Not feeling it

Posted by · 3:41 pm · March 30th, 2009

My consistent disinterest in anything Sam Raimi has ever touched aside (“Spider-Man 2” and maybe “For Love of the Game” excepted), why do I hate every inch of this “Drag Me To Hell” trailer?  Is it the choice to force Allison Lohman into the role of a leading lady I can buy (which I can’t)?  Is it the the use of David Arnold’s “Kasuf Returns” from “Stargate” plopped over the last half of the trailer to over-amplify the urgency I should feel at the film’s goings on (which it doesn’t)?  Is it the eye-rolling nature of the horror genre for God knows how many years, something Raimi has come to exemplify, at least in my own mind?  Is it the Mac guy, distracting as always?

Maybe it’s all of the above.  But chalk this up right next to “Inglourious Basterds” as one of a few films I most certainly wouldn’t call “anticipated” this year:

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  • 1 3-30-2009 at 3:47 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Horror is pretty dead. But it has been for a while.

    The only way to save horror is to actually craft stories anyone cares about. The horror should just come naturally from that. Eli Roth ad all those like him are such vapid morons.

    “Some characters you don’t care about go someplace and get killed in bloody ways by some other characters you don’t care about.”

    Seems to be the prevailing formula.

    Without a good story, all a horror film is is a Booga Booga compilation. And I really couldn’t care less about cheap scares.

    Give me a character I really like and want to see survive, for a start.

  • 2 3-30-2009 at 3:47 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Yeah, at first I thought it could be a genuinely scary, effectively made horror film (“The Exorcist”), but after watching that it looks kind of derivative. Horror just isn’t what it used to be.

    On another note, how do you feel about this whole “Let the Right One In” DVD debacle? Have you watched the DVD yet, is it really that heinous, and do you think the correct theatrical version will be out soon?

  • 3 3-30-2009 at 3:49 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Or cheap gore for that matter. Torture porn is just a revival of the Grand Guignol, but without the talent.

  • 4 3-30-2009 at 3:55 pm

    Homero said...

    I love Allison Lohman, but she’s fantastic right where she is for now – supporting roles.

    This doesn’t even look like it’s worth watching on DVD…I’ll just wait until Spider-Man 4.

  • 5 3-30-2009 at 4:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    English: I’m lucky in that I still have my screener copy of the film direct from the studio (though I really want the Blu-ray). But I think the debacle is a cluster-fuck indeed and embarrassing. Luckily, to my understanding, the issue is being amended. But I honestly can’t say I’m all that surprised it happened in the first place.

  • 6 3-30-2009 at 4:30 pm

    Citysinner said...

    Wow, you couldn’t be more “on” with this article. The movie really does look stupid and Alison Lohman looks like she’s on Ritalin

  • 7 3-30-2009 at 5:03 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I think it looks good. It is supposed to be a horror comedy, like the “Evil Dead” movies, but Sony is marketing it as a horror movie just to get horror fans to the theaters. One thing I already admire about it already is that it is an original “horror” movie and not another remake.

  • 8 3-30-2009 at 5:05 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Horror is not dead. Horror has always been an extremely hard genre to master and we can go years without a good horror movie, and its always been that way. It makes it all the more special when there is a truely good horror. The last few Id consider are The Others, The Descent and Pans Labyrinth (if you count it). I promise once Guilermo del Toro gets to work on At the Mountian of Madness, Frankenstein, and Dr Jekyl Mr Hyde.

  • 9 3-30-2009 at 5:38 pm

    The Playlist said...

    Kris, if you hate this trailer, you’re going to hate the film even more. It’s like a bad, horror sitcom camp/MOTW. Then again, I don’t think Raimi was aiming any higher, but god.

  • 10 3-30-2009 at 8:56 pm

    tony rock said...

    wow…it really is amazing how far removed you elitists are from everyone else. this was shown at SXSW and received an ecstatic reaction from critics and audiences.

  • 11 3-30-2009 at 10:15 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Aw, that’s cute. People who don’t subscribe to facile genre entries are “elitists” now.

  • 12 3-30-2009 at 10:39 pm

    The InSneider said...

    I’m with ya, Kris. This one looks like campy PG-13 (i.e. neutered) dreck. But Tony Rock is right about the ecstatic reviews. AICN and most of the online horror press went crazy over it. I’ll believe it when I see it for myself. But I don’t like Lohman, I think the trailer kinda sucks, and Sam himself couldn’t sell me on it after talking to him (stand-up guy btw) for 45 mins. about it for the Hollywood Life piece I did on Ghost House. I’d really like to believe the early reviews out of SXSW but I remain skeptical of whether Raimi could really pull it off. I have a tough time getting behind “curse” movies to start with.

  • 13 3-30-2009 at 10:40 pm

    The InSneider said...

    Inglorious Bastards however, looks awesome. Embrace what QT is doing with his career. Eli Roth, a baseball bat and a bunch of Nazis. What’s not to like?

  • 14 3-30-2009 at 11:06 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The online horror press kind of worship at the Raimi altar.

    “Eli Roth, a baseball bat and a bunch of Nazis. What’s not to like?”

    Eli Roth, a baseball bat and a bunch of Nazis.

  • 15 3-30-2009 at 11:40 pm

    Dean Treadway said...

    Yeah, it looks bad. But, conversely, I think you’re totally in the wrong on INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. I don’t think Tarantino takes 2 or 3 years to do a bad movie. And, to date, with the exception of FOUR ROOMS, he hasn’t delivered a stinker. So why think THIS one is going to be any less entertaining than his past works? I’d think with your love of low-culture comic books, you might think it quality work.

  • 16 3-31-2009 at 6:36 am

    actionman said...

    Eli Roth is a retard who couldn’t direct his way out of a paper bag. All of his movies blow. Everyone knows this. And he’s a shitty actor. I want to see Basterds because of my love for QT, but other than Pitt, the cast is weak.

    The Drag Me to Hell trailer also sucks.

  • 17 3-31-2009 at 6:59 am

    Mike said...

    I agree, doesn’t look good to me… I know he is going back to his B horror movie roots, but still not impressed.

    As for the Let the Right One In subtitle debacle: Kris I think they are releasing a new version but I would not call the situation amended becuase last I heard they are not offering an exchange program for those of us who bought Blu-ray/DVD on day 1.

  • 18 3-31-2009 at 8:06 am

    Scott Ward said...

    Kris, about Basterds, we all know how your most anticipated list has turned out so far. Like you told a lot of people about that movie, let’s see it before we judge it.

  • 19 3-31-2009 at 9:01 am

    Chase Kahn said...

    This looks like it has the range and effectiveness of “The Reaping”. Can we put a moratorium on all parking garage scenes, please?

    The first 30 minutes of “The Descent” are the only truly skillful moments in contemporary horror in the last, oh how many years?

    I’m not surprised those goons at SXSW creamed themselves over it — looks like a turd.

  • 20 3-31-2009 at 9:45 am

    Diego said...


  • 21 3-31-2009 at 10:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Tarantino has, to date, delivered 3 stinkers: “Four Rooms,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2” and “Death Proof.”

    What does “low-culture comic books” even mean, Dean? And how is any opinion of them indicative of how I might feel about a baby making yet another self-absorbed piece of shit?

    Sorry to burst your bubble but you can’t classify my taste with such facile reasoning.

  • 22 3-31-2009 at 1:24 pm

    Nigel said...

    I think it’s very hard to argue that there is a great disconnect between what horror fans consider great horror and what mainstream critics consider great horror.

  • 23 3-31-2009 at 3:56 pm

    Michael said...

    I think this movie looks like a good movie to see with a bunch of friends late at night after some drinks to shout things at the screen and have a good time. Definitely not a movie to take seriously in any form. The trailer has me interested though.

  • 24 3-31-2009 at 5:49 pm

    THE Diego Ortiz said...

    Kazaam is a scary movie.

  • 25 3-31-2009 at 10:37 pm

    taylor said...

    whats the bashing about Alison Lohman about? She’s a pretty good actress. I dont get it.

  • 26 4-01-2009 at 12:16 am

    Scott Ward said...

    Yea, because Synder has never done anything to make us think he can do nothing short of a masterpiece. And Tarantino, I mean what has he ever done?

  • 27 4-01-2009 at 12:33 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Nothing of quasi-note in four years and nothing of considerable note in over a decade. What does Snyder have to do with anything again? Oh, right, you’re obsessed.

  • 28 4-01-2009 at 12:54 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Speaking as someone whose favourite film of 2003 was “Kill Bill: Vol 1,” I have to say I thought “Death Proof” was absolutely unwatchable.

    And that trailer for “Basterds” does nothing to convince me that Tarantino’s head has found a way out of his ass — the tone appears too smug to be genuinely playful.

    So I’m with Kris on this one. But I hope to be surprised.

  • 29 4-01-2009 at 2:07 am

    Scott Ward said...

    Your most anticipated of 2009 – Watchmen (overall, turned out to be pretty disappointing)

    Done by a director who is all about visualization and has never proven that he can do anything that carries any artistic weight.

    Your least anticipated: Inglorious Basterds

    Done by a director who has proven that he can produce breath taking cinematic works. Yet for some reason you still hardly give it a chance.

    That’s my overly simple reasoning for bringing up Synder. You’ve been wrong once already, so maybe it’s time to back of the bold predictions for a little while. It’s not complicated and it’s not my fault you mistake that for obsession.

    You keep harping on Tarantino’s recent work, which is certainly not great, but no matter what he does for the rest of his life, that still doesn’t change Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs at all.

    And in the hopes that your pedestal might shrink, go back and read my post on the Fearful Symmetry thread.

  • 30 4-01-2009 at 2:13 am

    Scott Ward said...

    Oh how convenient, it’s gone.

  • 31 4-01-2009 at 2:59 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Scott: Nobody is deleting comments — the server changeover has caused some to go AWOL though.

  • 32 4-01-2009 at 6:12 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “That’s my overly simple reasoning…”


  • 33 4-02-2009 at 12:55 pm

    chad said...

    Just catching up on these comments and coincidentally just saw Oldboy last night. I find the two intertwined because I can’t imagine what it is in people that makes them call films like Oldboy and Kill Bill “cool”. They are reprehensible films with flimsy plots thrown together simply for a chance to stage violence.