When it comes to horror films, I’m old school. I liked Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Shining. I didn’t get into The Ring and never saw director Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series. I thought Raimi was better doing the Spiderman flicks, not Boogeyman or the Grudges. Even the movie A Simple Plan disappointed me with the directions it went.
This horror movie he directed and co-wrote with his brother Ivan, and supposedly sat on the shelf for years. When you make hundreds of millions with Spiderman movies, I’m guessing studios will let you do a film you wrote with your bro.
Alison Lohman plays loan officer Christine Brown, who is looking for a promotion. Her boss is David Paymer, an actor I like but haven’t seen a lot of lately. She’s being cursed by a gypsy woman (Lorna Raver) since he didn’t give her an extension on her mortgage. There was a great close-up of her removing her dentures that had the crowd in stitches.
There are a few moments where you jump out of your seat, and that’s nice. It’s what you want in this type of picture. I just wished there were more of them.
There’s a scene where a goat talks, which some people said afterwards they thought was the creepiest thing they’d ever seen. I thought it was kind of corny (although the scene leading up to it worked well).
It seems like the Brown character is tormented a lot more than really makes sense. I’m guessing you’re not supposed to logically look at those types of things. It takes such a long time for her to finally get a solution that might work.
Justin Long is okay in his role as the boyfriend, but I was more excited to see actor Dileep Rao. He’s a San Diegan, and shows up with some mystic séance stuff that just might work. I’m guessing he’s going to get tired of roles that cast him in these types of parts.
Perhaps the fans of Raimi’s horror stuff will like the campy direction everything takes at the end, but by that time I was just ready for it all to end. That doesn’t mean this was a horrible movie. It wasn’t. It’s just not my cup of tea. I wanted at least 10 more scares, or a handful of laughs (not necessarily both). I’m guessing this will appease his fans and generally get decent reviews, since critics will be expecting something worse.
I’m giving this a D+.