SDCC: Universal Shows Off Mummy, Death Race and Latest From Raimi Comments - Mania.com



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jamalcolm 7/28/2008 11:02:29 AM
I saw this panel. It was great all around. I personally thought that Drag Me to Hell looked somewhat goofy. Scary Movie sprang to mind while I was watching it and that isn't a good thing. On the other hand, it did make me jump more than once and that was just in the few minutes shown. I thought that the Mummy looked like a lot of fun. I am a big fan of the first two and this new one seemed to capture the spirit of them. It looks like a lot of fun. It was interesting to hear that the reason Maria Bello wanted to be part of the movie was that she had always wanted to play Indiana Jones. Death Race looked fun and action packed-exactly what you'd want. It got a great review from Roger Corman who said that he'd thought the original was a good as it could be until he saw what they were doing with the new one.
fft5305 7/28/2008 11:08:21 AM
Instead of cursing the officer, which I'm sure would have reprecussions on the old crone's soul, should have tried Prosper.com. I just got a loan from there. No fuss, no muss. :-p Is it just me or does the trailer for Death Race pretty much give *everything* away?
JeribaDrac 7/28/2008 11:39:36 AM
I was also at this panel, and I would have to agree that Drag Me to Hell has potential to be a great return-to-form Raimi. If you remember, the Evil Dead series is almost equal parts horror and slapstick. Evil Dead leans more toward the horror, Evil Dead 2 is slightly more even, and Army of Darkness is a bit lighter, heavier on the comedy ("Alright you primitive screwheads, listen up! You see this? This... is my BOOM STICK! The 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?") I digress. I think that's what Raimi does so well, and why his Evil Dead movies are such cult classics--for both the horror fan and the horror passerby--and hopefully Hell captures some of that Raimi flair. I would guess the saving grace for the third Mummy installation is its cast. I can't imagine the story, which seems a recycled version of the first two, is compelling enough to garner the same popularity the first two did. Enter super-hot Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li and the always entertaining John Hannah, and you've got yourself a picture. For me personally, I'll bet I'm entertained enough to enjoy the flick, but I'm counting on silliness, plot holes and a template script. Death Race I'll watch simply for the high-octane action. I have to agree with fft5305 ... if you've seen the trailer, then you've pretty much seen a condensed version of the film. Still, that could be said of a bunch of action flicks, but we like to see them 'cause they're fun, not because we're looking to be surprised. It doesn't look like Universal is necessarily churning out high art with these three, but it's not a bad 1-2-3 punch. And, let's not kid ourselves, Sam Raimi is doing what Sam Raimi does best, and I will likely sh*t myself throughout Drag Me to Hell. (Oh, and TDK owns son!)
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