Yet another film that's had some trouble behind the scenes, Sam Raimi's new horror movie Drag Me To Hell finally has a trailer. The pictures released so far have looked very creepy indeed and with Raimi's resume (with the mega exception of the awful Spider-Man 3) this hopefully promises to be something very scary and fun.
If you're a regular reader of Screen Rant you may remember that fellow writer Sabrina Cognata had the chance to see an early test screening of Drag Me to Hell. It was a rough cut, but not so rough that it couldn't be judged like any other movie. Generally speaking, she said Raimi didn't really get the right balance of scares and laughs - as he did with the most awesome Evil Dead trilogy.
Anyway, I don't want to keep you in suspense anymore, so here is the trailer:
Here is the plot synopsis for the film if you haven't heard it before:
A loan officer (Lohman) ordered to evict an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, who turns her life into a living hell. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
My initial and honest reaction to the trailer is that I was a bit underwhelmed. I'm not really sure if the bits which made me chuckle were on purpose or whether it was the writing that was so bad it was laughable. From what I could see it was more a case of the latter, but of course it could just be the way the trailer is cut that's making me think that.
Here are a few still shots from the film:
However I am still interested in this for two reasons: That scene in the parking lot (which Sabrina mentioned as one of the highlights of the cut of the film she saw) was downright frightening, and it's directed by Sam Raimi. Although he's certainly had a cataclysmic bad day at the office in the past with Spider-Man 3, he still is the guy who gave us the wonders of the Evil Dead movies and the first two installments in the Spider-Man franchise.
I'm willing to give him a chance with anything he does.
What do you make of the trailer? Find it scary at all or does it seem like Raimi hasn't got what he was trying to do right?
Drag Me To Hell is scheduled for a May 29th 2009 release.