by Alex Billington, published on February 9, 2008|
In December we brought you the news that Sam Raimi officially would be making a low-budget horror movie titled Drag Me to Hell before he went on to anything else. For those unsatisfied with Spider-Man 3, this is Raimi's chance to go back to his roots and show us that he is still a great director, despite what might have happened with that movie. Now one of the best things that ever could happen has happened - Juno star Ellen Page has been cast as the lead in the film. To top that off, Universal Pictures has acquired the rights for distribution and the film is going into production starting on March 17th in Los Angeles.
Sam Raimi wrote the script for Drag Me to Hell with his brother Ivan quite a while ago under the title The Curse, and it was finished after they made Army of Darkness back in 1992. He's been sitting on this script that probably has immense inspiration from Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, since he wrote it while making those movies, and is just now starting to film it. While no budget has been explicitly specified, it is being referred to as low-budget, meaning I'm sure it'll be very much in the same vein as Evil Dead and Army of Darkness.
As for the plot, not much has been revealed. The most that anyone has said is that it is a "morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse", and I'm guessing that recipient is now Ellen Page. Ghost House co-founder Rob Tapert also says that "Sam calls it 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." I don't mind that much that it doesn't have the same "excessive violence" as Evil Dead as long as Raimi creates a movie that is reminiscent of his classic horror trio.
I guarantee you we will be following almost everything that happens with Drag Me to Hell as it goes into production in March. Not only am I a huge Army of Darkness / Evil Dead fan, not only am I a huge Sam Raimi fan, but I'm also a huge Ellen Page fan. It's three of the best things ever all crammed into one and I can't wait to see what Raimi has cooked up!!