Thursday, April 30, 2009

Drag Me to Hell

By Steve Evans

Once upon a time, director Sam Raimi made effective horror films. His Evil Dead trilogy has a cult following that rivals anything Dario Argento or George Romero ever made.

In 1990 Raimi released a remarkable superhero movie -- Dark Man with Liam Neeson -- before anyone was taking superhero movies seriously.

Raimi shot A Simple Plan, one of the best neo-noirs of the last 20 years. This movie convinced me Bill Paxton could act and provided proof positive that Billy Bob Thornton was no flash in the pan, either.

And in the three Spider Man movies starring Tobey McGuire, Raimi imbued comic-book movies with an understanding of myth that would make Joseph Campbell proud, all while enjoying a level of commercial success that had eluded the director for most of his career.

Now Raimi returns to the horror film, the genre that made his bones. From the looks of the trailer for his newest project, it seems that Raimi never forget his roots and is now getting back to them with a vengeance.

Drag Me to Hell could be the sleeper of 2009.

Check out the trailer and decide for yourself.

Opens May 29.

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