Seriously, this is some quality filmmaking here, that happens to also be terrifying. Even my mom likes it.
Some reasons it is awesome:
The shots and culture of Utqiaġvik/Barrow, Alaska.
The vampires are unlike other vampires. They are almost alien and have their own language. “[A] fictional vampire language, with click consonants, was constructed with the help of a professor of linguistics and the nearby University of Auckland. [Director David] Slade explained, ‘We designed this really simple language that didn’t sound like any particular accent that you would be aware of.'”
The graphic novels are also beautiful and horrifying.
After years bereft of decent YouTube content of Sam Raimi that goes beyond sound bites into what I really want which are hours of hearty in-depth interviews to geek out on, it finally occurred to me to search podcast archives with the idea that this format allows for longer conversations and perhaps, for Raimi, more comfort because it’s audio-only.
I found two. They are both fantastic, and between them, they arguably contain more Raimi time than all of YouTube combined.
Filmmaker Sam Raimi is a true geek God. Decades later after the original Evil Dead, he has returned to the franchise with the new Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. Sam chats with Josh about all things Evil Dead from the very early beginnings to the brand new chapter in the series.
Highlights (you have to HEAR them; it’s all in the delivery; just trust me and do it):
16:30: “Your protagonists tend to suffer a great deal… I guess that’s good drama though, in a way.”
“I think it’s more my recognition of a sickness the audience has that I am simply trying to cure.”
31:49: “What do you think your best performance in film has been… I have a fondness for Hudsucker Proxy which I know you co-wrote, and you appear, you’re one of the two kind of idea men.”
(Quoting the film.) “‘An idea man. I like the whole idea of the idea man idea.'”
42:00: His whole story of getting the Spider-man gig is precious.
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“[Comedy and horror are] the genres that cause the most visceral reactions.”
“While their aims are very different, comedy and horror both affect us on a base level—that sets them apart from other genres.”
“Unlike most horror comedies that have funny parts and scary parts, here [in Evil Dead II] the funny parts are the scary parts, and vice versa.”
“What Raimi recognizes is that the construction of a scare is more or less the same as the construction of a laugh—there’s a setup, and a payoff.”
“His brand of manipulation rests on knowing how we will react to certain things, and aiming to put us through a sort of fun house experience, eliciting the most visceral reaction possible.”
Bruce Campbell has been killing it as the iconic Ash Williams on the Starz TV series Ash vs. Evil Dead. But before the TV show, there was the Evil Dead trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi. Today, we’re talking about 10 random facts you may not know about the second Evil Dead film, starting with…
“I have found that when the audience is set up for a sequence of suspense, and they expect a scare, oftentimes you can give them a punchline instead, and the buildup to that punchline can work as a suspense sequence.
“The construction of a suspense sequence is very similar to the construction of a joke. And in a horror film, that suspense sequence is capped with a scare, and in a joke, it’s capped with an unexpected punchline, and I find the two can be interchangeable.”
The first trailer for the latest version of Stephen King’s It has landed, suggesting that yet another generation of children will be haunted by visions of an evil, sewer-dwelling clown. It’s the first of a proposed two-part adaptation of the 1986 novel that was originally turned into a mini-series in 1990, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise, a clown that kidnaps and eats children.
Being a horror fan isn’t easy. You fall in love with a no-bullshit, nightmare-inducing killer, then the next thing you know he’s in Manhattan, going to hell, or bumbling around in space. It was probably never John Carpenter’s intention to have the ultimate opponent of Michael Myers be Mr. Break Ya Neck, either.
This is a fascinating and almost entirely well-researched piece with a huge error.
I hate to be the pedant here (though really I love it) but it did NOT start with Nightmare (however it did start with Wes Craven).
Sam Raimi explains the true origins here, in this video I’ve seen just once or twice, starting at 4:14:
Nick Hornby‘s “Juliet, Naked” is coming to the big screen!! Oh my goodness, in many ways this is the announcement I’ve been waiting for since ’09!
But when I read the article, my elan dwindled. The combination of it looking like an entirely American production, and some of the meh-inducing people involved, and the screenplay NOT having been written by Nick Hornby makes me a little queasy.
I know that they (“they” not being the people involved in this production, but rather other American filmmakers and people who are not Nick Hornby) did a good job with “High Fidelity,” but I’m a little more attached to this novel.
And it should be all about me and my expectations, of course.
My undying love for “Juliet, Naked” was immortalized back in ’09 with this review.
I am still excited, but now, hesitantly, warily. I will cheerlead for it no matter what, even if it’s mostly to get people to read the book, which is, je ne sais quoi, One Of The Best Novels Ever Written; nbd.
What’s stronger than saying “TRUTH”? Mega-truth? Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman: “I thought, I should be beautiful. If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible.” “I think I’m an interesting woman, when I look at myself on the screen. And I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character, because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that woman have to have in order for us to ask them out…. There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.”
Had to find this again, the original “Dueling Banjos” from Deliverance, after seeing the slightly sad attempt at it by Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog. I love this scene. It really gets going a little over 2 minutes into it.