Get a Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 10.07 – Girls, Girls, Girls

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:35

A clip has arrived from tomorrow night’s Episode 10.07 of “Supernatural,” which is entitled “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and it proves that some things aren’t too good to be true!

“Supernatural” Episode 10.07 – “Girls, Girls, Girls” (airs 11/25/14)
ROWENA REAPPEARS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) stumble upon a demon who is running from Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).  Before they have a chance to shut him down, Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) steps in and takes things into her own hands.  Realizing Rowena is trying to recruit and train followers in the art of witchcraft, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to catch her before she can do much damage. 

Meanwhile, Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll) runs into a blast from her vessel’s past, which complicates things for her and Castiel (Misha Collins).  Robert Singer directed this episode written by Robert Berens.

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Eddie Marsan, Patrick Wilson, and Jessica Biel Sign Up for Murder

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:24

A new untitled murder mystery (formerly known as The Blunderer) starring Eddie Marsan, Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel (pictured) is on its way, and we have the skinny right here. Read on!

Variety is reporting that Andy Goddard, who helmed the third season finale of “Downton Abbey,” is directing the project that is based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Blunderer.

Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it all until the day the body of his wife — played by Biel — is found at the bottom of a cliff. Under the intense scrutiny of the investigation, he commits one mistake after another until he finds his perfect life derailed.

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Tonguing Takes on a New Meaning in this Clip from Grimm Episode 4.06 – Highway of Tears

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:20

Tonguing is a technique used with wind instruments to enunciate different notes, but in Friday night’s upcoming Episode 4.06 of “Grimm,” entitled “Highway of Tears,” it is also a method of attack. Check out a sneak peek in which Nick and Hank read up on our Wesen of the Week, who uses that approach on its victims.

“Grimm” Episode 4.06 – “Highway of Tears” (11/28/14; 9-10pm)
NICK WANTS TO BE A GRIMM AGAIN NOW MORE THAN EVER — The justification for Nick (David Giuntoli) to become a Grimm again is made much clearer in the wake of the most recent attack against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).

At work, Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a stretch of highway that acts as a staging area for a horrifying Wesen ritual.

In Vienna, Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) meets with a completely broken Adalind (Claire Coffee), now ready to be of assistance in finding and retrieving the baby. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) is surprised by the sudden arrival of an old friend.

Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz also star. Toni Trucks, Louise Lombard, and Erik Avari also guest star.

Related Story: Travel a Highway of Tears for Some Stills from Grimm Episode 4.06

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MTV Shows Off its Eye Candy

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:52

While we remain uncertain just when you can actually see music videos on MTV, the network is still exploring its love affair with the horror genre, and right now we have your first look at Victoria Justice in “Eye Candy.”

The show is set to debut Monday, January 12th. The 10-episode series is executive-produced by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

Justice plays Lindy, a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy is targeted by a dangerous cyberstalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.

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See How Godzilla Came to Life

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:45

The sequel to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (review) is still a long way off (hopefully the powers-that-be will remember to write the big guy into the movie this time), but that’s not stopping Legendary and FX company MPC from sharing a cool little behind-the-scenes video just in time for Thanksgiving!

Max Borenstein will write the screenplay for the sequel, which Gareth Edwards will direct. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island.

Related Story: Godzilla News Archive

Legendary and Warner Bros. have dated the sequel for June 8, 2018. Legendary is producing with Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia will oversee the project for Legendary.

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Maniac’s Nora Arnezeder Joins CBS’s Zoo

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:44

Earlier this month we learned that “Mad Men’s” James Wolk will be starring in CBS’s upcoming series “Zoo,” based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge; and now we have a bit more casting news to share.

Per Deadline, Paris-born Nora Arnezeder (Maniac, Safe House) will play Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator who meets Wolk’s character while she is on an African safari.

Wolk portrays Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated, and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

The 13-episode drama series will be broadcast in summer 2015.

Zoo the novel was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg (who also wrote the script together) are executive producers with Patterson, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson (Stonehearst Asylum, The Call, Session 9) is directing.  “Zoo” is a CBS Television Studios production.

The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

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MPC Breaks Down the ‘Godzilla’ VFX!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:29

With Black Friday looming, Warner and Legendary Pictures are hoping to give Godzilla another push. This afternoon they released a really cool behind-the-scenes look at how the VFX was accomplished – those of you who use Photoshop will appreciate the layering.

MPC, who also did World War Z and Prometheus, is behind the effects work.

Starring Bryan Cranston (and his wig), Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards.

Now on video, the world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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McG Producing Coming-of-Age ‘The Babysitter’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:20

McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has just picked up the Brian Duffield spec script The Babysitter in an auction, writes Deadline.

McG and Mary Viola will produce the unique horror/coming of age story, which unfortunately shares no plot details.

Duffield also penned the horror-romance Vivien Hasn’t Been Herself Lately, which will mark Duffield’s directorial debut.

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[TV] See Victoria Justice In the “Eye Candy” Promo

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:14

MTV has set a premiere date for “Eye Candy,”, while also revealing the first promo.

Set to debut Monday, January 12th, the 10-episode series is exec produced by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

The series stars Victoria Justice and “centers on a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy (Justice) is targeted by a dangerous cyberstalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.

Emmy Grinwis penned the pilot for “Eye Candy,” which is based on a novel by R.L. Stine.

Hardwicke, who also directed the fantastic Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, helmed the pilot.

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Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson Joins Murder Mystery

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:08

Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”), Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Jessica Biel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity), pictured, and Haley Bennett (The Hole) all have joined the cast of an untitled murder mystery, says Variety.

Andy Goddard, who helmed the third season finale of “Downton Abbey,” is directing. He’s been attached to the project — formerly known as The Blunderer — since early last year. It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer.”

Susan Boyd adapted the 1954 novel, which Highsmith wrote in between “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it all until the day the body of his wife — played by Biel — is found at the bottom of a cliff. Under the intense scrutiny of the investigation, he commits one mistake after another until he finds his perfect life derailed.

Producers are Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa, along with Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures, which is also financing with 120dB Films and Electric Shadow.

The film has started production in Cincinnati.

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McG’s Wonderland Acquires The Babysitter from Insurgent Scripter Brian Duffield

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:58

What’s this? A new horror movie heading our way next year that’s not a remake, sequel, OR adaptation? Read on for the first word on Brian Duffield’s The Babysitter, which McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has just picked up.

Per Deadline, Duffield’s spec script is a “unique horror/coming of age story.”  Not much else is known about The Babysitter except that it’s slated for 2015, McG and Mary Viola will produce, and Duffield will exec produce with Wonderland’s Director of Development Steven Bello, who brought the project in to the company. Wonderland’s COO James McGough brokered the deal along with David Boyle.

Duffield is best known for the upcoming Insurgent (the second installment of the popular Divergent series), and the horror-romance Vivien Hasn’t Been Herself Lately, which also serves as his directorial debut.

We’ll have more as it comes!

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‘The Ring’ Figure That Never Was…

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:06

Black Friday is looming so I started creating my own wish list for the holidays.

Among looking over NECA’s upcoming Alien figures, I started fantasizing about horror-themed figures I’ve always wanted and remembered that NECA once teased a Samara figure based on the 2002 The Ring. In fact, they had big plans for Samara, only they could never secure the license from DreamWorks.

What was so cool about the concept – announced back in 2005 – was that there was to be a pair of bases, one of the infamous well, and the other of the even more famous television set!

NECA had also promised Samara would have “flexible hair” (that would have been a first).

It’s a bummer this never came into fruition, but at least we have pictures to dream of what could have been.

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[TV] CBS’ “Zoo” Unleashes Violent Animals

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:54

French actress Nora Arnezeder (pictured in Maniac; Safe House) is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS’ new summer drama series “Zoo,” says Deadline.

Based on the novel by James Patterson, “ ‘Zoo’ is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. It centers on Jackson Oz (Wolk), a renegade American zoologist running safaris in the wilds of Africa who is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic.

Arnezeder will play Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator who meets Oz while she is on an African safari.

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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Readying a Headshot for February

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:27

We’ve been talking about Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard starring Billy Zane, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, and Dee Wallace for quite some time; and now we’re happy to announce that the flick is coming home to DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay!

From the Press Release:
The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die; instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?

On February 3, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, an exciting survival thriller about a fallen world that’s provocative as it is chilling. Written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and with a stellar genre cast including Billy Zane (Electrick Children, Titanic, Dead Calm), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.,” Walled In), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’s Playground), and Brian Anthony Wilson (Law Abiding Citizen, Limitless), Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is presented in an unrated version on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an SRP of $26.99 for Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for DVD.

In the film the “Zombie Killers” are a small band of young adults, trained by military vet Seiler (Zane), who have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood’s last survivors.

Bonus features on Zombie Killer: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-ray™ and DVD include the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Bloodbath and Beyond,” “The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” and “Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Behind the Scenes.”

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At the Devil’s Door and Cam2Cam Head to Home Video

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:15

IFC Midnight has scheduled two new movies for a home video release, At the Devil’s Door and Cam2Cam, and we have your arrival details right here! Look for both of them December 16, 2014.

From the Press Release:
A real estate agent looking to sell a house must deal with a satanic presence that just won’t vacate the premises in AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, a star-studded shocker that will have home audiences cringing when it comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 16, 2014, via IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh (Best Actress Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno; Maria Full of Grace, Che, “Red Band Society”) is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed, possibly abused teenaged girl who seems to be a squatter in the empty house – and who, Leigh learns, is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property.

When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister, Vera (Naya Rivera; “Glee”) into its web and has sinister plans for both of them. Ashley Rickards of MTV’s hit series “Awkward” also stars.

With nail-biting terror, writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s (The Pact) AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR is an unforgettable venture into the supernatural. “If spookhouse immersion is your horror-flick bottom line, you’ll relish AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR,” said Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice. Wrote Aisle Seat’s Mike McGranaghan, “Containing some genuinely gutsy, unexpected twists, [the film] cheerfully plays with your expectations, pulling the rug out from under you whenever it damn well pleases.”

The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and screened to acclaim at other international festivals before receiving a national theatrical release from IFC Midnight.

What happens when the virtual world and the real world collide, and the people on the other side of the screen you thought you were safe from turn out to be dangerously close? A terrifying look at the supposed anonymity of online interactions, CAM2CAM shows that even in the real world, sometimes nothing is as it seems. Backpacker Allie (Tammin Sursok; “Pretty Little Liars,” 10 Rules for Sleeping Around) has just arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, to hunt down her sister’s killer. When Allie meets fellow Americans Michael and Marit (newcomer Ben Wiggins and Sarah Bonrepaux of ABCs of Death), she thinks she’s found some much-needed friends. But her new acquaintances are Web performers who harbor a terrible secret, and before long the dark menace beneath Michael’s easy charm and the strange bisexual magnetism of Marit lead Allie to a discovery that may bring her to the brink of madness. In a city where foreigners come to reinvent themselves, Allie learns, perhaps too late, that people aren’t necessarily who you think they are.

This chilling IFC Midnight theatrical release is from writer-director Joel Soisson (Children of the Corn: Genesis; The Prophecy: Uprising, Pulse 2: Afterlife).

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Bigfoot Exists on DVD

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:02

The latest Bigfoot film to stomp our way, Exists from Ed Sanchez, is a winner; and if you missed it during its limited theatrical run or on VOD, fear not! You’ll soon be able to take the big guy home on DVD!

From the Press Release:
The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand.

From the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, Exists takes you back to the woods in this first-person account of a legend on a deadly attack. The Exists DVD includes an audio commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez, deleted scenes, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. The Exists DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life… and seeking murderous revenge.


  • Audio Commentary with Director Eduardo Sanchez
  • “21 Days in the Woods: Behind-the-Scenes of Exists” featurette
  • “Bringing Bigfoot to Life” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

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‘Last Year’ Embraces 80′s Horror Movie Clichés

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:51

Investigating strange noises, spilling up to explore a seemingly abandoned cabin, gratuitous nude scenes — we have film franchises dedicated to making fun of these overused 80′s horror movie tropes, even though we secretly love them. Last Year is the kind of game that embraces these familiar clichés, because they’re great. It’s dripping with love for the genre, it even has a stereotypical jock named Chad. That’s fantastic.

With its asymmetrical multiplayer, which pits five teens against a masked murderer, Last Year sounds a lot like Damned. The serial killer can even turn invisible — something the monsters in Damned can also do — giving the player who controls him the chance to find the perfect spot to spy on and/or sneak up behind those unsuspecting teens.

If its Kickstarter successfully raises the $50,000 they’re asking for, Last Year will bring its 80′s horror goodness exclusively to PC.

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Oscar Isaac to Play Villain in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Apocalypse”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:26

Variety has acquired the scoop that Bryan Singer has pegged Oscar Isaac to play Apocalypse in 2016′s “X-Men: Apocalypse.” He’s an inspired choice. My only familiarity with Isaac was the Coen Brother’s “Inside Llewyn Davis” which I absolutely loved. He seems to be more comfortable in a moody and introspective role. Apocalypse has a stoic side, and this casting has surprised me but doesn’t dissuade my excitement after this summers “Days of Future Past.”

Looks like the X-Men franchise is here to stay for a little while longer.

Oscar Isaac will be playing the titular comicbook villain in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”

Bryan Singer is back to direct with Simon Kinberg penning the script.

Singer has described the upcoming X-Men film, which is expected to feature all cast members including Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy, as the most destructive movie in the franchise.

“‘Apocalypse’ will have more of the mass destruction that ‘X-Men’ films, to date, have not relied upon,” he recently said. “There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.”

Singer also suggested that “Apocalypse,” set in the 1980s, could feature younger versions of familiar characters.

Fox will release on May 27, 2016.

The most recent “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” co-starring Hugh Jackman, has earned a monstrous $745 million worldwide at the box office.

Singer had been meeting with actors for the past couple of weeks but sources say Isaac always seemed like the type of actor Singer wanted for the role and the long-time favorite from the start.

Isaac is set to have a big year ahead of him with A24′s “A Most Violent Year” set to bow in December, with the company feeling it will have major awards play for Isaac. He is also set to star in the next “Star Wars” pic for Disney.

What do you think of Isaac’s casting? Will he make a good En Sabah Nur?

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BD Playlist: Zac Vol. 4

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:00

Today brings another BD Playlist, a selection of tracks and albums that we, the BD writers, compile for your enjoyment! We like showing a bit of ourselves to our readers, so this gives us a chance for you to enter our world.

Today we’re featuring our comic book editor, Zac Thompson, who has a list comprised entirely of movie soundtracks!

Zac writes:

I should preface this with saying that I’ve spent the last month engrossing myself in the soundtracks I love. I’m writing a horror novel for National Novel Writing Month, and these were the five pieces I’ve listened to over and over again while writing. They inspire a certain sense of emptiness in me that I haven’t been able to find much anywhere else, each of them are hauntingly beautiful in their own way.

Head on in for Zac’s musical selections!

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In Defense Of Sam Raimi’s ‘Drag Me to Hell’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:02

Article by Trace Thurman

Full confession: I love horror comedies. Any movie from Evil Dead 2 all the way to the more recent Cabin in the Woods holds a special place in my heart. That is why it really bums me out that more people don’t like Drag Me to Hell . There are even horror buffs like myself, who swear by director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, who hate Drag Me to Hell. Since I fell in love with the sub-genre when I saw Critters (a hilarious ’80s creature feature that is essentially a rip-off of Gremlins) as a child, I have always tried to watch all of the horror comedies that came out (many of the ones that released nowadays see rave reviews but also very low box office numbers). Drag Me to Hell is one of my favo

Horror comedies are a tough sell. Years ago, when I was a junior in college working at Blockbuster (yes, Blockbuster), I got a lot of insight as to what kinds of movies people my age liked and what they didn’t. Horror comedies were definitely on the “dislike” list. There was the occasional film that everyone loved and thought was hilarious (Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland) but for the most part, they just weren’t anyone’s cup of tea. Take this list of movies and think about any of them that you like (although if you are reading this post you probably actually do like most of them):

  • Gremlins
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Tremors
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Army of Darkness
  • Fright Night
  • Ghostbusters
  • Dead Alive
  • Misery
  • This is the End
  • Hatchet
  • Ghostbusters
  • Beetlejuice
  • Zombieland
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Sorority Row
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • Scream
  • Slither
  • Piranha 3D
  • Drag Me to Hell












Some of these are very obviously comedies with elements of horror (Shaun of the Dead, Ghostbusters, This is the End) and others are horror movies with elements of comedy (Misery, Gremlins, Fright Night). Obviously, your enjoyment of any of these movies depends on your sense of humor, but I have to tell you that they are all in the same genre. Out of that list, the films that seem to have the lowest standing in the mainstream are Slither, Piranha 3D, Sorority Row and Drag Me To Hell. With the exception of Sorority Row, all of those movies received very good reviews (I still love Sorority Row, but that’s a discussion for another post), with Drag Me to Hell scoring the best reviews at 216 positive and 19 negative, for a 92% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Alright, enough of the history lesson. Let’s get down to the meat of things. While working at Blockbuster, I loved to recommend Drag Me to Hell to customers, but I quickly learned that I had to recommend it with a bit of a precursor. People would return it (and the other movies listed in the above paragraph) and tell me how stupid each one is and that they weren’t scary at all. I realized something: no one knew that they were watching comedies.

Granted, Drag Me to Hell kind of screwed itself over with its trailer:

By marketing itself as a pure horror movie, the movie had already firmly cemented the expectations for anyone walking into it. If you didn’t read any reviews or articles about the film, you would enter the theater expecting “the return of true horror.” This they most definitely did not get. Drag Me to Hell is a fun, goofy little horror movie and you really have to know that to get the most enjoyment out of it. It has a lot of cheap jump scares to pump some adrenaline through the audience, but is it a truly terrifying film? Not really (one caveat for this answer would be the final scene of the film, but more on that later). This is not to say there aren’t serious aspects to the film. There are scary moments and genuinely disturbing moments (in the film’s opening scene, a small child is literally dragged to Hell), but overall it blends the comedy in with the horror seamlessly.

What puzzles me most is that many of the people that didn’t like the movie actually thought it was trying to be serious. It seems that the more straightforwardly comedic the movie is (Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland), the more people seem to like it. But if a film has too much horror in it, then audiences will view the comedic aspects of the film as “stupid.” My only response to that is the infamous cursing-goat scene in the film. How could anyone think a movie in which a goat gets possessed and starts slinging obscenities at the lead character is anything but hilarious (and not trying to take itself seriously)? I mean, look at this:

How do you not laugh at that? Or better yet, how do you watch that and still think that you are watching a serious horror film? Drag Me to Hell is full of moments of humor (the superbly choreographed parking garage fight scene, the literal geyser of a nosebleed, the Looney Toons-ish anvil-on-the-head gag, I could go on) so it’s not like the talking goat just comes out of nowhere. This is such an enjoyable film and I’m just puzzled as to why I seem to be in the minority with this one.

To anyone who has not seen this movie, Drag Me to Hell tells the story of Christine Brown, a bank loan officer who refuses to extend a mortgage payment to an old gypsy woman named Sylvia Ganush. Mrs. Ganush curses Christine with the Lamia, a goat demon that will mess with her for three days before finally dragging her to Hell to burn for all eternity.

I get it, it doesn’t exactly sound like the lightest material; and I actually jumped a lot throughout the film. I don’t really qualify “jump scares” as being actually scary, but this movie kind of toyed with your expectations of the jumps and clearly has a lot of fun doing it. That’s all I can really say about how to enjoy this movie as a horror comedy. If you’re not sold with that then you probably won’t find anything to enjoy about the movie, and I feel bad for you.

Moving on to just why this is a good movie, I have to start with the performances. Alison Lohman is put through a lot in Drag Me to Hell (especially when it comes to various things flying into her mouth) and I applaud her for putting up with a lot of this stuff. Ellen Page was originally cast as Christine but dropped out do star in Drew Barrymore’s Whip It. When she left, Alison Lohman was cast and, even though she is a lesser-known actress, I’m really glad. Lohman sells the part of a former fat girl who just wants to move up in her career and have a steady relationship with her boyfriend (Justin Long). You actually feel for her when bad things happen to her (and trust me, they happen). Speaking of Long, he gets the thankless boyfriend role but he does get some good moments to play against-type (unless you’ve seen Jeepers Creepers).

You also can’t talk about Drag Me to Hell without mentioning the villainess herself. Lorna Raver doesn’t have a lot of screen time as Mrs. Ganush, but damn if she doesn’t leave a lasting impression. She is one of the most hateful, disgusting, and unlikable characters I have ever seen put to film, and I am surprised the actress agreed to do the role considering all of the things she was required to do (see below) Raver infuses Mrs. Ganush with a menace that you feel throughout the entire film, and you learn to hate her so much that you actually begin to enjoy when gross things happen to her.

Sam Raimi does a great job directing (and co-writing, with his brother Ivan) the film as well. Although many horror fans were disappointed that his return to the horror genre was not Evil Dead 4 (which is fine considering we got an Evil Dead remake 4 years later), you would be hard-pressed not to see the influence those films had on the making of Drag Me to Hell. The CGI he chooses to use is laughably bad in some parts (although that may have been intentional) so I do wish he would have used more practical effects like he used to, but that may have been in an attempt to get a PG-13 rating. Nevertheless, Raimi is trying something (sort of) new here and I believe it works.


Finally, the reason why I think this movie works is the ending. If you’ve never seen the movie, stop reading now if you don’t want to know how it ends. What I love most about Drag Me to Hell is that even though there is a lot of comedy in the film, it is book-ended by completely horrifying, serious scenes. As I mentioned earlier, a young boy is dragged to Hell in the opening scene of the film. In the finale, Christine does indeed get dragged into Hell to burn for all eternity as her boyfriend (who was about to propose to her) helplessly watches from above before the film cuts to a black screen with nothing but the film’s title showing.

I admit, when I first saw the movie, I was kind of angry. I didn’t want Christine to go to Hell because she had done nothing wrong (reading online, you can actually see people debating whether or not she deserved it based solely on the fact that she refused to extend Mrs. Ganush’s mortgage payment, or for sacrificing her cat to the Lamia in exchange for her life which….ugh). I fully expected Christine to survive by passing the curse on to her annoying co-worker Stu. But alas, it was not meant to be. Sam Raimi wanted to sucker punch the audience and in my case, he did. I walked out of the theater (both times I saw it) quite depressed. This tonal shift may have been too jarring for the audience and further confused them as to just what kind of movie they were watching. I totally understand that. It took me several viewings of Drag Me to Hell to get over it (and it still packs an emotional punch even though I know it’s coming every time I watch it).

That being said, I think that is the point (if there is a “point” to Drag Me to Hell other than to entertain). We are supposed to care about Christine and hope the worst for Mrs. Ganush. If we didn’t, then the ending wouldn’t have the effect it does. In the end, Drag Me to Hell becomes the ultimate tragedy. After everything Christine went through (and she went through a lot in three days), she couldn’t save herself. It is just very jarring to have the movie be so silly and then be slammed with an ending like that. That is probably why the opening scene was what it was: to remind the audience that even though Raimi knows how to have fun, he can still stick it where it hurts.

With all of that being said, I hope you give Drag Me to Hell a second chance. It really is a great movie with a lot of moving parts that work perfectly together 99% of the time. Like most of the movies in my “In Defense Of” columns, it’s not for everyone, but I think if you watch it again from a new perspective (or for the first time at least knowing what you’re getting in to), you will enjoy Drag Me to Hell. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

This article originally appeared on Wine and Watch.

ABOUT TRACE: Trace is a graduate of the Radio/TV/Film program University of Texas at Austin and still lives in Austin. An avid fan of the horror genre, he spends most of his free time reading about/watching movies and TV shows and endlessly harassing his friends to watch underrated gems. He has a strong dislike for the lack of tact/respect present on Internet message boards and is on a mission to promote thoughtful, polite discussions between people who disagree about things online.

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