Drag Me to Hell

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When you think about it, the film Ghost has the exact same plot as your average supernatural horror film. It’s about a wronged spirit haunting a former lover through possession and manipulation, only to provoke and carry out gruesome revenge on those who wronged him. The only difference is that we watch horror movies from the side of the haunted, and not the one doing the haunting. Also, there sadly tends to be much less romantic pottery making. Here’s a handful of spooks who, like Swayze, totally were in the right.

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Sam Raimi Directing

Bridging two worlds, Sam Raimi has done something incredibly difficult as a filmmaker. He’s proven himself as the capable creator of massive budget spectacle with heart while remaining the cult hero that early fans continue to worship. He sold out without selling out. That in itself is a bold lesson in staying true to your own sensibilities no matter what the bottom line is, but there’s a lot more to learn from the man who grew to prominence by cutting off Bruce Campbell’s hand. The key? You can’t just take a hand; you have to replace it with a chainsaw. So here’s a bit of free film school (for fans and filmmakers alike) from a very snappy dresser who doesn’t mind getting covered in blood.

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For our 150th episode, we decided to go back to the first show’s conversations, and we discovered something mildly depressing: that the discussions are pretty much the same. In 2012, we’re still talking about the topics of 2009; Transformers (a fourth is on the way), G.I. Joe (a delayed sequel is coming), Avatar (a dozen follow-ups will keep James Cameron busy until he retires), Marvel flicks (which have dominated) and remakes (which have not). Good thing we changed the format of the show a while back. Beyond the great repetition, reviewing the news from 3 years ago reveals a lot about the state of modern filmmaking through the lens of hindsight. Werner Herzog is a highlight, and revisiting the releases (Drag Me To Hell and Up) gives us an idea of what might actually endure. On this week’s show, we re-form the team from that pilot episode – site publisher Neil Miller and associate editor Rob Hunter – to dip ourselves in the cool waters of nostalgia and try to figure out what, if anything, is different about the movie-making landscape after 150 shows. Download Episode #150

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Hell is one of those things that’s up for individual interpretation. Some people believe it’s a real place full of fire and brimstone, or it’s all made up, or it’s a state of mind. Some people think it’s a Shia LaBeouf marathon from which you can never turn away. So, with Hell as a setting, Hollywood basically has a blank slate. They can go the Old Testament route, or they can get more existential with it, or something in-between. (Even Hollywood can’t do the Shia LaBeouf marathon option. No studio would fund that.) As such, here are seven films and their take on the place bad folks go when they die. (Obviously, this contains spoilers for the films listed.)

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End of the year lists usually come in tens or some sort of multiple of ten but here, as you will see, there are only seven slots. No, I’m not purposely trying to be subversive, nor was this result of laziness, and I assure you that it wasn’t an attempt to gyp you out of those bottom three slots. There just weren’t ten great, unequivocally funny comedies released this year.

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They say that drinking is a sin, and maybe if you do too much of it you might be dragged to hell. But apparently Alison Lohman is on her way there as well, so at least you’ll be in good company…

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as a delivery driver for Planet Express. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all cost. (And yes, I am the guy who won’t be recommending Drag Me To Hell.)

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In this edition of This Week in Blu-ray, it is slim pickings all around. From horror comedy with lazily constructed special feature selections to mediocre comedies that just won’t go away…

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If nobody’s perfect, why are so many films getting a 10 out of 10 these days? Robert Fure aims to bring them back down to Earth through the power of rage.

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Despite being a sourpuss and all around curmudgeon, Robert Fure thinks Happy Endings aren’t just for Thai massages.

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Sam Raimi attempts to Drag Us to Hell, but being rather tenacious we resist his Three Stooges esque antics and tell him just what worked and what didn’t.

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We’re launching a fresh, new podcast that encapsulates the Reject spirit next Sunday. But we’re giving you a very special first listen before the big debut. Gird your loins and head on inside. You can thank us later.

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As expected and predicted by just about everyone, the rest of the field was looking Up — way Up — at yet another dominating Pixar performance at the box office.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Up and Drag Me to Hell.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

The unprecedented has happened in the Magical Studio in the Sky. Not only has Neil seen as many movies this week as Kevin, but they also seem to agree on everything. Surely, this is a sign of the apocalypse. But have no fear. Kevin and Neil will be back with fighting words next week.

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With the release of Drag Me To Hell this weekend, we decided to take a look at a few accursed characters seen in film to learn a lesson about pissing off gypsies.

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The obvious question this weekend is: will the box office go to hell, or will it go Up? Also — some more good Star Trek box office news.

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Familiar names like Almodovar, Tarantino, Lee, Von Trier, Noe, Campion, Loach, and Haneke will all be vying for the Palme d’Or.

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A trio of high profile (well two you know and one you’ve never heard of) posters have arrived on the scene in recent days. One tries to capitalize on it’s star, another goes for a literal interpretation of it’s title, and the last highlights a tiny pair of hot Asian butt cheeks.

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Although it wasn’t mentioned to the Paramount Theater’s packed house last night, the screening was a ‘work in progress’ cut of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. But if audience reaction last night is a true indicator, the vast majority of them loved the film. Work in progress or not.

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