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Raimi Returns to the Horror Game
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Fresh off her Oscar-nominated turn in Juno, Page is ready for an all-expenses-paid trip to Hell.


With Guillermo del Toro set to direct back-to-back installments of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Sam Raimi is free to revisit his horror roots with Drag Me to Hell, a thriller he wrote with his brother, Ivan Raimi. The pair, who last collaborated on Spider-Man 3, wrote the script for their latest slice of supernatural terror more than a decade ago, on the heels of 1992’s Army of Darkness. It will mark Raimi’s directorial debut for Ghost House, the production company he founded six years ago with fellow filmmaker Rob Tapert.

“Sam calls it a ‘spook-a-blast,’ a wild ride with all the chills and spills that Evil Dead delivered, without relying on the excessive violence of that film,” Tapert told Variety. “When one has done three very expensive movies, they get used to eating caviar. Sam will have to ponder what it means to come down from the mountaintop for a moment.

“The appeal to Sam on Drag Me to Hell was returning to what he had once done and loved doing, which was entertaining a very specific group of fans and providing a roller-coaster ride for them. He doesn't have the enormous pressure here that goes with handling a hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars franchise.”

Joining Raimi for his first post-Spiderman adventure will be Oscar-nominated Juno star Ellen Page, who will play the victim of a dreaded curse in Hell. It will be her first role since her breakthrough turn as a teenager struggling through an unexpected pregnancy; for Raimi, who had been considered a candidate to direct New Line’s Lord of the Rings prequels, it will be a prelude to Ghost House’s long-awaited remake of his horror classic The Evil Dead.

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