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By James Whittington, Sunday 31st May 2009 It’s been years since Evil Dead director Sam Raimi has helmed a real horror movie but on May 27th he returns to the genre with the critically acclaimed shocker, Drag Me To Hell. Here in the second of a two-part feature we take a look at his Hollywood career and how he helped form one of the most successful movie franchises ever After Raimi impressed audiences with his super hero movie Darkman (1990) and The Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness (1992) he was once again being chased by major Hollywood producers. But Raimi decided to move away from the genre that made him famous and delivered a contemporary slant on an age-old theme. The Quick and the Dead (1995) is a Western with a cast made up of legends such as Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone and Lance Henriksen as well as relative newcomers Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Jigsaw himself Tobin Bell. The movie is, as you’d expect a visual feast with Stone playing a gunslinger with a secret and Crowe as the good guy. Hackman seethes and sneers as bad guy Herod (good name, eh?) it didn’t set the box office on fire but Raimi was already carving himself a strong name as a TV Producer. His shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) and Cleopatra 2525 (2000-2001) became cult viewing around the world but this wasn’t all the Raimi would be attached to during the 1990’s. In 1994 Sam joined forces with Ethan and Joel Coen to write the critically acclaimed movie The Hudsucker Proxy proving he could do straight drama as well as fantasy. But throughout the 90’s Raimi was constantly asked when Evil Dead 4 was coming and probably to move as far away as possible from such questions he delivered the atmospheric and quite beautiful thriller, A Simple Plan (1998). Dark and mysterious it was another critical hit and went on to be rewarded with two Oscar nominations. But box office gold was just around the corner when in 2002 Sam unleashed Spider-Man. This big screen outing for the webbed wonder catapulted him into the big league and cemented his reputation as a director with unique vision and the ability to horde plenty of adrenaline action packed set-pieces with intelligent and engrossing stories. Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007) all cleaned up at the box office in their respected years. But fans wanted Raimi to return to the horror genre and, at last, 2009 sees him back behind the lens directing the intense shocker Drag Me To Hell. The film concerns Christine Brown who is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, Professor Clay Dalton. Life is good until the mysterious Mrs Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks, and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home. In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a sceptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: how far will she go to break free of the curse? The film is classic Raimi, there’s stunning effects, a superb plot and some incredibly scary moments. We should all hail the return of the king, back on the horror throne where he deserves to be. As for Evil Dead 4, who needs it when Sam Raimi can deliver such unique and entertaining new shockers.
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