In 2009, Sam Raimi returned to horror with the cruel and repulsive “To Hell”. The director recently explained why he never wanted to return to the universe of the film, as he was able to do with that of “Evil Dead”.
To hell: a cruel and enjoyable horror tale
Currently, in theaters, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness offers horrific twists never before seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we have to go back to 2009 and hell to find Sam Raimi’s last real cinematic contribution to the genre. In this tale set in Los Angeles, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) takes care of her agency’s mortgages. Hoping to seek a promotion, she takes very seriously the advice of her superior, who recommends that she show more firmness.
The heroine has the misfortune to refuse an additional loan to Sylvia Ganush (Lorna Raver). A decision because of which the old lady could lose her home. Feeling humiliated, the latter cast a spell on Christine. Very quickly, the young woman sees more and more frightening events happening. Stalked by a demon and with very little time before being dragged to hell, she will do everything to put an end to this curse, with the help of her companion Clay (Justin Long).
With this feature film, Sam Raimi does not skimp on the repugnant effects, offering the viewer a show that is both terrifying, terribly cruel, and above all very funny rediscovering the fierce humor of the trilogy Evil Dead.
An ideal experience for Sam Raimi
In a recent interview with the site, Bloody Disgusting the filmmaker returned to the production of To hell. An experience that he considers ideal, in particular, because he adored the team, made up of loyal collaborators such as editor Bob Murawski and his brother Ivan Raimi, but also because he had“absolute creative control”. He adds to this:
That’s what we often lose, and on this film I was really able to do everything I wanted. (…) I often feel like when a studio forces you to cut things, add things, or change things, it really ruins the whole experience. (…) It’s just awful.
A drastic end
Sam Raimi also confided in the striking end of To hell during which Christine fails to prevail against the demon. A hard-line conclusion that explains why the film was never entitled to a sequel according to the director, unlike his classic Evil Dead. If he is not against the idea of a second opus, especially if “a good story” presents itself, the filmmaker believes he has said everything about his character:
I don’t have a story, because in my mind the character was killed off, and worse. So I don’t know how to proceed further. Usually I’m left with a character like Bruce Campbell that I’m really interested in or love, or a concept that really makes me want to keep going. But it’s such a definitive ending that I wouldn’t know where to start with a sequel.
Poor Christine Brown, therefore, seems doomed to wander in hell.