There are a couple of small pieces of trivia that cropped up this week, none really worth a headline of their own, but entertaining enough that I’ve crammed a couple together here. One comes from the deep history of Sylvester Stallone, who talks about an audition he once had in front of George Lucas. The other tells of a set of films that could have borne Edgar Wright’s name, had things been a little bit different. Read More »
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The Hollywood Reporter had a chance to ask Quentin Tarantino about his favorite films of 2009, and the filmmaker responded with the following eight movies…
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DRAG ME TO HELL
The only thing missing from this bit of glorious schlock-o-rama is 3D. So many gag-inducing substances are splattered in and around Alison Lohman‘s mouth, the central conflict of the film might as well be her trying to keep her face clean. This fiendish display of gore and grue, combined with an underlying sense of dark, campy comedy that’s carefully balanced against the film’s otherwise serious tone, is not something that’s likely to appeal to all horror buffs. Those looking for an original storyline and unique characters are going to walk away unimpressed. However, as I’m sure any other Evil Dead fan will also tell you, Sam Raimi‘s horror expertise extends less to the general plot of his films and more to his enthusiasm and creativity with all of the scenes in between. When a girl is being haunted in your typical horror film, it’s generally a matter of going through the motions, showing us the same damn thing we’ve seen time and time again while we anxiously wait for something exciting to happen—often to no avail. In a Sam Raimi film though, you better believe that girl is going to get the shit kicked out of her, and as her frail body flies across the room, you won’t know whether to laugh or cringe. You’d think the PG-13 rating would’ve forced Raimi to show some restraint, but the ensuing torment is presented with such relentless ferocity—always playing on just the right visual/aural buttons—he manages to leave other R-rated horror films in his dust. Without a doubt, Drag Me to Hell is one of my favorite movies of the year, and sits right alongside Trick ‘r Treat as one of the best two horror films of ’09.
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Readers of /Film know that I’m a fan of wacky movie theories that make you reevaluate a film in much different light. Sometimes the theories are intended creations of the writer/director behind a film, but most times they are just fun interpretations created by the viewer (like this one). Either way, I always find them interesting and entertaining. Before you read this theory, take a deep breath — no one is saying that Raimi intended this interpretation — it’s meant to be fun.
/Film reader Steve M sent over an interesting theory he read over on IMDB. Micobiella thinks that Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me To Hell isn’t actually a horror movie, but instead a story of a farm girl with an eating disorder, who starves herself to fit a certain image and begins hallucinating and going crazy. Apparently you can watch the entire movie from this viewpoint, with few exceptions, and it all makes sens. Read the theory after the jump. Warning: Spoilers follow.
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The Sunday night estimates are in over at Box Office Mojo:
1. Up – $68.2 million
2. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – $25.5 million ($105.3 million)
3. Drag Me to Hell – $16.6 million
4. Terminator Salvation – $16.1 million ($90.7 million)
5. Star Trek – $12.8 million ($209.5 million)
Our previous report available after the jump.
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Pixar’s Up isn’t the only film that comes out this weekend. Actually, it’s not even the only really great film to hit theaters today. Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me To Hell is also receiving a lot of praise from fans and critics, currently sitting high on Rotten Tomatoes with a 95% fresh rating on the tomatometer. This seems to be the first horror film people outside of the horror community have really connected with in a long while.
But what did you think about Sam Raimi’s return to horror? How does it compare to his Evil Dead trilogy? What did you like? What did you hate? Discuss the movie in the comments below! As always, the spoiler gates are open.
You’ve seen the trailer , and you’ve heard the early test screening buzz , now Shock Till You Drop has a look at the poster for Sam Raimi‘s return to horror, Drag Me To Hell.
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Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up
We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first part of our Summer movie preview takes a look at the movies that will be released in May 2009: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Angels & Demons, Brothers Bloom, Terminator Salvation, Pixar’s Up, and Drag Me to Hell. We also talk briefly about this past week’s episode of Lost. We’re still working on audio issues, but we’re getting close. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of May 2009 in the comments below.
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