Wednesday, March 11, 2009


New sub-genres in the nearly dead American horror industry are always welcome, and while being socially aware can have its perks (the post-9/11 flight anxiety in Wes Craven's Red Eye), it can also come off as ham-fisted (the global warming-horror of Larry Fessenden's The Last Winter). Is Raimi now aiming for some economic mortgage crisis horror???

What immediately struck me about the new trailer (below) for Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell was the apparent lack of fun that was so noticeably present in all of his pre-A Simple Plan movies.


Man... I like Sam Raimi, and I was looking forward to his return to horror, but I don't now about this one. I just pray that the tagline isn't something like: You're Being Evicted.... TO HELL!


bill r. said...

I haven't watched the trailer, and it may be a bad film...but! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, horror films are too damn "fun" these days. It's horror, for God's sake.

Marilyn said...

I like that tagline. You may have missed your calling, Fox.

Fox said...


You're sick! But I should have been more specific in saying "absurdly" fun or "visually" fun. Like the camera work in Evil Dead 2 or the effects in Darkman that still feel so full of life when I watch them today.

But I admit that I do tend to prefer my horror on the comic or absurd side: Basket Case, Dead Alive, Tetsuo, Re-Animator, Exte : Hair Extensions... that type of stuff.


I only wish "tagline writer" was a job like "greeting card writer" is, or, at least in the way it is portrayed in movies. I've always wondered if that is an actual single job that someone has.

bill r. said...

Fox, then YOU'RE the sick one! You like to laugh at violence! Shame on you, sir. Shame on you.

Fox said...


You have no idea... the last 30 minutes of Straw Dogs has me LOLing and ROFLing all over the place!!!

JA said...

It's like I always say, you know what's funnier than a barrel of monkeys? A barrel of monkeys skull-fucking each other.

Marilyn said...

I've always wanted to write obits for a living, ever since I had a summer job in my teens typing burial permits.

Fox said...


I was gonna comment on your comment, but then I saw your profile picture and blacked out for about 3 minutes. When I came to, the picture seemed kinda of related to the comment. Can I ask.... WHAT IN THE HELL IS THAT PIC?????

Tommy Salami said...

This summer, Sam Raimi forecloses on your soul.

You're right, the trailer doesn't seem like a Raimi film. I was pretty underwhelmed by the "gypsy in my bed!" reveal, but some of it looks pretty good. Let's hope it's just a bad trailer... we'll see. Even Spider-Man was FUN- "fly away web!" and so on...

Fox said...


I would love to see a little newstory/short-portrait of a obit writer. I wonder what type of effect an occupation like that could have on the mental state of somebody.

I mean, we all know death happens daily, but to have it be so front-and-center in your work would be bothersome to me.

For instance, I would love to have a conversation with a coroner just so I can ask them questions about their profession and whether it impacts their personal life at all.

Actually, one time I got the opportunity to talk to a tow truck driver for 1.5 hours as he took me to Houston, and I threw as many questions as I could at him. It's scary the amount of carnage that they see and take in and have to process. To relate that to an actual movie, I think of the scene in Wild at Heart when Sailor and Lulu come upon the car wreak with Sherylin Finn.

PIPER said...


Looks like Grudge meets Thinner. I don't know. I miss the old Raimi.

JA said...

It's from the video at this link, Fox.

Krauthammer said...

I'll be the semi-dissenting voice and say that this looks god-damn fantastic. But I love both silly and serious Raimi so what do I know.

Fox said...


That's a good tagline too! You better copyright it before one of my scumbag commenters (none of which have commented on THIS post... y'all are all awesome!) steals it from you.

The thing about the gypsy lady is she has bad teeth. I mean that's a sign of bad personal responsibility right there. If I was Allison Lohman, I would be "hey lady, rent an apartment instead and take care of those teeth... capiche??" Priorities, people, priorities.


I've never ever seen Thinner. I think it came out in that weird time when I didn't watch a lot of movies. And even though you've obviously given it a bad rating.... I kinda wanna see it... eek!

Fox said...


Wow! WOW WOW WOW!!! Can you imagine if she would have chosen a career in porn?? WOW WOW WOW!!!


Don't get me wrong, I still totally wanna see it, I'm just having my expectations rolled back a bit... which may be a good thing in the end.

so what do I know.

You know what you know, dude!! YOU'RE KRAUTHAMMER!

Marilyn said...

Check out Obit Magazine.

Reel Whore said...

I'm a sucker for Alison Lohman so I'll be checking this out. The hag in the trailer reminds me of his Evil Dead days. Maybe it will be fun like that. Fingers crossed.

BTW, you've been tagged.

Arbogast said...

This was very instructional. No matter how badly you are tempted, never, never try to sniff the pussy of your loan officer.

I mean, I gather that's what the old woman was doing. Maybe I read that scene wrong.