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Sam Raimi returns to horror! DRAG ME TO HELL his next flick!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Sam Raimi has exec. produced many horror flicks under his GHOST HOUSE banner, but for the first time since he started that company up he's actually directing one called DRAG ME TO HELL, a supernatural horror flick he co-wrote with his brother, Ivan. What's interesting is that this isn't a new project. They wrote it right after ARMY OF DARKNESS. At that point it was called THE CURSE. No real details have come out, but the trades have a blurb about it being about "an unwilling recipient of a supernatural curse." So, totally good news... But I must say, one bit in the Variety story has me a little worried. There's a quote from long-time Raimi collaborator, Rob Tapert, who will produce this flick that goes like this: "Sam calls it a 'spook-a-blast,' a wild ride with all the chills and spills that 'Evil Dead' delivered, without relying on the excessive violence of that film." I'm all for creatively shooting around gore and upping suspense and atmosphere, but when I hear Ghost House and a desire to stay away from excessive violence... well, I get worried we're being prepared for a tame Sam Raimi horror flick. SPIDER-MAN's Sam Raimi, not EVIL DEAD's Sam Raimi. Maybe we'll meet in the middle and get something like THE GIFT, which is pretty damn good... Or maybe I have nothing to worry about and we'll see Raimi's return to low-budget horror late next year and dance in the streets when it's as awesome as we all want it to be. Now he just has to get Bruce in there... Thoughts?

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  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by Flaggg


  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST



  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    by bobaswart

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    just one boob though...

    by bobaswart EVIL DEAD...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST


    by Dr Uwe Boll

    Is this code-language for bukkake? This flick already sounds like Peter Jacksons The Frighteners. Tell ya what, get Bruce Campbell, a chainsaw a shotgun and a whole heapin' helpin' a deadites he can blow shit out of and we'll just ignore that this whole "Drag Me To Hell" thing ever happened... please Sam, please...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST

    I hope it's good.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    Spiderman 3 sucked. Oh, and it's very possible to make a good horror movie without much gore/violence, so I really have no opinions either way with this one yet.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Bring Bruce Back!!!

    by vettebro

    Now that would be cool...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Don't worry about Raimi.

    by LoneGun

    He's still a fearless director with fiendish sensibilities. Whether there's gore or not, he'll deliver the thrills.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:57 a.m. CST

    finally something besides spiderman


  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Raimi should direct ROBOTECH!

    by godoffireinhell

    He's perfect for it.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Sounds like PG-13 Raimi

    by Mullah Omar

    ...which is unfortunate.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST

    As long as this keeps him busy

    by Fineus Fog

    so his dirty hack hands dont get anywhere near The Hobbit. Spiderman 3 was one of the worst films of the year - even my 9 year old son hated and he is the target market. The guy made "The Evil Dead" but it seems his definition of evil now is Emo The Emo Dead starring Gerard Way

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    The Gift = Holmes´ boobs

    by CuervoJones


  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Who is "Qunit"

    by Dr Uwe Boll

    Is Qunit to Quint what Minime is to Dr Evil?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by hamslime

    Nothing against Spiderman, I enjoyed all three, but it's about time the guy did something else. Now if someone can get Nolan off of Batman before he ends up making a Batman 14 I'll be a happy camper.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:59 a.m. CST


    by DURANGO66

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Sounds like...

    by Boba Fat

    the Evil Dead with all the coolness sucked out of it. The independent film-making spirit traded in for something safe and corporate. If Spiderman 3 hadn't been so bad who could have begrudged him a smaller fun, film? But as a Rami fan you just want him to hit it out of the park again and a PG spook-a-blast doesn't get the hopes up.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:09 a.m. CST


    by oceanic86

    sam raimi lost it. a couple of inventive, schlocky b-horror movies does not a genius make. <p>(man, i hate when people say "___ does not a ____ make." i should be punched in the neck.)

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Fuck that, I want a horror/action/comedy ala Army of Darkness!!!

    by TallBoy66

    The holy trinity of Sam Raimi flicks are: Spider-Man 2, Army Of Darkness, A Simple Plan. All gold in every way. However, if we can't get something solid and dramatic, go Army of Darkness style! The original Evil Dead is overrated, the last installment rules!!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:33 a.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    Why is it that these days there's this belief that all gory horror movies are mindless slasher flicks? Now it's either GRAPHIC VIOLENCE or the old "we think it's scarier to not show the violence, aren't we unique?" deal. Why does it have to be one or the other? There was a time when a horror flick could be both bloody as hell -and- intelligent and artistic. Not even Kubrick shied away from the plasma in his horror movie. So all the "your mind can make far scarier horror than any special effect" douche bags can go fuck yourselves. Right up the ass. That is all.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    spiderman movies

    by Prossor

    are plastic and shallow, they have about 0% rewatchability, i don't know where they fucked it up since i expect less out of a spidey movie than a superman/batman, they should have called it Peter Parker instead of Spiderman since that's where most of the concentration seemed to go. how much nauseating angst and sentimentality can one take? how much more wisdom from Aunt "dried saggy pussy" May can one take before he starts tearing his eyes out? Spiderman was a blank here, not the wise-cracking joker of da books

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell sounds like another "gift"

    by Berbs

    that nobody wants. Hated that film with it's crap Keanu Reeves' southern accent and generally high levels of boredom. This new borefest is undoubtably a throw away piece of junk designed to cleanse Raimi's palate before he moves onto the next phase of his career, i.e, the Hobbit films. p.s. Spiderman 3 was pretty cool until Venom turned up. Had a kinda trippy vibe to it. Shame Venom had to turn up and ruin the last 40 mins. They should have held him back for the 4th film and fleshed out the character a bit more.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Based on his experiences with comic book fans

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    True story, actually.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I remember the first time i saw Evil Dead

    by Amadeo Zeller

    It was a second run theater in Huntington Park, called The California. I must've been about 19 or 20. I'm not sure, but what i do vividly remember, is walking out of The California with one of those real intense nervous stomach aches after viewing (at the time) one of the most fucked up scarier than a muthafucka flicks i've ever seen...I mean that shit (to me) was more intense than The Exorcist. No movie since then has fucked me up more than The Evil Dead...So Mr. Raimi, I beg you, fuck that shooting one of those tame, p.c. (less is more) bullshit - BRING THE PAIN BITCH! I WANT ANOTHA' NERVOUS STOMACH ACHE.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:55 a.m. CST

    "Supernatural CURSE"? I can see it:

    by Boris Baddenov

    Dick Dastardly & Muttley . . . "Rassin-frassin-crassin-rassin!"..."What WAS that??" ...Then Muttley, as usual, asskisses Dastardly to curry forgiveness.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Drag me to hell...

    by jimmy rabbitte this a documentary about people that ended up having to Spiderman 3 more than once, because some buddy of theirs, "hasn't seen it yet; and DUUUDE I REALLLY wanna go."

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:11 a.m. CST

    sounds like shite

    by ironic_name

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    I'm not a fan of Sam Raimi, he's a messy director.

    by brokentusk

    By which I mean his films don't look professional. I have to agree with Prossor above, Raimi's SPIDER-MAN films become worse the more you watch them. Maybe if he goes back to his horror roots this film will be decent, but all I know is that I hope he has nothing to do with THE HOBBIT. His directorial style and obsession with corny moments will ruin the film.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:30 a.m. CST

    The Gift was the BOMB

    by redfist

    We got to see Mrs. Cruise's fun bags.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Who Knows these days!


  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:39 a.m. CST

    oldsmobile in THE HOBBIT?

    by ironic_name

    when he casts bruce campbell in the lead, your pathetic manginas will quiver, and you will ache to see this piece of puppy o' puppy poo.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:40 a.m. CST

    puppy o' puppy poo

    by ironic_name

    i fuckingh quit.<P> look, "fuckingh".. i'm not fixing this shit.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    It's Sam Raimi. Don' worry.

    by The Chosen

    Spider-man 3 was screwed up, but we can't hold that against the man who made Evil Dead and Spider 1 & 2. Never.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Sam already made DRAG ME TO HELL.

    by OBSD

    That's what he did to me when I saw Spider-man 3! Thank you! I'll be here all night! Try the veal!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Sam Raimi has no game anymore

    by disfigurehead

    His only good movies... Evil Dead Evil Dead 2 and maybe Darkman. He is just a swell guy now who makes swell popcorn flicks for the masses.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell? I'm already there!

    by Yeti

    Five days before Christmas and I still have most of my Christmas shopping to do! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Prossor and brokentusk, finally...

    by That 70s Venom

    ... someone who feels the same way I do about the Spider-Man films. Personally, my favorite one was the 3rd one (deus ex machinas and the lachrymose Sand-Man aside) because it was the darkest one out of all of them. Don't get me wrong, I like all 3 of the Spidey movies, but there is certainly a nauseating element in repeated viewings of the films. It seems like the more you watch them, the more you get the feeling that you're watching a yuppie romantic drama with the Spider-Man story as the concomitant sub-plot. I feel that the franchise needs a new director, and I think Steven Spielberg or James Cameron would be best suited to direct the next one.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    "Excessive Violence" of Evil Dead

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Considering the trend of Hollywood as of late to do these goresploitation films (Saw, Hostel, etc.) I don't see how Raimi and crew have this perception of seeing their old work as having "excessive" violence. That being said, I remain cautiously optimistic.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    The story of the LAPD

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    As long as he stays away from the Hobbit.....

    by ptindy

    FAR AWAY!!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack wins the tb

    by ironic_name

    for the blast-a-spook comment.. <P>OZ HAS SPOKEN!!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I'm better off winning your mom



  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Del Toro or Blompkamp will direct hobbit if pj doesn't


  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    oh and BIG NO


    to raimi directing hobbit.... don't see two billion dollar directors being able to collaborate on PJ's franchise. <p> even though jackson and the berg are teaming up... that's a different story.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by lovecraftian

    --Sorry I...I just saw that everyone else was doing it, and it looked like fun. :(

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead is a classic and it fucked me up when i was 14

    by future help

    Hail to the King, Baby!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    What happened to Sword of Truth?

    by Sick Fixx

    I thought that was his next project?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    If Del Toro directs the Hobbit

    by runfoodrun

    it will be the suck. Seriously, Del Toro may get you fan boys wet, but his movies are half-baked!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Alfonso Cuarón for the HOBBIT please.

    by future help

    although i love Raimi as backup.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Fail so he doesn't make the hobbit

    by messi

    i love raimi but i will never forgive him for fucking venom in the ass and i want jackson on the hobbit. then i will rescue his career.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Cuaron for Hobbit is PERFECT!

    by runfoodrun

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Raimi bashers....

    by runfoodrun

    have no brains! So he made one film, Spidey 3, that missed the mark. Spidey 2 is one of the top 5 if not 3 comic book films ever, so the studio gets involved, shoe horns in Venom, and the movie lacks because of it. Yes, Spidey 3 lacked the visual punch of the first two, but come on, one bad film doesn't ruin a career or mean a guy has lost it. Judging from these talkbacks, most people here defend directors who have made a career of directing marginal films.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Raimi Destroyed Spiderman!!

    by Lord Nerd

    My favorite comic hero of all time and Raimi ripped Spiderman to pieces. Toby Mcguire sucked (face it). Watch Toby's top lip...the fucking thing doesn't move. And as far as that other girl in the movie..well I've seen better acting out of a blow up doll in the wind. The voice for the hobgoblin?!! What the fuck?!! He sounded like a teenage kid working in a haunted house running around dressed as a power ranger. All three movies were hard to watch. And trust me, after that first horrible Spiderman movie I saved my money and rented the other two. Raimi is not right for Hobbit.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead Hobbits

    by Lord Nerd

    We'll see dwarfs running in Benny Hill quick time towards the camera. We'll see Elves running around with swords for hands. We'll see one of those wacky shots of a hobbit from behind jumping up into the air, doing a split when Smaug hits him in the butt with a flame. Wooahh Woh Woh Eeee.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Sam Lamey

    by Lord Nerd

    Stay away from the Hobbit and stick with your Back to Hell movie! You've done enough damage.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    "an unwilling recipient of a supernatural curse."

    by xias

    Who the fuck would be a willing recipient of a curse?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    "without relying on the excessive violence of that film"

    by Neo Zeed

    Memo to Rob Tapert: What sounds great in a meeting with PG-13 loving suits, doesn't necessarily sound cool for everyone else.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Dear Peter Jackson,

    by Lord Nerd

    Thank you so ever much for bringing us such wonderful news about the Hobbit so close to Christmas. Tiny Tim was so happy he through is gimp crutches to the ground and start to windmill in the middle of the kitchen for. God Bless You. P.S. Once Tiny Tim heard that you were considering Sam Lamey to direct the Hobbit we are sad to write that TT has died unexpectedly and now I will have to keep the Wii that I had bought him for Christmas. Our attorney will be in touch.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Grammatical errors aplenty..

    by Lord Nerd

    sorry bout that last letter.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by DigitalBeachWar

    spiderman 3 wasn't all sam's fault. i think he hated the whole project and worked with what shit he was handed by the suits.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Some of you must die

    by CuervoJones

    Evil dead overrated? Please!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Bruce is over the hill

    by kafka07

    I mean, I'll always like the actor but why not get someone new and younger in there and do for him what Evil Dead did for Bruce. And yes, I agree with Cuervo Jones that some of you must die.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To

    by skimn

    a baseball flick starring Kevin Costner..NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!...but seriously, those who think that Raimi is a one trick pony with the Evil Deads, need to go back and watch A Simple Plan. The Gift aint too shabby either with a brilliant Cate Blanchett performance before she was a household name.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Dear PJ

    by runfoodrun

    Please direct Hobbit(s) movie(s). Lonely bones will be great, but we can live without TIntin for a bit, and basically anything else you had in mind. LOTR 3-ogy was amazing, please don't let anyone else near it.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    And I'm biased cuz I'm from Michigan

    by skimn

    and grew up in the Detroit area...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Nobody ever mentions one of his genuinely great films A Simple P

    by Lovecraftfan

    Great underrated movie and great books as well.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    If you have it, you don't need it. If you need it you don't have it. If you have it you need more of it. If you have more of it, you don't need less of it. You need it to get it. And you certainly need it to get more of it. But if you don't already have any of it to begin with, you can't get any of it to get started, which means you really have no idea how to get it in the first place. Do you? You can share it, shure. You can even stock pile it if you'd like. But you can't fake it. Wanting it. Needing it. Wishing for it. The point is, if you've never had any of it, ever, people just seem to know.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Spook-a-blast. Just roll that word around a bit. Embarrassing! <p> Worst movie-related word since Arachnophobia's "thrillomedy". The fact that it was uttered by the director and not the advertising whores has ensured that I'll be passing on this. Raimi has a long way to go before he can be forgiven for Spider-Man 3. <p>

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Good for Raimi

    by Samuel Fulmer

    No director should spend the rest of his life making Spider-Man movies, especially one with so much to offer.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    It's not horror without a pair of

    by Pipple

    big juicy tits

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    evil dead was his only good film

    by krycek08

    the rest are pure crap. i hate slap-stick, campy, trying wayyyy too hard to be cute type movies.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Doc Ock's medical operation room's SAM RAIMI

    by T 1000 xp professional

    that scene was amazing...That style spanning over a 1.5 hr running time. Who's with me?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Concerning the Hobbit.....Get use to it.........

    by ptindy

    Until after 2011 or 2012 and probably there after for awhile....every talkback will come around to the discussion of the HOBBIT. BOO-YAH!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by slone13

    I entirley disagree with your "Raimi has a long way to go before he can be forgiven for Spider-Man 3" comment. The simple fact of the matter is, after the brilliance that was A Simple Plan, Raimi is more than allowed a mis-step or two like Spider-Man 3.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    AS long as its not Spider-man 3's Sam Raimi....

    by Obscura

    then ill be happy. but if he pulls out another turkey like that then he'll slip right down near Micheal Bay in the list of people i respect as artists.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Guillermo del Toro addresses rumors

    by ptindy Guillermo del Toro addresses rumors about his directing 'The Hobbit'

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Spiderman 3 wasn't his fault

    by T 1000 xp professional

    you can tell that movie had so many hands on it and tons of pressure from studio execs. 1. They wanted Venom. Raimi didn't want Venom. Raimi doesn't understand why people like Venom. You can see that on the film.2 The only way possible for that movie to have worked is for it to have a 3 hr running time or have been split in two different movies. That would have been the only way, but do you think the studio would have wanted that?...Either way anything that raimi has had a passion for and completely understood has been excellent. The Hobbit will be spectacular, and to tell you the truth it won't seem that different from the previous LOTR because Peter Jackson's and Sam Raimi's style are not all that different.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by aboriginal

    Underrated, under-appreciated, under-used, underwear. As cool as a time as he's having playing in Flo Rida in Burn Notice the dude's gotta get back in the game big time, scare the shite outta Brad Pitt, steal his girl, eat his young and claim Hollywood for his own beaaaatch! Sam's the man to give 'em the vehicle to do it to it.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack-"BLAST A SPOOK"

    by T 1000 xp professional

    lololololol hahahaa... Now i can leave this talkback a happy man

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The only problem I had with Spidey3 was Venom.

    by rbatty024

    I actually liked the character of Eddie Brock, but Venom was too much too late. I would have preferred more of Sandman. Other than that it was a damn fine movie, yes even "emo" Peter. Because, guess what, it was supposed to be funny. You know, you're supposed to have a sense of humor. It also allowed Raimi to mix genres, which he does so well in the Spiderman movies. Dropping a Tex Avery-like moment in the middle of the film was unexpected genius. The film wasn't perfect but it was on the level of the first Spiderman, if not as near perfect ast Spiderman 2.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Spiderman 3 wasn't his fault??? REALLY???


    So your argument would be, then, that a bunch of studio suits forced Raimi to have a 10-minute movie-stopping dance number in the middle of it?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Birdy Birdman, you're welcome


    Yeah, there was so much to love it's hard to retain it all.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    If you like Army of Darkness better than Evil Dead...

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I've got a feeling you're a big fan of 'Xena' and 'Hercules.' Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Raimi is like Stephen King...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    ...he's lost that 'brutal' edge the older he got, and I can't fault them, we all get old. But I probably won't bother with this one at all.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    The dance sequence in Spidey 3

    by slone13

    <p>Was a whopping 3 minutes total at them most, not 10. And let's be brutally honest, it was the least of Spidey 3's problems, BY FAR.</p> <p>In a nutshell, Raimi's hits far exceed his misses, by a long shot.</p>

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Is it true????

    by thedoctor28

    That PJ is not directing the Hobbit movies and that Raimi is???

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and despite Sharon Stone

    by skimn

    The Quick and The Dead was pretty damned good. Hackman may be reprising Unforgiven, but good Hackman is better than no Hackman. AND Crowe, AND Dicaprio, AND a great small role for Lance Henriksen.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Please, let Spider-Man 3's Sam Raimi be on vacation...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Because I don't think I could emotionally handle one of my favorite directors hitting the wall. <p> Spider-Man 3 was shit. It was campy, hammy, hackneyed, over-hyped, under-edited CRAP. I tried to watch it a second time-- for FREE-- and I couldn't make it through the whole film. <p> Compare that to "The Quick & The Dead", which is just a fucking brilliant flick, and of course the Evil Dead movies and all of Raimi's other work prior to Spider-Man 3, and it's just a horrible to shock to see a director I thought could do no wrong DOING SO VERY, VERY WRONG! <p> So please, Sam... I hope whatever was bugging you when you made Spider-Man 3 is out of your system, and you can go back to making movies that don't suck. <p> And by the way, I do realize that Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness had their share of cheeze, ham, and goofs, but those were SUPPOSED to be horror/comedy. Spider-Man 3 was not meant to be a musical comedy spoof, and yet I could not help thinking I'd be seeing Forbush Man or Spider-Ham in there somewhere. He fucked up. The whole cast fucked up, too, because somewhere, at some time, one of them should have slapped Sam and said, "Sam?!?! What the fuck are you doing?!?!"

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Note: "Cheeze" is a non-dairy artificial cheese product.

    by ZeroCorpse

    And my use of the term was intentional.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    It is old Sam Raimi

    by fuldamobil

    Ha! Sam is still remaking Evil Dead after every flop. (Not that Spidey 3 was a flop financially, but it did stink as a movie. And, I guess this isn't really an Evil Dead film, but it's the same genre and something he wrote back in those days.)

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Has anybody ever seen A Simple Plan

    by Lovecraftfan

    Those who keep saying Evil Dead is his only good movie clearly missed it.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    RE: Cuaron for Hobbit is PERFECT!

    by phig

    A fucking men

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Is it about taking someone to see Spider-Man 3

    by The Funketeer

    because that was hell.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Is it going to be Comedy-Horror?

    by quadrupletree

    I want old school Sam Raimi! But how can you have excessive 3 Stooges style slapstick without violence??

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Jesus, you fuckin comic strip fundamentalists

    by Vern

    THE EVIL DEAD. EVIL DEAD 2. ARMY OF DARKNESS. DARKMAN. A SIMPLE PLAN. Even some of his crappier movies are fun, like CRIMEWAVE, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, and those first two Spider-man movies you guys keep on the shelf next to your Bibles. But then you don't like the hair do he puts on Spider-man during one silly scene in one out of three of the Spider-man movies and you want to fuckin carve pictures of Magic: the Gathering characters into his flesh.<p> Same thing with George Miller. Total genius. Directed the fuckin ROAD WARRIOR. Follows his own path. Blazes his own trail. You want to rape him and leave him in a ditch because of what you IMAGINE he will do to a movie he HASN'T EVEN STARTED FILMING YET.<p> And Brian Singer. Not even close to their same league, but not a bad director. Half you guys probaly love USUAL SUSPECTS. APT PUPIL was underrated. You worship his two X-Men pictures. Then he does an only okay Superman and you plan to commit hate crimes against him.<p> Here's an idea: FUCK OFF. It sucks when a director you like fucks up, or when a children's comic strip character that you enjoy dressing up as does an evil jazz dance in one part. But you know what? Life goes on. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Their track records are more powerful than your nitpicks. It's more important to the world that the guy is returning to horror than that you disagree with his interpretation of the alien spider monster. <p> Is this a nerd thing or is it a generation gap? Do the young people just not respect directors like Miller and Raimi? If so, which directors do you respect?<p> A note to Robert Tapert though: don't forget Raimi's own rule: "you must taste blood to be a man." And you know, a good way to abbreviate "excessive violence" is "excellence."

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell

    by Zath_ras

    That was my wedding song.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Any serious horror fan...

    by Giacstrap

    Should really be peeing their pants right now. As I am. Yes, he's toning down the violence and gore. Yes, Spiderman 3. Yes, yes, yes...but if you really love horror, if you really care about that genre, nothing should matter besides the fact that a horror maestro is returning to his craft. (and besides that, how can this not star Bruce Campbell!?) Now all I have to wait for on my dream horror check list is Peter Jackson Presents (/directs/stars in): Bad Taste 2

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Vern...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but Spider-Man 3 was shit. I say that as someone who liked Spider-Man a lot and LOVED Spider-Man 2. I have no problem with organic web-shooters either. <p> I'll always love Raimi for Evil Dead 2 and Darkman (Hell, I even like The Gift), but the combined effect of the lame horror films he's produced lately, Spidey 3 and the word "spook-a-blast" is making it hard for me to feel too optimistic.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Word Vern...

    by modlight

    Let's trust the artists we love. When they blow it we can give em hell, as I do for Spidey 3, his only really crap movie beyond that baseball one.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Oh, I forgot...

    by DocPazuzu add The Quick and the Dead to the list of Raimi awesomeness. I love that movie, especially the uncut version with the nude Sharon Stone bits.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    "You must taste blood to be a man"

    by Sick Fixx

    Umm, you do know that Raimi is a hemophiliac, right? That's the only reason he says that. Look at the Xena episode where Gabrielle is abducted by cannibals and is covered in a sticky substance. The guy digs on bloody women.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by BurgerTime

    Seriously, Vern's right. A director does one bad / lukewarm movie or covers a subject you're not interested in and it's time to get the hate on?? Regardless of his misfires, Raimi is still one of the more exciting directors working today. Give the man his due props for all he's accomplished to date. Two or three flicks for now, if he hasn't hit a longball, then it's time to talk. But right now, Raimi is still the tits in my book.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Not all nerds masturbate to the 1st 2 Spidey flicks


    The 3rd, while easily being the worst of the three, is actually my favorite because it's the only one where the super hero story isn't superfluous. I don't need a comedy, don't need a coming-of-age spider-man flick or a romantic comedy spider-man flick, just gimmie the friggen SPIDER-MAN spider-man flick. That finally happened in the third. The shitty, shitty third. That said, I love Raimi. It's amazing what the guy can do with a camera and a physical comedy actor.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Gore doesn't mean good horror

    by veritasses

    I don't mind gore-less horror one bit.... though if that's the case it might be more accurate to call the film a thriller instead of horror. But movies like Seven, Silence of the Lambs or even (some) J-Horror are great movies that border on the horror genre with minimal gore. We just want great movies, regardless of the gore content.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    C'mon Vern

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    You are kind of missing the point of talkback a bit aren't you? I'm sure a good percentage of the 'haters' on this site just do it to get a rise out of people...for some people that is the 'fun' of the internet. Just like some people think it is 'fun' to read the shit. Besides the fact that Raimi isn't Kurosawa, Scorsese, or even Cronenberg. People bitch because, get this, they CARE about these characters, some of them pushing 70 years old. Spider-Man, X-Men, and MOST egregiously, Superman, could have been SO MUCH MORE than the cookie-cutter by-the-numbers stuff we ended up with.

  • When you think about it, outside of the torrents of blood and goo/ catch an eyeball by the mouth/various dismemberments, there's not a lot of gore in Evil Dead 2 as there is in unrated horror today. Think of the Demon-cam and strap-Ash-to-the-front-of a-car-and-spin-him-around-Cam, and I can see what Tapert's talking about.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Mode 7

    by Sick Fixx

    I meant to say haematophiliac, and it is a real fetish. I believe Raimi has even admitted to being one, which explains Ash being drenched in blood as well as the lightbulb in Evil Dead.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by maichi

    Don't you say.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Awwww. Quite delaying the inevitable...

    by Halloween68

    Make Evil Dead 4 now!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    If by "crappy crapfest of crap" you really meant...

    by slone13

    <p>...a campy thrill ride with a classic, old school B-movie feel, filled with multiple future Academy Award nominees before they "made it", then you're right. Good call, Nosferatu!</p>

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST yes exactly

    by T 1000 xp professional

    if they never would've forced him to put venom in it we wouldn't have gotten that crap his unclear vision of how a film version of the venom storyline should be...why once again. 'cause he wasn't the man for the job. All he knew was the imagery of venom but not the character himself. Why do you think he loved all the older classic villains? He was never a fan of the newer ones therefore he just wasn't the man for the job. A sandman only movie with a lizard subplot, in hindsight would've been alot better...Huge venom fan right here. Yes I understand that evil Peter Parker's own logic told him his twisted sense of whats cool, but bring that on the screen completely missed the point the Symbiote....Subtlety...there was a lot less of it in this movie than in the others...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah...Bad Ass Sam Back in the Game

    by Creoleman

    You go Sam I Am. Can't wait to sit in the darkened theater and enjoy the return of the master to horror.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Who says it's a comedy?

    by Vern

    THE EVIL DEAD was pretty fuckin relentless. I think there is some dark humor in there, but it's under the surface. EVIL DEAD 2 for my money is one of the best balances of humor and horror. It's funny, but not at expense of the horror. AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON might be the only one that does it better.<p> Okay, once you get into ARMY OF DARKNESS then you throw all seriousness out of the window, I'll give you that. But this one doesn't sound like ARMY OF DARKNESS.<p> Also, Birdy, you lost me with the Altman reference.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Dance scene was least of its problems

    by T 1000 xp professional

    somebody said it earlier, but i completely agree. The dance scene while sucky was the least nagging bug in the whole movie.....The rushing of character storylines. The forcing it down our throats really irritated me...Spiderman 3 completely dropped everything that made the other two especially the last one amazing. It did this to the point that i was wondering if it was the same people were filming this one who did the previous ones..3 was sooo drastically different. I mean it almost even felt that these people didn't care, as if it was done with spite....Think of it this way. School report due the next day, you're going to fail, so you decide to just wing the whole thing and do it with a lack of responsibility with no care for the consequences.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I don't know, Nosferatu Jones

    by slone13

    I'm pretty sure you meant "a campy thrill ride with a classic, old school B-movie feel, filled with multiple future Academy Award nominees before they 'made it'"

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by greenstyle92

    Kid's today don't respect anyone PERIOD. Like Bumblebee in Transformers, they're only looking for someone to piss on.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by greenstyle92

    Spider-man 4 dead and buried?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Starring BigWillieStyle.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST


    by Uncapie

    Sounds like a game you play down at the arcade like "Whack-A-Mole." Either that or some ghost has flatuance problems of the spectral kind and needs medical assistance. "Calling, Dr. Bombay!"

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Crimewave Rocks!

    by jah_kingdom

    Crimewave gets overlooked so much, even though it was written by the coens. Fun, Fun, Fun. Its even got that guy from the Trinity movies in it.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by stephen brown

    Spiderman was a good franchise (until 3) and evil dead brilliant. I hope it is good

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by PVIII

    never going to forgive him for that.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I still haven't seen Spiderman 3, is it worth the rental?

    by The Dum Guy

    I'm just asking 'cause I think I'm going to run to Blockbuster.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    A return to form, I'm willing to bet.

    by Rakafraker

    I've enjoyed every movie Raimi has made, for good or worse. While I don't usually post negatively, I have to say how sickened I am that ppl so easily pass Raimi off as finished because of SM3. If you don't already know, Raimi swore he wouldn't do Venom, before he even started shooting SM1. Sam had a full shooting script for SM3 that dealt with the Sandman and Vulture (that could have, conceivably, had Venom set up for SM4). Avi Arad (and many others from Marvel) put a lot of pressure on Raimi to include Venom as the principle bad guy pretty much at the last minute. Being under contract, there wasn't much he could say about it <p>I'm sure Raimi was disappointed, to say the least, that his creative vision had been diluted, so I can understand why his interest waned towards Vemon's inclusion, though most of the movie (that doesn't include Venom), I found, was very well done. Was it his fault? You can disagree all you want, but those who know the truth would say, resoundingly, "NO!"<p>I sincerely hope that, "Drag Me to Hell" turns out to be the slap in the face that the haters need. Raimi isn't my favorite director, but he's unique, and can be a lot of fun. Though I don't think (or would prefer) that he'll be directing, "The Hobbit", I think he would have made an interesting film.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:15 p.m. CST

    spidey 3

    by stephen brown

    S3 wasnt the worst film ever made. had it strong points. but a) arent bad guys supposed to stay bad guys b)the whole Peter Parker turning EMO was terrible. dancing seductively - geez thats bad ass aint it c) he was the director and without him S1 and S2 would not have been as good. Does anyone know if there will ever be a Spiderman 4 ?

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Story of the LAPD!

    by Prossor

    well met sexyback

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Spiderman 3 was like movie diarrhea

    by Pipple

    A hot bubbling painful mess full of shit...

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:30 p.m. CST

    emo spidey dance

    by PVIII

    OK, I actually just rewatched the part where parker starts dancing on the street, and it was actually really, really funny. Was it supposed to be? If it was reveling in it's own sense of rediculousness, then I might start thinking differently about SIII. The problem is that SII is so damn good.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:31 p.m. CST

    not sam related

    by stephen brown

    Megan gale has been cast as wonder women. she lives in Melb Aust (I too live there) and she is stunning.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    OK, I went and rented it. I hope I don't get dysentery...

    by The Dum Guy

    <Br><br>Thanx to all of you my expectations are around negative-two (-2), so I'm sure I'll find some sort of enjoyment out of it.<Br>

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Raimi isn't the man he used to be-

    by sonnyfern

    I don't know if he has it in him to do "hardcore" horror anymore. He's a family man now, he made the Evil Dead such a long time ago. I don't even know if he likes the horror genre, but I'm keeping my hopes up, I just hope he makes something as revolutionary and groundbreaking as Evil Dead was. Might be too much to ask though.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    PVIII, yes it was supposed to be funny.

    by rbatty024

    At least that's what everyone I've talked to outside of Ain't It Cool took it for. Parker was supposed to look ridiculous. For some reason people think Spiderman should be nonstop serious superhero fights. I'll admit that Venom was shoehorned into the film, but other than that it was quality summer blockbuster.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    huh? that sounds like some made up pseudo-aussie word, like walk-a-bout. Or maybe a ghost with diarrhea.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by runfoodrun

    RIght on, great post, seriously!

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    My favourite Sam Raimi movie was A Simple Plan

    by veebeeyes

    I thought it was pretty solid. The movie looked gorgeous, with the bleak empty cold setting reflecting the inner conflicts of the protagonists. Also, you can't go wrong with Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton. Well, maybe you can, but they're usually pretty awesome. I've always liked nice guy Bill Paxton more than dickhead Bill Paxton. Even though he did some very not nice things in A Simple Plan, I still consider that a Nice Guy Bill Paxton role. But I think he's really good at getting people to care about his character. He was the only thing that made Twister even remotely watchable. Anyway, I liked A Simple Plan a lot.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Evil Dead 2 was the best of those movies.

    by veebeeyes

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Evil Dead 2 was the best of those movies.

    by veebeeyes

    Everyone seems to like Army of Darkness a lot, and I guess I enjoyed it on some level. But it was just too silly for my tastes. It was like a fucking episode of Looney Toons, only with zombies instead of Elmer Fudd. Not that I have anything against Looney Tunes, but it was still a pretty stupid movie.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11 p.m. CST

    Oh no...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Sci-Fi is reporting that Sam Raimi is set to direct THE HOBBIT:

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Directed by Sam Raimi.

  • Dec. 20, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I can't even believe the same person directed Spidey 2, which was almost the perfect superhero movie (second only to Superman The Movie). Without a doubt the script was shit, but couldn't Sam have demanded a rewrite? The editing was horrendous. A more competent editor (like Stuart Baird) might have been able to save that movie. He would have screamed at Raimi, walked out of the editing room, and take a stand (like he did with Donner on Superman). Crying Sandman, dancing and singing, crying Brock ... oh what a fucking mess.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Save Vern's rant for when JLA comes out

    by reflecto

    I intend to relish it when people act stunned that a talented man whose best years were almost thirty years ago MIGHT POSSIBLY have delivered a subpar film. You see, Vern, you forgot the other cardinal rule of geeks like you and me: We'll clutch a director's early works, sometimes a single work, to our chest like talismans, and we'll pretend they're all that matters, even if perhaps they're not what they once were and the facts of today's reality and the film they've made TODAY are slapping us in the face with a titanium dildo. Hence, the fanboy worship for Singer(whose X-films were NOT that great but people were just glad it wasn't feces smeared on the screen that they valorize him now), and Sam Raimi (who is a great filmmaker and did mostly well with the Spider-Man films but let's face it, The Gift sucked), and now of course George Miller and the absolutely dreadful facts of that film thus far. Sorry, Vern, but when that turd comes out I think all we'll get from you is a lot of mealymouthed, lukewarm fidgeting and talk about George Miller's "larger oeuvre". "Is it a generation gap?" No. It's FANBOY MYOPIA.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    We LOVE Spider-Man, and after years anticipating a great sequel, what possibly could have been the last and finest movie in Raimi's trilogy, it's just tragically disheartening to be confronted with what was delivered. You can't blame people for calling Raimi out on this blunder. If we don't voice our objections loud and proud, then he would never learn from his mistakes and correct them for the future. Hopefully he sees (as Jackson hopefully saw with Kong) that too much self-indulgence and too many storylines spoil a movie.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Respect for Oldies

    by Dr Uwe Boll

    I grew up with Raimi and Evil Dead, I was the kid on the block who said, "You gotta check this film out, it's brilliant" when Dead 2 hit. But, I am the last person excited to hear Raimi's going back to horror and it has fuck all to do with whether I "respect" Raimi or not. He's a talented filmmaker (I actually really like Spidey 2 for what it's worth - quite a bit too) but the excitement, the energy and the thought that this might be not just "another horror movie" is pretty much well-past gone. To be honest, I love Evil Dead 2 but I'm happy Raimi hit the big leagues because once he hit Army of Darkness it felt like watching a guy who had been there done that (kind of like if Tarantino had kept on making Reservoir Dogs over and over without ever developing beyond that point). I don't want to see Raimi "repeat" himself and I think his time with Spidey has enabled him to develop beyond the "horror legend who created Evil Dead". Where does that put people like Cronenberg and Scorcese (because they've mined a single vein for many years) - it's puts them on a whole nother level in my book. They're better filmmakers all round - they constantly found new challenges within their subject matters, pushed envelopes etc. I loved Brisko County Jr but - c'mon, it was hardly fucking envelope pushing, it didn't slap me in the face like Crash or even Bringing out the Dead did. Raimi isn't as talented as many other genre filmmakers (Coen Brothers for instance - if you want to call 'em genre, which I am for the moment) so to hear he's going back to the same old same old to make a "spook a blast" is a bit sad really. Not a lack of respect just a sadness that Raimi's momentum might be slowing somewhat (I still think another Campbell Dead would be great though - Raimi needn't direct, give it to a talented youngster). Really, what geek wasn't proud when Raimi hit the big leagues with Spidey in the first place? Noone deserved success more (after walling in cattle shit while making Evil Dead and dealing with drunken hillbilly folk) I want to see him do bigger, better - not go backward. As for George Miller - this man has "carved his own path" by what? Denying everything in him that was talented, brilliant, challenging, exciting and ground breaking (Road Warrior) and turning around to make kids films and middling drama's (Lorenzo's Finely Crafted & Exceptionally Boring but Well Acted Turd). This man shames himself and his own best films. His career is a mockery of talent. Here's a guy who really could've been the next Kurosawa and now what? He's making Pixar ripoff's and films about talking pigs? Shit! The Justice film sounds like a terrible idea to begin with (I wasn't an Xmen fan by the way) and giving it to this guy is a slap in the face to audiences (audiences, not "fans" - audiences will have to sit through this drivel "fans" who know better will simply stay home) everywhere. Why not an Aranofsky Justice League or a Liman League. Can you imagine the excitement if the following announcement was made, "David Finchers Justice League of America" Now THERE'S a film I'd back, get behind and be proud to slap my hard earned money down onto the counter to see.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    --OK, I've seen Spiderman 3___

    by The Dum Guy

    and it is better than Superman 3

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by messi

    Cuaron wouldn't fuck Venom in the Ass nor would he hire Adam Brody as Wally West.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Gotta have Bruce in it baby! Campbell + Raimi = fangasm!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Could be something special this. Shall wait and see, but it needs the Campbell. If Campbell ain't at the party, I might miss it.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    David Fincher's Justice League

    by messi

    That is fucking amazing. He'd pick Kyle Rayner for sure.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST


    by Vern

    I don't deny the truth of what you're saying, it is accurate in many cases. I'm not sure how it applies here though. Personally, I do think Raimi's glory years may be behind him, but 5 or 6 guys in this talkback have said SPIDER-MAN 2 was the best comic book movie ever made. That was two movies ago and they've already sworn a blood oath against his family. That seems like a short attention span is all.<p> And George Miller too. If Justice League sucks I will be the first to admit it. But I think you nerds (or whatever the respectful term for you nerds is) are wrong on this one. If you watch that penguin movie, and ignore the fact that it's a musical about penguins, you will see that it pretty much shows everything he needs for Justice League. 1. a knack for thrilling action sequences 2. mastery of digital effects 3. making fantastical worlds out of nothing 4. somehow making a watchable movie out of a stupid idea that you'd think only children would watch 5. etc. Yeah, ROAD WARRIOR was a generation ago, but he clearly still has the chops and has evolved with the technology.<p> Plus, even if JUSTICE LEAGUE sucks, it will make money and allow him to make FURY ROAD, which is more important.<p> The other thing is, the "absolutely dreadful facts" that you refer to are unsubstantiated rumors about who is cast in the movie. And let's say they are all correct – we don't even know who these people are, how do we know if it's bad casting or not?<p> I hope it's a good movie, I'm sure you do too. If it is, I only ask that you send a nice card to George Miller with an apology written inside, preferably in calligraphy. Make sure it goes to George Miller MD of Australia and not that other George Miller who did ZEUS AND ROXANNE. And if the movie sucks then I will send him a "sorry about the nerds firebombing your house" card. Deal?

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST

    my "mom" ?

    by ironic_name

    stupid, stupid americans..

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    i will never get the spiderman 3 hate.

    by kilik777

    Its easily more rewatchable than the other two spideys. I wish Sam would do something more along the lines of the The Gift and A Simple Plan.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by Vern

    I'm not clear on your point. You're saying they're not good directors unless they stop making movies we're interested in? It doesn't sound like you follow Del Toro, but his first movie (Cronos) was "serious" and so was The Devil's Backbone. In fact, he considers those and Pan's Labyrinth a loose trilogy. So of course Pan's Labyrinth is "the movie he was always capable of," because it's the type of movie he's been doing since the beginning. The one that was a surprise was Blade II. I had high hopes but it surpassed them.<p> It sounds like you're saying that Del Toro is limited in his talents if he doesn't stop making imaginative movies and make some drama about lawyers with cancer. Well I say fuck that. That would in fact be a limitation of his talents, a waste of his talents.<p> Just because you don't respect genre movies doesn't mean other people can't. To me and many others it is more impressive and respectable for Raimi to try to make another great horror movie than to do another drama about baseball. Or for Wes Craven to do another Meryl Streep movie. That's why this news is exciting.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Kilik, I will also never understand the Spiderman 3 hate.

    by rbatty024

    I think people don't want humor in their superhero movies. I'm fine with something ultra-serious as Batman Begins, but Spiderman's a much more lighthearted character. I say bring on more dancing Peter Parker.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man 3

    by That 70s Venom

    I can understand that there are things that people don't like about Spider-Man 3, because there were things that I didn't like, but I thought the good outweighed the bad. I liked Spider-Man 3 more than Batman Begins, and I really enjoyed Batman Begins. In my opinion, Batman Begins has more flaws than Spider-Man 3, and one of the most glaring flaws is that Batman Begins took itself far too seriously, which I suppose was Nolan's entire point, but it felt less like Batman and more like some pretentious Sherlock Holmes ninja bullshit. Yeah, I know, Batman is a detective, but did we really need an in-depth origin story? I mean... he's fucking BATMAN. If people didn't know why Bruce Wayne turned to caped crime-fighting by the time Batman Begins came out (2005) then the comic book demographic experienced a catastrophic cultural misstep somewhere along the line. All bullshittery aside though, I know that Spider-Man 3 was fucking silly in a lot of parts, but just as a fan of the comics, being able to see Venom and Spidey fighting in midair at the end of the movie was an enjoyable experience.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    The worst part(s) of Spidey 3 was...

    by The Dum Guy

    IMO, the many coincidences that cause the story to move forward, i.e. comet hits ground w/symbiote twenty yards away from Peter and M.J and Flint just falling into some random pit that gives him super-powers. Then again it is a comic book movie, so it is something that is expected a bit.<Br>The other main thing was the lack of character development in Venom, alot of people wanted him to be the main villian since the first movie came out, instead (by coincidence) Parker decides he doesn't want it anymore, just when Brock is praying in the same church and thus we get Venom (although I don't remember anyone referring to him by that name). The ending was what I disliked most, it wasn't a battle royale, it was a quick wrap up with Tricia Takanawa as a narrator and a bunch of grown men with super powers having PMS (along with crying). And who the fuck was Bernard? Was he the Green Goblin's gay butt buddy, he said he loved him...<Br><br>Other than that it was an okay movie, the dancing didn't bother me really, I understood it was a joke and Parker was just being full of himself that is why the chicks weren't digging his emo strut.

  • Dec. 21, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Standing O 4 Vern and The Hobbit

    by 5 by 5

    Right on brotha. Anywho, anyone notice on Dark Horizons report of Raimi making this movie that it says he's directing The Hobbit afterwards? I thought that was odd.

  • Dec. 22, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by That 70s Venom


  • Dec. 22, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Sam is not directing this film!

    by DigitalBeachWar

    Jeffrey Lynch is the director

  • Dec. 23, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Rob Tapert

    by buffywrestling

    Is Raimi's "Xena/Hercules" producer as well. Bruce Campbell's in "Jack of All Trades" too. I think all of those TV series had an "Army of Darkness" vibe.

  • Jan. 15, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    sam raimi,JOIN USSSSS!!!

    by patrick2006