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Post  Jakob on Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:51 am

Horror movies, for me I've only recently realized, are a bit of a nerd hurdle. Or a lame hurdle perhaps. Or a they-don't-bring-it-and-I'm-bored hurdle. I didn't realize the extent of my hurdle until I felt myself being resistant to going to Drag Me To Hell. If asked I would ahve said, "Yes, I like horror movies." But then I haven't gone out of my way to watch one in a logn time. And those I have ended watching left me feeling "meh" for the most part. But Drag Me delivered on every promise. B-movie comedy cheese that doesn't undermine the horror sequences; horror sequences that are somehow classic without been played-out or too predictable. And in true Raimi brothers form, you're laughing and clutching your arm-rests at the same time. I haven't heard an audience laugh, applaud, scream and clap that much in a long, long time.

Drag Me To Hell > Star Trek.
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Post  Mandi on Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:34 am

It's impressive when film makers include just the right amount of toothless, old ladies mouthing/noming on chins/lower jaws. Not too much, not too little... just right. Mr. Raimi, I salute you.
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Post  Marius on Mon Jun 08, 2009 12:59 pm

For me horror flicks aren't a nerd hurdle so much as they are a 'I'm a chronic insomniac who doesn't need more reasons to not sleep' hurdle. That and fear is just not a pleasant emotion to me. Fear sucks. affraid
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Post  Mandi on Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:04 pm

I was scared out of my pants at Drag Me To Hell. I spent the whole movie scrunched down in my seat cluching my bag and hiding behind my scarf. I managed not to scream, but I think I whimpered a few times.
Spoiler:
I was warned about something bad happening to a kitty and that part wasn't as bad as I was expecting, so that was a relief.
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Post  Jakob on Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:06 pm

"Whimper"? It was louder than a whimper. Quieter than a scream though. I'll give you that.
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Post  GAB on Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:51 pm

Jakob wrote:"Whimper"? It was louder than a whimper. Quieter than a scream though. I'll give you that.
Like the Elvis Costello song?
Wait, no, that's "From a Whisper to a Scream" instead.
No

I have a big "horror fan" hurdle. Too many of them take it all way too seriously. It's one of those geeky by emphasis situations.
I enjoy laughing through them from time to time. Phantasm II was an absolute scream -- both in the stuff jumping out at you sense but also in the "what a hilarious load of crap" sense, too.

I was asked to leave the room once at a high school party where Halloween was showing on HBO. My laughter was disturbing the other viewers. (I was the only one, it seems, picking up on the sexual subtext to the knifing of naked coeds.)
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Post  mediasaurusrex on Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:00 pm

SOoooooo glad to see this thread, Jakob.

It seems like I am a lost prophet here with my friends. Everyone is tired of the Raimi thing and no one will take a chance. I almost didn't myself. But this film is a whirring contraption...a war machine. It winds itself up and goes and goes till the last frame.

"Did I get some in my mouth? Did I get some in my mouth?"

I am serious, this film schooled all of these up and coming asshats who are making PG-13 frightfests for the kiddie crowd. THIS MOVIE IS NOT SAFE...that is what I love about it. That is what I have always loved about the classic Raimi syllabus.

A Bruce Campbell cameo would have been nice...but then again, his antics weren't needed here.

I would consider myself a begrudging horror afficionado. Most of the genre sucks burro balls. But every now and then, something really delivers. Sometimes it is a delivery with some solid camp or a good plot twist. DRAG ME TO HELL is rare in the fact that it redlines the EQ on all points.

It is BADASS, point BLANK.

Here is a quote I recently read that made me smile in regards to this flick:
But, seriously, any Raimi fan who doesn't go see this in the theatre is a fool. An all-caps FOOL.


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Post  Jakob on Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:23 pm

I have to thank you for telling me to go see this. Though I probably would have gone anyway since Mandi and our friend Shara wanted to go. Despite your assurance, I was resisting though.
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Post  yohan on Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:48 pm

6 Reasons Why Horror Fans Make the Best Film Fans

That is all, for now.
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Post  GAB on Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:08 pm

yohan wrote:6 Reasons Why Horror Fans Make the Best Film Fans

That is all, for now.
Well spoken, and a valid flip-side to my hurdle. If all 6 of those points weren't true, then horror fans would be easy to dismiss.
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Post  Jakob on Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:22 pm

I meant to mention this in my original post and it relates to you horror fan hurdle.

Behind us were the docuhiest nerdbag Raimi fans. In front of us were some normies. The normies were enjoying the film, laughing at the cheesiness and everything else everone was laughing at. This was a loud audience. It was on fire and I didn't think these two kids were any different from the fans. Maybe a bit loud. But so was the guy at the back of the theatre. Anyway, at the end of the film, the nerdbags were dissing the normies saying "Good thing they left as soon as it was over or I'd kicked their ass." Hearing that, I had to start listening, because... WTF?

Other points they collectively made in their entire credits-roll of douchebaggery was: "They laughed at stuff that they weren't supposed to. They just didn't have the background to understand it." Another guy added, "Or the grey matter."

Near as we could piece together the "background" was a suspended-in-air dance the demon does at the end which was a nod back to Raimi's Evil Dead days. I think it was intended to be hilarious. The nerds seemed to think it was sacred hommage. I figure the two normie kids at the front understood the movie more than the fans did.

I had the urge to turn around and say "You should be ashamed of yourselves. You are type of people who give nerds a bad name." But they seemed to be in a fighting mood. And I wasn't.
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Post  yohan on Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:58 pm

There were some hilarious anti-Raimi and anti-PG-13 voicemail rants on the last Splattercast from people refusing to see the movie. The guys on the show had a nice rant against that line of thinking.
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Post  mediasaurusrex on Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:00 pm

I too was in a rowdy crowd. But not quite as erudite in Raimi as yours. As a matter of fact, from what I could tell, it was me vs everyone in the room. I was rolling with my 14 year old daughter and I had given her a pretty serious verbal crash course too.

I had a row of perfumed 16-18 year old princesses behind me.

"He did not just say that."
"Oh my GOD!"
"F*ck my life!"
"That computer guy is kinda hot!"
"AiiiiiIIIIIIIEEEEEEEeeeEEEEeeeEEE!!!!"
"Try dipping your popcorn in your ice cream it is f*cking delicious!"
"I'm not going to sleep for a week!"
"Oh my GOD! She just said she was gonna GET SOME!"


They obviously had an effect on me because I can quote them more than a week after the fact.

Upshot is that these girls were truly disturbed by the film.

ROWDY PACKED OUT HOUSE. That is the way to see this thing.
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Post  weathereye on Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:39 pm

I haven't seen Drag Me yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Raimi horror is in a class by itself.

As a lifelong horror movie fan, I am rarely scared or surprised anymore. Most modern horror is either (a) not even remotely chilling or (b) badly made. Whenever something with promise comes along -- Dead Silence is one I can think of -- the redeeming qualities are overcome by crap acting, crap editing and crap directing.

Thank god for DVDs. I can fall back on classic 70s horror whenever something garbagey ruins it for me. And, of course, there's always Mexican B-horror, which never fails to entertain.

The Horror Etc. podcast recently devoted three shows to John Carpenter, which prompted me to re-watch the bulk of his canon. In The Mouth of Madness, in particular, really resonated. In a perfect bit of irony, as I was watching it I was Facebook-chatted by an old friend who was married in the "black evil" church featured in the movie. It's north of Toronto, that Slovak Rite Byzantine beauty with the golden onions. I told her what I was watching and she said she's never lived that down.
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