terrible effects of greed and how it can destroy you," Raimi, dressed in a dark suit and tie, told AFP in an interview in Cannes on Thursday.

Twentysomething Christine, played by Alison Lohman, enlists the help of a seer to try to have the curse lifted. But it's a tough battle and one that involves quite a lot of gore.

The horror highlights include Christine being gummed by the old crone whose dentures have fallen out, swallowing pints of reeking body fluids oozing out of a corpse?s mouth and repeatedly battling a cloven-hoofed demon.

"It's disgusting what your audience expects of you these days. I'm really shocked and embarrassed," said Raimi with a laugh.

Christine starts out as a very ordinary and apparently decent suburbanite trying to get ahead in modern-day Los Angeles but by the end of the film has become a very different person.

"She's the villain of the piece," said Raimi, noting that to save her skin she progressively ditches her principles and by the end is ready to do anything to transfer her curse to any poor sucker she can find.

Raimi said that as a child he used to go on a horror ride at the local fair where monsters would pop out from the dark.

"I would scream but then titter with laughter. I'm after that experience in this film," he said. "I want the audience to have a rip-roaring good time."


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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 11:54:42 PM »

  Just got back from seeing it (a latenight showing, obviously), and I'm baffled as to how it got so much positive feedback on RT.com. It was the cinematic equivalent of that chain e-mail where you stare at a picture for a few seconds and that Linda Blair face screams at you. It takes a lot more skill to create actual tension and supense than it does to just make an audience jump with loud noises. And that cemetery scene was preposterous. We'll never be able to thank Raimi enough for the Evil Dead films, but when it comes to horror, he should probably quit while he's ahead.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009, 03:22:11 AM »

  Just got back from seeing it (a latenight showing, obviously), and I'm baffled as to how it got so much positive feedback on RT.com. It was the cinematic equivalent of that chain e-mail where you stare at a picture for a few seconds and that Linda Blair face screams at you. It takes a lot more skill to create actual tension and supense than it does to just make an audience jump with loud noises. And that cemetery scene was preposterous. We'll never be able to thank Raimi enough for the Evil Dead films, but when it comes to horror, he should probably quit while he's ahead.

I haven't seen a great horror film in years,  I think it's almost a dead genre from the creative stand point. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009, 04:42:14 PM »

I haven't seen a great horror film in years,  I think it's almost a dead genre from the creative stand point. 

  As a lifelong horror buff, I hate to say I agree with you, but I do. The last good horror flick I saw in theaters was The Devil's Rejects, and that was, what, three years ago?
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 07:26:34 AM »

I thought Zombie's rendition of Halloween was good.  Not scary, but better than the other crap that comes out nowadays.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2009, 03:46:43 PM »

  Just got back from seeing it (a latenight showing, obviously), and I'm baffled as to how it got so much positive feedback on RT.com. It was the cinematic equivalent of that chain e-mail where you stare at a picture for a few seconds and that Linda Blair face screams at you.

I agree.  Just watched it.  What a waste of time. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009, 07:05:57 PM »

I haven't seen a great horror film in years,  I think it's almost a dead genre from the creative stand point. 

Agreed. It's a shame. And so many of the new films have all been done before. In the last 5 years, so many "zombie" films have been made, some good, some bad. (28 days later, dawn of the dead etc)

It's a limited genre, hard to come up with any new ideas that haven't been done before.
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