Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This interview was my biggest treat from this year’s Comic-Con. I’m a Raimi fanboy and I make no bones about it. Sure, my SPIDER-MAN 3 Blu-Ray from the box set won’t get any spin, but other than that, the man’s turned in some of my favorite movies, from the awesome camp of the EVIL DEAD movies to the intimate character work of THE SIMPLE PLAN to the suspense, acting and boobs of THE GIFT to the sheer fun of DARKMAN. So, yeah. I jumped at the chance to finally sit down and chat with Sam Raimi about his return to genre DRAG ME TO HELL. As an added bonus we get Alison Lohman… Unfortunately, I was pulled out of the DRAG ME TO HELL panel just as the first clip started, so I didn’t get to see the big footage or hear Raimi drop the bomb that he may be starting to write EVIL DEAD 4 with his brother, Ivan, as early as this week, so I didn’t grill him on that. Damn it all! However, it is a really fun interview. Kraken took some nice pics and also took part at the beginning of the interview as we were waiting for Alison to come on over… oh, and so the beginning makes some kind of sense, we did the interview outside and there was trash on the table, a plastic plate with the remnants of chocolate chip cookies. Let’s get to it!
Sam Raimi: You have chocolate chip cookies!
Quint: No, I wish that was my mine, but it’s someone else’s trash. Kraken: I am such a huge Spider-Man fan, me and my buddy, Bo, saved up our money to fly out for the first SPIDER-MAN to be extras in the wrestling scene.
Sam Raimi: You are kidding!
Kraken: So then we snuck down to where they had the Central Casting and we saw two empty and were like “Is anybody sitting here” and they were like “They're for Central Casting.” We were like “We are Central Casting” and they were like “Oh sweet, well then come on in” and so we just wormed our way into the front row, so every time we see SPIDER-MAN…
Sam Raimi: [Slams fists on the table] You were the two guys!
Kraken: We were the two guys.
Sam Raimi: YOU SONS-A-BITCHES! I’LL KILL YOU ALL! No I’m joking.
Quint: You heckled Bruce [Campbell] didn’t you? Kraken: Yeah we did!
Sam Raimi: Good. It’s good to heckle Bruce! You need to hassle him back. He loves hassling the crowd. It was great having Bruce there, because I remember that sequence being shot and we needed to, as much as possible, keep the crowd entertained, because they were our actors. They were great. All of those extras really put their hearts into the screaming and shouting for Peter Parker or for his death or what have you… whatever the scene needed at the time.
Kraken: It was so much fun, because Randy Savage between takes, would sneak up on Tobey and we would all yell “Spidey Sense!” and he would quickly turn around… It was like being in a stage play almost.
Sam Raimi: It was fun! It was a lot of fun. Then we had those girls who were beating everybody up. I forget where they came from, the muscle girls.
[Alison Lohman walks up]
Quint: Hi, it’s good to meet you.
Alison Lohman: It’s nice to meet you. Sam Raimi: (Looking at my Roland recording device) Is this the newest in super stereo recording? It looks like that thing has four mics on there.
Quint: I love it. It does, it’s a really expensive thing, thank God Ain’t It Cool paid for it. I couldn’t afford it. People actually use it at concerts where they can set it to acoustically pick up different things, like classical music and stuff.
Sam Raimi: So you know it’s recording all of our voices very well right now, because of that meter right there, right?
Quint: Yeah, you can see the meter and if you do it too loud. [Snaps fingers, making a red light blink on the recorder] You see the peak?
Alison Lohman: Wow! Sam Raimi: Pretty cool. Alison Lohman: So, we can’t scream. (laughs)
Quint: Cool, so the flick… I was at the panel. I saw the trailer and I saw the first half of the scene, but they pulled me out for an interview, so how was the response to the scene?
Sam Raimi: Well, I was up on stage. It’s probably best to ask the crowd themselves, but I was really happy with the screams that I heard and the gasps and the laughs. Alison Lohman: Definitely!
Quint: And it was the parking garage scene, where the curse is put on Alison, right?
Alison Lohman: Yes, where I get attacked by this older woman.
Quint: I read an early draft of the script, so I should have a little basis to jump off from here. I think my favorite scene in the whole thing was the séance scene. Did that make the cut? Did guys shoot it?
Sam Raimi: Yeah, we did and I think it’s going to be very effective. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun for the audience. What I like is how Alison really becomes this more desperate, desperate character, starting out as this very sweet good person and right around the séance it’s starting to get tougher and tougher and tougher until she becomes pretty much a horror warrior… a warrioress, or whatever…
Quint: That is almost a noir staple. I have been watching a lot of noir for a column that I run on the site and one of the things that I love so much about those films is it feels like such a cycle of desperation. It’s like being in quicksand; the more they try to get out of it the faster they sink, so is that kind of what happens with you in the movie?
Alison Lohman: Yeah, exactly. Definitely! One thing after another… It was relentless.
Quint: I take it working with Sam… I’m a huge fan of your horror stuff and of course way before SPIDER-MAN I was an EVIL DEAD fan and DARKMAN. I bought the photocopy book of all of these visual effect storyboards from DARMAN and stuff.