It’s been ten years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi had a horror film in theaters, but the legacy of his last scary movie – the excellent and shocking Drag Me to Hell – seems secure. And yet, even the film, starring Alison Lohman as a loan officer who cancels an old woman’s mortgage and gets cursed to eternal damnation for her sins, was a sizable hit… there has never been a sequel.
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In a new interview with yellowcomic.com for the upcoming killer alligator movie Crawl, which Sam Raimi produced, we asked the filmmaker for his thoughts about the film ten years later, and why there has never been a follow-up.
“I look back really fondly
“I love the crew, I love working with Alison Lohman and my friend Bob Murawski, my editor. I loved shooting it with my old friend Peter Deming, who shot Evil Dead 2 with me. And I just loved working with my brother Ivan on the script.
“And mostly I loved having absolute creative control over the film.
“That’s the thing you lose, often, that I had on that picture, and I really was able to do just what I wanted,” Raimi remembers. “So in a way, I feel great about it because of that. I often feel that when the studio makes you cut things or add things and change things, it really ruins the entire experience for me. It’s like a cascade of… it’s just awful.”
One of the most memorable moments of Drag Me to Hell is the film’s ending, in which
And in case anyone was wondering, Sam Raimi doesn’t think she deserved it.
“No, I feel that the poor girl was overpunished, as it happens in life sometimes,” Raimi says.
“It is a morality tale, she did do the wrong thing, but holy cow, give her a break! But that’s how this particular tale
“I thought it would be shocking to title the film ‘Drag Me to Hell’ and actually end it with giving exactly what the title demanded, and still making it incredibly shocking,” Raimi muses. “I thought that was a really funny cocktail for me.”
But the problem with the ending of Drag Me to Hell is that, even ten years later, it’s so final that Raimi doesn’t know where a sequel to go.
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“Oh, well, if somebody had a good story,” Raimi says, when we ask if he’d ever consider a follow-up. “I don’t have a story, because in my mind the character got killed, and worse. So I didn’t know how to proceed with the sequel.
“Usually, for me, I’m left with a character like Bruce Campbell, that I really am interested
Hey Sam Raimi… if you’re reading this right now, may I suggest Drag Me FROM Hell, in which we learn Justin Long’s character has spent the last ten years studying the occult, trying to figure out how to get the love of his life back, and comes up with his own, terrifying plan?
Just sayin’. Sounds cool to me. But if that never materializes, at least we’ll have Crawl, which is coming to theaters this weekend!