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Sam Raimi To Direct The Murderous TRIFFIDS!!

I am – Hercules!! One of my favorite stories is about to be tackled by one of my favorite filmmakers. Sam Raimi plans to direct a remake of “Day of The Triffids,” the tale of mobile, literally bloodthirsty plants who start preying on humankind after a meteor shower renders more than 99 percent of the world’s population blind. Mandate Pictures outbid Warner Bros. to secure the rights for Raimi on Wednesday; he’s a fan of the 1962 original. John Wyndham’s 1951 sci-fi novel also served as the basis of two British miniseries. I haven’t yet seen the 2009 version, but I rewatched the 1981 miniseries about a month ago and found it excellent. (I was trying to appraise similarities to the upcoming “Walking Dead” series but got sucked into watching the whole thing.) Raimi’s directorial credits include the “Evil Dead” trilogy, the “Spider-Man” trilogy, “The Quick and the Dead,” “A Simple Plan,” “Drag Me To Hell” and “Darkman.” Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    just make Evil Dead 4 already damn it!!!

    by Quartermass-87

    That is all.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Raimi is overrated

    by MJDeViant

    The Spiderman films could have been done by any director, it had no real style (and part 3? come on!). I own Evil Dead and Army of Darkness was fun but let it go. I'm not just knocking him. We need to start looking for newer exciting directors instead of hoping an old favorite lives up to our standards. Then, in the future we can say the new exciting director is overrated.....sad but true.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    not neccesary

    by cifra

    the last remake on a british mini-series was decent but seriously do we need to revisit this once more when "Stranger in a Strange Land" is still to be made?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Yes, but...

    by GunslingerElite

    Will it have a soundtrack by The Triffids?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:47 a.m. CST

    So much kickass sci fi out there, no reason for remakes

    by nick_noltes_neckhair

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Just remember where it's set please

    by the_enemy_gate_is_down

    the recent mini-series was terrible but the BBC's original version was good. Wyndam works because his characters are from a specific time and place. Oh and sorry cifra but much as I love it I don't think "Stranger in a Strange Land" could be made into anything worth watching. Just enjoy the book

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Oh Shit

    by D o o d

    there goes one of my favorites down the shitter! :o(

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    I wish more directors and authors and writers

    by MJDeViant

    showed as much restraint and Independence as Bill Watterson and his "Calvin and Hobbes." You know, don't let people walk all over yourself. Quit when you think you should. Keep your creation intact at all costs. When I was little I would have probably loved a Calvin and Hobbes movie. I am now eternally grateful it never happened. Movies aren't comic strips, but filmmakers could make an effort.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I have that edition of the book. Ha!

    by NixEclips

    Sounds like something Raimi could have fun with. Need to check out the 80's mini. Still getting tired of him jerking us around saying "ED4 is coming soon! We're writing it! Swear!"

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    The remake was kind of crap.

    by V'Shael

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Has potential

    by BenBraddock

    if you can get the Triffid design right. They are inherently laughable, after all!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead 4=

    by sonnyfern

    Never gonna happen.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST

    So long as you remember

    by Kaitain

    ...that Wyndham is all about the collapse of society under specific conditions. <p> Everything else is secondary.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    ditto cifra

    by Geoduck42

    The 80's version did as good a job as you're going to get adapting the book. Just a pity they couldn't have had a little more money to work with.. And I own that edition of the book as well.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Raimi keeps getting signed for movies that don't go anywhere.

    by Tarijeno

    The Shadow, Warcraft, Wizard of Oz, etc. Were Spider-man 3 and Drag Me to Hell really bad enough to stall this guy's career? It just feels like all we hear from Raimi nowadays is announcements, but no production...

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:07 a.m. CST

    It will be good

    by CuervoJones

    Sam Raimi is good -unless you are a whiny spiderman nerd-

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell was awesome

    by applescruff

    Hope this is half as good

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead 4 will never get made

    by WilliamZabkaRox

    Raimi will never make ED 4. Just never happening folks. He keeps puttiing it off. He says he has a script but will it ever get anywhere? Now he's deciding to remake something rather than give the entire world what they want, ED 4?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:04 a.m. CST

    he's getting signed on a lot...

    by bubcus

    I'm thinking that World of WarCraft movie is dead in the water then seeing that Sam keeps getting signed on for film after film after film.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Give Bruce Campbell some sugar, Raimi.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Give him the starring role and play it half straight and half funny, like Drag Me to Hell. I mean, how else are you going to deal with 6 foot killer plants. They are a stupid creation and the last mini-series on the BBC they were hilariously bad. Having said that, the story is solid and has been reworked lots of times. 28 days later was almost the same story but had zombies instead of plants.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Re: Calvin & Hobbes

    by bubcus

    MJDeViant, here's an interesting article from this site back in 2002:<BR><BR> Now, neither actor have those characters linked on their portfolios any longer but they did back then.<BR><BR> Would have been cool had Bill Watterson successfully put together a feature film in his basement and shock the world with its release in theaters. Ah well.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    The next Evil Dead should be a Reboot & Sequel

    by HarryBlackPotter

    It should start out at a cabin in the woods with a whole new young cast who undergo what the kids did in the first one...but half way through ASH turns up to help the kids defeat the deadites before passing on his Kingly mantle to the survivor of this new ordeal - and make her a sexy gal with a chainsaw hand, part deadite punk bitch with rock attitude. Why not.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    day of the triffids was already...

    by emeraldboy

    remade by the bbc 2 years ago and not along after the death of natachsa richardson. it starred joely richardson, eddie izzard and dougray scott. with jason priestly and brian cox and ewen bremner. the cinematography looked stunning but it was awful. and bypassed the plants completely. and had something to do with oil. the clue is in the name of the company in the film. triffidoil...

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I bet this be set in the USA...

    by Johnny Wishbone

    ...and the US marines will save the entire world by shooting, bombing and incinerating anything with chlorophyll. God bless america.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I love me some Triffids but this property seems better suited for Tim Burton IMO.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Sam better makes a big hit outside Spidey films...

    by Ditko

    ...otherwise we´ll be seeing Evil Dead 4 sooner than expected.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Sounds good to me.

    by catlettuce4

    And his style was all over the Spidey films, MJDeViant ... it was one of the things I liked about them, and one of the reasons I could appreciate part 3: It was still a Raimi movie with many of his little trademarks, and that was fun to see.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    I really enjoyed the recent remake by the BBC

    by Madmarek

    It's worth a watch!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Why dump World of Warcraft for this?

    by dastickboy

    Triffids is a great story and all, but it's been told three times. Why not create a new story using the mythology of one of the moat recent pop culture phenomenons?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    move along...

    by The Goon

    nothing to see here!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6 a.m. CST

    World of Warcraft is for people who smell of cheese

    by HarryBlackPotter

    and need to change their pants once in a while.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    Really wanted him to do WOW. Yeah. Player since Beta. Sue me.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Its a good book for its time....

    by daglesj

    ....and the 80's version still holds up due to its downbeat non Hollywood style but its not really A list movie material. Like others have said, plenty other more worthy stuff to be done.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:09 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    The involuntary shitting only happens when you have drank to many Dew's and eaten too much microwave popcorn--and then ONLY while raiding and you're not allowed to leave ur keyboard.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Just remember...

    by The_Skook

    The Day of the Triffids is not about man eating plants, but about societal collapse, and human response. And please Sam, set it in England where it's supposed to be set, don't just take the idea and write your own story, that's not what filming 'a book' is all about. Remember how appalling SHIT 'Village of the Damned' (The Midwich Cuckoos) was when remade by Mr Carpenter and transplanted to the US.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Oh, thank God!

    by The StarWolf

    I was going into withdrawal waiting for the next remake. It had been a whole YEAR, after all and I wasn't sure how much longer I could hold on ... (Yes, that was pure, unadulterated sarcasm.)

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST


    by Tigermyth36

    I've never understood the need to make this over and over and over. Similar to the soon to be 3rd incarnation of Dune. STOP. There are good stories out there. Quit remaking crap.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Just make Triffids smart and fast...

    by zinc_chameleon

    and please Sam, don't forget that we just saw a little film called Avatar that had networked plants. By the way, Triffids aren't plants; they are a new phylum (Motilia) because they share both plant and animal features. Better to think of them as a crab that can photosynthesize. And, Sam...don't forget most of us geeks saw the Ruins, and they were basically caged Triffids.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST

    The_Skook, who gives a shit where it takes place?

    by rosncranz

    So long as it is told well and not completely reliant upon location it does not matter where it takes place.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Drag me to Hell

    by KilliK

    what a dissapointing POS that movie was.shame mr Raimi,shame.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    I care...

    by The_Skook

    ... you don't. It's called an opinion, and they are like arseholes, we all have them. The Day of the Triffids was written by a quintessential English writer and he set it in England, because if he'd want to set it in the US or Tibet or the Orkneys he would have done. He didn't... so if you're filming the book, you set it it in England. If you don't you're making a 'conceit' and imposing your own ego upon the source material. The city of London is 'character' in the book, as much as Bill Mason, Josella and Coker. But you're right, no-one should give a shit, no-one at all...

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Well, I'm sure Mr. Raimi will find a way to fuck this film up somehow. It's a fantastic novel, one of my favourites, but I don't see Raimi doing this one justice. Maybe we'll see Emo Triffids dancing?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Great Choice

    by Norm3

    I'm looking forward to this anyway but now a decent director is directing it i'm looking forward to too even more.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    The only evil plant movie I want is

    by Nerd Rage

    Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Fuck Yeah!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Are there no new stories anymore?

    by Kain_Bloodstone

    Every major project in development right now is either a remake, sequel, prequel or based on a well known literary staple or comic book. I'm so sick of this shit! In the last eleven years only TWO genre films based on original properties blew me away - the first Matrix film and Inception. TWO! Where the fuck has the originality gone? Is Hollywood incapable of taking chances anymore?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    "Drag Me to Hell" was BRILLIANT.

    by NoDiggity

    Unfortunately, the mouth breathing troglodytes inhabiting these talkbacks are incapable of appreciating it.<p><p> Show some respect. It was brilliantly constructed to display two simultaneous narratives, the first being a shallow surface level about a goofy random curse being cast, and a girl trying desperately to avoid this random curse. On the second, more profound level, it was about a girl who sins our of cruelty, causing a demon to start haunting her by FIRST pretending to be the old womean she had been cruel to, and pretending to cast a curse on her, while it is her own actions to avoid the "curse" that actually end up sending her to hell. Did you all notice what the psychic said to her when she first consulted him "Did you blaspheme the dead while visiting the graveyard?" "NO!" says Christine, but she doesn't say what she has done ... taken a poor sick old woman's house away, and in the end, she IS blaspheming that same old woman in a graveyard, trying to send her to hell! And ironically, that's the sin that finally gets her dragged, trying to send someone else there. <p><p> I really don't know what is wrong with people. Do they really not see the underlying morality tale? Do the really only see it as a big goofy joke about vomit? Or are they mad at Sam Raimi for slipping in some realy moral message into a story that they thought would be just goofs and yucks? Whatever, it's a damn damn shame.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Too good to be true.

    by DimensionsPlural

    One of my top 5 directors (with Peter Jackson, Christopher Smith, QT and Luc Besson)taking on one of my fave 3 books (with the Dark Towers and the FAYZ series)? Won't believe it until I have the cinema ticket in my hot sweaty little hand. Thanks for even suggesting the possibility tho, this would be an awesome movie.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    And as far as "Emo Spider-Man" goes ...

    by NoDiggity

    Give it a rest. "Emo spider-man" was at least having fun ... it was a break from all the moping and whining in all three films. And Spider-Man 3 had the very best web-swinging action scenes of all the films. Plus, with 3 villains crammed into the story, the time for the moping and whining and misunderstanding between Peter and Mary Jane was necessarily cut down. And as an added bonus, the film managed to hone the themes that were later used for Drag Me To Hell, and Drag Me To Hell used the same cinematographer and composer ... watching them back to back is quite instructive!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I didn't like the recent TV remake, but I'd love to see Raimi make a luridly colorful version of Triffids. I don't care if it's faithful to the book or not (the recent version certainly wasn't) - I just want some cool monster plant action!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Spells doom for Evil Dead 4..

    by BookhouseBoy

    I hope i'm wrong though

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I read the Triffids book as a kid ...

    by NoDiggity

    ... it was depressing and grim. Let's hope Raimi rewrites it towards his own ends.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I'd rather THE CHRYSALIDS.

    by blackwood

    It's my favourite Wyndham novel by far and could make an incredibly relevant and awardsy movie.<p>But TRIFFIDS and maybe A SIMPLE PLAN/THE GIFT-era Raimi makes me excited. I hope he can pull it off.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    I hope you're kidding. We don't need a "fun" Triffids. The book is supposed to be grim and depressing. It's a cautionary tale. If Raimi rewrites it to "his own ends" then I hope he calls it something else and makes it something other than Day of the Triffids. Good lord...

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Love the story

    by gerrit4

    but I don't think it can be a movie. I can't imagine Triffids that wouldn't look too campy. Just change them to Zombies and call it 28 Days Later.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    28 Days Later..

    by NightArrows

    It was perfect in tone and feel for what Triffids needs to be, basically because it was Day of the Triffids to a point.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    recent BBC remake sucked

    by Rabbitcakes

    They made the triffids so overpowering (with their tentacle-like roots that can grab a person running twenty feet away) that the major fear component of being stuck blind in a world with triffids was all but moot. The 80's miniseries is vastly superior!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The BBC remake

    by photoboy

    The recent Triffids remake was awful. I don't understand why remakes always end up so soulless and terrible. It was the same thing with Andromeda Strain and Quatermass. I remember the Triffids scared the shit out of me as a child, the whole series was really creepy. With somebody of Raimi's talent we will hopefully get a genuinely scary film.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell

    by lecter1914

    was essentially Evil Dead 4, with a female heroine and an underlying theme of anorexia.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Just rename it "Evil Dead of the Triffids"

    by Squashua

    There you go.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    This is great news!

    by Zombieflicker

    I love the old mini-series, and thought the new BBC remake was a mess, but I LOVE the story. This type of story needs someone one like Raimi to make it relevant and coherent enough for a feature length film. How about RDJ for the lead!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Much of the most important info on Triffids

    by zinc_chameleon

    happens in just a few pages near the end of the book, when the protagonists start wondering about Triffid spores, and all the cotton-candy like fibre the Triffids scatter around. In 1951 Wyndham was considering, if very briefly, the possibility of networked life forms.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Screw this, I want THE SHADOW!

    by JustinSane

    (And yes, I know DARKMAN is essentially Raimi's version of THE SHADOW.)

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    And I really got hot when I saw

    by lonecow12

    Jeanette Scott fight a triffid that spits poison and kills.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Drag Me to Hell

    by Zombiana_Jones

    Showed just enough promise, just enough of the Raimi we all love...I was really looking forward to a personal renaissance. Dunno, holding my breath, but...Can someone write an at least superficially original story?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Plants n trees are giant nervous systems living in the

    by UltraTron

    earth. They are the biggest and oldest earth creatures and have intricate neural-like networks that send electrical brain-pattern looking activity all through them. They think and move and even seem to behave animalisticly under high-speed photography. I hope this movie really plays up the brain network under the soil that is very real

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    They control animals to make them do their

    by UltraTron

    bidding. Plants didn't just evolve alongside bees. They chose bees and gave bees a drug to make them do that shit

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    A Raimi remake would need

    by palinode

    Bruce Campbell getting in a chainsaw fight with an army of poisonous plants. Oh yeah, the 2009 miniseries was ridiculously bad.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I'm a huge fan of John Wyndham

    by laguna_loire

    And I love the BBC 1981 serialisation, but I don't think Sam Raimi is the right choice. I'd like to see Fincher get his teeth into it - or even do a truly worthy version of Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos!! Its time it was exhumed and dutifully delivered!!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Regardless of critical reaction, Drag Me to Hell was a failure.

    by Tarijeno

    It made $90 million on a $30 million dollar budget, which was profitable, but I just think the studio was hoping for Spider-man money. If Jackass 3D can make $60 million on it's opening weekend in the middle of October, why can't Sam Raimi drum up $15 million in May? And yes, I know this is a fanboy forum, and nobody gives a shit about money, but ultimately if you're a filmmaker who can't make money, good luck making films.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST

    WHere is WOW?

    by hallmitchell

    I would rather see that.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    zinc_chameleon's point

    by NoHubris

    AVATAR shows that the visuals for this are certainly doable -- along with TRANSFORMERS and DISTRICT 9.<p>Imagine effects for the Prawn aliens or the Transformers, but only foliage-esque.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    BBC 1981 series...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...was brilliant. I even have fondness for the 1963 film version starring Howard Keel despite the changes from the book- killed by salt water! Just realised M Night copied that for Signs! LOL! If they do make this faithfully I can imagine all the people who have not read the book saying- "wow this has ripped off 28 Days Later!" Seriously I do not know how Danny Boyle and Garland did not get done for plagirism on that one. Love the book- if Hollywood make it please be faithful and please set it in the UK!!!!!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Kinky Plant Rape!!

    by godoffireinhell

    Finally Raimi can get back to the fetish that started his career!!

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    Whilst I agree that the recent mini-series was almost totally appalling, the main charcter in the original novel works with cultivated Triffids - grown for their amazingly useful oil. The mini-series merely expanded slightly on this element.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by J.B.M.A.

    I agree. I've been saying for years that Garland and Boyle deserve a kicking for such theft. The best parts of that film don't belong to them at all, but Mr Wyndham.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    This is where Raimi belongs cheapo corny horror flicks

    by cgih8r

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by I AM ROCKO

    Mate, after I came out of 28 Days later at the flicks with a mate I was seriously in shock by how much they had ripped off Mr Wyndham and how they got away with it. My friend had not read the book, watched the TV or even really remembered Triffids although he may have caught the 1963 movie on late night TV so did not understand and thought 28 Days Later was "genius". Sigh.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Drag Me To Hell.....


    ......really was horrible. Pandering to old-school horror fans does not make a good horror movie.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The Happening - plants are not scary

    by cool_britannia79

    And Raimi is patchy at best.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Day of the Triffids is one goofy-assed movie

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    I don't know how the fuck he's going to make a serious film about murderous alien fucking plants. Unles that's not the plan and he's going to make it a black comedy. THAT would be pretty cool.</p><p>Didn't Raimi sign up to do The Dark Tower or something?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    No it was World of Warcraft

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Raimi was supposed to direct next. Is that dead then?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Tarijeno, re: DMTH's box office

    by Blanket-Man

    There's NO WAY Universal could've expected Spider-Man money from a relatively small horror film, regardless of the director. For one thing, it opened in 2500 theaters, nearly 2000 fewer than SM3. Sure, $42 mil domestic was undoubtedly less than they hoped for, but only a RETARDED studio head could've expected upwards of $300 million for Drag Me to Hell.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    WOW is not is in development.

    by KilliK

    Raimi has specifically said numerous times that he is going to make a new movie and then the WOW,since Bliz has a strict schedule to follow first with the new expansion and the Diablo3 game.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Night Arrows ... Raimi LIKES "cautionary tales"

    by NoDiggity

    So that aspect of Triffids is likely to be preserved, so you can rest easy. But Raimi will at least inject some sort of humor to leaven the grim depressing one-note of the book, in my opinion.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Tarijeno

    I'm not saying they were expecting a billion dollars out of Drag Me to Hell. What I am saying is the studio ASSUMED more people would pay to see DMTH simply because they loved Spider-man 2. They figured Raimi's name was big enough to sell-tickets, sight unseen. It turns out that people we're paying to see the Spider-man movies because they were about Spider-man, and not Sam Raimi. The ho-hum box office of DMTH combined with Raimi's apparently horrid Spider-man 4 pitch (Anne Hathaway as the Vultress? Seriously?) really shit-canned this guy's career and I think he's agreeing to take any job he can get at this point just to stay relevant. Unfortunately the projects aren't going anywhere.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    "Can't Wait to Hate", I don't think Raimi was "pandering" with

    by NoDiggity

    I personally did not see the Evil Dead films until AFTER I saw Drag Me To Hell, so I wasn't distracted by the winks and nods to the Evil Dead films, and I'm glad I experienced it that way. But I don't think I experienced it that way out of mere ignorance ... you can see the story as just a scary story unto itself. Eg: If you've seen Evil Dead II, then the scene of the old woman tapping her ugly fingers on Christine's desk reminds you of Ashe's chopped off hand tapping it's fingers ... but it's not there just to remind you of that, it really has a purpose other than reminding you of that. It's supposed to be our first look through Christine's eyes at this old woman that she finds gross and disgusting, and how this gives her an excuse to be cruel to her, starting her slide into Hell. If you just go HAW HAW, EVIL DEAD REFERENCE! you miss the point.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    And Drag Me To Hell wasn't about "eating disorders"

    by NoDiggity

    Christine has no eating disorder in the movie. She's on a diet, but she's on a diet out of ambition, to better herself, to have a nice life, look pretty for her boyfriend, for her boss. It's part of her ambition, the same ambition that impels her to cruelly choose to evict the old lady from her house. Thus, the avenging Demon shoves her own ambition down her throat in the form of vile substances several times. Christine has no eating disorder, she's shown pigging out on ice cream twice, and never throwing up. Her ambition causes her to crumple up a picture of herself when she was fat (which immediately brings on a demon attack). I'm just a little tired of this "bulimia" interpretation.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I quite liked Drag Me To Hell

    by Kaitain

    Loose remake of Night of the Demon, but quite nicely done, if you like that wacky Raimi style (and I tend to).

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Eating Disorder

    by lecter1914

    Kind of makes perfect sense to me. A bulk of the bad stuff in the film happens when she's about to eat, particularly ice cream and cakes. Her old weight is made reference to several times in the film(I doubt that would just be a coincidence...but it could be). Most of the gags involve things going in or coming out of her mouth. Even if it's not intentional theres a heck of a lot of coincidence there. Either way, its cool that such a simple movie has spawned a lot of interpretations.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I don't think the "eating disorder" thing makes sense

    by NoDiggity

    She is introduced in the context of her diet being about ambition to better herself... we see her driving to work, practicing to get rid of her farm girl accent, resisting a window full of pastry, so she can stay thin, and we find out, as soon as she gets to work, what it's all in aid of ... her ambition to get an advanced position at her bank. Raimi said that it's about "greed" in the ambition sense, so using hunger for cakes as a stand-in for the sin of Greed makes sense, when the demons starts shoving her own "greed" down her throat, symbolically, through the varioius disgusting things poured into Christine's mouth. It's foretaste of what her "Greed" will turn into in Hell, I guess. A warning, if you will, that she ignores. As for bad thing happening before she's about to eat .... that only happens once in the movie, when she's about to eat the cake for dessert (presumably after she's had dinner) and follows her blaming her mother's alcoholism for her own failure to keep in touch with her mother. The demon appears because of her blaming her mother, not because she's about to eat dessert.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Kaitan, it really wasn't much like "Night of the Demon"

    by NoDiggity

    Both were about curses, and avoiding the curses, but Night of the Demon was about a skeptic slowly being convinced that the curse is real, and he's correct, and the curse is actually inflicted via witchcraft. Raimi's is about real demons inflicting a fake curse which is turned real by the characters's attempts to avoid it.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Waitaminute... I thought we all hated Raimi now?

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Stop being so fuckin' fickle.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    THE KRAKEN AWAKES would be a great one to film

    by Monkey_King

    same writer and would scare the shit outta UFO film fans.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    So sick of people associating Raimi and Emo

    by Aronofskys_GLEE_Reboot

    I'm pretty sure he didn't do the hair and make-up in those couple of scenes from that one Spider-Man sequel that makes idiots say that. Probably, I don't know, maybe the hair and make-up people did

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    It won't work...

    by Boober

    It's horror but it's also a period piece that has lost relevance. M. Night already did a spin on this except that instead of blindness he used "invisible suicide pollen" and instead of bodysnatcher-like death (sleep is also symbolic "blindness"), he used compulsive suicide. Meh.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Kaitain

    Both revolve around the mechanism of a curse that can only be removed by passing it on to a new victim. And both end up with the curse reaching its expiry time and being executed while the victim is on a railway track at a station. No way that's coincidence; it lifted key elements from NOTD. <p> I agree that the major theme of Holden's skepticism, up against the smirking assurance of Karswell's true believer, is not a part of Drag Me To Hell. <p> Hey, I've just realized that The Ring has the same curse mechanism as NOTD as well. It's a kind of offspring of NOTD and The Changeling.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Some good stuff from the novel...

    by zinc_chameleon

    that has never made its way to the screen. Triffids were the number-one oilseed plant in Wyndham's book; it would be good to start the film with a stockbroker who has made millions on Triffid futures. (Being an alien plant, they had no insect pests, and pushed out Earth weeds.) Raimi could have a blast with going 'Triffid green': Triffid-fuel hybrid cars, Triffid plastics, Triffid ice-cream, the works. That's the stuff the 1962 movie completely ignored.

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Killer plants might not be scary enough these days

    by lv_426

    Remember The Happening? That didn't go over too well with audiences now did it?

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Jesus christ.

    by xalener

    "johnnyrandom Oct 21st, 2010 08:39:50 AM ...Drag Me To Hell was fucking terrible. Fact." You are all a bunch of fucking retards.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Don't look at me, xalener

    by Aronofskys_GLEE_Reboot

    I dug it. Wish he would do his Oz movie next, though... then Evil Dead 4

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    28 Days Later totally ripped this off

    by Ecto-1

    and not just the opening in the hospital.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST


    by jinste

    Monkey King is right-Wyndhams book The Kraken Wakes would make an awesome movie.It would need to be updated a bit,as the 50s technology is now redundant-diving bells that get lowered on cables,etc.Also,the ending is seriously downbeat,theres no big explosions,SFX galore,and then thats the aliens whupped.Todays audiences want a crowd-pleasing ending.Also,you never actually see what the aliens look like,you just see the havoc they cause.It adds to the terror,because you cant get at the aliens as they are deep under water and have total mastery of the seas.Any ships,subs etc are instantly destroyed by the aliens superior weaponry.You cant see them,so you cant think of a way to fight them,since you dont know what they are.Todays directors with the "show all"mentality would reveal the aliens as soon as they could,thus destroying any sense of mystery and suspense.Another good one to film would be The Secret People.But I must confess that as a John Wyndham fan,Ive read most of his books-but never read The Day of The Triffids,strangely enough.Will do it soon!

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Someday someone will make a GOOD Spiderman Film

    by Missing Dink

    A remake today is nothing more than replicating a few moments from the original, then filling the rest with the modern stylistic elements that make modern movies forgettable.

  • Oct. 22, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    There is no way to make that story NOT suck

    by Veraxus

    And suck it will - Sam Raimi or no Sam Raimi. No matter how many times this story is done or redone (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, et al) it will always suck. And suck hard. And suck long. And not a pleasant suck, but a suck with teeth and chewing and painful torn flesh. Fuck this movie.