First Looks: Alison Lohman in Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell
We can't forget that Sam Raimi's next big gig is not Spider-Man 4 (just yet), it's a low-budget horror film called Drag Me to Hell. MTV has debuted a set of four fairly tame photos from the film in honor of Halloween this weekend, given Raimi's roots are in horror and that Drag Me to Hell is a horrific tale. So what exactly does the title mean? Raimi explains: "This is the story of a woman, Alison Lohman, who is very much in love with Justin Long's character. She makes a sinful choice so she can be with the man she loves, and then she ends up paying the price, dearly. The thing she's running from is this curse… In three days' time, unless she can figure out how to get out of it, she's going to be dragged by this demon down to hell."
Raimi was asked whether he agreed that this was a return to his horror roots. He didn't. "This script was one I wrote with my brother many years ago, but we couldn't get the money to make it with the director we wanted at the time. I decided it would be a great change for me to get back to the basics of filmmaking, a chance to work with a smaller budget and challenge myself with the more old-fashioned ways — not being able to afford a crane every day, covering five or six pages of material every day, back to those basics of less luxurious filmmaking. I thought that would be refreshing." Sounds like a fun little romp in land of terror with none other than the man who brought us Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. Take a look!
Drag Me to Hell is co-written and directed by Sam Raimi, of everything from Evil Dead to Army of Darkness to Darkman to all three Spider-Man movies. The script was written by Sam and his brother Ivan Raimi, who has helped him before on the scripts for Darkman, Army of Darkness, and Spider-Man 3. Universal will be releasing Drag Me to Hell in theaters everywhere on May 29th, 2009 next summer.