God knows we have some horror fans on the staff, but we haven't been talking much about Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. Raimi's return to the horror genre is about an ambitious loan officer (Alison Lohman) who denies a mysterious old woman (Lorna Raver) an extension on her mortgage payments to angle for a promotion. Like any self-respecting home owner facing foreclosure, the old woman responds by placing a powerful supernatural curse on the merciless loan officer. When an evil spirit starts pursuing her, the loan officer appeals to a psychic to help rid her of the curse.
This week, MTV got ahold of a couple of photos from the movie. The most interesting one -- the close-up of Lorna Raver's scary old woman that I've put beneath the cut -- is hopefully an indicator of the kind of movie this is going to be: old-fashioned, straight-ahead, unironic fantasy/horror. I mean, just look at that make-up job. (In the interview at MTV, Raimi actually uses the precise analogy I thought of when I saw the photo: a carnival funhouse ride.) And since there's basically no one better than Raimi at when it comes to straight-ahead genre films, well -- I'm looking forward to next May.
There are three more pics over at the MTV site -- no more of the villainess, but some of the heroine and her boyfriend, played by Justin Long (who, by the way, brings down the house in this weekend's Zack and Miri Make a Porno).