It almost sounds like the premise for a horror movie: 34 years ago, in the winter of ‘79, a couple of college pals ventured deep into the dark woods of Morristown, Tennessee to make a low-budget splatter-shocker called “The Evil Dead.” The result, made with $90,000 and bathed in gallons of red karo syrup, was a cult classic of its genre: though its unwavering commitment to graphic grotesquery saw it initially branded by newspaper headlines as “obscene” and labelled in the UK as a “video nasty,” writer-director Sam Raimi’s outrageous feature debut went on to become a roaring global success, topping the rental charts when released on video in 1983, transforming its star Bruce Campbell into a beloved cult icon, rightly hailed as a masterpiece of modern horror and going on to spawn two worthy, and increasingly comedic, sequels (1987’s “Evil Dead II” and 1993′s “Army of Darkness”). (Continue Reading…)
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FUNNY PEOPLE–We can always count on Judd Apatow and company to make a “Special Edition” DVD worth buying, and Funny People is no exception. I picked up the Blu-Ray **coughcoughdouchecoughcough* copy and I was amazed at the extra content. The disc contains a Theatrical and Extended version of the movie, which ends up being about 3 hours long, along with hours upon hours of cut scenes and extra footage that didn’t make it to the final version.
With the amount of shit cut out of this movie, Apatow could have made a film of Peter Jackson proportions..but I’m glad he didn’t. I loved Funny People and the hilarious clips that didn’t make it into the final film just make it that much more enjoyable.
The disc also contains clips from Adam Sandler’s ridiculously fake movies within the movie, heartfelt scenes from the mock-sitcom Yo Teach…! featuring Jason Schwartzman, and laughably outdated stand-up material from Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Judd Apatow.
The “Collector’s Edition” of Funny People is absolutely worth buying. It’ll take you about a day to watch everything.
YEAR ONE–I wasn’t sure enough about this movie to even pay to see it in theaters, so I’m certainly glad I didn’t pay to own it on DVD. I’m not even sure it was worth renting. Let’s be clear, the movie wasn’t a total piece of shit/waste of time, but it certainly isn’t memorable or “good.”
I’ve had fun watching every actor in this film in the past, but Harold Ramis fucked this one to death. The gross-out jokes weren’t even ridiculous enough to be the least bit humorous, and the story essentially went nowhere.
I wanted to like this movie…really…I wanted to like it. I just couldn’t. The irreverent biblical stories weren’t enough to save this film. You will laugh watching it, but then you’ll instantly forget what you found so humorous when you remember there’s still an hour left.
Maybe it’s my fault. I watched the extended version. Perhaps that was my folly. The only way to describe my experience with this film is to say: Imagine you were sinking in the ocean, as you helplessly begin to drown and slowly reach the ocean floor, a clown fish swims right by your face and farts.
DRAG ME TO HELL–I almost regret not seeing this film in theaters, as it almost certainly would have been a better experience than watching it at home. I try to create a theater atmosphere in my house, but this movie deserves to be viewed at night, in the dark, not in the middle of the day.
The movie itself isn’t “great,” but very few horror films are. Sam Raimi has a style of horrific and grotesque that leaves a lot to be desired when he’s pushing for a PG-13 rating. Perhaps my hard-on for Alison Lohman allowed me to give this movie an easy pass…but I’m a PC owner, so Justin Long can suck it.
There were several “jump” scenes here, but the film doesn’t rely on them completely. Having said that, this film can’t be taken seriously because it doesn’t take itself seriously. If you’ve seen Evil Dead 2, you’ve basically seen Drag Me To Hell.
It wasn’t bad–I suppose. The blood gags, old lady mucus, fists in mouths, and pussy stabbing made this movie fairly enjoyable. Maybe the next time Raimi comes out with a movie, I’ll pay to see it in a dark theater…as long as it’s better than Spider-man 3.
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