Yet Another Month of Horror 2015 – Chapter 3

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The Canadian Thanksgiving weekend provided one turkey and several tasty morsels: Leprechaun, The Canal, Tales That Witness Madness and Witchcraft.

 

Leprechaun (Mark Jones – 1993)
It didn’t really take me long to decide that the first film in the rather lengthy Leprechaun series (there’s six or seven of them in all I think) would be the end of the line for me. It’s not like I expected to be drawn into a series of horror-comedy films about an evil leprechaun, but nothing about this film gave me any reason to press forward. Everything is just mediocre. It’s not horrific or creepy or even suspenseful. And it was neither funny nor fun. That may be a subjective statement I suppose, but most of the humour is pretty basic and uninspired. Jennifer Aniston is actually pretty decent here in one of her earliest roles, but in the end I was simply bored. Warwick Davis is the titular little green guy, but his grotesque form just isn’t overly interesting after he cracks his first corny joke and gnashes his teeth. I guess there was an audience for this since they made more of them (apparently with different approaches and levels of comedy), but this particular one sure wasn’t made for me.

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R3view – Drag Me To Hell

Drag Me To Hell poster

Director: Sam Raimi (Evil Dead Trilogy, Spiderman Trilogy)
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Producers: Robert G. Tapert, Sam Raimi, Grant Curtis
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 99 min


Synopsis:
After churning out expensive (and lucrative) Spiderman films for a decade, cult director Sam Raimi goes back to his low-budget horror-comedy roots to deliver what is essentially Evil Dead 4 with a girl in the lead. Buckets of goo, jump scares, Three Stooges antics, psychotic gypsies and seances round out the fun-house atmosphere this old fashioned E.C. Comics type romp.

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Raimi and Long Can Drag Me to Hell Anytime

It’s been a good few years since Sam Raimi has dabbled in directing horror (though he’s been a busy producer) but the director who both gained love and hate for his work on the Spider-Man franchise is finally returning to his roots.

When Drag Me to Hell was originally announced, I was pretty excited but everyone’s been pretty tight-lipped about the production and outside of a few images, we hadn’t seen anything from the upcoming horror film which is premiering at SXSW. With the film’s first screening only a few days away and a May release on the horizon, it was only a matter of time before the trailer hit. And here it is.

It’s not awesome but it is reminiscent of the cheesy 70s and 80s horror films. Add in the dooming orchestral score of the trailer and the aesthetic is totally working for me. Bloody hell, they’ve got Justin Long in there; I’ll be there opening night.

If you’re not going to SXSW, worry not. Drag Me to Hell opens on May 29th.

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First Images from Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell

At one point, girl of the moment Ellen Page was cast in Sam Raimi’s upcoming horror film Drag Me to Hell. For one reason or another, she dropped out of the production and was quickly replaced by Alison Lohman in the lead role of Christine, a woman who is in love with Clay (Justin Long) but before continuing the relationship, must break out of a curse cast upon her by an older Eastern European woman which will see her dragged to hell.

Sounds like a fun premise and considering this is written by Raimi and his brother Ivan, it’s bound to be a whole lot of entertainment goodness. Along with a great interview with Sam Raimi, a number of photos have appeared on-line and though they’re not exactly jaw dropping, they are somewhat promising.

As much as I like Justin Long, I always consider him more of a comedic actor which suggests that perhaps this is a return to the old days of comedy infused horror and the picture of the old woman, though creepy, is just odd enough to be a little funny too. We’ll surely get a better sense for the film once a trailer is released, something which won’t be coming any time soon considering the film isn’t scheduled for a release until May 29th.

For now, I leave you with a peek at the pictures.

Drag Me to Hell Movie Still

Drag Me to Hell Movie Still

More pictures tucked under the seat!

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