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.
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
This looks really good. Can't wait to see it.
Samantha on Oct 28, 2008
The bottom right pic is wicked
Shanice on Oct 28, 2008
Fucking hate every movie the MAC guy has ever been in. God awful actor.
Ali on Oct 28, 2008
Sounds like a someone's a PC...
cracker on Oct 28, 2008
I didn't know Long was in this? Usually not the best actor.
Ryan on Oct 28, 2008
I'm all over this. I only wish Ellen Page stayed on board for this. i was so happy when I first heard she was starring in this, then I heard she dropped it. I hope this becomes a cult classic and leaves her in the dust for walking out on my man Sam Raimi...
Conrad on Oct 28, 2008
the creepy lady reminds me of the witch in Army of Darkness!
vanagwathiel on Oct 29, 2008
Perfect Raimi schedule: 2009. Drag Me To Hell 2010. Evil Dead IV 2011. Spiderman IV (with Carnage & Black Cat) 2012. Spiderman V (minus M.J. aka Dunst)
m4st4 on Oct 29, 2008
What don't you like about the MAC guy? I'll take him any day over Shia Lebeouff who I put in the same typecasting category. I liked him in Die Hard and he even made Waiting and Accepted tolerable. Does anyone else like him or am I just crazy?
Peloquin on Oct 29, 2008
We're all crazy, Peloquin. Nevertheless, I too enjoy Long a lot more than Spielberg's kept-boy, Lebooof. Although i dont have much faith in re-hash-Raimi these days, removing Long from his assumed snark and hipper-than-thou typecasting could up the anti-Shia ante.
Voice Of Reason on Oct 29, 2008
@ Peloquin, No, of course you're not crazy. The rest of them are just jealous that the guy is so popular. Did anyone see him in Strange Wilderness? He was a pretty good stoner in it. I don't think it was overdone at all, but most stoners aren't that goofy. To the ones that are, though, it was a pretty accurate performance. Oh, shit, a porcupine.
JL on Oct 29, 2008
Sorry, that was so off-subject. What I meant to say was, though I enjoy Raimi's earlier low-budget horror films (Evil Dead, Evil Dead II), this looks tacky as hell. I need to see a trailer to confirm that, but there you have it.
JL on Oct 29, 2008
@ JL...yes, he was good in Strange Wilderness too...maybe he'll be with Franco in a Pineapple Express sequel. And Voice of Reason...that last post was very well worded..."the anti-Shia ante"...brilliant
Peloquin on Oct 29, 2008
THIS is the stuff Raimi does so well. Great creepy horror flicks with a touch of humor. I really wish he would move away from Spiderman and do movies like this.
JimD on Oct 29, 2008
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