Although its speculation that Sam Raimi is a near-lock on directing The Hobbit
(with Peter Jackson) producing, he has chosen a much more obscure script to direct next -- A low-budget (in comparison to the Spiderman
series at least) supernatural thriller that he co-wrote with his brother Ivan back in 1992 entitled Drag Me To Hell
. Raimi himself refers to it as "A 'spook-a-blast,' a wild ride with all the chills and spills that 'Evil Dead' delivered, without relying on the excessive violence of that film." Naturally it'll be produced under his own genre-oriented production company Ghost House. And from the comment by his producer (and Ghost House co-owner) it sounds like Raimi (and Ghost House, for that matter, which has thus far reached such watered-down horror crap as The Grudge
series and Boogeyman
. . . Wait, there's a sequel to that piece of shit too?!) is getting back to his gore-and-guffaws roots, "The appeal to Sam on 'Drag Me to Hell' was returning to what he had once done and loved doing, which was entertaining a very specific group of fans and providing a roller coaster ride for them," Tapert said. "He doesn't have the enormous pressure here that goes with handling a hundreds of millions of dollars franchise."
I, for one, couldn't be more thrilled with this new direction in Raimi's career. While I overall enjoyed the Spiderman
series I found it frustrating such a gifted director was confining his films to one body of work that as well as losing years at a time of his career in order to see them developed into fruition. I mean we're talking about the guy who gave us the eternally awesome Evil Dead
and the criminally underrated A Simple Plan
In regards to the last title I couldn't recommend any higher checking out this movie. You will see not only Raimi shows his chops as a crime thriller director but the best (and most touching) performance by Billy Bob Thorton thus far in his career. And I'll even go out on a limb to say that its even better than the similarly themed No Country For Old Men
currently bringing every critic to multiple orgasms while simultaneously pissing off moviegoers. A Simple Plan
actually has an ending . . . And its also one of the most heartbreaking ones you'll ever come across on the silver screen (or your HD TV).