Sam Raimi Writing a New Horror Movie … Oh Joy
Bloody-Disgusting is reporting that Sam Raimi is currently at work with his brother writing a new horror flick. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m getting more and more skeptical and cynical as I get older, but I just haven’t been impressed with anything Raimi’s done in a really long time. I’m talking ARMY OF DARKNESS, people!! In a recent interview, when asked if he was planning on foregoing the big budget flicks and returning to the horror genre, Raimi had the following to say:
“I’m thrilled to be able to make bigger budget pictures… but I’m really excited about making another horror movie. I’m writing one with my brother right now and I’m really looking forward to it. I love that crowd… It’s great when you can do something they like, there’s nothing as rewarding as that. Being in the audience when a bunch of horror fans really seem like the movie is so much fun. It’s the greatest high in the world.”
I admit that Raimi genuinely sounds stoked to get back to his roots, and I don’t want any of you to think I’m not a Raimi fan. I most certainly am. EVIL DEAD 2 is in my top ten horror film picks of all time. And yes; I like EVIL DEAD 2 more than the original. When people keep talking about the upcoming EVIL DEAD remake I always point out that the EVIL DEAD was already remade … back in 1987. It was called, EVIL DEAD 2!!
[Horror fans are] very savvy to film technique. The horror audience is the most original audience out there. They don’t want sequels, they don’t want what most of the audience wants. Most of the time audiences want to see versions of what they’ve seen before. Horror audiences are like, ‘no. Show me something I’ve never seen before! I want to be freaked out!’ My hat’s off to them. They’re a really original audience. Even more than the art film crowd they’re the ones who break new ground and accept new techniques from filmmakers on the cutting edge. Not the indie guys, but those guys. The low-budget horror fans.”
I couldn’t agree more with those thoughts. Some articles are touting the new horror film as Raimi’s return to the horror genre. Uuhhh didn’t we already get his “return to the genre”? Remember 2009′s extremely disappointing and redundant DRAG ME TO HELL? Yeah; exactly!!
More on the details of Raimi’s new horror film as it becomes available. What do you think about Raimi’s career path choices?