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Evil Dead TV

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Scream Queens, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Ash vs. The Evil Dead

Unless you live under a rock/bridge/alias, you no doubt heard of the upcoming (in late 2015) spin-off TV series Ash vs. The Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell himself. You’re likely drooling on the inside of your pants right now. Me, too.

Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless

Schedule as a 10 half-hour episode series on Starz Original™ (kind of a white trash version of HBO™), there’s some more big genre names on board, including Xena, Princess Warrior herself (um, Lucy Lawless.) She’s described as “a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. The only problem: she believes that Ash (Bruce Campbell) is the cause of it all.”

I need an entire case of moist towelettes.

Ash vs. The Evil Dead

Here’s more juiciness from the press release: “Bruce Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its ‘Evil’ grip.”

Better make that two cases of moist towelettes.

A Ghost Classic Made Ghostier?

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Poltergeist

Skepticism was the first of many emotions that boiled all over my Old Navy™ shirt when news of a Poltergeist (1982) remake came a’blowin’ in the wind, followed by anger, sadness, frustration and an unquenchable thirst for Budwesier™ tallboys, which according to ancient biblical scriptures is indeed an emotion. But I digress.

Sam Raimi, the guy who brought us the unbeatably cool The Evil Dead (1981) and a metric crap ton of not-as-cool movies since, is behind Poltergeist (2015) and contemporizing the three decades old demonic ghost tale that had a little girl being sucked into the Netherworld of Hell (her closet), which forced her parents to go into the beyond (the closet) to rescue her.

PlotergeistI get that Sam has to cast this one in the here and now, but what does that mean to us who saw the original movie in an actual theater and not on a smart tablet back in the day? Here’s what Sam told me last week when I recently sat down for a light lunch with him at the sunny Marina del Rey:

“A family’s suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.”

I had the grilled chicken paillard with a starter of cheeses and charcuterie. Sam ordered the same thing he’s been eating since 1982.