Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sam Raimi on his new horror Drag Me to Hell & The Evil Dead

“I almost died of cold making The Evil Dead,” he says of the shoot in the Tennessee woods. “My hands were covered in Karo syrup [which he famously used for the blood and pus effects], I was freezing and I couldn’t even load the film. It was a nightmare.”

The Evil Dead not only took off at the box office — made for $375,000 (£246,000) it has so far taken nearly $30 million — it was also a hit on video. Dropping out of college, Raimi started work on Evil Dead II and then bigger films with bigger stars, such as the western The Quick and the Dead with Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, Darkman with Liam Neeson and A Simple Plan with Billy Bob Thornton. Unfortunately, for all their pedigree, none of these films did very well.

“I have never really made a lot of successful films,” he says. “I had a small cult following with those horror movies, but in Hollywood you have to have some hits behind you to get final cut.”

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