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Sam Raimi Drags Quint To Hell!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I took a short detour from Santa Barbara down to LA this evening in order to be a sneaky bastard and infiltrate a test screening of Sam Raimi’s return to horror: DRAG ME TO HELL. A little history before I jump into the review. When I originally heard Sam Raimi was writing a project with his brother, Ivan, called DRAG ME TO HELL, which was being set-up as a vehicle for Sam to direct, I got a horror-nerd boner. Anybody of my generation and my appreciation of horror worships Raimi and have been waiting through his (mostly) great super hero movies for him to return to the genre. I was able to read the script and my hope deflated. It’s wasn’t a bad set-up, but it certainly wasn’t an EVIL DEAD 2-ish return to R-rated gore-comedy, or even a step into the serious horror arenas that I’d put THE GIFT and the original EVIL DEAD in to. It was essentially a redressed THINNER, but instead of an obnoxious doofus getting cursed to lose weight until he shrunk into nothingness it was a likable girl who made a bad decision and was then cursed with a horrible being called the Lamia who tortures its victims for 3 days before ultimately dragging their souls down to hell. The script ultimately promised a watered down Sam Raimi horror movie, so my excitement dropped a bit. There was a fantastic scene I was looking forward to seeing realized as written, a séance scene that goes perfectly bug-fuck crazy and even read as being visually ripped out of his Evil Dead world. So, that’s where I was walking into this movie. I wasn’t impressed with the script, but there was at least going to be one scene that I could walk away with. And then the movie started, with the 1980s Universal logo, which got cheers from the audience, and I was proven very, very wrong in my misjudgment of Sam Raimi's ability to execute this story. There was a whole new opening from what was originally scripted, where a Mexican family brings their young son to a seer. He stole a necklace from a gypsy’s cart and for three days has been haunted by an evil spirit. The seer tries to help the boy, but his time is up and an invisible force rushes into the room, knocking everybody to the floor, then chases the scared child out of the room and out onto a landing overlooking the hard marble floor some 15 feet below. AND THEN THIS FORCE KNOCKS THE 12 YEAR OLD KID OVER THE RAILING! But that’s not all. The psychic woman runs to look and sees the kid sprawled below. He wakes up and tries to regain his feet, but the floor cracks beneath him and hell opens up below him, dozens of arms grabbing at him, ultimately pulling him down to hell as the young seer watches in horror. What’s great about this opening is it immediately evaporated my fears of Sam Raimi being held back by a PG-13 rating. PG-13 or not, this movie opens with a terrified 12 year old boy being forcefully dragged to hell. Another huge plus for me was just how Raimi attacked the material. His famous dutch angles came into play during the scares and suspense. When I was on the phone with Harry after the screening he asked me where would this movie fall in with the EVIL DEAD movies. I told him it was 70% Army of Darkness and 30% EVIL DEAD. People forget it now, but the very first EVIL DEAD was really fucking creepy and atmospheric. It was a slow burn suspenseful movie that had some comedy, but definitely not as much as the sequels. When young Alison Lohman is first haunted by the visage of the creepy old gypsy woman who lays the curse on her and then by the evil Lamia (a tall man-goat creature… don’t worry, we never really get a good look at it and the silhouette and glimpses we do get looks eerie as all hell) the scenes are genuinely tense. I had to cross my arms and tuck my hands under my arm pits for fear that I’d noticeably jump (and I did anyway). So it has that aspect to Raimi’s work, but there is also the flat out fun of EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, especially in Lohman’s first fight with Lorna Raver, who plays the creepy old gypsy woman, Mrs. Ganush. If you don’t know anything about the story, Lohman is desperately trying to fill a vacant assistant manager position at the bank where she works as a loan officer. Her boss (played by hello the great hello David Paymer hello) is considering both her and the slimy Reggie Lee for the seat, but Reggie has the edge because… well, he’s a dickhead and Lohman is too nice, always trying to help the customer instead of looking out for the bank’s best interests. So, when creepy old Mrs. Ganush comes up looking for help because the bank is about to repossess her house Lohman decides to take a hard line, even when the old woman begs, down on her knees and everything. This shames the proud woman and Lohman should have known better than to cross a gypsy that has a fucked up white blind eye and raggedy yellow fingernails anyway. There’s a big fight in the parking lot (the old woman is driving “The Classic” by the way, so for the beginning of the parking garage sequence her presence is represented solely by the great Raimi hero car) that goes crazy over-the-top, but it’s a gradual evolution. It’s all sound design and slow suspense when Lohman first walks in, then the jumps happen when the old hag is revealed and then it gets crazy. Stapler to the face, dentures busted out and a great KNB puppet that opens its mouth incredibly wide and dribbles snot and spit all over Lohman’s face and into her mouth. There's actually a whole lot of that kind of thing in this movie, which is a great way to keep the gross-out factor and keep the lower rating. This scene ends with the curse being laid upon Lohman and then the rest of the movie is a rush to find out just what the curse is and figure out how to get rid of it. I mentioned KNB’s effects work with the gypsy head, but I have to really congratulate their work here. Especially the final effect… I won’t spoil it, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it and go “HOLY SWEET BABY JESUS!” It’s that cool and well done. Lohman famously inherited this role from Ellen Page who dropped out right after JUNO hit it super big. I think it would be fascinating to see what Page would have done with the role, but what Lohman brings to it is a sweet innocence that Page isn’t exactly known for. Lohman becomes stronger as the movie progresses, but even when she takes a stand later in the movie she’s still a very vulnerable character. There’s nothing stony or smart-ass about her, which makes you want to see her succeed all the more. Justin Long plays her devoted boyfriend. His character read really kind of dickish and unrealistically supportive later in the movie. His dickish character was mostly in the “I don’t believe in this shit” stance he has to take for the first half of the movie, but the way Long played him he was always sympathetic. Long can be incredibly likable and he turns it up here, without crossing over into annoying territory. He has a moment… I won’t say when, but he has a moment… where he says everything there is to say about his character in a shot held on his face. He might not get much recognition as an actor, but a lesser performer would not have sold that moment. Basically, all I can tell you guys is that the movie isn’t flawless… the story’s been told before, etc… but goddamn it’s done in a really fun way by one of the genre's best filmmakers. The seance scene, without a doubt, will be held up with some of the best scenes of Raimi's previous movies. The biggest compliment I can lay on this movie actually comes from my buddy Kraken who was with me at the movie. There’s a moment where a psychic (Dileep Rao) tells Lohman that there is someone who can help her, but this person won’t come cheap. In the film it’s the seer from the beginning, which leads to the best scene in the script (and in the final movie): the séance. But what Kraken said was that this could just as easily have blown all our minds and had Lohman show up at the door of one Ashley J. Williams. Now, again, that doesn’t happen, but this world felt like it belonged in the world of the Deadites. The highest compliment I could pay this film is that it made me hunger for Raimi to really get going on EVIL DEAD 4. He still has it, clearly. He’s crafted a film that is incredibly fun, tensely suspenseful and sometimes gut-laughingly funny. And that ending… absolutely perfect. It’s not exactly hard to see coming, but in this era of horror filmmaking it’s always a surprise to see a movie end on such a dark note, especially when it’s executed so well. Raimi himself sat in the audience, not in the roped off section. In fact, he sat next to a guy wearing an Army of Darkness T-shit whose mind must have been blown… then he talked energetically with everybody around him, even sharing his popcorn with his fans sitting around him. He was only a couple rows in front of me, so I was worried that my cover was going to be blown. I doubt he’d know who I was, but I did interview him at last year’s Comic-Con, so there was a chance he'd recognize me. In fact, after the movie I was out in the lobby waiting for Kraken to finish filling out his post-movie questionnaire and Raimi walked out right in front of me, looking a tad anxious I must say. He looked up at me as he walked past and slight recognition crossed his features… he kept looking as he walked on by and I just looked around like I didn’t know who the hell he was. I don’t have any illusions that he knew who I was, but I think he must have had one of those “I’ve seen that guy before…” moments. At that point, I wasn’t too concerned… hell, I’d already seen the movie, but I was still worried I’d get busted. So, yeah. I’m headed back up to Santa Barbara and will continue my coverage up there, but now you guys know that DRAG ME TO HELL worked not only for me or the people I knew in the audience, but for the whole audience itself, which was clapping and cheering throughout. Even in this rough form, projected off of what looked like a low-res internet video source (blocky pixels in many of the shots) and with very temp CG work for some of the blood and hell opening up shots. Even with all that the movie works. Welcome back home, Sam. We missed ya’. Don’t wait so long before coming back again, hear? -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Nice review

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I'm really looking forward to this one, so I'm glad it seems like good news so far.<p>70% Army Of Darkness, 30% Evil Dead?<p>Who the hell wouldn't want to see that.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Too bad it's not full-on R though.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Mr. Raimi, drop Spider Man and just follow your muse

    by IndustryKiller!

    It's clearly where your heart is.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:56 a.m. CST

    luky bum...

    by CENOBITE

    I can't wait. There were beats in that sneak where I almost felt it was the 80's again.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    re: R-rating

    by Kraken

    R-rating, you really don't miss it. If this *really* is going to be the PG-13 cut, then it doesn't feel tame AT ALL. I usually hate pg-13 horror, but this was excellent.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Completely

    by Quint

    I didn't miss the rating at all and I'm with Kraken... I hate (modern) PG/PG-13 horror, but this movie doesn't feel like it's missing anything and Raimi doesn't feel at all restrained. I was very pleasantly surprised. That said, I don't know if this is the cut that's been approved by the MPAA for the rating. I hope so. It's perfect now.<BR><BR>And I worry that Universal is putting pressure on Raimi to lose the ending, which would be a real damn shame. I hope my gut is wrong, but there were questions on the form at the end regarding the ending specifically, so I hope it's not on the cutting block pending this screening.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Yes, yes and yes.

    by Boba Fat

    And further more, yes!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Sounds good but is he still doing the Evil Dead REMAKE?

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    Because that would be a damn shame...

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    And no Bruce Campbell cameo?!?!?

    by Cannabis Holocaust

    :(

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST

    If Bruce had a cameo...

    by Kraken

    ...it would have just been frustrating. But this movie REALLY makes your ED4 blue balls hurt even more. Please Sam... please. It hurts baby.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Yes, stop with the Spider-man

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Let's go with more kick-ass horror, or whatever else you have up your sleeve. Just don't make movies with dancing emo-protagonists, or villains you feel forced to include and don't understand because I guess it wasn't part of your generation.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    No Megan Fox? No NC-17?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Count me out.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Awesome, just awesome.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    Great review. I can't wait to see this!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Ain't it cool news indeed!

    by rost

    We missed ya’. Don’t wait so long before coming back again, hear? CAN'T F*****G WAIT!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:50 a.m. CST

    The female lead didn't get violated by the woods??!!

    by Mike_D

    wtf!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 4:51 a.m. CST

    gotta say it Thinner, Christmas Carol, and Gremlins

    by ThePilgrim

    Gremlins: Billy fucked up his cinematic day while lying to Ms. Degal about the where abouts of his dog. Never push a mean Old Bitch. <P> A Christmas Carol: The 3 visitors are changed into 3 days of torment. <P>The gypsy curse, is Thinner <P>The Boyfriend/Male Friend who doesn't buy into the truth behind his Girls issues, but eventually plays along and finally believes- Sounds like Depp's character in Wes Cravens A Nightmare On Elm Street <P> Creepy seance- pick your poison: funhouse, phantasm, amityville 3, the gate..<P> The fact that you can sorta walk through horror and film history tossing darts and hitting the mark to find these elements makes me a bit weary..<P> but then again- Raimi directed it. Boogeyman, Grudge (CRAP) was only produced by him.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Bad Endings in Horror where The Evil wins

    by ThePilgrim

    are becoming as Cliched as ending where Good Defeats The Evil. Evil wining at the very end, has become more prevelant now, but I agree with Quint. This sounds like a flick that needs to keep it's bad ending. Fuck the happy ending crap. that why I love the original Texas Chainsaw, Halloween, and Nightmare On Elm Street. They all end bad. Sally barely escapes a running Leatherface, but whats left. <P> After Loomis shots Myers 6 times and myers falls over the balcony. Lauries asks "Was is it the Boogey man" Loomis say's "As a matter of fact it was" He looks over the balcony into the yard myers body is gone..<P> Nancy tells kruger he has no power she turns her back to him and he slash at her and he disapears. Suddnely everything reutnrs to normal all her friends are aklive the arrive in a car to pick her up and drive her to school. Her miserble drunk mother is actually sober and cheery. She remarks about how nice it is outside. Nancy jumps into the car the top comes over the doors lock and the kids are trapped in the car it takes off. Krugers glove burst out of the doors window it grabs Nancys mother and pulls her through the door into the house.<P> My favorite horror end bad. This one should too....

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Sorry bad type. I is lacking sleep

    by ThePilgrim

    It's a Nightmare!!! It's just a Dream, Dream.... No it's a Nightmare!!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Honestly guys...*spoiler*

    by Kraken

    I can't tell you how awesome this movie is. At one point the main character blows her entire blood supply out of her nose and mouth onto her boss. In any other movie this would have been a dream sequence, but not in DRAG ME TO HELL. This movie was directed by a crazy man... it's like Raimi said "oh, you liked Evil Dead? Well fuck it then, here we go". I'm so used to being disappointed by this kind of thing... but DMTH made my brain pop tonight.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Kraken

    by Brody77

    That sounds fecking gross! Sign me up!!! A positive Quint review has my hopes raised on this one. (Jaws fans unite, and all that)

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Bah, knocking kids over railing is nothing new

    by Bilblow

    GET OFF YOUR ASS HBO AND GREENLIGHT THE SONG OF FIRE AND ICE ALREADY

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST

    FUCK ME I'D TAKE 51% ARMY OF DARKNESS

    by drturing

    and even if the other 49% is comprised of Spider-Man 3, i'll be there

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    I also read that Peter Jackson may venture back to his low-budge

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Afterall, Father MacGruder & the nurse were never killed off in Dead Alive. Perhaps a sequel with them & the baby living the life of luxury & decay?

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Cont'd... his low-budget zombie days.

    by OgreYouAsshole

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    mmmm...alison lohman....

    by RockLobster800

    I love me some Ellen Page, but I hope this finally gets Lohman some recognition-I remember loving her in Matchstick Men when she was "up and coming" but then she kinda disappeared. Hopefully now she'll land in the big time. I hope Im gonna love this, but I know Im gonna be the only person i my circle to do so again. None of my freinds seem to "get" Evil Dead,(or anything to do with Bruce for that matter)and if this is as close to vintage Dead as I'm hearing, I'll be raving about it by myself.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST

    PLANT!

    by Zombieflicker

    I'll bet some money Raimi not only new you were there but invited you.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:05 a.m. CST

    You guys need something more!

    by laraz

    Who Cares if this movie is not A EVIL DEAD 4, as long as it is good, let it be! Who cares if it is R or PG, if it is a great movie of horror than let it set along side the greats! I just get so pissy about you geeks on here that want something your never going to get, an EVIL DEAD 4! Sam is doing Spider-Man 4&5 before he would EVIL DEAD 4, so it is still like another ten years away. Wake-up and let the man make films he wants to make and direct, I think this one will be great!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    70% Army of Darkness...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    ...is all I needed to know to stay away. Watered down, tries-too-hard-to-be-funny, gutless studio BS. Damn. I was really hoping this one would be worthwhile. Now, if it were 70% Evil Dead, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Tokyo Gore Police has set a new bar

    by Spandau Belly

    After seeing TGP, I just don't know how I can ever go back to watching those old gorror-comedies that Raimi and Jackson used to make. If they want to go back to that genre, Jackson's gonna need a LOTR budget and no creative restraints, except he already got that deal and wasted it to make King Kong.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    What is this Tokyo Gore Police?

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    And why have I not already seen it?

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Gypsy curse? Really?

    by 11ZOMBIES

    You've got to be kidding me... That's about the least scary thing I can think of. How on Earth can anyone still want an Evil Dead 4 after Raimi's horrendous Spider-Man films and Bruce's slide into Shatner-esque self parody? Every creator who has gone "back to the well" after so long faces impossible expectations of the new work, and the fanboy backlash is inevitable. Just ask George Lucas. I'd RATHER see an Evil Dead remake with new creative talent than a ridiculous Evil Dead 4 directed by Sam "Weepy Spider-Man" Raimi and starring Bruce "Old Spice" Campbell.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Alison Lohman fix...

    by EriamJH

    "Where the Truth Lies" is some major nudity of the short lil' sexpot.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Raimi's Kind of Movie

    by The Addict

    From what I've heard much of, the movies Sam reeally wants to make are films like "For the Love of the Game." Like these tame dramas and stuff, but I think most things he puts out are great. I remember seeing FTLOTG back when it came out and thinking "Yeah, I guess it works," but damn does horror work for him so much more.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST

    I'm ready

    by Manmole

    to see this movie the moment it comes out.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    This sounds awesome.

    by Psyclops

    I've been waiting to see Sam Raimi return to the horror genre and it sounds like he's knocked this one out of the park. Let's hope Peter Jackson is next on the list of directors willing to go back and dabble in the blood and guts.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    "I kick arse for the Lord!!!"

    by pdennett316

    There should be more kung-fu religious types around...people might give a shit about religion if that were the case. <p> Oh and this sounds pretty damn good, saw a close up of the old gypsy in a movie mag and it made me flinch - ugly old bugger.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    David Paymer

    by gringostar

    The "Hello" reference from Crazy People cracked me up. Nice one Quint!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    EriamJH...

    by havocSchultz

    damn straight about Lohman and Where The Truth Lies... She's fucking gorgeous in that movie...and her drugged out lezbo scene is the stuff that dreams are made of...

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Reading this gave me a boner.

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST

    KurtLockwood

    by OgreYouAsshole

    I feel the same way. That Saturday Night Fever moment in S3 was cringe-inducing.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    The Script

    by TOASTERslayer

    Quint I definitely agree with you about the script. I was pretty disappointed by it, but saw the potential for it to be entertaining if it included some of Raimi's campiness. Especially with the old lady fight. Glad to see this one turned out well.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Leave it to Quint to bring real news I give a fuck about.

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    This sounds awesome. And in a sorta related story, I saw Ted Raimi once in line at Baja Fresh on Sunset. This was about 2 years ago. The motherfucker was wearing all black with sunglasses on and he was fidgety as shit, like he was on something. He was constantly checking his watch and asking the employee how much longer. There were still a few people in front of him and eventually he couldn't take it -- he grumbled "FUCK," and ran out of there in a hurry. It was absolutely him though. Weird.....very weird.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    http://latinoreview.com/news/el-guapo-lets-sam-raimi-drag-him-in

    by future help

    pix and Latino Reviews kickass review. CAN NOT WAIT.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    oops, try this and delete the spaces

    by future help

    http://latinoreview.com/news/el-guapo-lets-sam-raimi-drag-him-into-hell-6062

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Really?

    by Quint

    I was a disappointed with SM3 as anyone, but would you really let 3/4ths of a bad movie (what he was trying to do with Sandman was actually pretty good... his birthing scene really worked for me, as he learned how to form himself) discredit the half-dozen awesome movies he's made? Really? The Spider-Man films all have flaws, but on the whole I think the first one is solid and think the second one is great.<BR><BR>Zombieflicker, I'd take that bet. You'd lose and I could use some money.<BR><BR>I don't want to give the impression that this is an Evil Dead movie. It's slicker than those movies, a little more THE GIFT with more Evil Dead influences, but when it does go crazy Evil Dead geeks will be in heaven. It's more than the one throw-back moment in Spider-Man 2, the operation scene, that's for damn sure, but I just wanted to make it clear that it is a return to form for Raimi, a horror film that is both scary and over-the-top fun and a movie that feels in the same universe as the ED movies, but not exactly an ED movie.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Tokyo Gore Police gets tired toward the end....

    by www.valiens.com

    As fun and ludicrous as it is, TGP is so over the top for so long it wears on you after a while. I can't wait for this Raimi flick. I don't even need another Evil Dead film having seen "My Name Is Bruce." That pretty much was the sequel we've been waiting for. Certainly had enough classic one-liners.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Maybe if the Dems in Congress hadn't insisted...

    by maverick68

    on blackmailing banks into giving loans to old gypsies that can't make their payments, then this wouldn't have happened. Thank you Barney, Nancy, Teddy, etc....

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I'll take this with a grain of salt.

    by HorrorFan81

    After this site's love affiar with that piece of shit known as My Bloody Valentine in 3-D, I don't think I can put any faith in their horror movie reviews. But, hey, it's Raimi. So, here's hoping.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Screw You Sam Raimi

    by PornKing

    Not only did Spiderman 3 suck, but he took a big shit on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series. "Legend of the Seeker" is SHIT and you should be ashamed to have screwed over all the fans of the books.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Sounds promising

    by S-Mart shopper

    I despise PG-13 horror movies, they're in the same category as Date/SuperHero/Disaster Movie flicks. However, if Sam has pulled off a decent horror flick and it happens to be PG13 maybe, just maybe he can turn those teenagers that hang out at the mall and watch those shit movies, onto something worth spending their(or their parents)dollars on...and then this viscious cycle of $20million studio Horror/Comedy crapfests will grind to a halt because the younger audience realises they were being duped.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Quint, you had me at 70% Army of Darkness

    by Slippy

    Thank you Sam for going back to your roots. I am so there for this movie. Here is hoping this leads to an Evil Dead 4!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    After the Spidey excesses, I bet he loved doing this.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Welcome back Sam we've missed ya!

    by KillaKane

    Sounds like a return to form, stoked to see it.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Can somebody tag this shit for minor spoilers?

    by Stengah

    maybe im nitpicking here, but i had to sight skip the parts where you described scenes.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Sam - you're a dick.

    by BiggusDickus

    Spider-Man 3 was shit because you made it shit. YOU didn't like the charcter of Venom so YOU ruined it for everyone who did by deliberately fucking the whole thing up.<p>What should've been a solid two-movie arc (Venom into Carnage) turned out to be a steaming pile of recycled turd. (Fucking 'new' Goblin, for fuck's sake!)<p>Here's hoping nobody gives a rat's arse for you returning to the horror teat and you end your career sifting through the shit that Uwe turns down. Twat.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Sheesh, Spidey 3 haters are such CRY BABIES!

    by DerLanghaarige

    "Boo hoo, Raimi is the worst filmmaker ever." Seriously, with every single day I enjoy the idea of a license for moviegoers, where they have to prove that they have what it takes to watch a movie and talk about it afterwards, more and more.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    re: "biggusdickus" above

    by Ray Gamma

    oh my. that was hilarious. have you ever heard such a comicbook fanboy tirade before? he sounds like he had steam coming out of his ears and his man-boobs were bouncing up and down in anger.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Ray...

    by BiggusDickus

    Just the one man-boob, son. Your momma's sucking on the other...

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Spiderman 3 vs. Indy IV

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    First of all Spiderman 3 was a more enjoyable film, flaws and all. It wasn't 98% atrocious like Kingdom of the CG Ass Polyps. And Raimi has always been a fun, crafty director-- but he has never reached the level of genius like The Berg. Raimi made one of his weaker films with SM3, so fucking what? Spielberg proved to us he has completely fucking lost his mind. I really don't think he can recover. From now on-- expect more films like Indy IV. Lets start the reign of terror with TINTIN!! The thing about Raimi, he knows when to return to his roots. Spielberg has now fully lost that ability.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    DRAG ME TO THE BOTANICAL GARDEN!!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

    Plant get thee out of here and take thy roots with you!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 was as good as any of the other Indy movies.

    by dr sauch

    Indy 4 was not a masterpiece. Neither were the other Indy movies. They were all incredibly fun movies, with campy plots and an amazingly charismatic Harrison Ford. I think a lot of people look through the lens of time at the other Indy movies, and associate a lot of nostalgia with them that is understandably not attached to Indy 4. Indy 4 had all the hallmarks of a great Indy movie. My only gripe is with Karen Allen. She phoned it in.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    SORRY THAT WAS MEANT FOR OTHER HELL REVIEW

    by BringingSexyBack

    Glad you enjoyed it Quinty.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    This review made just got me so fucking stoked

    by TheDark0Knight

    I love Sam Raimi but I wasn't so sure about this flick...this review has pushed my worries aside.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    can't wait

    by DigitalBeachWar

    sounds great

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Even before they were showing this sneak

    by Roketopunch

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    sorry accidently pressed return.

    by Roketopunch

    they planned on doing reshoots. They are in fact doing reshoots in LA.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    You lost me at PG-13.

    by C Legion

    After the huge wads of cash Raimi generated with the Spiderman films, surely he could have got an "R" rated horror film greenlit?<p>This may well be an enjoyable film, but we all know it will not be on the same level as the first two Evil Dead films (in terms of all out, fucking nuts horror).

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight

    by enderandrew

    The Dark Knight was PG13, so I don't assume that PG13 movies are inherently holding back.

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Man-goats

    by Billy Goat

    Part of me is thinking, whaddaya mean "don't worry, you don't get a good look at it?!" Goat-men have been severely underrepresented in Hollywood. One of the most recognizable races in fantasy art and literature, and it's hardly ever filmed! TAKE A GOOD LOOK, PUNY HUMANS. <p>OTOH, part of me is thinking, why are the goat-men always the bad guys? (Except for Narnia, of course, but that series is probably dead now.) I mean, seriously, who are the ad wizards who made the goat symbolic of evil? Why not a predator, you know? Something big, with teeth, with muscles? Something SCARY? Sheesh. We're always the scapego... I mean... er... dammit!

  • Jan. 28, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    It's PG-13?

    by LaserPants

    Pass.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Ok I'm excited!

    by sonnyfern

    I didn't have much hope for this...but it sounds awesome! I'm THERE.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Sam Raimi

    by ominus

    has lost it for me,since he made Spiderman 2. <P>And another thing.Remember when cult b-movies were just that? cult. a small group of movie lovers who were dedicated to those,unknown to the general movie public,small movies. <p>Now evil dead is mainstream,you have comics,videogames,demand for a sequel/remake etc etc.I dont know somehow all this over the top publicity,ruin the cult status and nostalgia factor of these b-movies. <p>Anyway i ll check this movie.

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Yeah Evil Dead was the hard to find VHS tape

    by ThePilgrim

    Out of print, somebody knew somebody who had a bad bootleg, all the rental places had it unreturned. Then ancor bay got the rights to it and released it on vhs then dvd, dvd again, dvd again, and again, video games, movie maniacs, sideshowtoys, dvd again, dvd more time for evil dead than any other dvd movie. It used to be the most obscure hard to find fucking film, now it's overly well know...

  • Jan. 29, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Man-Goat?

    by frozen01

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think that's what Lamia are... <p> Looks good, though, can't wait to see it!

  • Jan. 30, 2009, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Quint dragged to see Night of the Demon

    by football

    Like I said on a previous board this is lifted from Jacques Tourneur's cult classic Night of the Demon (AKA Curse of the Demon). The only difference being a gypsy curse rather than an ancient "rune". Of course the dtory will be dumbed-down but it's still a re-telling of the Casting of the Runes. The only other wise TB on this site is "edslostepisode" for also spotting it. You kids don't know your movies!!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Quint

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    Is a goddamn badass.

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Army of Darkness

    by sheepshagger

    Sucks shit compared to the other two evil dead films. Not an opinion. Fact.

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    "A little history before I jump into the review"

    by Trazadone

    Nooooooooooooooo! Just get to the damn point. It's enough to say, "I had the opportunity to see Drag Me to Hell and here's what I thought about it." I'll never understand this site's annoying habit of presenting excessive amounts of exposition before getting to a review. I simply couldn't care less about your thoughts prior to seeing a movie. I've gotten into the habit of skipping the first 10,000 words until I find the relevant part of the article. I started with, "I was proven very, very wrong in my misjudgment of Sam Raimi's ability to execute this story." I'm delighted that the film was good, by the way.

  • June 1, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    No, it pretty much sucks

    by Drunken Rage

    Think of the most mediocre "Tales From the Crypt" episode. Got it in your mind? Focusing on it? Yeah, now picture that with Raimi's name in the credits. This is not a good movie. It will do nothing but piss you off. And I generally like his movies very much.

  • June 6, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Quint is hilarious...

    by Napolean Solo

    Great review btw, but the; <br> "He looked up at me as he walked past and slight recognition crossed his features" <br> Made me laugh my head off. You SO wanted him to recognise you... and he DID NOT Quint, I'm sorry, but he didn't. It osunded like you were talking about a chick. <br> Lmao

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    SPAMMER!

    by orcus

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