On August 31 Lionsgate will release director Ole Bornedal’s The Possession, the Sam Raimi/Ghost House Pictures produced supernatural chiller. A group of journalists – including myself – just got off the phone with Raimi in a conversation that ranged the gamut from The Possession, the Ghost House brand, the Evil Dead remake and whether or not he’ll take a break from blockbusters to direct another horror film (his last was the vastly underrated and amazing Drag Me To Hell).
When asked about returning to horror he said, “I’m thrilled to be able to make bigger budget pictures… but I’m really excited about making another horror movie. I’m writing one with my brother right now and I’m really looking forward to it. I love that crowd… It’s great when you can do something they like, there’s nothing as rewarding as that. Being in the audience when a bunch of horror fans really seem like the movie is so much fun. It’s the greatest high in the world.”
It really does feel like Raimi is still truly invigorated by the genre. About horror fans, “They’re very savvy to film technique. The horror audience is the most original audience out there. They don’t want sequels, they don’t want what most of the audience wants. Most of the time audiences want to see versions of what they’ve seen before. Horror audiences are like, ‘no. Show me something I’ve never seen before! I want to be freaked out!’ My hat’s off to them. They’re a really original audience. Even more than the art film crowd they’re the ones who break new ground and accept new techniques from filmmakers on the cutting edge. Not the indie guys, but those guys. The low-budget horror fans.”
I’ll have the full interview with Raimi – and his take on The Possession – for you next week.